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Though it felt like I was about to parachute behind enemy lines, it ended up being ok. I didn't get to hit all the points I wanted to, nor reflect all the good ideas and advice others had given me, but it wasn't a disaster.
The Boycott BP effort has been an extremely good vehicle for normal people to express their outrage and be heard by government and big oil. There's much more to do and new tactics to use to capitalize on this devastating eco-trocity.
We need to pressure recipients of BP sponsorship to return the sponsorship to BP or perhaps donate it to the victims. We should continue calling for the Obama administration to put BP's US assets into receivership to guarantee that the resources to pay reparations to the victims and fund the cleanup remain available.
Serious thought should be given to what avenues are available to BP or affiliated stations who cannot get out of distribution contacts.
AND - lastly: 2 relief wells is not enough. They should be drilling 8 relief wells as sometimes it takes at least that many. They aren't doing it because it would cost too much and they might succeed with only two. That's not good enough, and that's exactly why we need to federalize the fix and clean-up effort. Next quarter's profits are not the issue. The next quarter century is.
A note about what I regret not getting to say. I wanted to reflect Steve Kretzmann's phrase "We need a Separation of Oil and State." The Oil industry has pumped $243,000,000 into election campaigns since 1990. John McCain received the most from BP in the last election with Barack Obama a close second at over $70,000. We must take control of our transition off fossil fuels, because otherwise it will not happen - until what's left is merely ashes.
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