One thing I have not explored as of yet is the ever-increasing rate of energy the growing population uses. The longer we live and the more people that consume the planet the more energy is needed to fund our iPhone batteries and our 15-minute hot showers on those cold winter mornings. Surely all that energy use must be having some effect on environmental welfare? I decided to investigate the top 5 most environmentally detrimental energy companies in the world, it may (or may not) surprise you to find out the our very own British Petroleum (BP) ranked number 4.
Now, you may look at that green and yellow logo and assume – as I have always done – that must be an environmentally friendly company! Yet, here you can see how appropriate colour placement can allow our natural association ability to deceive us. The colour and word green is so closely associated with the protection of the planet (Green Peace is one of the most famous charities that is looking to protect the planet). Yet it just so happens that BP have a green logo and layout on their website, Coincidence? I think not. It seems to me as though they are attempting to hide their Deepwater horizon oil spill that was labeled the ‘largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry’ and also killed 11 people; perhaps it was their refinery explosion in Texas and Ohio in 2006 that killed 15 people that they want to conceal, or maybe it was the 530,000 pounds of chemicals that was leaked in to Texas city air that they’d rather people not know about.
Whatever it is that BP are trying to brush under the rug, with 74,500 employees and operations in 72 countries they appear to be an extremely vast and profitable company so they’re clearly not going anywhere anytime soon. I’ll leave the link to an article I read so you can find out what the other 4 worst energy companies on the planet are: