Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gulf oil spill will change life on earth

It’s like watching the end of the world.

The oil spill in the Gulf is a disaster that will plague all living things for decades. Soon enough, the gulf coastline will have a brown ring that stinks and kills. For decades.

This is big. Life on earth will change.

This is going to cost us. Lives will be ruined by the economic calamity. A way of life could vanish for shrimpers and oystermen. Land will be ruined by the oil that relentlessly seeps ashore. Plants and fish and wildlife will die in the thousands. Grieve for the eco system. Our eco system.

When will we learn?

How many more drilling rigs need to fail? How many more tankers need to run aground?

Frankly, I was sick at heart when Obama allowed for more offshore oil rigs. And I was furious when Palin chirped “Drill, baby, drill.”

When will we learn?


The South Plainsman said...

As I told you privately yesterday, this could be far worse than it appears now. The well appears to be partially controlled, but if the casing breaks further the rate of the oil leak could increase by 5or 6 times, and go on for months.

At first glance, once the rig burned and sank, the only way to stop the flow will be to drill one or two "relief" holes, which will take at least 90 days or so.

When the rig sank, it apparently bent the casing leading from the rig to the sea bottom, and the leak appears to be from the bent casing. We will learn more about it as this develops, but I'm talking about what it appears to be at this time.

The one thing that occurs to me is that some will want to blame Obama for this just like Bush was blamed for Katrina. That would be inappropriate in my view, just as blaming Bush was.

Ken said...

All true, unfortunately, and inevitable till we develop enough renewable energy to put dependence on oil behind us.

Anonymous said...

NEVER! As long as ignorant, or financially connected people, refuse to accept responsibility for these disasters (Climate Change as well) and are powerful we will just stumble along. Bill

The South Plainsman said...

For those of you who are interested, here is a diagram showing the problem with the well.

Once the blowout preventer failed, this became a disaster that will be extremely difficult to bring under control.

Nukes, anyone?

Kelly @ Impowerage said...

It is sad to see how much damage people have done to the earth.

Cowtown Pattie said...

Heard and NPR report this morning that took comments from some uber smart science guys who say BP has GROSSLY understated the amount of oil leakage per day - like try multiplying their 5000 barrels per day x 10.

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