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Actions Speaks Louder Than Green Words

To Run Your “Green” Commercials During A Month Of Accidents, Insults Our Intelligence

449694main_oil_slick_690As the news on the astounding amount of oil escaping from the from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico grows more bleak by the hour, another oil rig accident about 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), from the first disaster site has taken place. The Coast Guard reported Friday (April 30), that a barge mounted oil drilling rig on its way to a scrap yard overturned about 80 miles (128.7 kilometers), west-southwest of New Orleans. It has the capacity to carry about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but Coast Guard officials did not know how much fuel was on board. Although no fuel leaks have been found (heard that before), as a precaution, 500 feet (152.4 meters), of boom has been set up around the rig to contain any fuel leaks.

Friday morning (April 30), in Fort Jackson, Louisiana, 70 miles (112.6 kilometers), from New Orleans, rescue crews with Tri-State Rescue and Research based in Delaware, are cleaning the first bird found coated with thick oil. The bird, a young northern gannet, normally white with a yellow head and a long pointed beak, is now shiny black. The rescuers expected more wildlife to come in throughout the day. (Make sure you folks keep the receipts for all that Dawn and Pepto-Bismol you’re using so BP can’t get out on a technicality when you bill them.)

Shrimpers in Louisiana and Alabama have filed class-action lawsuits against BP and owners of the exploded drilling platform, as claims for economic losses anticipated from the disaster began to mount. Texans who make their living on the Gulf waters are keeping weary eyes to the east. They know in calmer waters the current swings from the mouth of the Mississippi west to the upper Texas coast.

slide_6519_86545_largeThe National Weather Service predicted winds, high tides and waves through Sunday that could push oil deep into the inlets, wetlands, marshes, and lakes that make up the boot of southeastern Louisiana. Seas of 6 to 7 feet were pushing tides several feet above normal toward the coast, compounded by thunderstorms expected in the area. In those conditions booms are about as useful as water-wings on a beached whale.

NASA reported on Friday: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), declared the Deepwater Horizon incident “a Spill of National Significance (SONS).” A SONS is defined as, “a spill that, due to its severity, size, location, actual or potential impact on the public health and welfare or the environment, or the necessary response effort, is so complex that it requires extraordinary coordination of federal, state, local, and responsible party resources to contain and clean up the discharge” and allows greater federal involvement. NOAA’s estimated release rate of oil spilling into the Gulf is estimated at 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day based on surface observations and reports of a newly discovered leak in the damaged piping on the sea floor.

slide_6519_86366_largeIn the month of April alone, 29 miners were killed in West Virgina, 2 in Kentucky, and 32 in China, all working for unscrupulous companies preaching the righteousness of “clean” coal. Add in the 11 people that lost their lives in the the Deepwater Horizon explosion for a total of 74 people that are gone forever. Families of the 74 are saddened and changed forever. And the upper Gulf of Mexico coastline is going to be scarred – forever.

So, BP and all your big oil buddies, don’t waste your ill gotten gains making patronizing commercials espousing how much research you’re doing and concern you have for our planet. You are not convincing anyone, except possibly yourselves. Oh yeah, feel free to pass that on to your “clean coal” cousins too. Actions speak louder than words and as an industrial group, your actions’ has spoken volumes.

…. as the green future struggles to unfold.

Photo Credit:
NASA/Earth Observatory

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  1. Barbara Says:

    This story, both saddens and sickens me. As you say, it is getting worse by the hour, and not much effort is being made to clean it up. What a disaster!

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … They have shut down the fishing in the gulf from Louisiana to Florida. Just terrible.

  3. sandy Says:

    We so need to find alternatives for oil on some many levels. Everytime something like this happens, I think we’ll start to do things differently, only we never seem to do enough. sigh

    Thanks for the visit, hope to see you frequently. Glad you enjoyed Flat Stanley, and glad to hear about the cousins in TX. Such a worthwhile thing for kids of all ages to do.

    .-= sandy´s last blog ..Fish Hall Plantation, Barkers Field, Hilton Head, South Carolina =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Sandy … Correct! I am wondering what it takes to get corporations off of the oil syndrome. I guess it will take all of us to do something sustainable and watch them die on a vine. We had fun with Flat Stan and it is really good for the kids.

  5. Lissof Leuf Says:

    I guess it is time for the people to realize that we have the best Politicians that money can buy.

    And Big Oil, Big Coal and the rest of the “Energy Lobby” has a lot of Money!!!!

    It is time to hold our Politicians feet to the fire, ask them to disclose all Energy (Oil, Gas, Coal & Electric)Lobby $$$$ they have received each year in office.

    Now if that is not enough to frost your cookies,,,

    Who has been watching out for our resources???

    If that is not enough to get people to contact their elected representatives,,, perhaps this will.

    It is time for me to send these articles to my representatives and see what type of response I get back.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof …. Rave on my friend, rave on! All so true!

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