Published on February 24th, 2012 | by Isa Cann2
For Appearance Sake: The BP Oil Spill Now
BP would be happy if we put the Oil Spill out of our minds. Therefore they spend millions to assure that the public forgets the long term damage to wildlife. The message from BP is that most everything is back to normal, sponsoring ads to entice tourists back to Gulf, and funding university research on the aftermath that is certain to skew the results (where money goes, goes accommodations to keep that money flowing). Don’t suppose that because a positive seal of approval emanates from an esteemed university is the information true.
Do you wonder what the long term repercussions of oil spills, particularly BP’s in the Gulf of Mexico, are on our economic development, oceans and other waterways?
I have recently spoken with an *ocean science PhD who indicates that some research professors are being bought by BP. After all, funding provides their and others’ jobs. To them, it may feel like the right thing to do for the Gulf economy at large; lie to save or increase ocean industry jobs.
But ethics ought to prevail nevertheless. Economic development built upon a foundation of half-truths is certain to tumble. It is up to the public to ask the questions common to critical [news] media literacy of their news sources:
1. What does the new really mean? Is critical information left out of reports?
2. Who is providing the news? Are they capable of understanding the data in sustainability – or **sustonometric – terms?
3. Who is paying for the news? Is it a non-profit who has nothing to really gain? Or is a corporation with everything to lose?
Look more deeply and discover some truths. From there our foundation of understanding is more solid and opportunities for repair are hopeful.
- * The PhD is one who must continue to have an open dialogue with the researchers who are perpetrating the inaccuracies. Therefor I won’t make her work difficult by revealing her name.
- ** Sustonometrics is the dynamic of environmental care in the face of economic development.