reply to post by Nomad451
That plasics are made from oil is not our choice and alternatives have been ignored by oil companies for 100 years or so since polylactic acid was
identified as a source of plastics production. It is catching on a bit now, but hemp is one source and corn another for polylactic acid plastic
I'm sick of posters on ATS who are nothing more than apologists for the oil companies and their cronies in the auto industry. We had fairly simple
atomizing technology for gas engines over 49 years back that could have (and did, as a friend of mine was able to build one) deliver 32 mpg for a
then 1964 Lincoln Continental. And you go down the line with the lobbying of oil companies to rid LA of it's fine subway trains in the 1920s and
1930s, to the hyping and production of SUVs in the 90s which miraculously increased their gas mileage by 25% during the war in Iraq and the rising gas
prices then. That is not say we are not personally responsible for an overconsumptive lifestyle in America, but at every turn big capital has chosen
alternatives where they can maximize profits and avoid adopting technological advances that would mitigate that consumption and destruction.
Here's a primer on what a "Dead Zone" looks is and does:
BP, Congress, the White House and our regulatory agencies have created a nightmare scenario in the Gulf that the American people are being spoon fed
the results ever so slowly so we don't freak out.Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf of Mexico and gathering in cleaner
waters along the coast, the Associated Press reports.
Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf of Mexico and gathering in cleaner waters along the coast, the Associated Press
reports. "A parellel would be: Why are the wildlife running to the edge of a forest on fire? There will be a lot of fish, sharks, turtles trying to
get out of this water they detect is not suitable," Larry Crowder, a Duke University marine biologist, told the AP."
The death toll in the above article is vastly underestimated as the article hints at, but this is a report that poses that this toll is being
Other reports have said that the Navy is involved in hiding the toll and destroying the bodies at sea, but I haven't been able to track that down
again. I can't confirm it's true, but the federal government has been involved in this cover-up since the beginning.
I join the OP in this anger at at this, and in the deep sorrow which is driving that anger and I can't take any more "it's not the evil oil guys"
fault talk. I'll take my share of the blame for living a life that brought us to this point, but it was never in any of our hands to change this
specific piece of corporate malfeasance and we have never had a voice that can compete with tens of millions the oil industry buys with their Supreme
Court decision that "money=free speech". This is not the America I believe in; this is not the America that our founding fathers (not Madison,
Hamilton, Jefferson, etc.) and I mean Daniel Shays fought the revolutionary war to found.
This is what terrorism is and looks like, not destroying someone's SUV. I don't advocate it because someone will lose their life eventually, but
attacks on property do not = destruction of life on on an unimaginable scale. Money is not speech, property is not liberty and profit cannot be
justified when murder is the means. Don't forget the eleven working men killed by BP, Halliburton, et al. They have declared war on the working
class and war on nature and the OP's post video is only a small, albeit extremely poignant example of what that looks like.