The Hydra-like creature, Goldman Sachs, has surfaced from the Gulf oil volcano.
Illinois-based Nalco Corporation is responsible for the Corexit 9500 chemical dispersant highlighted by experts as being 4 times more toxic than the oil that is flowing into the Gulf. Scientists in congressional hearings added that the dispersant is more toxic than other similar dispersant on the market. Naturally, whenever a major disaster takes place — especially when major, society-altering solutions are being offered — one needs to follow the trail of money and power to see who benefits. Sure enough, a casual search of Nalco’s Web site reveals their company history; it leads right to the doorstep of Goldman Sachs.
Nalco seems to have started in 1928 Chicago and became immediately involved in both the oil industry and water treatment facilities. 1982 seems to have been a massive turning point for the company as their Web site states, “ORS-419 is used in the tires of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The Nalco product is the only non-silicone product of its type on the market approved by the space shuttle tire’s manufacturer.” Thereafter, things really seem to have taken off as shown here:
1983: Nalco breaks ground for a new 300,000-square-foot trio of headquarters buildings in Naperville, representing an investment totaling $90 million.
1984: Nalco introduces the PORTA-FEED® reusable container system, the most advanced liquid chemical handling system yet introduced.
1985: Nalco leads the chemical industry in the development of CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a forerunner of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and the CMA Responsible Care® initiative.
1986: Nalco consolidates groups from the Energy Chemicals Division and Oil Field Services Division to form a new Petroleum Chemicals Division to be headquartered in Sugar Land. The new Petroleum Chemicals Division will include Visco Chemicals, Refinery Process Chemicals, Additives, Adomite Chemicals and Gas and Oil Handling Chemicals Groups.
1989: Sales top $1 billion.
Then, in 1994 Nalco joined forces with Exxon Chemical to announce the formation of a new alliance “Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals, L.P. to provide products and services to all facets of the petroleum and natural gas industries.”
Another name change occurred in 2001 when the company became Ondeo Nalco. Finally, in 2003, we learn who has taken the reins to lead us into the present. As their site states: “The Blackstone Group, Apollo Management L. P. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners buy Ondeo Nalco.”
Global sales now exceed $4 billion and the Gulf cleanup is in the hands of a group of corporate pals who have brought us such fine moments of humanity such as Blackstone’s “locust capitalism” hostile takeover binge which triggered a major political backlash in Germany and elsewhere, and the newly proposed austerity measures coming to America. Apollo Management is in the Wall Street Journal’s Who’s Who in Private Equity with the very human investment strategies of leveraged and distressed buyouts and debt investments — investments now top $37 billion. And, by now, Goldman Sachs’s reputation precedes itself as having engineered the housing crash and exacerbating a financial meltdown in Greece and across Europe.
Yet, Goldman Sachs is far too gluttonous a creature to be happy with administering the profits from the physical fallout of the Gulf disaster. The kings of the carbon market — yes, that market that trades nothing but air — have not been having an easy time of it pushing man-made global warming. In the Gulf, however, they have their cohort, Barack Obama, well positioned to steer the pirate ship back on course. It was Obama who helped fund the carbon program from its inception after all. Right on cue, Obama’s e-mail campaign is launched to exploit suffering at the behest of his corporate controllers.
We are living in a full-blown international corporate command and control system where even the most basic rescue efforts are in the hands of proven pirates. It also has become clear that the pirate flotilla is owned by Goldman Sachs . . . and the president of the United States is the captain.
It seems that the heroes always pay the most in real life tragedies. This CNN clip reports that almost all of the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers are now DEAD. This doesn’t bode well for the Gulf oil spill workers who have recently been told they’re not allowed to wear respirators. And with no end in sight for the gusher, surely these health problems will effect residents as well.
Council on Foreign Relations member, Matt Simmons, was quoted on June 23rd in the Washington Post, “We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”
And to add to the growing speculation that evacuations were being planned, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen in a Gulf oil spill press conference on June 25th suggested that evacuation plans were underway. He even discussed some of the logistics: “We would designate essential and non-essential personnel, and non-essential personnel would basically take shelter. Ideally, we would not do this at the same time they are trying to do an evacuation of citizens, so there’s a staging of this, and we actually would coordinate that with FEMA and the local governments.”
If Katrina was any indication of how the U.S. government handles mass evacuations, then responsible residents should begin planning their move now before they are forced to leave at gunpoint. Remember military in the streets and “temporary” FEMA housing? It seems clearer by the day that mass evacuations may be inevitable as several imminent threats to human health are converging with no end in sight. Experts are sounding the alarm on many fronts:
• Hurricane season is rapidly approaching which will contaminate everything.
• A gigantic methane bubble has been discovered which can explode.
• Methane levels at 1 million times normal levels along with other dangerous toxins in the air.
• Corexit dispersant is reportedly causing mass crop damage.
• Oil rain has been reported in multiple Gulf coast states.
Since these health risks do not carry the immediate shock effect of a powerful Category 5 hurricane, it may be difficult to convince residents to leave the area especially with the EPA’s history of lying about air quality. Therefore, the authorities may have to use even harsher measures to get citizens to comply with evacuation orders. And where will the government put 20 million displaced Americans?
Over the years researches have revealed that FEMA camps do in fact exist and surely they will be utilized in an event of this scale. Government documents indicate many more have been built since the last time the U.S. government actively used them to lock up Japanese Americans in internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Surely, FEMA will call these locations something mild like temporary “Relocation” camps to soothe the scared public.
With no viable solutions to stop the oil from gushing and the deadly toxins from leaching into all life systems, it seems the region may become a dead zone for decades to come. Clearly, free-thinking residents must be contemplating their future along the Gulf coast as quite bleak. For Gulf Coasters, it may be wise to evaluate relocation options now before FEMA invites you camping.
We conducted an e-mail interview on June 22 with Mike Baldwin who details the latest from his area of the Gulf. For more information about Dirty Cajuns and contact information for how you can become involved, please visit their PROFILE PAGE.
What are the current conditions in your area, and how have they changed since the spill began?
As far as the area where Drew (founder and main contributor of dirtycajuns.com) and myself live: we haven’t been affected directly by the oil. We’re further west and inland from where the oil is currently hitting shore. Drew has been traveling to coastal communities and documenting what is happening there, and you can see the conditions as we found them at the time at The Dirty Cajuns YouTube Channel. What we have seen locally is shifts in supplies of seafood and that will affect jobs and prices here. Obviously these pale in comparison to what’s happening in the coastal communities that are bearing the brunt of this disaster, as their way of living is being eradicated by polluted waters and politics.
What is the primary concern among people in your area?
I think the primary concern is: what are the long term effects going to be? We’re all talking about the health ramifications; and especially if a hurricane hits any part of the state people are concerned about the aftermath of that. Job prospects are another grave concern. Louisiana’s economy stayed relatively strong after the banking collapse in 2008, but that was largely due to the fact the economy here is driven by oil and natural gas production. I know in the 1980s Lafayette experienced an exodus due to job relocation to Texas; while I don’t believe it will be as dramatic as it was then, no one is really sure what’s going to happen next. The economy here has diversified since then, but is it enough? Time will tell.
Have you been receiving any cooperation from government agencies?
As an organization we’ve been focusing on reporting how local workers and citizens are reacting to the aftermath of this disaster. We really haven’t had too much contact with government organizations yet, but it’s obvious that the US Coast Guard and USGS are out there; we just haven’t dealt with them yet. For the most part, they’re unwilling to talk to us because of the current litigation.
What is the primary goal of your organization?
Our primary goal is to show the public what is going on and how people feel without the limits that are typical to traditional media. We see ourselves as a new media outlet for what’s going on the Gulf Coast and how people feel about it. We aim to bring stories that are often not heard for more than 5 seconds because of time limitations in a news package. We hope that by showing real people and allowing their stories to be told, people will see the personal side to the stories and not just what traditional media deems fit for publication.
Is there an issue that you feel is not being reported by the mainstream media?
There are a lot of issues at hand that the mainstream media hasn’t touched for whatever reason. Singling out a particular one is hard to do because issues seem to be rising faster than can be reported. What doesn’t help the cause is that BP is starting to do media blackouts resulting in that the real stories aren’t told. So I don’t necessarily blame the traditional media for not telling the whole story because I think their access is being limited by BP who have realized that their public image is only getting worse.
What is the best way people can contribute to your efforts?
I think the best thing people can do is to reflect on what skill sets they can contribute to this recovery process. Dollars and cents to the cause is definitely a great start, but I think action speaks louder than that. Because the extent of the damage hasn’t been assessed, and some areas are too hazardous for untrained citizens to work in, I think people need to start getting creative about what they can do. Keeping politicians accountable to their promises is a start, but overall I think if more people voiced their opinion and acted on it, a lot more could be accomplished.
Do you have any personal statement you wish to add?
Overall, as an organization we are committed to documenting what is happening for posterity and awareness. We hope that the work we’re doing will inspire others to not turn a blind eye to the disaster and actually take action to change the current conditions.