The leak was sealed 11 days ago, but the pollution — and the lawsuits — will linger on for a while. Meanwhile, BP chief executive Tony Hayward is expected to resign — and walk away with a payoff of up to $18.5 million. Angry? So is everyone else. Here’s what to do about it:
>> Help BP learn how to use Photoshop. Now that BP has admitted to touching up photos of its efforts to clean up the Gulf oil spill, Wired wants you to show BP how to greenwash better. “Apparently BP can no longer afford to employ people with even remotely reasonable Photoshop skills…. So let’s lend poor, embattled BP a hand and show them what people who actually know how to use Photoshop can do.” Submit your own handiwork — or vote on the funny photos other BP haters created.
>> Rage with Roger Ebert. If you’ve been avoiding the news like the plague because the images of the oil spill were too depressing — but now want to catch up on the news since the leak has at least been plugged up — Roger Ebert has a quick, easy-to-read summary of all the reasons you should be angry at BP, from the safety device not used to prevent the spill to the still-empty escrow account supposed to benefit those economically affected by the spill.
>> Fight against onshore drilling. The one silver lining of the Gulf oil spill is that more people now actively oppose offshore drilling. But onshore drilling is also a problem, environmental groups told congressional leaders in a letter last week, pointing out that “drilling for oil and gas often occurs in residential areas, yet it uses large volumes of toxic chemicals and creates large amounts of toxic waste.”