Is Obama blaming the Brits? Michael Wolff thinks so because Obama called the ‘British prime minister over the weekend and actually say he didn’t really blame Britain for the spill—which means, of course, that he does.’ –Vanity Fair
Friedman of NY Times says that it’s all our fault because we all need to ‘get real about energy independence’. Petrochemicals are even in our bloodstream.
(NEWSER) – It’s not like this is the first time, writes Thomas Friedman. We sat through the energy crisis of the ’70s, the 9/11 attacks, two Gulf wars, a financial meltdown, and did nothing to end our nation’s thirst for foreign oil. But maybe now, as we watch the toxic stain of oil darken our shores and choke our wildlife, maybe now, we’ll recognize whose fault this devastating spill is: Ours.
Citing a friend’s letter to the editor, (“This isn’t BP’s or Transocean’s fault. It’s not the government’s fault. It’s my fault. I’m the one to blame and I’m sorry.”) the New York Times columnist quotes Pogo that, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” But we’re also the solution, Friedman says, if we finally, once and for all get real about energy independence: “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste, but a reprieve and a breathing spell—which is what we’re having right now—is a really terrible thing to waste.” –NY Times
As if a rep for a chemical industry trade group is supporting Friedman’s claim, he urges us to look how we live before vowing ‘to exact revenge for the BP oil catastrophe…’
CHEMICALS TOUCH ON EVERY ASPECT OF MODERN LIFE
‘Before you vow to exact revenge for the BP oil catastrophe by swearing off petroleum, take a look around: It’s everywhere. Not just in the gas tank of your car, but all over the car, in your closet, in your kitchen, even in your shower. “A bottle of shampoo is about 100% chemistry,” a rep for a chemical industry trade group tells the AP. In short, if it’s plastic, it most likely contains petrochemicals.
“Just about anything that’s not iron or steel or metal of some sort has some petrochemical component,” says a chemistry professor. Petrochemicals are even in your bloodstream, and scientists don’t have a firm grasp on the long-term implications. “What we’re discovering is that there’s a whole world of low-dose (health) effects,” says another chemistry professor. The materials “accumulate in the human body, they persist in the environment.” –AP