This picture says it all – I am still astounded that there are those out there willing to support poor, maligned BP Oil. Offshore drilling needs to be banned forever.

Sure, I will hear from those who see this as the cost of keeping us in energy.  And there will be those who fret that these pictures over dramatize the situation.  Hmm, maybe they should take a bath in oil.

A brown pelican covered in oil.



About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Evert Mol says:

    When 5% of the world’s population uses 25% of the world’s oil, we are all collectively to blame. Or perhaps, Charlotte, if you don’t own a car or heat your house with firewood, you can be excused.

  2. Evert

    And when I write or talk about our gluttony for energy and our society based on consumption – guess what. I get called a communist, a socialist, anti-American, you name it. So, you figure it out.

    I own a truck – I drive as few miles as possible during the year. It is a 2004 truck, and I bought it new. I have just a little over 50,000 miles on it – part of those miles come from my refusal to fly rather than drive. So I drive to Florida occasionally to see my oldest son. Either way energy is used.

    And, I do not heat my home with wood. I have gas heat, and, during the winter, I keep my heat set between 60 and 62 degrees. How many spoiled Americans do that? I don’t have air conditioning which uses energy – granted, produced from a different source. I open my windows, and I have ceiling fans. How many spoiled Americans do that? How about you?

    So, of course, I can’t be excused, but at least I work on keeping my energy consumption as low as possible.

  3. Evert Mol says:


    Much of our natural gas comes from the same wells that produce oil in the Gulf. So we’re both guilty when we run the furnace. We keep the thermostat at 65 in the winter.

    We drive very little since we retired and our cars get over 30 mpg. I’m ashamed to say we have central air. I hate air conditioning but my wife can’t do without it.

  4. Andy S says:

    Charlotte –

    Not sure if you have noticed this, but some of the Lassus Handy Dandy Gas stations in FW, have removed their BP logos from their awnings and signs.

    I noticed the stations on Maplecrest and Stellhorn have done this. The gas station at the intersection of Maplecrest & Rothman has a big, wide-open hole in their outdoor sign where (I’m guessing) a BP logo used to be.

  5. Andy:

    I have noticed that. The one at E. State and Clinton also has removed reference to BP. Smart move, but they need to get rid of the colors as well.

  6. Evert:

    While some gas comes from offshore drilling, a larger share comes from the land based wells. I imagine it would be difficult to decide which comes from where since gas is a fungible thing.

  7. gweybright says:


    Your comment in post #1 makes no sense. According to your logic, if I stop at a local diner for lunch and become ill from the food, I should blame my desire to eat istead of the business that made the food. Businesses do what they do because they make money. Nothing wrong with that. But, business has an OBLIGATION to operate safely in whatever their field happens to be. In my opinion there is no acceptable level of risk whether it’s drilling for oil or making a hamburger.

  8. Evert Mol says:

    They’re out there drilling because the US has an insatiable appetite for oil, five times that of any other nation. And as long as that continues there will be more spills from offshore rigs, tankers, pipelines, etc. Even if this incident is due to pure negligence, there will be others because we can’t anticipate every eventuality and the technology is not infallible. But we can and should reduce the probability of future disasters by cutting oil consumption drastically.

  9. john b. kalb says:

    Lassus discontinued using BP gasoline years ago – long before this latest accident in the gulf.

  10. iceironman says:

    I was RIGHT!!

    PS. They put pics of this stuff up to effect people who dont think and only feel. I could care less about 10 dead birds. I care more about the 1000s of people obama put out of work with his forward thinking, inventive, awsome, ingenuitive, mora’dum on oil drilling. What about the millions lost on his great no fishing mora’dum. Guy is a genious!! So yes, you show a bird with oil, Ill show a family now forced on govt dole because of piss poor reactive, uneducated decisions by a harvard egghead.

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