The BP (“Event”) Horizon disaster has unveiled that there have been many other, unpublicized oil spills into the community of oceans around the globe. Now comes the news that a “pipeline” burst in China and we have to see photos of a Chinese worker all gooed-up in oil like he is sinking in old American western movies quicksand.
Since 1983 there have been oil spills polluting (remember that word?) the seas of the earth, many without the fanfare of today’s Gulf of Mexico ordeal. I even know a few people that say that the Deep Water [Event] Horizon cataclysm was the intentional grounding (or “watering”) of an expendable asset by corporate collusion. Another example of greed amuck.
We are way past knowing that we need to engage in alternatives to oil and coal, and yet so far behind in the thinking aspect of it we risk never catching-up in time to avert successive global perils and more frequent disasters, as the planet adjusts to the sloppiness of its human population. I’m jus’ sayin’!
Check out this chart I found…and it isn’t even up-to-date!!
|What Year?||Where did it occur?||What tanker was it?||How much oil did it spill (in tons)?|
|1983||The Persian Gulf||Nowruz Oil Field||600,000|
|1983||South Africa||Castillo De Belluer||250,000|
|1988||The Monongahela River||Storage Tank||3,800,000|
|1993||Off The Shetland Islands||Braer||26,000,000|
|1996||Off SW Wales||Sea Empress||18,000,000|
I often wonder if it is possible for the earth to totally run-out of oil and leave man high and dry. One PHD in these kinds of scenarios remarked recently via Earth Talk about “the need for vast investments in energy efficiency and the rapid introduction of new, non-oil energy sources.” Amen, sister – but when? Time has greased the skids, and is slipping away fast. What do YOU think should be done asap?
I present to you another kind of “deepness”; when I first heard the name “Deep Water Horizon” I thought of this movie:
A long lost friend of mine who is not from the USA would probably say that “it is all bullshit; they did it on-purpose!” And now I believe her.