Watching the Gulf … Again

As the Earth Day Oil Spill smacks the shores of Louisiana today, I thought I’d post some of its photos, and share excerpts of a story on this disaster.  (See full gallery here.)

At some point, human residents of this planet have to wake up and recognize the fallacy of celebrating “the Earth” for a single day out of each year, while we spend every single day (including that one) ignoring the corporate destruction of it.

The promise of the Earth Day Oil Spill is that it offers us a chance to do precisely that.

Excerpt from the Reuters story (“This Oil Leak is Different“), below:

” … this leak is different because it will be difficult to stop. It is not like the Exxon Valdez, where the ship’s size placed an upper limit to the total possible volume of the spill. A major factor this time is water depth: the leak is nearly two miles below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where remotely operated submersibles are the only tools yet able to reach the site.High tech as this sounds, submersibles now deployed may prove no match for the volume of oil leaking from the well, now estimated by NOAA at 210,000 gallons a day (5,000 barrels a day).  It may take additional drilling rigs and weeks or even months to stem the flow.”

The Obama Administration responded today.  The President ordered all offshore drilling, which had been greenlighted, halted — at least until the investigation into this spill is complete.

The far right weighs in with some opinions on the timing of the disaster.  Don’t click if you have an allergy to tinfoil.

My take on this:  once again, turn down the sound and watch.  Notice where, once again, this is happening.  Notice the language of the crisis.  “Hurricane.”  “Disaster.”  “Unprecedented.”

And ask yourselves — how many years later?  Not even a handful.

What is natural about any of this?

Gulf Coast view, including car still submerged from Hurricane Katrina.

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One response to “Watching the Gulf … Again

  1. Dancewosleeping

    I read this on HuffPost today…
    “A new analysis of seafloor video indicates that nearly 70,000 barrels are gushing out every day, NPR reports. That is at least 10 times the U.S. Coast Guard’s original estimate of the flow, and “the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez tanker every four days.”

    The earth, she has been abused. And the earth, she is mighty pissed off.

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