As I write this, a huge catastrophe is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. 5,000 barrels (200,000 gallons) of oil per day are spilling into the gulf and wreaking tremendous environmental devastation.
Rather than detailing this particular catastrophe that is so forefront in the news these days, I would like to point out something even more important. This is a catastrophe. This was an accident. No one meant for it to happen.
However, oil spills are not only foreseeable, they are an inevitable consequence of our horrifyingly devastating substance abuse and addiction.
Oil spills, far from being infrequent, are highly common and are increasing in both frequency and severity over time. Make no mistake about it. The only way to stop oil spills is to stop oil drills. The devastating effects of the Valdez spill that is still remembered as one of the worst, were merely more publicized than most. The spill happened in U.S. waters and on U.S. soil, so, for once, the ever oblivious American population took note. Valdez was not even that large by oil spill standards.
Check out this history of large oil spills. Unfortunately, though the history is truncated at 2004, the spills have not stopped since then.
When you are done being thoroughly disgusted by this substance that is far better left buried for so many many reasons, please take action and urge a stop to further drilling. Here is one site that makes it particularly easy to do so.
And, when you hear some idiot like Sarah Palin chanting “Drill Baby Drill” at some rally, remember that what they really mean is “Spill Baby Spill.”