Big Oil is the dirty boot of an out of control sociopath committing ecocide

Oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010 (REUTERS)

It is time to wake up and freak the fuck out. BP and the American government want you to sit tight and imagine that this environmental catastrophe is being fixed by responsible people. Don’t worry. Keep calm and carry on. Do not adjust your television. Go back to sleep.

The truth is that we are being lied to on many levels and responsibility was flushed out to sea a long time ago along with our grandchildren’s destiny.  The reality is that this is an unprecedented rupture of one of the planets most pressurized wells.  An engineer with 25 years of experience writes

Aerial view of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Daniel Beltra)

They go out where the ocean is 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it. Now they’ve got a hole in the ocean floor, 5,000 feet down with a wrecked oil drilling rig spewing 200,000 gallons of oil a day into the ocean. The only piece of human technology that might address this is a nuclear bomb.

A pod of Bottlenose dolphins swim under the oily water, Louisiana, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Obama says he is going to aggressively pursue the costs of the oil leak; as if any amount of money can compensate for dolphins dieing slowly in our toxic shit, dugongs drowning in sludge or whole coral reef systems being eradicated. However, the horrendous truth that we ignore at our peril is that this vast aberration is just the dirty boot of an out of control sociopathic giant that is stomping across our planet leaving nothing but death and devastation in its wake.

Humanity's dark side is out of control

The psychotic beast that terrorizes nature and endangers our grandchildren’s existence is growing more powerful every day. He assaults every known ecosystem on the planet. He knows no mercy. He thrives on young plump flesh and howls with glee as he snuffs out of existence the billions of humans that may now never live.  Look in the mirror, nice and close and you might glimpse him staring back at you out of the dark heart of your beady little eye.

Corporate Baby

We might wish this evil behemoth was extraterrestrial. This would be an easier foe to confront. Indeed it might even lead to the long awaited unification of the human species. The truth is far harder to accept. We have created this monster. Indeed it is a manifestation of our ugliest characteristics; our greed and vanity.

Of the world’s largest 150 economic entities, 95 are corporations. Wal-Mart, BP, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch/Shell Group all rank in the 25 largest entities in the world, above countries that include Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Norway.

'Honest Logo-bp' from http://www.b3ta.com

The corporate giants we have created, as well as being bigger then nations, are far more focused and efficient in their endeavours. Whereas nations are composed of millions of people who are all doing different things a corporation is structured entirely around its modus operandi. Most corporations have linear business models. They extract natural resources, convert them into products and sell them to consumers who eventually discard the product as harmful waste back into nature. A Corporation’s profits (and power) increase with the increasing efficiency and scale with which they convert natural capital (forests, mountains, fisheries) into human capital (cars, cities, cloths).

Amazonian Deforestation: resource extraction for products

So what actually are these enormous entities that are altering the composition of the oceans, the atmosphere and even the building blocks of life itself? The Corporation is a bizarre, ancient construct. In medieval times entities like churches and local governments were ‘incorporated’ so that they could survive longer than any particular members allowing them to exist in perpetuity. Despite not being natural persons, corporations are recognized by the law to have rights and responsibilities like actual people. A key feature of a corporation is limited liability which enables corporations to socialize their costs (e.g. pollution) whilst privatizing their profits for the benefit of shareholders.

Altered BP Ad

Early companies used rivers to remove waste from factories. In developed countries this came under control when people downstream were harmed by the pollution and brought a case to court. However, to this day, no organism, ecosystem or indeed, nature as a whole, has ever been afforded a legal right, despite their role in sustaining civilization. This is a new and important front for environmentalists (for example: Wild Law, The Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights & Earth Jurisprudence).

A Typical Business Leader

Critiques of the modern corporation highlight its pathological self-interest, amorality, and voracious appetite for more. Historically corporations have cut deals with any style of government – from Nazi Germany to despotic states today. They influence policy for their own interest despite the social cost for example by consistently lobbying for weak environmental policy. They also concentrate unprecedented wealth in the hands of men who are, by and large, greedy, immoral and myopic.

Great Film: The Corporation

The exceptional film The Corporation evaluates the contemporary corporation’s behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. The film’s assessment is effected via Robert Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI who compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business to that of a clinically-diagnosed psychopath.

The psychopaths may have run amok unchecked were it not for a new crime of a scale never before seen. The crime, like the corporations committing it, is bigger than anything ever achieved before by man, thus requiring a new word; Ecocide: the extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished. A campaign for the United Nations to accept “ecocide” as a fifth “crime against peace”, which could be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), alongside genocide and crimes against humanity – was being launched in the UK this year by environmental barrister Polly Higgins.

Ecocide in the Niger Delta; guess who's behind it...

Ecocide is now happening all around the world. 10 ecocide hotspots include: Texaco Chevron dumping roughly 18.5 billion gallons gallons of crude oil and toxic waste waters into the Amazonian jungle over two decades; Vedanta Resources , a British company, planning to dig an open-pit bauxite mine in the forest’s of the ’sacred’ Niyamgiri mountains in India; Royal Dutch Shell in the Alberta Tar Sands referred to as the most damaging project on the planet which of course will now be overtaken by BP’s holocaust in the gulf of Mexico.

It is time for the green movement, civil society and any independent minded beings out there to wake up see what’s happening and take the fight to the source. Humanity’s survival depends on reining in the out of control behemoth that is disemboweling Mother Nature right in front of our unseeing eyes. The psychotic corporate machine is literally moving mountains, poisoning the sea, changing the atmosphere and making the planet in inhospitable. It must be stopped.

Photos from the gulf: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/disaster_unfolds_slowly_in_the.html

Ten worst ‘ecocides’ in pictures: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/may/04/top-10-ecocides

Protest in Washington, 11th May 2010 (photo: Chris Eichler)

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12 responses to “Big Oil is the dirty boot of an out of control sociopath committing ecocide

  1. Big oil is our invention.

    All of us who use the internal combustion engine and fossil fuel for heating created, and sustain, it.

    This oil spill serves to remind us that what we burn in our engines is toxic to our environment – in this case we are doing to the ocean quickly what we were planning to do to the atmosphere slowly.

    Anyone seeking a culprit should check the mirror, and anyone who wants to make amends should start now in their own day-to-day life.

    In the meantime we need to devise a way to incorporate ‘externalities’ such as this disaster into the price of gasoline, and we need to nationalize BP in order to ensure that it pays the full cost of the leak – many tens of billions of dollars.

  2. The worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.

  3. I would not totally blame the people either. I think most would change over if they could. Big oil is said to buy up patents that use other things for energy.

    Also I know I would change if I could afford to do so.

    But it is us too for not demanding that change. We do as a group hold the power over the corporations but we are too busy bickering over politics. That too is a smoke screen to keep people busy off the more important stuff.

    I would support the Venus project if anyone who reads it don’t know of it go to TheVenusProject.com and theZeitgeistmovement.com

    It can be changed but it will not be so easy to till most get on board.

  4. What can we do ?

    • Start reducing your consumption levels of everything.
      Given the nature of your question I realize you need to read it again:
      START REDUCING your consumption levels of everything.
      The reason: to produce everything you consume, someone took raw materials from natural resources; to transform them, he used energy; to make it get to you also took some more energy, and now multiply this by 6.000 million people. I know there are about 2.000 million that don’t consume at all, but some 300 million others on rich countries consume each by 20 average human beings.

  5. There should be a system of capping the amount of money that can profit any one trans/multi national. And when it gets there, it goes back into social/environmental areas world wide, thus balancing out our polluting ways and our hunger for so called progress/profit. There will be no natural environments left at the rate the economy works in this time. The sooner Govs and the people and those with consciences start to say no to the continuous rape of Earths resources for the shareholders and stock owners the better. We cannot continue with a capital model that pollutes, poisons, destroys massive natural eco systems/biodiversity and says its ok. Shame on Big Biz.coms world wide…shame on the bankers and shame on us

  6. The recent and tragic Deepwater Horizon disaster, which has served to demonstrate a shortcoming that all – banks, governments as well as corporations and society in general – have until now underestimated. Firstly, that oil exploration is an exceptionally dangerous activity, which can – and in this case has – result in loss of life, damage to property and destruction of the environment. Secondly, and crucially, such significant adverse environmental impacts have affected an area far broader than the site itself. This is what is referred to by the World Bank under their Operational Policy for Environmental Assessment risk analysis of projects as a Category A (ie high risk) project. We have seen tragically that this incident has and is likely to continue to have adverse environmental impacts for many decades to come and have an impact on an area far broader than the site itself.

    My conscience tells me that we cannot ignore this problem. Recent events demonstrate that existing policies are not adequate. What is now required are strong guiding ecological principles to be put in place before any further dangerous outcomes take place. This will require nothing less than us challenging our basic and fundamental assumptions on what is now acceptable damage to the environment and the ecology of the planet as a whole.
    There is no global legislation in place to ensure corporations take responsibility, or even anything identifying what responsibilities they have, which is why I am calling for the crime of Ecocide to be put in place, to implement a duty of care for the planet and a pre-emptive obligation to ensure very different outcome in the years to come than the tragedy that is rapidly unfolding today.

  7. “However, to this day, no organism, ecosystem or indeed, nature as a whole, has ever been afforded a legal right, despite their role in sustaining civilization.”

    thank you for pointing this out; which becomes insanely hypocritical now that Citizens United v Federal Elec. Com. has given corporations the same rights as humans. where are the rights for what we depend on to live – the planet?

  8. Another reason that makes me furious about big oil is how deeply entrenched they are with national governments. For all the climate change platitudes, hollow rhetoric and hot air from our politicians, their hypocracy and complicity is laid bare by the fact that Government subsidies for renewables is dwarfed by their untrumpted subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry – our tax money. http://bnef.com/Download/pressreleases/123/pdffile/

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  11. I wish to cordially ask permission to use your corprorate baby image for an article I am writing titled “Century of the Autobot.” It is a humorous yet serious article on how government manipulates the masses for the benefit of the corporations through mass media propaganda. If permission is granted I would very happily provide a link to this website. Please respond to given email.

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