Music Video | BP Did a Bad Bad Thing

Musician (and deep sea explorer) Gale Mead has made a music video that could become the anthem of a new generation of environmentalists coming of age during the BP oil disaster — a tragedy that, as Mead’s lyrics remind us, is still unfolding.

From "BP Did a Bad Bad Thing"

Based on Chris Isaak’s song, Baby Did a Bad Thing, Mead has combined images and words into a potent, nearly overpowering, brew of anger, grief and protest.

Can Solar Power Compete Against An Oil-Rigged System?

Las Vegas slot machine

Talk about a vicious circle.

The artificially low price of gas just bit us in the butt, big time. As Washington Post writer Ezra Klein points out, however, the circle goes well beyond the horrific toll on wildlife caused by the BP oil disaster. It goes farther than the lost tourists dollars and the crippled seafood industry in the gulf — each losing billions.

The real damage is the self-perpetuating nature of our addiction to cheap oil. By forcing workers, taxpayers and the environment to absorb the real costs, we prevent serious development of any alternatives. Solar power isn’t just renewable and clean, it doesn’t cause mega-disasters like the oil-spewing well at the bottom of the ocean. A wind turbine can’t break and result in a “catastrophic wind spill” — Stephen Colbert’s concerns, notwithstanding.

Yet these and other safe and reliable technologies are forced to compete with Big Oil’s bogus pricing. “Solar and wind are just too expensive,” claim energy pundits and oily politicians, who should, and often do, know better.

The lie of “cheap gas” is self-perpetuating. Solar, wind and wave power will never be competitive as long as the system is — pardon the pun — rigged.

[Read this post, along with an excerpt from Ezra Klein’s.]

Oil Spill Update: BP Cap Not Working

Oil flowing from beneath the 'cap'

BP’s latest attempt to plug the well gushing oil on the ocean floor appears headed the way of “Top Kill,” “Junk Shot” and the rest: failure.

Above is a grab from a live video feed just a few minutes ago (see time/date stamp inside red box), showing oil still flowing freely — despite the cap placed on it last night.

I write more about the failed attempt in my True/Slant blog.