Some Common-Sense Public Opinion, about the Damage-Control Efforts by ExxonMobil and FAA.
In theory, officials within a Democracy depend on timely and informed feedback from an engaged citizenry. They need this feedback to guide their decisions, so they can best serve the majority. Those decisions include creating new laws, administering programs and regulations, imposing penalties, and much more.
So, what happens when the Public is muted, or not heard? What if the decision-makers in Congress and in the large regulatory agencies (such as Dept. of Interior, or FAA, or at PHMSA)
It seems there has been a growing public sense that citizen feedback is no longer being heard. In fact, in the Mayflower Dilbit Spill, the actions by ExxonMobil and FAA strongly suggest that the government serves corporate interests only.
Here is an example. Six days after the spill, at 6:18AM on Thursday April 4th, Daily Kos posted an informative article titled: Exxon’s Media Blackout Fails as Video Reveals Extent of Keystone Oil Spill. WEB Immediately, dozens of citizens posted comments. Wise. Thoughtful. Concerned. Informative. Here are some of those comments, along with the associated quotes, as copied from DailyKos…
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 06:57:33 AM PDT comment by Statusquomustgo …
this is going to get ugly…
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
– Ansel Adams
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:18:31 AM PDT comment by Steven D …
Why is it that Oil Companies get to control the news about the spill? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.
“If you tell the truth, you’ll eventually be found out.”
– Mark Twain
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:22:51 AM PDT comment by hannah …
Private corporations are artificial bodies created by public corporations, also artificial bodies, to carry out the functions which the public corporations, being limited by Constitutions, are precluded from doing themselves.
One could say that legislatures create or authorize the creation of private corporations to act as their henchmen and exercise power on their behalf. The reward for the henchmen is access to the bounties of nature, which they are given the right to exploit. If legislative bodies can’t dole out natural resources, what will they use to reward their corporate cronies for seeing to it that the electorate votes right? More dollars? Dollars aren’t nearly as effective as legislative protection from the consequences of carelessness.
Keeping the evidence hidden is just the first step in letting the corporate scofflaws get away with malfeasance. After all, that’s what corporations are designed for — the evasion of culpability and liability.
I’ve referred to legislators as scofflaws, but that’s perhaps not correct. The corporatocracy doesn’t scoff at the law; it employs the law to deprive and destroy man and nature with impunity–to pervert justice.
We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:42:14 AM PDT comment by StrayCat …
Yes, another example of a “Public-Private” partnership, with the public getting the shaft, and the corporations getting the control. Obama’s agreement to a “joint command” in the Gulf created a major precedent, which we will have to fight for a long, long time. Along with “redaction”, special courts and military units and special provisions for due process where such is inconvenient to the corporate/military complex.
Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:09:27 AM PDT comment by karmsy …
Afraid Exxon won’t be able to make the case that the video is Photoshopped. It’s very damaging, indeed.
Today on the front page of the local daily rag (serving a greater metropolitan area of several million), just so you’re aware, we have some shit about Kate Hudson’s pregnancy. There’s a picture of Kate, wearing a low-cut red-orange dress, to show off her assets. This kind of contrast is the reason I just love the Internet.
“It’s here they got the range / and the machinery for change / and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.”
– Leonard Cohen
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 11:25:59 AM PDT comment by greendem …
Exxon is desperate to give the impression that the lake has not been contaminated. But the booms visible in the contaminated wetlands in the video are just for show. Tar sands oil does not float. It sinks to the bottom and requires expensive dredging to ever recover.
The lake is polluted with some serious chemicals now, including benzene, a known carcinogen. Benzene increases the risk of cancer and other illnesses. Benzene is a notorious cause of bone marrow failure. Substantial quantities of epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data link benzene to aplastic anemia, acute leukemia, and bone marrow abnormalities. The specific hematologic malignancies that benzene is associated with include: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), aplastic anemia, myleodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).
“Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”
– Vaclav Havel
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:43:32 PM PDT comment by doingbusinessas …
They have testing methods… but they would have to stop pumping that crude, run a series of flushes to do a clean up of the pipe, and run a “spider” thru the lines to do an electrical integrity of the pipe. But shutting down a pipe costs $$$ per day, so they would rather find the leak when it happens instead of being pro-active in finding problems.
“Death is the winner in any war.”
– Nightwish/Imaginareum/Song of myself
Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 01:11:40 PM PDT comment by Hushes …
My folks live across the state. I told them about this and the nuclear plant. The first thing they said was it isn’t in the news. Later that night Rachel Maddow covered the oil spill and my mom called me a little confused. I had to explain the spill was on Good Friday and the plant accident was on Easter Sunday. I told her if I was a religious nut I would say god is angry that Arkansas didn’t go for Obama and the state legislature isn’t Democratic 🙂
The fact that my parents live so close and learned about the spill by watching the Rachel Maddow Show is interesting. My parents aren’t on the internet so unless the mainstream media covers it in the newspapers or on the national news they won’t see these pictures or videos.
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