The tragedy now unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred calls for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy – and that’s exactly the right response. America’s voracious appetite for oil must be curbed before our nation can move away from dirty, damaging – and sometimes, as the current crisis shows – disastrous drilling for oil in our lands and waters.
Today’s news roundup takes a closer look at the risk an ever growing oil slick in Gulf waters poses to brown pelicans, bluefin tuna and other species already fighting for survival.
Eimhear Marvel slept in a beanbag on the floor of the boat as her dad, Captain Peace Marvel, and I bounced across the choppy Gulf out of Venice, LA, Saturday afternoon. Eimhear (pronounced ‘emer’) is a strawberry-blond youngster who decided to accompany Peace and I on a trip to assess the extent to which oil from the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig had reached the Chandeleur Islands. But Eimhear had reasons of her own for being there. Two of her favorite animals were often to be seen on boat rides with her father, and she wanted to get a chance to see some dolphins and sea turtles.
When a human being ingests poison, some is absorbed in the stomach, and much is distributed to the vital organs by the blood vessels. For the Earth, the constant motion of water through its passageways can take oil and chemical dispersants to its most vulnerable and essential systems. Last night, a flight over some of the coastal wetlands and barrier islands of the Gulf of Mexico brought home the terror of this reality.
From wildlife refuge closures to hair “sausages” that might help sop up all that oil, here’s a roundup of oil spill news from Friday and Saturday.