Some interesting conspiracy theories are circulating (along with the oil) about the cause of the Deepwater Horizon event. It seems likely that Halliburton is more directly responsible than BP itself. Whatever the truth, it is surely one of the most reprehensible acts in humanity’s endless war on nature.

Our unwillingness to leave fossil fuels in the ground is the root cause of this disaster. This means each one of us has a share in our collective guilt. At every election, we continue to sanction our corrupt, capitalist, dictatorial, democracies to wage war on our behalf. The next question is: who will be in the front line when Nature’s avenging empire strikes back?