Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thinking Green

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.


Daryl said...

While I dont condone drilling, that was an accident and given the # of off shore rigs there are that have been working w/o accident ...someone on ''This Week'' on Sunday pointed out that wind farms kill more birds every day then that oil spill will. Again I am not condoning or promoting just looking at it from another perspective.

Rambling Woods said...

I am with you on this one...I think I need to start Thinking Green again. What about a Monday instead so I can spread it out and open it to the color green so it would get more exposure....Michelle

christopher said...

I have been upset by the spill as well. And I also think that President Obama's support for more off-shore drilling is short sighted.

Fossil fuels are finite in nature. I believe we would be better served working, in earnest, on alternatives.

The earth should not be bleeding oil.

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

I agree with you Bobbie! I can't believe Obama lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling in certain areas. I have no doubt it was used as a bargaining chip for passing his health care reform bill.

The problem with offshore drilling is, accidents like this will happen again. It's not a question of if, but when. Each year U.S. drilling operations send an average of 880,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. And there it stays. Did you know that the oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez in 1989 is still sitting on the bottom of Prince William Sound?? They can't get rid of it.

Our oceans can only take so much. . .

Obama has delayed lifting the ban--for now. But I'm with you, he needs to know that such a ban needs to stay in place. For good.

Sign a Petition

bobbie said...

I have signed the petition of course, and urge others to do that and to write their own letters as well.

I don't call something an accident when we go into it knowing that an "accident" is almost inevitable. It's like driving drunk. You have to know that no good will come of it.

Tootie said...

I have to agree with most everything said here. Although I don't think that wind farms could possibly do as much damage to wildlife as this oil spill most probably will. said...

without clean oceans, we are all doomed. Thanks for this important post Bobbie, & the link too, Lisa.

me ann my camera said...

How wonderful that you have HUmmingbirds already and that you are able to so easily take pictures of it. The oil spill is horrendous and so disastrous. How sad that such happenings occur. Happy mother's day tomorrow. Family is such a blessing and mothering is a lifetime role. reap the joy that goes with it all. Ann