The answer is not from oil and coal – Gulf spill disaster
It is springtime when birds are nesting and the young brood is learning to feed and to survive in the delicate Gulf shoreline. I once lived on a Gulf of Mexico island and watched the birds and fish perform their daily routines throughout the seasons of the year. The smallest creatures feed upon the smallest organism and the larger upon them up the food chain.
Suddenly, one day, a new substance appears. It is a thick black stuff that extinguishes the small creatures immediately. It surges toward the shoreline, unstoppable. Unwitting birds are in its path and the oil covers them, making them unable to fly and unable to rid their feathers of the chemical that will doom them.
Fishes too will succumb to the surprise invasion of the oil pollutant. Everything is spoiled, the least of which are the clean sandy beaches that will absorb the oil and carry with it a petroleum smell that will last for years.
Everything in its path is spoiled by the 5,000 barrels a day leak spewing from a hole drilled by humans to fuel their appetite for the stuff. Hundreds of miles of coastline are contaminated because we are too slow and ignorant to invest in solutions that are readily available.
Where is the will? Is our plate too full to deal with this problem also?
Last week it was the miners and coal dust; this week its the oil and a slick in the gulf. Can we not save ourselves and the environment with an intelligent alternative?
“Birds under threat as oil hits La. shore
Spill may prompt rethink of Obama’s coastal drilling plansMOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER - Migrating birds, others nesting on the shoreline, such as pelicans, and even river otters and mink living on Louisiana's fragile islands and barrier marshes are among the animals which will be hit first by a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that has started to ooze ashore.
The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed. Faint fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta late Thursday, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines. Thicker oil was about five miles offshore. Officials have said they would do everything to keep the Mississippi River open to traffic.
The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope. It imperils hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life.”
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