The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed that corporations enjoy the same rights as individual persons. At the same time, corporations and their leaders are all-too-rarely held accountable for their actions in the way an average citizen (or even a smaller business) is.
For instance, in the Exxon Valdez disaster, one person was left holding the bag for what was admittedly a horrific choice, but was hardly the real reason for the massive tragedy that befell Prince William Sound and the creatures who called it home. Corporate decisions and policies, led by BP, had far more to do with the spill than one man and his whiskey.
ProsecuteMassey.org is one group trying to change that.
Prosecute Massey is a citizen response to the explosion at a Massey coal mine on April 5, in West Virginia which killed 29 miners. The mine had been previously cited for safety violations, and was generally known by workers to be unsafe, yet they had little recourse in their economically depressed and polluted areas but to continue to go to work. Corporate greed and corner cutting were responsible for ruining 29 families. (at least)
Now there is the incomprehensible catastrophe which has, for all intents and purposes, ruined the Gulf of Mexico for decades, and we see that same criminally negligent corporate mindset is responsible yet again. Will there be punishment this time?
Or will BP be considered “Too Big To Fail”?