|Posted on June 27, 2010 at 5:01 AM|
I am happy to report that some news and government sources perked up after my peek into BP's latest financial reports. Don't get me wrong: I'm not taking credit for, um, the quick response . . . although I might, for all the hullabulloo that 'hit the fan' in the 24 hours after I last posted on this topic, in both news and government circles, both in Europe and the U.S..
Alright, so we don't freeze BP's assets; we go for the 20 billion dollar 'compensation fund' - with a non-BP administrator (as a former auditor, this is the sort of 'control' touch I love to see). And yet, the oil spill is still spilling.
Let's noun-ify this right now. After all, gerunds are 'in.' It is a spilling. Call it the spilling, since that is what it, sadly, is.
My point now (one of them) is this: The news of the continued oil spilling is taking less and less attention in the media - while all related ecosystems are taking more and more of a beating. When is the oil spilling going to stop?
Pundits as recently as yesterday (The Copenhagen Post, June 26, 2010) suggested it's simply a matter of time until the oil spilling is no longer spilling. Why should I take comfort in this news - when no one seems to know how to stop a deep-water oil leak? In the opinion of many, the time to have performed the necessary technical research and development for deep-water oil leak responses was before such exploration began. Now, we see how long it takes to find those solutions.
Meanwhile, David Cameron's austerity measures, announced also in the last week, say everything but that the elephant is in the room: The principle first message priority: Pensions will be cut. Why? Well, er, because this is something we (the UK) should do to protect itself from further financial risk, etcetera etcetera. Read: BP, BP, BP. In fact, if one were to sing it, it would sound like the siren on European ambulances.
To David Cameron and BP, I say, tell the dolphins. Tell the turtles. Tell the pelicans. Tell all the fish, the lobsters, shrimp and crabs. Tell the untold microscopic forms of life that this oil is slathering by the thousands of barrels each day, in one of the world's most perfect estuaries for sea life protection and formation. Then, get something done about what is actually the important news: the devastation of a vast ecosystem.