Poison oil: Al Gore and John Kerry were right, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin were wrong

It is no surprise that BP spent weeks giving false and ridiculous lowball estimates of the amount of oil spilled, tried to keep secret the videos of the spill and now threatens workers if they talk to the press. The secrecy of BP today carries on the tradition of Dick Cheney's secret energy meetings. Insects thrive in the dark. Secrets protect corruption.

Truth saves lives while secrets protect the poison and deceptions bring the deaths.

The greed mercantilism of Sarah Palin continues unabated. Her chants for more drilling are the mindless pitter-patter of the ignorant, offered in paid speeches, promoting the poisons of polluters, rooted in lack of knowledge, uttered in the service of greed, drenched in partisanship while the pelicans are drenched in oil.

I was one of the first to call for a criminal investigation of BP and am pleased it has come to pass.

Let’s release all the notes of the Cheney energy task force.

As for Mr. Hayward of BP, if he really believes there are no plumes of poison oil, I have a modest proposal for him:

Mr. Hayward should go where the scientists have found the plumes and enjoy an extended swim in those waters. When he emerges, there can be hoses and disinfectants for him, as he begs forgiveness from the people he poisons with his oil and the victims he infects with his dispersants.

Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney were wrong.

Al Gore and John Kerry are right.