Black Tide: Trouble In The Gulf
If you pay attention to the news, you know there’s a catastrophe happening down south in the Gulf of Mexico. It started in late April, when an offshore oil well exploded and began leaking crude oil into the water.
Since then as much as a million gallons continue to spill out each day, while the oil company feebly tries to stop the flow. Meanwhile the thick toxic stuff is washing into Gulf shorelines and threatens to kill wildlife, ruin the wetlands and destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Americans.
It seems to me that not enough Americans are enraged by this. Maybe it’s because the disaster isn’t threatening places like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. You know, the really important places.
Maybe it’s because that is not your backyard being turned into a sludge pit, it’s not your home becoming a toxic waste dump. Well, not yet anyway. As the song says, “Sometimes you’re better off not knowing how much you’ve been had.”