Texas Shrimper Speaks the Truth to BP CEO

“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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3 thoughts on “Texas Shrimper Speaks the Truth to BP CEO

  1. DKN says:

    Hear, hear! And I honestly believe all it takes is a little common sense to know that the Gulf of Mexico has been screwed for a long time. All that industry in such a concentrated body of water….? Hello. Remember the surfers from Texas that were featured in “Step into liquid”?? All I could think when I first saw that was “hell – you couldn’t pay me to get in the water way out there”. Anyway, It’s a tragedy. Good post!

  2. DKN says:

    This footage of her was on NY1 last night but they didn’t really explain anything about what she was saying, they were only focusing on the hearing. Of course. That pissed me off. It made her look like some random protester, not the knowledgeable activist that she really is.

  3. Betty Victory says:

    I saw the same type of newscast that DKN saw of Ms Wilson. The newcast did not explain who she was or the fact that she had every reason to protest like this. She really is remarkable and brave. I am very worried for the whole Gulf. BP should be held to criminal charges–jail time. Its the only thing they would understand.

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