Guilty Planet

Tonight we made our way to Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter to witness the New Orleans gathering of Worldwide Protest BP Day. The drizzling weather probably served to separate the men from the boys, as they say, and so good intentions and half-baked messages ran high (see photos from the protest on Fickr).

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There were plenty of people opposed to the use of Corexit and one woman rightfully demanded to know why it was banned in Europe but still legal in the U.S. (read more about this issue on the ProPublica blog). There were accusations that the President was doing nothing and that everything should be left to the locals. There was another woman who pinned most of her argument on the psychological trauma children experience during disasters. There were boys who calmly asked us to stop driving and to contextualize this spill in terms of neoliberalism. There were cries that we needed to allow scientists more access (that was interesting).

I wondered what William Faulkner, that celebrated southern writer who once lived just up street from the protest (his home is now a quaint bookstore), would have said. One line of his comes to mind: A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.

Comments

  1. #1 Sphere Coupler
    July 10, 2010

    I try to look for the good in every catastrophe and sometimes it’s very hard to find…

    Of course the BP blunder is a mess and no lasting good will come from it, but in the short term the oil released into the gulf should dampen the 2010 hurricane season (my prediction). The insulation effect should rob the atmosphere of heat potential, maybe time will tell.

    Of course there is more to this, but not here and not now.

  2. #2 Sphere Coupler
    October 10, 2010

    OK, Out of fifteen storms, eight hurricanes developed and they all avoided the gulf like a plague.The weaker hurricanes diverted along the eastern seaboard and the stronger went farther south to Mex/Tex.They avoided the areas where there was no heat potential(oil spill), It split the hurricane season into two paths or it degraded a low, this is the dampening I spoke of above.

    This was an example of coupling between atmosphere and lithosphere.

    Common sense really, now ask yourself:

    If the oil is depleted under the gulf what effect will this have on the hurricane seasons of the future?
    We just saw what happens when the heat retention effect is directly coupled to the atmosphere,
    If the heat retention capabilities of the oil barrier below sea floor are depleted how do you think that will effect the gulf waters?
    All I can say is to my friends down on the bayou is “hang on t dat hat”
    AS more and more oil is removed from under the sea floor, then more and more of the ability to keep heat from entering the water is degraded.
    As the hurricanes presumably get stronger within cycles, the peaks of each cycle should grow stronger on average.

    Of course this is not the only factor involved, yet it is a significant factor.
    I wonder what life was like before the planet made oil,(pre-Cambrian) Well, something to think about.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Atlantic_hurricane_season#September

    But then what do I know?…Sphere Coupler

  3. #3 Kaycee Perkins
    October 21, 2010

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    May 14, 2011

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  5. #5 supratall
    May 26, 2011

    OK, I’ll come clean: this reminds me of an embarrassingly recent conversation with my materials science-trained boyfriend.

  6. #6 PEMBE MASKE
    June 15, 2011

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  7. what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this much, because i often write poetry. i usually write about whats on my minddd..
    im very interested in finding out why,,..

  8. #8 capsiplex türkiye
    June 17, 2011

    So, as a class asignment, we haad to find an article and post a comment. most students are just finding tiny 1 paragraph articles, reading em’, and posting a small comment. i thought i might do the same.. but once i saw this, i had to read it.. and its not short at all(:
    this is absolutly, the best thing i’ve ever read…

  9. #9 RED PEPPER
    June 17, 2011

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    and sooo true,.
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  10. #10 V-PILLS TÜRKİYE
    June 17, 2011

    the ability to keep heat from entering the water is degraded.
    As the hurricanes presumably get stronger within cycles, the peaks of each cycle should grow stronger on average.

    Of course this is not the only factor involved, yet it is a significant factor.
    I wonder what life was like before the planet made oil,(pre-Cambrian) Well, something to think about…

  11. #11 ORJİNAL GAİN MAX
    June 17, 2011

    i have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this much, because i often write poetry. i usually write about whats on my minddd…..

  12. #12 HEMOREX BASUR HAPI
    June 17, 2011

    ment. i thought i might do the same.. but once i saw this, i had to read it.. and its not short at all(:
    this is absolutly, the best thing i’ve ever read.
    and sooo true,.
    but i have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this mucH..

  13. #13 HEMOREX BASUR HAPI
    June 17, 2011

    ment. i thought i might do the same.. but once i saw this, i had to read it.. and its not short at all(:
    this is absolutly, the best thing i’ve ever read.
    and sooo true,.
    but i have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this mucH..

  14. #14 ORJİNAL HCG DAMLA
    June 17, 2011

    is is absolutly, the best thing i’ve ever read.
    and sooo true,.
    but i have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this mucH…..

  15. what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this much, because i often write poetry. i usually write about whats on my minddd….

  16. #16 PARSLEY 7
    June 17, 2011

    have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this much, because i often write poetry…

  17. #17 Betsson
    July 17, 2011

    We are sure that BP, Halliburton, Transocean, Anadarko, US Coast Guard, EPA, et al. had very high hopes that COREXIT would correct it in the minds of the broad public by making them think that the oil is gone. And, that for those who rely on the mainstream media for their information concerning the status of the BP Gulf oil spill, they probably believe that COREXIT has corrected it, all right.

  18. #18 capsiplex
    September 8, 2011

    As the hurricanes presumably get stronger within cycles, the peaks of each cycle should grow stronger on average.

  19. #19 Tommie Pleasent
    October 17, 2011

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  20. #20 v-pills
    November 28, 2011

    ament. i thought i might do the same.. but once i saw this, i had to read it.. and its not short at all(:
    this is absolutly, the best thing i’ve ever read.
    and sooo true,.
    but i have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this mucH..

  21. #21 Tütüne Son
    December 6, 2011

    have a question?
    what drove you towards writing about this,, i mean there must have been some real good reason why you chose this topicc. i know this much, because i often write poetry..

  22. #22 Kameralı sohbet
    December 27, 2011

    What happened to him ? :S

  23. #23 pembe maske
    December 30, 2011

    this is absolutly, the best thing i’ve ever read.
    and sooo true,.
    but i have a question?

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