The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been making a lot of people angry lately, and unfortunately, it has been difficult to know where to direct that anger. I have heard many folks lambasting the president or BP, and while I have felt that their anger is misdirected, so too has been my own anger at what I’ve seen as illogical scapegoating.
As if somebody close to us has died, we are all angry, but we don’t have anywhere particular to direct that anger. Like death, this oil spill is a part of life. In many ways it’s an inevitable consequence of our standard of living, our government and corporate policies, and our humanity, i.e. our fundamental inability to control and tame all the natural variables in this world.
Since my last post, it has become increasingly clear that BP did cut corners and potentially break the law in their operations of the Deepwater Horizon, and for this, through a legal process, they will be held liable. I’ve also been somewhat frustrated that President Obama hasn’t channeled our widespread and undirected anger over this incident into a movement and series of new policies supporting lifestyle changes away from fossil fuels and investments in clean energy, which are not only good for the environment, but in my mind, and many others, the future of our economic recovery as a nation.
Well, he finally did last night from the Oval Office. I thought the speech was great and that he addressed everything we needed to hear. Sadly, the pundits have mostly been panning it. You judge for yourself. I’m curious how others thought.