"That's not fair" is a phrase I often find myself saying. And while the obvious reply is "life isn't fair", I don't always agree.
Excluding acts of God, human beings determine what happens in this world, and we contribute to the unfair nature of life. Corporations are some of the worst contributors to this unfairness—the focus on the bottom line (profit) can make other critical factors seem less important. And oil companies are probably the worst of the lot.
In 2010, oil giant BP caused an oil spill that lasted from April to July in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven people died, and the marine ecosystem was severely impacted. It was called the Deepwater Horizon spill (you know it's bad when it has a name). Despite extensive cleanup efforts, up until three years later, oil was still being washed ashore. And even to date, the marine animal population is lower than it used to be. Scientists have said that the full impact of the spill is still unknown.
What caused the spill? In an attempt to cut costs and save time, BP used shoddy materials to construct an oil well and installed a poor safety system.
I know I said corporations are the worst—and they are—but oil