What Are The Damages Wrought By Oil Spills? Essay

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Introduction What are the damages wrought by oil spills? The answer appears painfully simple however it affirms itself through argument less than through visceral photographs: pelicans suffocating in oil, masterpieces of oil laden water, people like surgeons in gloves and masks cleaning the shorelines. We may think that, as suggested by Tatjana Soli (2010) in The Lotus Eaters, “pictures [cannot] be accessories to the story within the frame; the best picture contained a whole war within one frame.” What about those effects that cannot fit in the frame, effects that accumulate long after the initial clean-up is over, effects that corporations responsible are reluctant to pay for because they are ‘inflated losses, or losses that do not exist’? The government, needing short-term wins, pushes policies that have positive short-term effects. How do we bring to attention and track slow violence, “the persistence of unofficial hostilities in the cellular domain...moving through the living body of the land itself” (Nixon, 2011)? Although Rob Nixon (2011) in his book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor focuses on writing about wars and nuclear disasters, his insights can be productively adapted to other events such as oil spills, where there is a contest over the administration of difference between those who count as a sufferer and those dismissed as non-sufferers. Conflicts proceedings create rival regimes of certainty manipulable by political and economic interests.…

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