BP’s Macondo well seems to be capped, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief… or can we? Many blame BP or the US government for the lack of oversight of the well and the efficiency of the response to the leak. But there’s a larger issue at hand–our society’s continued use of oil. Even George W. Bush said we were addicted, and that was in 2006. On this edition, we go to the Gulf Coast to hear why, despite the dangerous and deadly consequences, locals aren’t ready to turn their back on the oil industry. What does that mean for the rest of us, as we pursue a future free of fossil fuels?
Antonia Juhasz, Global Exchange’s Chevron Program director and author of The Tyranny of Oil: the World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must Do To Stop It; Carla Perez, Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project Program coordinator; Lulu DarDar and Scotti, BP cleanup workers; Albert Naquin, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimachas Tribal Chief; Terry Labouche, R.J. Molinair & Clairece Fralou, Gulf Coast residents; Robert Gorman, Catholic Charities Houma-Thibodaux Executive Director; Aaron Viles, Gulf Restoration Network Campaign Director.
‘It’s Not About BP,’ says Antonia Juhasz
Global Exchange’s Chevron Program Director, speaks at a teach-in on the BP Spill and Big Oil, in Berkeley California—July 20, 2010. She talks about the lack of spill preparation on the part of the entire oil industry, and her own experiences on the gulf coast since the BP well explosion.
With their land, traditions, and livelihoods all thrown into chaos and their future in doubt, you might think that the people of Southern Louisiana would be calling for major changes to the way the oil companies do business, or leading the charge for an overall ban on underwater drilling. But as correspondent Julia Botero reports, the economic realities are much more complicated, and many of those most closely affected by the devastation of the gulf spill are, in fact, not calling for any change at all.
Carla Perez on Learning from the Spill
A representative of the Mobilization for Climate Justice speaks about the connection between the BP spill and climate change, and has some suggestions about where we should be looking for solutions to our addiction to oil. At a teach-in on the BP Spill and Big Oil, in Berkeley California—July 20, 2010
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Climate Connections Blog
Gulf Restoration Network
New Orleans, LA
Global Exchange Chevron Program
San Francisco, CA
Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project
Catholic Charities Houma-Thibodaux
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