Seeing a bit of SEC football this weekend, I couldn't help but notice the sponsorship and propaganda partnerships of Gulf Coast governors and BP touting 'the cleanup'.
I confess to being one of the people initially suckered in. But, when I spoke to relatives who live near there or have friends with cottages at Gulf Shores, I couldn't reconcile what we were being shown with eyewitness accounts of real people.
Then came the realization of looped fake footage, only one airplane pilot claiming flyover videos, a splicing of the Mexican oil leak Ixtoc, etc. I started looking into "black smokers" which are naturally occuring asphalt vents in that region of the Gulf.
So the real worry was whether or not they were actually using this corexit unnecessarily. A nasty toxic chemical with no real market.
Now in retrospect, what was the purpose of this psy-op? Well, there was the increase in prices because, good grief, you were given a camera view and encouraged to cheer on BP struggle to save the planet. But also, it seems that the Fukushima event was a tie-in in my mind.
Both were set up to instill in the minds of people, the dangers in deep water drilling, and then the dangers of nuclear power, so that when the Libyan Invasion/Revolution to take over those oil fields (which I understand has some of the lightest, sweetest crude), began on the heels of it, there was an unprecedented lack of concern and interest on the part of Western citizenry, by and large.
It was and is sort of viewed as the same as "the Arab spring", and not some takeover of a sovereign nation.
It was just kind of weird how after telling the public just one year ago, hundreds of millions of barrels of oil and toxic chemicals were dumped there, that the beaches are pristine as ever, the seafood abundant and life is back to normal and now they just need to air these commercials to deprogram the public that it never really happened. And the government and BP partnership is stronger than ever. Thank you big oil! We appreciate those campaign contributions, too.
And they lived happily ever after.