Obviously oil, with its importance to the economy, to modern technolody, to modern society, with the gazillions of currency items (dollars, pesos, kroner, rubles, euros, yuan) which follow in its wake, with its effects on the political process in any number of countries, demands its own narrative.

As an intial marker, check out theDemocracy Now page on BP.

See More information about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.