Posted by: kennyt212 | June 9, 2010

(Re)liability

Hello again everyone! There’s a lot of information going around regarding the oil spill, and I hope it is all being taken in with optimism and encouragement.

One of the big topics of discussion in Congress this week is BP’s liability for the disaster.  BP has promised to pay for all “legitimate” damage, but there are still questions on what “legitimate” entails.

Specifically, the focus of many Congressional committee hearings this week has been on the 1990 Oil Pollution Act and the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, which, in a nutshell, have liability caps that could limit BP’s “economic damage” costs for the oil spill to $75 MILLION.  The main proposal in Congress right now is to either raise the cap to $10 BILLION or eliminate the cap completely.

While sparing a lot of the specific details of the liability discussion, it’s clear that there are a lot of political, economic and social arguments on both sides of the coin.  For example, while raising the cap and allowing the government to hold BP accountable to damages could definitely help bring some “compensation” and “justice” to the victims, experts also claim that changes could potentially put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk.

Regardless, as the discussion of oil spill clean up and liability continues to move forward, it is clear that the effects of the disaster are really starting to strike a chord with people.  Many people and organizations, including the federal government and BP, are starting to feel the urgency and pressure to respond and take the appropriate steps.

The overwhelming  feelings of grief, pain, and anger that are shared by many, particularly those in the Gulf Coast region, can be highlighted in a recent news story involving Diane Wilson, a long-time advocate of reducing pollution in the Gulf Coast region and author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Sea.  Click here to read the brief story of her arrest today after she covered herself with oil at the Senate Energy Committee meeting.

If pictures are worth a thousand words, seeing a fellow human being covered in oil is definitely a strong reminder of the thousands of oil spill victims who are suffering on a physical, mental and spiritual level.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and keep learning about how we can respond in positive ways to the disaster.

Thanks for reading, and check back soon for more updates.  Stay strong and keep the faith!

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