I was surprised to read today that an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that sunk during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 has leaked millions of barrels of oil into the ocean and basically nobody's doing anything about it.
Taylor Energy, the owner of the platform, had been trying to keep the spill secret and succeeded for six years until scientists who were studying the Deepwater Horizon spill found additional oil slicks they couldn't explain. And the company essentially no longer exists — it was sold to a group of South Korean companies in 2008 and now has only a single employee.
With hurricanes like Ivan becoming more frequent and oil companies like Taylor Energy and BP doing everything in their power to shirk responsibility and cover up their mistakes, how can we possibly prevent problems like this? Are we just doomed? If governments can't or won't hold oil companies responsible, who can?
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