Each week, the Culver City, California, Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) displays a Poster of the Week. On May 29, 2015, their chosen poster is the one I chose to remix this week. As you can read below, it reads, “We are opposed to oil drilling and exploration off our coast.”
1) Affiche source / source poster :
Greenpeace, « We are opposed to oil drilling and exploration off our coast » Offset print (1970).
The text below accompanied CSPG’s poster of the week in their email ans was sourced by Santa Barbara Independent, Counterunch and Democracy Now!:
CSPG’s Poster of the Week was produced by Greenpeace in response to the Santa Barbara oil spill which occurred in January of 1969. It was the largest oil spill in United States waters at the time, and now ranks third after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez spills. Within a ten-day period, an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara County in Southern California, fouling the coastline from Goleta to Ventura as well as the northern shores of the four northern Channel Islands. The spill had a significant impact on marine life in the Channel, killing thousands of sea birds, as well as marine animals such as dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions. The public outrage engendered by the spill, which received prominent media coverage in the United States, resulted in numerous pieces of environmental legislation within the next several years, legislation that forms the legal and regulatory framework for the modern environmental movement in the U.S.
Last week, crude oil from a broken pipeline once again leaked into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara and washed ashore at Refugio State Beach. Plains All American, the company which operates the pipeline, estimates 105,000 gallons of oil have been spilled into the ocean thus far. The pipeline is has not been equipped with an automatic shutdown valve in case of a leak, because it operates outside of the regulatory oversight of the county.
Speaking on Democracy Now!, Linda Krop of the Environmental Defense Center compared the 1969 incident to the current situation, pleading for an end to oil development:
“The 1969 spill occurred from an offshore platform blowout. And after that spill occurred, everyone thought that that was the end to offshore oil drilling in our area, and that’s not the case. The federal government did continue to approve more platforms off of our coast going into the 1980s. But one of the good results from the 1969 oil spill was that that is when most of our federal environmental laws were passed, in the early 1970s. And we have a lot more laws on the books. We have a lot more regulations. We have much more advanced technology. And yet, you still have oil spills happening all over the place. And what this shows us is it doesn’t matter how strong the regulations, how advanced the technology is, oil spills are inevitable. And the only way to stop oil spills is to stop oil development. This pipeline was not an isolated incident. This pipeline was carrying oil from our offshore platforms, and if those oil platforms weren’t there, the pipeline wouldn’t be there, and our beaches would not be fouled.”
When with they every learn?
Affiches remixées / Remixed posters :
« Nous, nous opposons à la fracturation pétrolière »
Creative Commons (téléchargement .pdf download)
11″ X 17″
par/by Chester Rhoder (2015).