100 Days

July 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

This is another post about the Gulf Oil Spill, so if you were looking for laughs today it might be best to come back tomorrow.

It’s been 100 days since the rig in Louisiana blew up and 11 people lost their lives.  Oil spewed into the ocean at incredible rates for almost all of those 100 days and while it’s been temporarily capped and a permanent fix is closer than ever, it’s going to take decades for the areas affected by the spill to recover.  Most will never, ever be the same.

This was pretty much the least upsetting photo I could find

This is a link to a picture slideshow from the HuffingtonPost website.  There are 100 photos of the spill and some of its repercussions and I’ll warn you now – they’ll break you heart.  I teared up at more than one and it’s not easy to look at them all.  It just seems that this whole oil fiasco is fading from people’s memories and it’s important to remember that it’s not over.  It’s actually only beginning.  This whole situation has affected more land and sea creatures, coral reefs, coastal wetlands and beaches than it’s possible to count.  Not to mention the damage it’s done to the fishing and tourism industries in these areas, or what it’s doing and will do to the economy and livelihoods of untold men and women.  100 days later and it’s still making me sick.

BP is trying to save face by bringing in a new, American CEO.  Their last CEO caused some embarrassment when he complained about “wanting his normal life back” – surprise, buddy, so do all of the people and animals in the Gulf.  Since he didn’t find much sympathy “he” decided to step down and that might be one of the smarter things BP has done in this whole situation.

Last but not least, if you click here you’ll find a map that attempts to track where the oil has landed thus far.  Four states have been hit but I doubt it’ll stop there.

Yes, it’s depressing and yes, it’s daunting as all get out.  I don’t really know what we can do to fix things, other than trying to reduce our own dependence on foreign oil.  I wish I could suit up and help try to clean some of the beaches and animals but real life prohibits me from doing so.  It’s still on my mind though and I’m sure it will be for quite a while.


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