Geoff Livingston's blog
With his boot firmly placed on BP's $20 billion neck, we've not heard much from President Obama or the federal government about the oil spill. Perhaps contented with their villain, the White House lets Thad Allen run the show while U.S. media interest in the oil spill statistically wanes. Yet, the situation continues to worsen for the economically stricken Gulf states.
The Citizen Effect Gulf Mission team sat down yesterday with Natalie A. Jayroe, president and CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans (serving 23 south Louisiana parishes). Our ongoing goal remains finding an actionable way for Americans to take positive mindful ways to act in the wake of the Deep Horizon disaster.
Jayroe told us her view of how the fishing families of Louisiana have been affected by the oil spill. The following post is based from that conversation.
BP's onslaught of ads claiming responsibility continue to drown our media pipes. Their online use of social media -- adamant broadcasted messaging on conversational media forms -- infuriates online citizens. But one person - Leroy "@BPGlobaPR" Stick - continues to lampoon BP's efforts, turning the despicable into the ridiculous.
The PR battle has continues between Obama and BP. With the climax occurring today between BP top brass and Obama at the White House, another major danger continues to spread in the Gulf, BP's widespread use of Corexit toxic dispersants. More than 1,000,000 gallons has been deployed by BP in an effort to break up surface and underwater oil.
Much has been made about BP's questionable advertising campaign, from President Obama's call out of the $50 million expenditure to ethical questions and search engine placements. Experiencing this inappropriate overspend on Facebook has been quite troublesome.
Last winter a movie called Avatar became the world's top grossing film ever with a plot line that saw a big company waging a war and destroying a world so it could mine a precious resource. Yet when we see the BP oil spill crisis, many people choose not to watch or turn a blind eye to the mass destruction of the Gulf of Mexico marine life. The connection cannot be underestimated, for like Avatar's world, people and the oceans are interconnected.
Thirty six days after the original Deep Horizon explosion and the beginning of the United States' worst eco-crisis ever, BP will seek to end this oil spill nightmare with its two-day Top Kill procedure. The cement mud mix would effectively plug the well, the latest in many failed attempts to end the oil spill. In the latest effort to quell the spill and public dissatisfaction, BP will show the procedure live on video. But what remains to be seen is what will finally be killed, the oil spill or the last vestiges of public trust for BP and the Obama Administration's crisis response team.
"A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction," James Madison.
Off shore drilling provisions with a state veto option are still a part of the Climate Bill in the wake of the horrible, ongoing BP Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (image courtesy of the Grassroots Mapping project). While many claim the provisions as necessary to get 60 votes and surpass a GOP filibuster, there's no excuse for this. Off shore drilling has no place in the Climate Bill introduced last week.
Cleaning up seems to be a prescient topic with the horrible BP oil spill (see a recent satellite image here)facing the country and Gulf States in particular. It's too bad that it takes an accident of this nature to focus our attention on this region's beautiful resources and its conservation efforts.