Hello. The new Social Media Intern, Jordan, here. For my first blog post, I wanted to take a little time to introduce myself, and then encourage you to weigh in on an extremely important current issue.
I am from Cambridge City, a small town in East-Central Indiana with a population of about 2,000. I am a senior at Oberlin College, where I am a History major and am working on minors in French, Jewish Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. I am passionate about AIDS research, human rights, and the environment. That last one is especially relevant now, with what is certainly one of the worst environmental disasters of our time - the BP oil spill.
Although many people are joining in this discussion and are representing many different perspectives, we want to highlight more women’s voices. I personally would like to hear from people with knowledge about the positives and consequences of oil as a fuel or political insight into the responses and actions of BP and President Obama from the past couple of weeks.
Here are a few different Op-Eds to get you thinking:
- OEP alum Christine Bader wrote a fun piece in the Christian Science Monitor titled “BP, Goldman Sachs, and Massey could learn a lot from ultimate frisbee” where she discusses government regulation of industries.
- In the Chicago Tribune, there’s an article about how “BP Bashing is getting a little out of control.”
- Columnist Anna Applebaum of the Washington Post wrote about the issues behind President Obama’s “talking tough” in an article called “The Oil Spill isn’t Obama’s Katrina.”
- An article in the LA Times, “The gulf tragedy doesn’t negate the fact that oil is a green fuel,” discusses the use of oil rather than other fuels.
- And here’s an article from my hometown paper, the Palladium Item, about why the unrest about the oil spill is “Healthy in the Long Run”. Although I may not always agree with the spin on my local news (hardly ever, actually), I do agree that the oil spill has presented a greater opportunity for the search for alternative energy sources.
I’m glad to be here and I hope to read some of your insights!