Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Big Miracle, Exxon Valdez & Oil Spill Paradigms

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After watching the Amazon Spills, the Exxon Valdez, Kalamazoo and the many other horrific spills that have occurred,  many of us recognize the paradigms of the Oil spills, the Corporate Army of Oil Giants and the events that occur but for those of you unaware please do read my post and the many others I have created. Inform yourself because this could/will be in your backyard, neighbourhood, vacation paradise and then who will you blame. WE MUST ALL MAKE A STAND!
Read below to get a better understanding of how things really play out. See other links.

There 3 things I want you to consider carefully. Here are some links to explain it better. I getting tired. (this section was from a much larger post..  )

1) The movie is very different than the book 
 (Inspired by does not mean true)

Big Miracle is a 2012 British-American family drama film starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The film, directed by Ken Kwapis, is based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose, which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.

 Big Miracle tells the true story of three gray whales trapped beneath Arctic ice in the fall of 1988, and of Operation Breakthrough, the collaborative efforts to free them by oil company executives, activists, Inupiat people, the U.S. military, and Soviet ice-breakers 
2) The Press/Media made a Event from a non- Event

The movie shows how all of the participants in the rescue used or tried to use the media for their own purposes, including Greenpeace, which had to bring in more people to answer *phones as calls came in from all over the world and the oil man portrayed in the film by Ted Danson.

* see they didn't have the internet YET!!!

**Remember my other post- about grassroots, power of the media is the new didn't exist when this whale rescue happened. We can use it to OUR advantage. So keep that in mind. Because TOGETHER we WILL change the world!

"The film focuses on the challenges of the arctic conditions and the bigger challenges of finding a way for the humans to set aside their differences for a common goal.  It also touches on some ot the darker themes Rose addresses more extensively in his book, as indicated by its original title:

Freeing The Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event 
 "Rose points out that the Soviet ice-cutting ship portrayed in the media of the time and the movie of today as the whale-saver was actually in Alaska as a part of the USSR’s whale-slaughter industry, the largest in the world at the time of the rescue and for many years after. "
"Rose’s book explores the role of the media in what a cynical character in the movie calls “cat up a tree” stories.  The rescue of the three whales had enormous public appeal, but all around it were stories the media overlooked that were more important by any measure.  Rose calculated that the cost of the rescue and media coverage was more than $5.7 million."
3)- (I need to find the link) but the guy that cleaned up the Exxon Valdez oil spill, he got really rich cleaning it because he got chosen for being nice OIL guy in the movie. Updated (see documentary below- watch at the 6:45 mark)



"The $500,000 ARCO spent on Operation Breakout was one of the best investments it ever made. A $20 million public relations campaign** couldn’t have bought a tenth the goodwill ARCO earned helping free the three trapped whales. It seemed to be perfect timing.

ARCO cashed in at a critical juncture in the history of the slumping Alaskan oil industry. No oil company in Alaska ever received more favorable press coverage than ARCO did during its two week investment in Operation Breakout.

Usually the rich whipping boy of the environmentalists, ARCO now worked side by side with Cindy Lowry and Greenpeace.

In the game of P.R. Pac-Man, ARCO swallowed any hint of criticism by pouring tremendous resources into a rescue destined to save three animals endangered by nature, not man’s insatiable carving for fossil fuels.

Of course, ARCO’s work on behalf of the three whales stranded in Barrow did nothing to clean up its share of the more than 11,000 acres of North Slope Arctic tundra the Environmental Protection Agency said were ruined by oil drilling."

Here's another article if you link to read.

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Paradise Lost

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