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All of the images of the aftermath of the STILL ongoing oil spill from boston.com are amazing, but this one really hit me. If we don't learn big time from this one and make serious changes in what we're doing, we deserve nothing less than what we get.

It's too bad we humans have the astoundingly bad combination of tremendous power and even more tremendous stupidity, because it's the animals and the environment that take the hit.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I just hope we don't overreact. From what I have seen so far, we are not overreacting yet. Putting a 6 month ban on new drilling, while we put new regulations in place, makes sense to me. However, there are people (particularly down in the south where they're feeling the effects), that want to go even farther (too far, in my opinion).I really wish we didn't have so much reliance on oil, but the reality is that we are stuck with it for the time being. I am a very strong supporter of the green energy movement, but we aren't there yet. We still need to drill to try to take us away from dependency on foreign oil. But I sincerely hope in the long term that we can nearly eliminate oil from our country's infrastructure.
Matthew Woodward said…
But we've been saying "we aren't there yet" for decades. Until we cut the cord we'll never get there.It's sad that it might take events like this to push us hard in the right direction, but we can't keep waiting. Screw the auto industry, screw the oil industry, and screw everyone else involved with this mess. The government needs to make a bold move like "no more drilling after 2020" and we'll figure it out. We always do. Unless that happens we'll keep making these same mistakes over and over again, and eventually one of these incidents will be too big to fix (if this one isn't already).
Anonymous said…
I would support a 2020 (or even sooner) deadline to stop drilling. Now we just need a new set of politicians with the guts to make such a law.
Matthew Woodward said…
That's the hard part. Too many wimpy politicians who can't afford (either politically or financially) to piss off the oil and auto industries. No one ever stands up to do the right thing anymore.I can't help but think if we had the political climate we have today back in the 60s, we never would have made it to the moon. We used to solve big problems quite well in this country. Now greed runs the show.

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