July 26th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

In Gulf oil disaster, cameras can't capture the human toll

Jessica Ravitz

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The family business has closed, and the couple can't work - for themselves or for BP, it seems. Their neighbors and community leaders, she says, are showing a kind of greed she's never seen before. They aren't the people she thought they were.

"Everyone's out for themselves," says the woman, who like many in her small Alabama town has a lot to say but won't say it except anonymously. "I was telling my husband the other night that I'll be glad when the Lord calls me home. I'll be glad to leave this place."

For a moment, forget about saving wildlife. Think not about the oil, the well, the sullied waters. Put aside any blame of corporations or government and dismiss projections about what will happen to the economy or the environment. Plenty of experts, officials with impressive titles and everyday people in the Gulf Coast and around the country are losing sleep over these matters.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Yes with Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby (drill baby drill) Jindal ordering the Louisiana National Guard to act as sentry's and BP goons to prevent camera's and reporters from filming and reporting on current events, yep Camera's can't capture the human toll.

    With the US Coast Guard guarding against private and independent Ocean vessels from filming the surface and underwater carnage, yep Camera's can't capture the human toll.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm |