I may have to change my pen name around these here parts from "Cowtown Pattie" to "Curmudgon Pattie".
Every time I read something like this, I get angry...angry about human stupidity. Do we never learn? Is there nothing that gives these big companies a conscious other than not performing per shareholders greed?
Now, before some wingnut starts spewing at me about how American needs more oil and how uneducated and whiney wildlife protectors are, I will agree that: yes, I like to drive my car. Furthermore, it is necessary to drive a private vehicle in the part of the country where I live, given that public transportation is far worse than scanty.
The same wingnuts should also grant me the concession that wildlife truly is endangered, especially our ocean-dwelling friends, and that big companies seldom give more than lip service to environmental stewardship. Yeah, yeah, we are the Land of the Free and Home of Brave. Spare me the patriotic rhetoric, I love my country as much or more than you.
However, I also care a great deal about how we as humans adversely affect our world.
In my heart, I know that letters of concern written to humongous corporate concerns are as effective as spitting in the wind, but for my own self respect, I have to try.
In the spirit of fairness, ConocoPhillips and Shell each have a link on their websites regarding the types of environmental efforts they contribute to and it is impressive at first glance. But, I am not naive enough to believe they do it for pure altruistic motive. Public Relations is just doing their job. My trust in our government and big bidness to do the right and humanitarian thing anymore is zilch, zero, nada, and GONE.
If you feel so inclined to join me to protest the type of seismic testing going on in Alaska, here are the snailmail addresses for ConocoPhillips and Shell:
600 North Dairy Ashford (77079-1175)
P.O. Box 2197
Houston, TX 77252-2197
Shell Oil Company
P.O. Box 2463
Houston, TX 77252
Tell 'em CP sent ya - Curmudgeon Pattie.