, Newburyport, MA


April 10, 2013

Gone with the wave


With no use of the word “spill” or mention of the 11 men killed on their rig, you’d think BP had just completed a graduate program at Ole Miss or LSU.

No matter that these ads fly in the face of lawsuits filed by those whose livelihoods have been destroyed, an ongoing tactic BP took from GE, which has polluted the Hudson and Housatonic rivers beyond repair with decades of toxic waste.

Sounds exaggerated, but it’s an understatement to anyone who has read “The General Electric Superfraud,” (Harper’s, Dec. ‘09), or the last chapters of “The Hudson: A History” (2007) by Tom Lewis.

Opponents of Keystone warn of spills, but the highly financed damage control for those spills is already tightly scripted, well rehearsed, professionally acted, focus group tested, market driven and long running.

So it will remain until someone or something other than the Atlantic Ocean, the San Andreas Fault or some other child of Mother Nature, old or yet-to-be-born, finally has the un-American nerve to say No to money.

Jack Garvey

Plum Island

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