For those readers just arriving back on Earth after an extended stay elsewhere in the universe, Fahrenthold and Eilperin refer to BP (BP) and Massey Energy (MEE).They go on to cite an academic's theory as to why things are different this time--though the academic in question doesn't exactly have an answer to the question being asked, but instead offers up the laser-like insight that things are, in fact, different this time.
"The difference between now and the awakenings that followed past disasters is as stark as "on versus off," said Anthony Leiserowitz, a researcher at Yale University who tracks public opinion on climate change.
"People's outrage is focused on BP," Leiserowitz said. The spill "hasn't been automatically connected to some sense that there's something more fundamental wrong with our relationship with the natural world," he said."
"If we don't do anything then, then it's a sign that we've entered into some newer, more passive mode of responding to disasters," Rome said. I can point to evidence of my own passive reactions to disasters.For example, when Firefox crashes, I often choose not to send a crash report.When I go to the fridge for orange juice and there's none left, I generally opt for another type of drink.Face it--we're all guilty.