Disaster for Sale.
The petroleum industry is one of the largest catch-22s of the modern world.
We are dependent on petroleum for many reasons: not only is it the very foundation of the civilized world’s energy consumption, but the extraction and refining of petroleum provides the raw material for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, plastics, and more. At our current place and time in history, the world runs on oil. You use it. I use it. It’s all around us.
Yet we don’t always make the connection between filling our gas tank at the pump and how that oil gets there in the first place, or where and whom it comes from. Extracting and refining petroleum is a political, environmental, and very precise scientific process that directly and indirectly affects just about everybody on this planet. But when disaster strikes, we are loath to take responsibility for it.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the worst marine oil spill in history, so naturally it’s now a Hollywood blockbuster complete with a star-studded cast and tons of explosions, premiering in theaters and IMAX on September 30th.
But when you stop to consider what this movie is actually about, it’s no surprise that BP—the operator of the oil rig—is not too happy that the film is happening in the first place.
Here’s how they tried to stop it.