Corexit was a big news topic at the beginning of this tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the gulf of Mexico but it seems little talked about now.
There is no question that BP’s calculation in its decision to use so much of this toxic chemical prioritizes the cosmetics of the situation over ecological impact and the health of cleanup crews. So much more important is PR that BP has not just refused to provide respirators to displaced fisherman labour crews, they threaten them with firing if they use their own!.
They don’t care where the oil-dispersant mixture goes or what it harms as long as it is all happening below the surface, away from the shorelines. Not only is BP not looking, nor the government, but both are colluding to prevent scientists from doing any independent monitoring. Out of sight also potentially reduces their per gallon fine for this spill by billions of dollars. As if the US government, run by the corporations for the corporations, would ever actually levy such a penalty.
How’s that jackboot on the throat feeling, Tony Hayward? Right. It’s enough to drive one to the Tea Party (aka insane).
What was that Shakespear quote again…? “A toxic soup by any other name would smell as foul,” that was it!