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BP Oil Leak; environmentalists to blame
First of all, for anyone who believes in gravity, it's a release, not a spill! Second, since the tree-hugging lobby has forced the oil developers to seek out remote drilling sites 5,000 feet down to the ocean floor, it has made it difficult to stop the release. Had this been on land, it would have been stopped weeks ago (and then it would be called a "spill" too!) I have seen the live streaming video of the releases, and it does not appear to be "shooting out", as though it were under high pressure. This is due to the water's counter-pressure on the release. With such low pressure, why is it so difficult to plug up? Do we not have the technology needed to dive a mile under water and patch leaks? Gimme a break!
I am deeply saddened by this. I recall one person that was Interviewed that said "it was not a matter of how this would happen, but when". Working in the Wastewater Field we do what we can to Improve the Quality of the Effluent, for Large Corporations to Polute what we have Diligently Cleaned over the Decades.
We're ALL to blame for this disaster, as we ALL depend upon and consume products made with oil (gas, jet fuel, plastics, etc.)
So, let's not point fingers... but learn from OUR mistakes.
Let's start by understanding that the energy in oil comes from sunlight, stored by plants as chemical energy thousands to millions of years ago. Sunlight is the main source of energy available to us on this planet. Plants have figured out how to efficiently make energy from sunlight in real time, consuming carbon dioxide to produce the oxygen we breathe as a byproduct - and we humans think they're dumb! Without plants we would not exist. Think about it.
Let's focus on sources that are easier to obtain with less adverse impact on the environment. WE (society) need to be make better choices - ones with less potential to pollute water and air. We can start by not blaming others.