The Naked Truth About the BP Disaster -- Where There Is Oil, There Is Tragedy
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This funny kind of truth telling isn’t news to me. I’m a fourth generation fisherwoman and for the last twenty-one years of my life I have been fighting corporations such as these. It’s a hard thing to do, too, when corporations are self-regulating and the agencies in control are NOT in control. But then that’s all about corporate stranglehold, isn’t it? Who has the resource (and profits and power!) and who controls it. That’s why the BP action that we are fixing to engage in is so important to Unreasonable Women of the Earth and Codepinkers. The dragon that we wage against in an unjust war over oil is the same dragon in the Gulf of Mexico. Just pull back the mask. You’ll see.
We need your help: A Senate bill, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies from a pitiful $75 million to $10 billion-making sure that BP paid for this man-made catastrophe. Remember, this company reported a profit of $5.5 billion in just the last three months! But unbelievably, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) opposed the bill and blocked it from even coming to a vote. Please contact this lady's office and tell her to stop protecting BP and instead protect the fishermen, the coastal residents and the wildlife.
Diane Wilson is an environmental activist, CODEPINK Cofounder , a fourth-generation shrimper, mother and the author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas (Chelsea Green, 2005) and Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus.