"We're About To Die Down Here!"

by
Abby Zimet

Could it get any worse? Now there are reports that fishermen hired to
clean up BP's oil disaster - which closed the fisheries thereby
rendering them unemployed - are getting ill from exposure to oil and chemicals. And
- surprise! - the company gave them no protective gear. Was there ever a
better argument for nationalizing, say, every private industry? Then
again, a furious James Carville notes, the Feds have screwed things up almost as bad.

"They
[BP officials] told us if we ran into
oil, it wasn't supposed to bother us. As far as gloves,
no, we haven't been wearing any gloves." - George Jackson, former
fisherman, now cleaning up BP's mess 

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