Tag Archives: toxic

Oil Company Day-to-Day Damage

7 Aug

From an article by Raj Patel in The Nation:

Even in the absence of a devastating spill, the reality is that oil companies are damaging simply in their day-to-day operations. Like the tobacco industry, the oil industry makes a product that, when used according to its instructions, causes great harm. The US government just released its annual State of the Climate report, cementing the findings of human-caused climate change, a phenomenon that Big Oil continues to shrug off, and lobby against addressing. The devastation of the BP spill compounds costs that, in reality, are no less part of the toll, and no less hidden from us. One recent study suggests that by 2030 the global costs of dealing with climate change might be as high as $300 billion a year. These costs will ultimately get paid—just not by the oil industry.

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Baby animals in oil spill face uncertain future

23 Jul

The smallest victims are the biggest challenge for crews rescuing birds fouled with oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

There’s no way to know how many chicks have been killed by the oil, or starved because their parents were rescued or died struggling in a slick.

From an Associated Press Article

There is no future in oil. Not for these baby animals or any that have to deal with being oil-soaked.

5 (or maybe 6!) Ways You Can Help

2 Jul

Hey! This Could be Fun!

1. Send your own messages out on Facebook to all your friends, pointing them to the Facebook page, this blog or the website.

2. Put “There is No Future in Oil” in your email signature with a link.

3. Grab the “There is No Future in Oil” logo from the Facebook page, this blog or the website and make it your profile picture in Facebook.

4. Tell one friend or twenty about this campaign.

5. Figure out your own creative ways to spread the word and then feel free to do them!

6. Email me your great ideas about how to spread the word: phil@interplay.org

Facebook page link.

Website link.

A link for this blog.

Cleaning Up Oil

1 Jul

If you have trouble imagining the effect of the escaping oil in the Gulf, just imagine an inch of sticky black oil on your kitchen floor, or a couple of gallons poured on your bed, or a layer of goop on your favorite tree or your dog.

This is the cost of being so in love with such a messy toxic substance.

I think most of us are quite aware of the magnitude of this event, but we may also need to be reminded. We may need to get it at a deep visceral level in order to create the will to make a big change. And it will be a big change. No doubt about it. And I will need to make it and you will need to make it and my political opponents will need to make it.

If we start now, however, it will be better than if we wait. The big ship must begin to turn.

Help me by passing along this simple message: there is no future in oil.