Tag Archives: BP

Cleanup Theater

BILOXI, MS – I’m back in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly six months after BP’s Macondo well blew out and spewed 4 million barrels of oil into one of the northern hemisphere’s most fragile and fecund ecosystems. The government and BP will both tell you things are going great. They want this to be over. […]

On the Bayou

I was asked this week to write something for a fishermen’s publication about the BP oil spew. Here’s what I sent them: I was in the Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana in the weeks after the Deepwater Horizon blew out. I’m an environmentalist; I work for Greenpeace. I was there to see for myself what was going […]

The Muse

I found Clio in her cave, high above the Aegean Sea. She looked up from the scroll she was writing when I entered; dozens of other scrolls lay half-unrolled, perched on rocks or unwinding across the floor. “The technology, of course is unprecedented,” she said, knowing already what subject I’d come to discuss, “The other […]

Out of Commission

On May 20, Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean, leaders of the 9-11 Commission, told a congressional committee that six years after the commission completed its work, the federal government has not taken the steps needed to implement the commission’s recommendations. The next day, President Barack Obama announced the formation of a commission to investigate the […]

“We’re Gonna Need Bigger Boat”

My neighbors are starting to refer to our block as “The Farm” because of all the fruit trees and vegetables that grow in our gardens. We have bees and chickens and the guys across the street make beer with hops that grow along our fences. Margaret is our master gardener, dispensing advice. Last week she […]

Sickness and Secrecy

Forty days and forty nights into the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and BP is still sticking to the corporate cover-your-ass play book Exxon wrote after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and may even be adding a new chapter or two. As I mentioned two weeks ago, BP’s doing a much better job on the […]

The Watershed

It’s been in the 90s this week in northwest Vermont. In May. This is: a) proof of global warming b) just deserts for middle-aged idiots who decide to start running again after 30 years c) all of the above d) none of the above e) maybe the above The correct answer is e) maybe the […]