At 6:20 AM on April 20th, the US Airways flight pierces through the low clouds hugging the Gulf Coast on its way from Orlando to Phoenix. Fifteen hours and three flights later, I land in Missoula, MT. There is no food and no time to get food between flights. I nearly miss my LAX-Salt Lake City flight because in less than an hour I have to go completely outside the airport, get on a bus to Terminal D, run really fast, then check back through security for my now-Delta flights. Oh the benefits which we have accrued via airline consolidation. The Continental/United merger should be blocked by the GOVERNMENT using existing anti-trust law.
Out in the Gulf that day 11 workers died when the British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon drill rig, that day hosting two BP executives, there to celebrate seven accident-free years on the rig, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing the toxic plume now spewing from a deep and angry earth, and one of the worst disasters in US history.
Our old friend Darrell picks us up at the airport. We celebrate our 4-20 reunion and drink Missoula-brewed and owned Kettle House India Pale Ale. Annheuser-Busch InBev (now headquartered in Belgium) and Miller Coors (a joint venture between the now-South African-controlled SAB Miller and the Canadian-based Molson Coors) now control 79% of the US domestic beer market. Wrap it in NASCAR and sell it as Patriot beer. Except…it’s all foreign made. More to the point, it tastes like shit.
We soon hear of plans by Exxon Mobil to truck enormous Korean-manufactured oil sands modules from the Port of Lewiston, Idaho along Highway 12 up over Lolo Pass, following the pristine elk-infested Clearwater River valley up the twisty drainage, then the world-class kayaking rapids of the stunning Lochse River down the Montana side.
All of this so the world’s most profitable corporation can then cross the Canadian border at Sweetgrass, MT and destroy scenic Alberta while mining Athabaskan oil shale. South Korea? Canada? Am I detecting a pattern here? There is talk in Missoula City Council chambers that oil companies are attempting to create a “permanent high and wide” corridor, through which they can haul their foreign-made tar sands oil equipment, hammering Montana roads in the process.
An announcement last week by Conoco- the Canadian (oh no, not the Canucks again) Bronfman family-controlled and distant 5th US Horsemen in size via it’s acquisition of Philips Petroleum- seemed to confirm those council rumors when it made public plans to haul 500 ton oil drums along the same wild and scenic route to supply its Billings, MT-based oil refinery.
On the same day an oil tanker collision off the coast of Singapore causes a crude oil spill in the Straits of Malacca. The next day Alyeska Corporation, majority owned by (you guessed it) BP, announced it had shut down its Alaska Pipeline after crude oil from storage tanks overflowed onto the tundra south of Fairbanks. Big Oil exposed. Were you tuned in to that channel? Now what are we gonna’ do about it?
The majority of US crude oil consumption is gobbled up by the military. The first step towards getting off the oil economy is to bring the boys home. We must cease to be surrogate Hessian-like mercenaries for the global oligarchy. Pay off the debt. Get out from under Chinese renmimbi and solve our biggest national security issue in the process.
The biggest crude supplier to the Department of Defense is BP, which gets a government check each year totaling $2.2 billion. There are a small but growing number of members of Congress who would like to debar BP from getting government contracts and leases. Already BP’s Texas City oil refinery is banned from receiving federal contracts after the company was deemed a convicted felon in 2009 for a 2005 explosion there. Another BP facility in Alaska was banned in similar fashion following a 2007 conviction stemming from a major pipeline leak.
So now this convicted felon, 30%-owned by JP Morgan Chase, is dumping Corexit 9500 into the Gulf. Corexit is among the most toxic oil-based chemicals approved by the EPA. Yesterday came the appropriately-named “Top Kill”, not to be confused with the clouds of oil now settling to the bottom of the Gulf- possibly due to the use of the dispersant Corexit. We may as well just call this part “Bottom Kill”. Then Halliburton (NO??) is given the contract to help clean up the mess.
On Wednesday, government officials overseeing the cleanup recalled 125 boats working on spill response in Breton Sound, east of New Orleans. This after workers on three different boats reported nausea, dizziness, headaches and chest pain. Top Kill indeed. I can hardly wait for “The Junk Shot”
Still, the crude oil flows from beneath the Gulf floor. A new government estimate, probably still at the low end of the range, says 420,000 barrels of oil have already been dumped into the Gulf, making this spill already worse then the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.
Think I’ll put off buying a car. Riding a bike everywhere has never felt better. This leads to the second thing we can do about it. Yes, we must quit being the global cop. But we must also quit being the global consumer. Our country suffers from a malady I’ve heard called “affluenza”. We are sedentary, fat and ignorant about the rest of the planet. We shop too much. We’re not as smart as we used to be. We have lost our moral compass. We have lost our dignity. We grovel before the rich. We suck up to our bosses. We like to scapegoat the poor and the powerless. We are cowardly lions.
There is a third thing we can do, but this will not happen until we find our courage. We can decide to create an alternative energy-focused USA Energy Company out of the nationalized carcasses of Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, BP Amoco, Royal Dutch/Shell and (yeah, what the hell) Conoco. Crocodile tears for the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Oppenheimers, Bronfmans, Goldman Sachs and the rest of the inbred Federal Reserve owners. To jail with them!
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com