BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is in the news regularly, with efforts to control the flow of oil from the well and clean up the mess. It goes without saying that anyone affected by the current BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be very concerned. The environment and eco system are endangered. Tourism in the affected areas are suffering as tourists cancel their plans to visit affected beach areas. Even if the oil doesn’t show up on shore, the smell of the oil may carry for miles.
A group of Grannies in Florida (South Florida Raging Grannies) wrote a song and posted it on Youtube complaining about Halliburton and BP. This video may go viral. At the time of writing, almost 16,000 people had seen the video.
What is very interesting are the comments from the public about the video.
1. One set of comments takes a strong position on banning off shore drilling.
2. Another theme is the argument that these grannies are not aware of their dependence on oil and oil based products such as plastic and cosmetics. One funny comment was ‘ if you want boycott BP, buy a bike’. There are comments about the video itself..the fact that the Grannies are singing from a car; one of the men has 2 jet skis behind him. The car and jet skis are powered by the oil. The plastic and costume jewelry are also made of components that are extracted from oil.
Many countries in the world are dependent on oil for many of our everyday living, most prominent is the fuel for cars and trucks. North Americans live a lifestyle depending on oil based transportation. Hybrid cars are a step in the direction to reduce that dependence as is adding Ethanol to the gas we use. As oil reserves are depleted, the new ones are harder to get at. Since water covers most of our planet, deep sea oil drilling has become ‘normal’. It is not without its risks.The oil is already getting scarce so ‘harder to access’ oil is being tapped, with its risks of a possible disaster like the one affecting the BP platform.
It is interesting to see how many pages of comments there are in just a few days and how strong the feelings are on both sides: those that side with continued access to oil in the Gulf of Mexico and those who want BP to go home. BP is only one of the companies doing deep water drilling. If all drilling and oil extraction from deep sea beds were all to stop, gasoline prices would rise substantially with major effects, no only on individuals like these Grannies but also industry and trade in general.
The debate around deep sea oil drilling, brought about by the BP oil spill disaster, will continue to rage in the months ahead. In the meantime, BP’s customers are calling for a boycott of BP stations in the US. Until the well stops spewing out oil and the cleanup is undertaken, and communicated, BP will continue to have problems with its reputation and customer satisfaction.
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