I'm a bit shocked by comments here by viewers who believe we all share the fault/blame for this oil spill...
Makes me wonder if you live under a rock and don't understand just how many warning signs BP chose to ignore just prior to when the oil platform blew up.
Sorry guys, I refuse to accept fault/blame for BP being greedy and inept. They were negligent, pure and simple. No one to blame but BP.
Maybe the CEO should get his life back and be replaced by someone who gives a shit
Posted by: Fred | Jun 4, 2010 1:04:10 AM
the destruction of the fauna is atrocious. it will soon effect the flora. BP is shameless, and our energy policy was written 'buy' the oil giants. we get it, already. but, while all the media outlets are rending their garments and gnashing their teeth, other important stories are languishing. what about the rightists on the supreme court gutting civil liberties? hello! "miranda rights"? anyone? anyone? andy? what about netan-yahoo's applauding the slaughter of relief workers by israeli commandos?
i cannot tell you how to run your blog, but i can suggest that you get a sense of balance. enough of the phepls idiocy. enough of the gulf coast miasma. do you want to mire your readership in a "death in venice" scenario? on to other news, buddy.
Posted by: nic | Jun 4, 2010 5:07:21 AM
While viewing those photos, keep in mind that the governor of Louisiana (Bobby Jindal) is asking for the White House to lift a moratorium on off-shore drilling so oil companies can promptly begin digging holes in the Gulf Coast again. Somehow I think we Americans have our priorities terribly misaligned.
Also, while I don't think we are solely, nor primarily, to blame, I do think we have to accept some responsibility for wanting our oil to be plentiful, cheap and quickly-accessible. Oil is a very finite commodity, yet we've gotten so dependent on it that even our mouthwash is made from petrochemicals. (Yes, we put oil in our mouths.) It saddens me to say that if we continue to rely on oil, then a tragedy like this will likely happen again in our lifetime.
Posted by: damien | Jun 4, 2010 6:34:08 AM
Wow, I am happy that there are least a few intelligent people in this world, such as several of the above posters who realize this is OUR fault. In a Capitalist system such as America's, every purchase one makes is essentially a vote for that product. When you buy a loaf of bread you are voting for that product and helping to make sure that the company has funds to make more. The same when you fill you car at a gas station - you are voting for that fuel and station. When I was a beginning driver back in the 80's I refused to buy fuel from Exxon due to their poor response after the Valdez disaster. Now older and wiser I realize that is not enough. Consumers must embrace alternative fuels and/or transportation methods. I am sure that the majority of people who are disgusted with the above photos (including Andy) will still drive their car just to buy something at the store a few miles away, hop on an air plane for recreational or business travel, or choose a plastic product that is also available used or in a more eco-friendly container (Avoid plastic bags or at least reuse them - avoid plastic in food stores, etc.)
Sure, BP sucks - and they should be held responsible, but Obama signed the very plan that lacked oversight and allowed this to happen. There should be no surprise here. Change YOUR lifestyle and make educated choices. You can also Vote for candidates who support the Clean Engery Act and advocate for the stabilization of the our population.
Oh, and anyone who is disgusted by the photos above should consider going down to Louisiana to help clean the oil from these helpless creatures and their homes.
Posted by: Charles | Jun 4, 2010 7:05:38 AM
bobby jindal is a brown-skinned barney fife: all bluster and no substance. this is a prime opportunity for him to appear butch. the problem is that this p.o.s. rode in on a repug bandwagon of "drill baby drill." and now, the oily birds are coming home to roost.
Posted by: nic | Jun 4, 2010 7:10:49 AM
This spill whilst very bad is not unique. In almost all historic oil producing areas of the world there is a legacy of contamination, southern Russia and central Asia is especially bad.
The oil industry does not want you to know this for fear that you will think and question more carefully every time it seeks permission to drill fresh areas.
Some damage to this part of the US was inevitable once permission was given to exploit the last major US reserves.
Posted by: arch | Jun 4, 2010 7:13:26 AM
That just makes me cry. Now I'm gonna go eat some chicken.
Posted by: John | Jun 4, 2010 7:40:52 AM
The BP leadership should expect a short drop and a sudden stop!
Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | Jun 4, 2010 8:25:40 AM
I know it makes you feel good to boycott BP and their other brands, but if you're just driving across the street to fill up at Chevron or Shell or whoever, you're not really doing anything. You need to find ways to reduce or eliminate your oil consumption altogether.
And Fred, your comment is just so fucking idiotic, it doesn't dignify a response.
Posted by: crispy | Jun 4, 2010 8:57:22 AM
This WAS inevitable. Imagine me diving into shark infested waters with a conservative view point but her we go: We had NO business drilling in waters that deep! However no one wanted to "see the ugly eyesore" wells in water shallow enough for us to handle such a catastrophe. And trust me, this is a catastrophe! We wanted that ugly rig so far out that it did not blind us with it's ugliness. So far out that we could not see the gas we needed for our BMW's, Audi's and Lexus'. And I am not even going to talk about the need for petroleum based products that we all use everyday! We tried wind power in Massachusetts and the ever so liberal Kennedy's are STILL fighting the "ugly" windmills because they can be seen from their land. Really? Seriously? You guys need to back up and see what really caused this mess; our regulation and need to not see anything ugly on our coastlines! We could have allowed them to drill closer to the coast, in waters that were manageable but NO, we insisted on them go out so far as to not be bothered by the unsightliness of their rigs! So what would you like to do? Join Jesse Jackson in yet another boycott against the evil corporation that purposely woke up one morning and decided to destroy wet lands and the personal lives of them and their families and have them go bankrupt? Then what? Have NO corporation or funds left for the clean up? Oh wait, many of you want Obama to take over BP forgetting that they are an independent corporation that by the way isn't even American?! Can you say Hugo Chavez? On what constitutional grounds do we "take over" BP? Had Bush offered this as a solution you would be standing on your heads screaming that he had violated his constitutional boundaries! Pathetic! Anyone that thinks this is a good thing, or that BP doesn't want you to see photos, or that none of us need them or their byproducts simply cannot see beyond the nose on their face! Really? Seriously? Do you thing that Obama has any technology to correct this that BP doesn't have? We had NO BUSINESS DRILLING IN WATERS THAT DEEP BUT WE INSISTED SO THAT WE WOULDN'T BE BOTHERED TO SEE SOMETHING SO UGLY! The next time you drive up to Exxon because you and Jesse are boycotting BP to fill up your BMW just give what I said a little thought. People really are like sheep and we need Obama to "heard" them! Really?!
Posted by: RB | Jun 4, 2010 8:59:00 AM
Utterly heartbreaking. We are raping and decimating our planet.
This is a good time for each of us to find individual ways to examine our own oil consumption and make changes accordingly.
Posted by: Tonic | Jun 4, 2010 9:30:10 AM
and to think, Brit Hume and Fox News tried to pretend this was no big deal and asked "where's the oil?" - here it is, you prick.
A great reason to use a hybrid or electric - if you must drive! I understand that mistakes will happen, but when you take a short cut to "maximize profit" for your investors, while others pay for your mistake, corporations shouldn't be surprised when additional regulations and oversight are imposed.
Posted by: Frank | Jun 4, 2010 2:26:59 PM
Yo, Aussiebum - apparently you are of the mindset that Obama isn't in line with big OIL - it is a terrible truth that our current administration is in bed with the same BIG OIL and FINANCIAL Institutes that the Bush administration was and there has been no CHANGE and the HOPE we once believed in is gone. Obama is a politician and that's that.
Posted by: Mark Hutchinson | Jun 4, 2010 3:35:00 PM
Nic, thank you. I see that your effervescent charm still shines through! I suppose when faced with the cold hard truth you still drop to this level. Take care!
Posted by: RB | Jun 4, 2010 3:41:20 PM
I live on the coast in SW Louisiana, and although there have been no sightings of oil on our beaches YET, it is coming.....please pray for all of the wildlife out here to be protected. I would love to do to the BP executives what they are doing to our ecosystem in the name of free enterprise.
Posted by: Joseph Frazier | Jun 4, 2010 4:17:57 PM
Maybe if anyone in the vicinity can get images of "angels" succombed to oil, then we could get to the "drill baby drill" group. Anyone after a Pride parade with wings? Where Would Jesus Drill? Drown? Destroy?
Posted by: castaway | Jun 4, 2010 9:39:05 PM
What infuriates me is the CEO of BP complaining that he "wants his life back". How disingenuous after all the destruction BP has inflicted on the wildlife and people of the Gulf Coast, not to mention the 11 people that died in the explosion.
Posted by: James | Jun 5, 2010 12:40:20 AM
You'd love to rape the BP executives, joseph? Jeeez....at least put a little distance between yourself and the rapee with a stand in rapist...I think nic's available. LMAO!
Posted by: TANK | Jun 5, 2010 1:02:06 AM
And to you rusty dickholes (I don't even know if that makes sense...and I can't change it now because I've actually thought about it and I really don't care) who say that this catastrophe was "inevitable," i.e., could not have happened any other way than it actually did, just what wouldn't be inevitable in your tiny little minds? Chernobyl (gross incompetence)? Inevitable. All genocide that has ever occurred and ever will occur? INEVITABLE. Spilling a bowl of piping hot soup on your crotch? INEVITABLE! No, this could have been avoided if safety standards and regulatory laws were up to par. You've a wonderful recipe for doing nothing...since it's all inevitable. Do nothing, and nothing will happen; or in this case...something tragic. Illustrating nicely infinite gulf between the principle of sufficient reason and fatalism.
Posted by: TANK | Jun 5, 2010 1:19:25 AM
where was YOUR effervescent charm in that overlong rant? trying to refute that form of drivel is impossible. but, it makes no never mind. such silliness rebounds against itself, hits its head and dies.
Posted by: nic | Jun 5, 2010 7:15:50 AM
what i want to know is where is andy's coverage of other issues. what about the zionist slaughter of relief workers? what about the ramifications of the incipient nullification of the miranda law. i know that these might be subjects for a lesser god to deal with, but andy, you are not a god. your incessant posting of dying, muck-covered birds is revolting. everybody gets it. are you the 's' in the s/m relationship of your dreams? don't drag us down with you. do your job, fag.
Posted by: nic | Jun 5, 2010 7:32:55 AM
Man... people can think so one sidedly.. take a few business and economics courses...
Then realize that the only way to avoid any of this like all of you are saying is for us to be a communistic, 100% undeveloped, live off the land people.
But how unfortunate that we live in a place where we have capitalism and progress.
Posted by: mike | Jun 5, 2010 6:09:04 PM
Actually the greedy ones are us all. Are we ready to pay more for our fuel?
They are extracting oil because we desperately want it.
Have the ones who have been brokenhearted sold their cars and started to use public transport and bicycles?
Oh it is so flipping easy to be appalled and brokenhearted and then doing nothing...