Ides of March Is Annual

Blowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America by William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling is a book about, like the title suggests, the terrible BP oil spill in 2010. There were 11 people killed in this tragedy as well as countless non-human lives. This quote discusses the history of offshore drilling and how it came to be so loved in Louisiana. Making this sale was an enormous economic success, while the protection of the environment was barely even considered. “On a date that happened to involve the Ides of March 1989, an offshore oil lease sale was held in New Orleans, for tracts off the coast of Louisiana. There were no protestors, no state opposition, and few comments of any sort. At the sale, the Department of the Interior uneventfully leased 2.8 million acres off Louisiana to oil and gas companies, bringing over $380 million to the federal treasury” (Freudenburg and Gramling, 130). The authors refer to this quote in the context of the date of this sale, it does have a deeper meaning; however. Due to the fact that most people know of the Ides of March, Freudenburg and Gramling must have emphasized this date to suggest that this was not a good thing. They assume the readers are aware of the terrible ending for Caesar and that this event could lead to a terrible ending for the whole planet.

Cassius Dio writes of the events that occurred on the Ides of March many, many years before the 1980’s. The readers learn of some hesitation from those who took action against Caesar. “The second reason was their delay; for they stood in awe of him, for all their hatred of him, and kept putting the matter off, fearing, in spite of the fact that he no longer had any guard, that they might be killed by some of the men who were always with him; and thus they ran the risk of being discovered and put to death” (Cassius Dio, 44.15) This quote demonstrates a similar feeling to that of protestors against offshore drilling in Florida, California, and pretty much any state other than Louisiana. Although the murders of Caesar went through with committing their crime due to their hatred of him, while protestors only stand in a place of love for their cause and the environment, parallels can be seen between the two. In both cases, delays are made on the rash actions of the Ides of March and the attempt on life, or lives. If only the fate of the Ides of March could be avoided.
Freudenburg, William R., and Robert Gramling. Blowout in the Gulf : The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America, MIT Press, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central,
Created from brooklyn-ebooks on 2017-11-29 18:52:09.

-Sheila Kelly, Team Saturn


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