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Whose eye is on the sparrow? BP oil spill

Posted on the June 7th, 2010

Up until very recently I have been unable to bring myself to look at photos of the birds and other wildlife dying horrible deaths from the effects of the BP oil spill.

The oil company itself, however, is also trying to prevent the public from seeing some of these photos, according to an article last Wednesday in the New York Daily News (“Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill” by Matthew Lysiak and Helen Kennedy, June 2, 2010).

According to a BP contract worker quoted in the article:

There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don’t want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It’s important to me that people know the truth about what’s going on here,” the contractor said.

It is heartbreaking to see these photos, but sometimes our hearts need to break. Otherwise how will we ever learn that we have to change our oil-consuming ways? BP certainly isn’t going to help us.

(The thumbnail above is from a story about oil stricken birds, in the Kansas City Star online last Saturday — “Birds frozen in oil: image of a desperate summer” by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer. To see the full photo and a series of others, go here.)

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