The BP Oil Spill Conspiracy
Really...? Yes, really.
I had thought I had heard it all. There are some conspiracies out there with some evidence to back them up. There are others that cause me to lose faith in humanity when I was sure I had no more faith to be lost. From JFK, to 9/11, if you don't live under a rock, you're probably familiar with more than a few. When I first heard of the BP Oil Spill Conspiracy, my eyes rolled into the back of my head as hard as when I heard of the Reptilian Conspiracy. What could anyone possibly have to gain by causing an oil spill? Unfortunately, the more I did research, the more I came to find that this wasn't a Conspiracy Theory, but more like Conspiracy Fact.
Let's start with the simplest way for these assholes to make money…their stocks. Just weeks before the spill, anyone with a legitimate investment in the company; for example, CEO Tony Chapman, Goldman Sachs, and Obama's Vanguard, conveniently sold off a good portion of their stocks. Making them some of the very few who didn't end up broke for investing with BP. If that's not enough to raise your eyebrows, I have the red flag of all red flags. Halliburton. It's that same energy company that used to be run by Dick Cheney, and somehow manages to put its name in to more sketchy scenarios than a meth addicted crack whore. Halliburton was in charge of reinforcing the oil well with cement when the rig blew, and they knew it was faulty weeks before the disaster, but that's not the only job they were invested in. Halliburton also purchased the Boots and Coots cleaning company, one of the largest in the world, the same company that was hired to clean up the spill, just 11 DAYS before the oil spill. With Boots and Coots contracted to BP, Halliburton started making money right away. In fact, the company's profits increased 83% in just 3 months following the Gulf Oil Crisis.
What a perfect example of Crisis Capitalism. We create the problem, so we can sell you the solution. Screw the people that live there, the wildlife, the historic value to our nation. It's all about the rich getting richer. If that doesn't piss you off enough, let's look at how they are cleaning up the spill.
They were using a dispersant called Corexit dropped into the water from airplanes (so it gets in the air too). Not only is this system highly ineffective, but it is also highly toxic. The dispersant simply breaks down the oil, and it sinks to the ocean floor, where it continues to wash up daily with the tide, making the cleaning process potentially never ending. Never mind the damage to be caused by whatever washes out to sea. But I guess BP and Halliburton feel that if you can't see it, it's not there.
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The toxicity of Corexit is far more disturbing than its inefficiency. After weeks of public outcry the EPA finally did, what it always had the power to do; put the people's interest ahead of the corporation. It released an ingredients list detailing several toxic chemicals, some of which can be tied to illness of clean-up workers in the Exxon Valdez in 1989.
These people have caused untold damage to an entire region, all for a profit. They should be in jail and we don't even know about it. But it seems in America we treat criminals differently. If you wear a three piece suit and have enough money in the bank, you can get away with just about anything. To hell with the rest of us.