Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Yes, I am still trying to think green, and my "green" is still the blue of the ocean.
The horrendous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has brought disaster to the residents - human and otherwise - of the area. It has destroyed the economy, taken away the livelihood of so many families, and caused dreadful suffering and death of wildlife as well as humans. Dr. Barbara Block, research scientist with the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, has pointed out that the Gulf is America's greatest fisheries nursery. The bluefin tuna was already in serious trouble before the spill.
The particular spot where the spill occurred is also the nesting area for endangered sea turtles.
Our President recently encouraged further development of off-shore drilling for oil. I believe this was a serious mistake on his part. I now believe the terrible "accident", if you care to call it that, is proof of this mistake. I urge everyone to make him aware of this in no uncertain terms. There are other sources of energy. And there is such a thing as restraint of indulgence and greed and gratification of our every desire regardless of consequences.
The photos are from the Monterey Bay Aquarium blog, Sea Notes.