Contributing Monkie Boise Thomas
Published on May 26, 2010
A look back at Pearl Jams Concert Protest against BP Oil to protect the Great Lakes. BP has a long history of being the root of major oil disasters. The current major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t the first evidence of BP making bad choices in the name of making a quick buck.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was once quoted as saying that when he saw himself on the cover of magazines at the supermarkets, he “hated that guy”. Not sure how the rest of the band felt about him, but one thing is certain: you can add BP Amoco to the list of things Vedder and Pearl Jam hate.
While the oil giant is often considered more enviro-conscious than their oily competitors, their Whiting Refinery in Indiana has a new permit that gives them permission to dump over 1,500 lbs. of ammonia and almost 5,000 pounds of suspended solids into area lakes. And Pearl Jam doesn’t approve.
Pearl Jam has done one better. At Lollapalooza, they performed a new song, “Don’t Go To BP Amoco”, which you can see in the video below, shot by someone in the audience.
A story like this just makes me feel powerless and grateful to Pearl Jam for standing up. In fact, I’m inclined to write the U.S. Government and complain, but it seems they have standards — and according to those measures, BP is still at 50% the max allow levels. Does that mean we should add Uncle Sam to this ever-growing list as well? Shouldn’t this be front line news, with our new President Barack Obama, taking back some of the record profits the oil companies pulled in via the $4 a gallon price hike last year? Shouldn’t he fine them and using the Billions to clean up the mess they created?
If you want to do your part, you can write your own song. Or your congressman. Make Eddie and the boys proud. Whether or not you “hate that guy,” you have to appreciate his passion and his band’s commitment to the planet.
EPA Photos of the massive pollution happening to the Great Lakes