[Beyond] More on the Oil Spill

Emily Burgess ebritt at gmail.com
Tue May 25 08:51:32 PDT 2010

We're complicit.
We need to make changes in the system as a whole. In the meantime, I propose
these actions:
1. When possible, avoid using BP. This can mean avoiding cars and buying gas
at all, using the car you do have less, getting a more fuel-efficient car. I
live in Texas, which means there's Exxon on one side of the street and Mobil
on the other. When possible, I go for Shell instead. In places where BP is
more prevalent, boycott them.
2. Continue to write and to speak, not just in these channels among friends
but in varying degrees in larger (and sometimes less comfortable) contexts.

On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM, John L. Clark <jlc6 at po.cwru.edu> wrote:

> On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM, Emily Burgess <ebritt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > And we're letting them get away with it.
> Well, clearly BP has a lot of political influence, the kind of
> influence money can buy[0], but of course it's not just direct
> political influence.  Just talking about political influence for a
> moment, this is clearly a public relations disaster for the company,
> although it is using its own political influence to try to minimize
> the overall financial impact of the disaster[1].  So we, the people,
> are putting political pressure on BP through our conversations, such
> as here in this thread.  But we can always apply more pressure by
> talking more or taking even more direct action.  We can lobby
> Murkowski (anyone know anyone from Arkansas?) or our own Senators for
> this legislation, we can demonstrate, and we can take other steps
> within the system.
> But BP does not only wield direct political influence.  Civilization
> itself, and our cooperation with civilization, encourages ever riskier
> exploitation of our world such as with the Deepwater Horizon.  So it
> is not enough, by far, to limit ourselves to this level of political
> expression.  Instead we must escalate it, asking the tough question of
> whether this exploitation is fundamentally just at all.  Of course, by
> framing it as exploitation, I hope that I indicate that I believe it
> is not just.  In so doing, I do not want to simply pressure BP, or
> even all oil companies, or even all companies, but I want to bring the
> question home to the hearts and minds of all people who live
> comfortably in the system that encourages these entities.
> [0]
> http://climateprogress.org/2010/05/04/mms-scandal-minerals-management-service-sex-for-oil/
> [1]
> http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/1876-Murkowski-Blocks-Bill-to-Raise-Oil-Companies-Liability-for-Spills
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~ Emily

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'thank you,' that would
suffice." ~ Meister Eckhart
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