The press, government officials and BP pitchmen are insulting our intelligence by suggesting that the oil has vanished and there's nothing to worry about. They can whistle away the crisis as much as they want, but we'd all do well to stay on top of this.
To judge from most media coverage, the beaches are open, the fishing restrictions being lifted and the Gulf resorts open for business in a safe environment. We spent the last few weeks along the Gulf coast, and the reality is distinctly different.
While the legislation we will vote on today does not address the larger issue of why we are drilling further offshore and deeper than ever before, it does take some real steps to prevent future oil spills -- both on land and offshore.
It is hard to trust those who are reassuring Gulf oil spill workers and the rest of us when, in past disasters, thousands have been harmed despite similar assurances. How about safety first? How about precautions now instead of treatment later?
We need to draw broader lessons from the Tony Hayward saga. The myth of CEO omnipotence and its twin misconception, the myth of rare executive talent, cost us dear and must be challenged vigorously and urgently.
BP, facing mounting claims that it is not handling damage payments for the oil spill, is likely to face significant wrath from the Senate and the White House if the controversy over their involvement in Megrahi's release intensifies.
When Neil Young recorded the anti-Big Oil "Vampire Blues" for his brilliant album On the Beach in the mid-1970's, who could have known that the song would end up even more relevant a quarter century later?
CJ Warner was at the top of her game when she saw the writing on the wall. Twenty years into a glass-ceiling-busting career at BP, she had become one of the highest ranking executives in the oil industry.
I spied a disposable water bottle nearby, and it struck me: what better, more direct way to teach kids-- and adults, for that matter-- about how we've gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place?
That a great song was written in Music City, USA is certainly no news flash but it doesn't begin and end there. Griffin House has written a rather powerful song called "Head for the Hills" about the recent Nashville floods and the oil spill in Louisiana.
In the information age the oil spill has drowned Haiti out of the news cycle. It is time for BP to make amends and win back the respect of the global community. They can do it with an eight-word press release: "BP will build every water well in Haiti."