“This helplessness is unorthodox. This helplessness is existential, which is why it’s hanging on everything, like the oil itself.” – Cord Jefferson
On the sixty-fifth day of the oil spill, most the people I talk to have expressed the same range of emotions: fear, anger, helplessness. Cord Jefferson has a stellar post on The Awl (quoted above) about the helplessness we’re feeling. I highly recommend reading it. And just in case you aren’t angry, concerned, or helpless enough, here is some of the recent oil spill news:
- In efforts to rid the water of oil, BP may be burning turtles alive.
- BP may also be hiding animal carcasses. (If you don’t see the dead animals, it is like we didn’t kill them!)
- Yesterday, an oil cap came off resulting in a huge increase in the amount of oil spilling. (It has since been replaced).
- Oil disaster by the numbers (CNN).
- The environmental movement is getting a boost from the oil disaster. Much like all things, people don’t care unless they are currently being negatively affected by something.
- The Largest Oil Spills 1901-Present (ChartsBin – nice visual, could use some editing)
- Florida is beginning to see the impact of the spill. An oil-covered dolphin was stranded on shore in Pensacola.
Jefferson’s post makes another point I’d like to highlight: “We know that if we boycott BP and instead fill up our cars at Exxon and Citgo, we’ll in essence only be rewarding Exxon and Citgo for not screwing up the world most recently.” Keep that in mind when you leave on the lights or drive when you could have walked (or biked). The response to this has to be epic in order to really make a difference.