Posted by: Vicki Burns | June 14, 2010

BP Oil Spill – Are We Getting the True Picture?

I was amazed to learn that BP has actually purchased search engine terms on Google and Yahoo in an effort to control what people will find when they research online the oil spill going on in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m not sure why I’m amazed because controlling the public’s access to information about a variety of situations from wars to government programs has been going on for some time. The concept of “putting a spin” on something seems to be a well accepted practice.

Sadly though, there is very little positive spin that even the most talented spin doctor could put on this environmental disaster. I’m struck by the number of people who have mentioned the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to me – many of whom have not indicated any concern over environmental issues in the past. Maybe that is the positive that will come from this tremendous fouling of waters – a wakeup call to all of us that we need to do a better job of protecting the natural world that sustains us.



  1. I believe that the Oil Spill is going to create mass destruction to the environment and I believe it is just the beginning. Seafood will eventually perish, crops will feel the affect of the polluted earth and famine is heading our way. Maybe not today but sooner than many thought
    There are more people and organisations and institutions and governments to blame then only BP.
    But one thing IS CLEAR : Oil-BAMA should have and could have done more then he did !

    Josefina Argüello – Mexico

    • I think that this oil spill is going to have very significant impacts on many different areas of the environment, marine life, humans, etc. However I’m not sure what else Obama could have done other than making sure that there were real safeguards in place before allowing drilling. I hope that is going to happen now but I’m not at all confident that those safeguards are in place in Canada. What else do you think he should have done?

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