Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gulf Coast disaster worsens every day

The Gulf disaster is more frightening every day as the situation seems to become more complex than first thought.

While fear is one of the predominant emotions invoked by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there is plenty of room for anger as well.

I have always and will continue to be angry that greed trumps common sense. The question of the hour has to be, is it safe to drill into the earth's 
crust at depths far below the ocean's surface in our quest for black gold?

I can scarcely believe that there are still calls for off-shore deep-water drilling for oil, especially by the same people that are being harmed the most and crying the loudest by what might prove to be the largest environmental disaster to face modern man.

Important decisions should be made by intelligent people rather than wealthy people with something to gain.  Worshipping the almighty dollar has violated the rights of individuals, countries, and perhaps all of humanity. I hope it is not too late to learn from our mistakes.

Even if the oil leak were plugged today, irreparable damage has been done to ecosystems beneath the sea. These are ecosystems that we have not even fully explored. Some species will likely be eradicated before man can fully understand them. All species are important to the overall survival of all of us. I am not a scientist, and yet it is clear that the situation in the Gulf is dire.

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