Monday, May 24, 2010

Oh. Fuck.

Via the all knowing-all seeing Jack Crow, commenting on DFH emeritus SMBIVA:


  1. Looks like we're not only going to need a new planet, but a new environmental movement. Anybody here seen this?
    (user:, pass: ststephen)

    In the days after the immensity of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became clear, some Nature Conservancy supporters took to the organization's Web site to vent their anger.

    "The first thing I did was sell my shares in BP, not wanting anything to do with a company that is so careless," wrote one. Another added: "I would like to force all the BP executives, the secretaries and the shareholders out to the shore to mop up oil and wash the birds." Reagan De Leon of Hawaii called for a boycott of "everything BP has their hands in."

    What De Leon didn't know was that the Nature Conservancy lists BP as one of its business partners. The Conservancy also has given BP a seat on its International Leadership Council and has accepted nearly $10 million in cash and land contributions from BP and affiliated corporations over the years.

    "Oh, wow," De Leon said when told of the depth of the relationship between the nonprofit group she loves and the company she hates. "That's kind of disturbing."

    The Conservancy, already scrambling to shield oyster beds from the spill, now faces a different problem: a potential backlash as its supporters learn that the giant oil company and the world's largest environmental organization long ago forged a relationship that has lent BP an Earth-friendly image and helped the Conservancy pursue causes it holds dear.

    The crude emanating from BP's well threatens to befoul a number of alliances between energy conglomerates and environmental nonprofits. At least one group, Conservation International, acknowledges that it is reassessing its ties to the oil company, with an eye toward protecting its reputation.

    "This is going to be a real test for charities such as the Nature Conservancy," said Dean Zerbe, a lawyer who investigated the Conservancy's relations with its donors when he worked for the Senate Finance Committee. "This not only stains BP, but, if they don't respond properly, it also stains those who have been benefiting from their money and their support..."

    More at the link above. Being the assholes they are, the Post wants you to "register" to read their content; feel free to pinch my login creds to see the rest of the story.

  2. I've been following this on Monkeyfister's blog and Life After the Oil Crash (

    And people laugh at me for spending what little money I have on storage food and booze.

  3. All credit to Corrente and Monkeyfister. I just happened to link it one extra step.

  4. Aw rats! I kinda like the idea of your being omniscient. Oh well.

  5. Alan,

    It might be time for a takedown of the Pwog Patrol. They're worried about "optics" and Obama's political response to Deepwater.

  6. You mean like this, Jack?


  7. Also, Alan's favorite, Extreeeemeee.

  8. And you've hurt my eyes, Jane. Lakoff? "Main business of government is empathy?"

    I have a tumor now.