Saturday, June 19, 2010

Oil and water don't mix

This November will mark 8 years since the devastating oil spill on the coast of Spain’s Galicia region.

This linked image represents the size of the current catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico as if it had happened across the Barcelona region.

Mean while, speaking about the disaster President Obama does little more in this video than make an appeal to some higher power, saying: “And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day.”

It is no longer "Yes, we can!" It is: "Maybe The All-mighty can..."


Czarny Kot said...

I was living in Bilbao when the 'Prestige' run aground.

It was a huge story, came close to bringing down the government.

The funny thing in the US is that Obama's most vociferous critics are probably those whose mantra not so long ago was 'drill, baby, dril!!'

Now BP is once again British Petroleum and the American media have a new villain with a very English accent.

Nothing to do with the complete lack of regulation in the US oil industry in the past decade. No siree..

As for Obama, he is in an unenviable situation. He has to be seen to be doing something but what can he really do? Not much. Hence appeals to a higher power.

How's the World cup looking from Catalonia?

Brett Hetherington said...

Thanks for the comment, Czarny.If there was any real justice this current oil disaster in the Mexican gulf would not bring a government down, it should bring a multinational company down. But, I'm sure that apart from dragging the share price lower BP will end up quite okay. [A fascinating semi-related piece on Jon Stewart last night:]

The World Cup looks pretty interesting from here. Some surprising results. There are plenty of Catalan players in the Spanish national team so I think that helps. Our 9 year old son is also supporting Argentina purely because of Lionel Messi!