“As BP CEO Tony Hayward began his opening statement before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, a woman with what appeared to be oil smeared on her hands and face disrupted the hearing, yelling, in part, “you need to be charged with a crime…..”
The protester was the same woman arrested at a Senate hearing last week – Diane Wilson, a Texas shrimper and activist and co-founder of Codepink for Peace.”
Go Diane Wilson! Watch the video at CBSNEWS.com.
I’ve been following Wilson’s awesome activism for years now. She’s never been afraid to say what the rest of us are too lazy or corrupt to say. If you’d like to read more about her, she wrote an excellent essay on Grist.com: The BP oil gusher is just the latest in a long line of assaults on the Gulf of Mexico.
As she notes:
“The bottom line is that the Gulf of Mexico dies a little every day from the tens of thousands of chemical plants, oil refineries, and oil and gas rigs that pockmark the Gulf and its coastlines. It’s a death of ten thousand cuts, and many of these offenses don’t get reported at all. We, the public, really have no way of knowing. The companies and the agencies certainly aren’t going to tell us. They’ve proved that time and time again. The truth of the matter only becomes clear when something monstrous like the BP oil spill comes along and wakes us up to the nightmare.”
Not only would the threat of prison perhaps scare these corporate executives into giving a shit about the planet they plunder, it would also be cathartic for women like Wilson and me. Finally, these money driven dirtbags would experience a tiny portion of the hell we’ve put Mother Nature through.
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