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BP strikes again.

Oil and Dispersant filled crabs showing up on the Gulf seafood market.
BP is playing the jobs card here the same as they do on the Gulf. They’re wanting to re-open “extraction” of the oil shale beds near Guffey and Florissant CO.. Park County… near the non-fiction town of Southpark. To do it they’ll be basically mining the oil, taking rocks, crushing them and boiling the oil out. Using the really scarce water resources, every drop of which is claimed by people as far east as the Mississippi and all the way to the West Coast, Brownsville, and Mexico. The watersheds from here flow to everyplace lower than here, which means, everyplace in the Western two thirds of the United States. Which was why the Shale Oil enterprises were shut down before they could even get started back in 1974. We’ve got at least 8 candidates on the ballot who say that cost Colorado jobs.

They neglect to mention the jobs which will be destroyed when the ecosystem is destroyed, when more water than is actually available is used for cooking the shale, and the runoff from it is going to be Toxic. BP and Exxon-Mobil are the biggest contractors wanting to do this. The ones who say their little Ooopsie Moments aren’t destroying every non-Oil job in the gulf either, the ones Sarah Palin “Stood up to” in Alaska, the ones who the Government of Alaska “negotiated a tough settlement” with over Exxon Valdez, real tough, about a penny on the dollar worth of tough.
Spill, baby, Spill.
The same kind of “Tough Negotiations” that Tancredo, or Maes, perhaps, would do. Maybe have a bankrupt and imprisoned for life ex-Exxon employee held responsible for the rest of the money. Real tough… tough on the Non-Oil Corporation workers who will be displaced by such a disaster. Speculative? Until late this spring the Oil Spill in the gulf from Deepwater drilling was “speculation”. Nothing to see, citizens, keep moving, nothing to see…

Oh, and they’ve got Halliburton involved. Not surprising, Halliburton is the largest Oil Facility construction company in the world. Halliburton which cut loose its subsidiary Industrial Labor Services just before they broke my feet up. Neat little idea, subsidiaries. The CEO of ILS was taking out Social Security employee payments, the FICA tax, but not paying it to Social Security, nor of course the Employer Contribution. And got busted. So rather than the whole corporate umbrella, who were also beneficiaries of the scam, walked away from it unscathed. A very few financial officers of ILS actually did “hard time” — three years at Club Fed, for their theft. Compare that to comment 15 about a person getting a Life Sentence for a different money fraud, a $750 hot check also perpetrated in Texas. Rich folks get all the breaks because they own the courts and the cops.

Just like they own the Colorado judges, prosecutors and cops who will be responsible for deciding their liability when they do an Oopsie-moment in our water supply.

Just like the gold mine Toxic Waste Dump Gold Hill Mesa that local Real Estate Tycoons are selling as residential properties, starting at the $160K all the way to a half million apiece to own a home on top of Toxic Waste.

Just like Massey Energy is skating after the 29 deaths of Mine WORKERS and Massey CEO and TeaBag “hero” Don Blankenship not losing a penny on the settlement or a moments sleep over his guilt for their Murder.
11 workers died on the oil rig too. But they were only workers so BP and their mouthpieces like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin don’t give a measurable fraction of a dead rats ass about them or their families either. Far less the Alaskan fishermen from the Exxon-Valdez spill, or the people on the even larger and far less contained Spill, baby, Spill!! off the coast of Louisiana. The Oil Corporations don’t give a shit about their own employees, why would they care about the workers who Aren’t their employees?

“Clean” Coal on defensive, downplaying REAL Clean power

So they’re spending a few hundred million nationwide promoting their bid for MORE unsupervised unregulated Mountaintop Removal Coal (and other minerals) Extraction, with the accompanying subsidies they’ll get if WHEN the Tame Departments of Interior, Defense and Energy and the even Tamer Congress grant them the Official Clean Energy Okey-Dokey. They downplay wind and solar as not being viable (“the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow“) AND claim that even when they’re used they’ll “need” to Strip Mine and destroy the environment for the metals. Which is bullshit on several levels, there’s far more recyclable metals ready for harvest than can be gotten from any level of mining in the conceivable future. One Industry LIE down the tubes. With Solar and Wind producing their PEAK output at the same times of day that the PEAK demand is, there isn’t actually any need to build MORE coal power plants or start new strip mines. AND the production of Wind and Solar is going up even with a tiny fraction of a percentage of the Public Subsidies that the Coal, Oil and Gas industries have enjoyed for more than a century. Almost a century and a half.

The Railroad Act, the Public Utilities Act, to name a couple. Military and civil grants to develop technologies specifically to use the products they’re first stealing and then selling. To their own Publicly Subsidized utility companies. And having the Military simply TAKE any coal, oil and gas that’s not offered at a price the Oil and Gas and Coal companies demand. The Police State apparatus they use to keep the Workers doing what Workers do and Corporate Leeches DON’T (which is, say it with me class: Actual WORK) by suppressing Unions and other private organizations, and also suppressing any Public Regulation of their own Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection.

The Mountaintop Removal mining which they also claim is safe and doesn’t affect anybody downstream has been proven wrong so many times it’s hardly worth mentioning, but the “Clean” Coal companies keep consistently LYING about it that it has to be mentioned.

The Male small-mouth bass turning into Female small-mouth bass downstream from their “safe and clean” mountaintop removal operations is just one example. The Mining Company TOXIC “gold hill mesa” Waste Dump here in Colorado Springs

Which is in the middle of OUR neighborhood spewing Toxins

and is being sold as a “Traditional Colorado Springs Community” yeah, right, if you count the many times the mining industry has poisoned this area of Colorado and everyplace downstream from it… sure, that’s a “Tradition” that the Mining Corporations and their Real Estate Accomplices have long practiced.
Another prime example of how “safe” their industry is to the people who, unlike the Corporate Executives, don’t make money off them poisoning us.

BUT… the fact that they’re running these ads and the very nature of these ads means they’ve got a chance of LOSING their fat Government Subsidies and they Know It.
That’s another project for the TeaBags, too,

Stop Sucking up to the Energy Corporations and start STANDING up to them. When Don Blankenship, Murderous CEO of Massey, shows up at your TeaBaggings, lynch the bastard. Take bricks with you and stone him onstage. Instead of treating him like some kind of rock-star and cheering every word that spews from his Lying Mouth.
Same with Sarah Palin, the Other Energy Corporate Suck who you treat like a rock star and cheer every word that comes out of HER Lying mouth.

If you can’t recognize who the REAL enemy are, then I’ll help you out, just like right now.
Stop lynching “liberals” in Effigy and use the ropes and torches to get the REAL enemy, who just by a weird coincidence SPONSOR your “grass roots” Astroturf Rallies.

They’re starting to show their True Colors, at the very least drag them out of their Corporate Suck hiding places and expose them fully for what they are. The way WE have been doing for a long time.

Otherwise you’ll be paying your taxes DIRECTLY to their corporate coffers and just skipping the middleman.

By the way, their Commercial Mouthpieces are the same ones who claim that Oil and Gas extraction in the oceans is “safe” and the same ones who LIE to you and say that forcing the Oil and Gas and Coal THIEVES to pay any measurable sum of their stolen money back in taxes is somehow going to harm oh, what was it BP’s Chairman called us, oh yeah “The Small People”.