Not all oil spills are equal. Commenter greenjay brings out attention to what happens when oil companies – Shell in particular – do the dirty in the Third World. What they do is they just move on. (Wonder how much Shell is paying in taxes these days?)
A damning reality from the Niger Delta:
Millions of locals have little choice but to eat contaminated fish and farm on heavily polluted land as a result of oil saturation. Life expectancy in the region has dropped to 43 years.
Of course that’s none of our concern. We have to keep fighting wars so we can drive down to WalMart for bottled water. And those wars we have to keep fighting? If we weren’t all over the Middle East to protect that dear oil, there probably would have been no 9-11 and we would never have gone to Afghanistan, where it is the 223rd day of the ninth year of the War there.