I ran across a website that visually represented how much money BP lost due to the oil spill. I was incredulous. That much money exists? It is a loss they plan to recoup. How do you suppose they will make up the loss?
They have convinced us to drive bigger cars, drink our water from a bottle, use more plastic and carry on with war, any war. Oil men love war. War is what truly feeds Seymour. You remember the insatiable plant from “Little Shop of Horrors”. I liken the oil (and coal) industry to Seymour’s need to keep his plant alive. In the beginning it was a nice fun little plant. Harmless, at least relatively. The plant like the oil industry has gotten so big it is devouring the planet through wars and plastic and large ships and cruise liners that carry us and our crap across oceans.
We are convinced that if we all pile on a giant boat together life will be more fun. We are convinced that the stuff we have is not good enough. It all needs to be replaced by better stuff. Most of the stuff is plastic and plastic is made from oil and the plastic is brought to us on giant boats that require massive amounts of oil. This insatiable need has been brought to you by the oil industry.
We can’t blame oil entirely. Coal is what fuels this nations heat and air and lights. The current grid was set up by the coal industry and subsidized by the US government. It was harmless and useful in its beginnings. What a blessing to have heat and air and light due to the fabulous grid work that traverses the nation. Except, now it too is like Seymour’s plant. Dividing and devouring and convincing us that nothing else will do.
So let me share the website that prompted this blog…
I wrote to my smart friend Fred who gave me this reply…
So you see in the world of business BP’s loss isn’t so much. Don’t feel sorry for them. Don’t think how much good this money could have done because it pales in comparison to the money we waste on wars. Iraq I believe was $1,000 billion. That’s 112 times what BP wasted.
When you look at it this way — it isn’t oil and coal that feeds Seymour’s plant. Economics feeds the plant. How often does economic advantage take precedence over doing good? Goodness faces doom when it gets in the way of the economy.
What truly amazed me is that 3.4 billion dollars would buy an ice cream sandwich for everyone in the world and yahoo is worth 20 billion. Wouldn’t it be cool if yahoo bought an ice cream sandwich for everyone in the world? There is probably a soy version for the lactose intolerant.