The note below was sent to our subscribers 3 May 2010 (about a month after the Deepwater rig explosion), as a comment on the Gulf oil spill catastrophe, an event whose political and ecological implications have scarcely been addressed, even if the media have moved on to other topics. Obviously I was pretty mad when I wrote these lines. I still am. Another disaster could happen tomorrow. One wonders what the response would be today with OWS on the march. Indeed, this is the type of outrage that created OWS.—Patrice Greanville
A word from the editor—
THERE ARE SIMPLY NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE MY FEELINGS OF ANGER AND FRUSTRATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE BP GULF COAST DISASTER. Appalled might come close. Outraged even closer. For this man-made calamity was long foretold, it was long announced, and any person of average education and intelligence could have acquired the facts about the situation and arrived at the obvious conclusions. And done something. But little was done, because lacking organizations to mobilize political action, lacking real representation, most Americans are essentially helpless in these situations. Perennially blindsided by a system that automatically engenders such tragedies. So now we witness an event that marks a turning point in the degree of lethality triggered by human action on this helpless planet, the ultimate mother and home we and other creatures will ever have. Please do not confuse my words with what some enemies of environmental protection deride as “tree-hugging” sentimentality. Those are the simple facts, and they’re impeccably argued in Joel Kovel’s must-read THE ENEMY OF NATURE, an indispensable tool for anyone seeking answers to the ecological crisis and the path toward ecosocialism.