I'm Sure Jean Michel Cousteau Would Like To Smack Joe Barton
Yesterday I spent the day down at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel with Jean-Michel Cousteau. Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society is partnering with the hotel chain to start an Ambassadors of the Environment program that'll give people the opportunity to engage with environmentalists and go on excursions with trained naturalists. You don't even have to be staying at the hotel to do it. Open to the public. And it is AWESOME!
That's the view of the ocean from the hotel balcony. I kept thinking what it would be like to see oil floating on that water. Seeing this gorgeous beach, this water packed with surfers, made me think of another part of the world where oil from the BP spill is destroying the ocean and beaches -and I don't care what any optimistic folks say, it probably won't be the same for generations.
This morning, Cousteau's passionate talk about the ocean and how it's the, "life blood of the earth" was still in my mind. As I got my kids dressed, I watched the congressional hearings with BP CEO Tony Hayward. My jaw hit the floor over Texas Rep. Joe Barton apologizing to BP for the "political shakedown" the White House supposedly did in getting that $20 billion. AND, he said he's "ashamed" of the White House for doing so.
REALLY? $20 billion is a drop in the bucket. It doesn't even come CLOSE to covering all the costs of this and HOW DARE this man say that! I wanted to slap him. Cousteau is an amazingly nice man, but I'm sure if he could, he'd slap that guy too. I don't care what political party you are in... there is a such thing as standing in solidarity as a country against a common enemy. Yes, the enemy is a greedy, polluting oil company!
I hope Texans vote him out of office. I wish I could move to Texas just to vote against him!