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If Only Our Problem Were a “Large Air Spill”

May 14, 2010

Mississippi River water (left) meets sea water and an oil slick that has passed inside of the protective barrier formed by the Chandeleur Islands, off the coast of Louisiana, on May 7, 2010. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

While sitting in FCNL’s beautiful green building each day, I can’t help but wonder if the oil spill/leak/explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig of April 20th, which has now been dumping barrels upon barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for over three weeks could have been avoided? (Want to find out just how big this spill really is? Check out these images, and see what it looks like in comparison to the DC metro area – things are looking pretty ‘slick’)

An article in today’s New York Times uncovers evidence that, “The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species – and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.” In reading through this article, I learned that the scientists and engineers, whose job it is to assess the risks of such endeavors, were repeatedly silenced when they raised concerns about the impacts of such projects. Something about this picture is ‘fishy’….

While discussing this with colleagues here at FCNL, I was alerted to the recent post on the popular Huffington Post “BREAKING: Large Air Spill At Wind Farm. No Threats Reported. Some Claim To Enjoy The Breeze.” Maybe instead of the ‘drill baby drill!’ mantra, we should all be following the lead of the person who commented, ‘blow baby blow!’

A wind farm - where our biggest problem could be an 'air spill'

At FCNL, “We seek an earth restored.” This won’t happen if disasters like the Deepwater Horizon continue and large corporations are allowed to continue exploiting natural resources without consequence. And it won’t happen if we continue to ignore new and innovative forms of energy.

In peace and hope for ‘an earth restored,’

For more on FCNL’s Environment program visit our website. And please also consider contacting your senators about supporting the CLEAR Act, the bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (WA) and Susan Collins (ME) which would decarbonizes the U.S. economy and compensate consumers for the inevitable increases in energy costs.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Polly Jeffers permalink
    May 14, 2010 7:55 pm

    “Blow baby blow!” Excellent!!

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