85 days, but still cautious
BP cap works so far, but don't get your hopes too high.
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 22:00
Seeing the headline, "No more oil gushing into gulf," one cannot help but jump up and shout, "Finally, we can see some good things coming our way!" But, as we are warned by Obama and BP alike, we need to be reserved in our relief of the temporary breakthrough in plugging the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. After millions of gallons have leaked into once pristine water, maybe we should look upon this success as a cap on our old ways of moving forward. Is it really worth the risk of another oil spill or explosion that puts ecosystems and people in jeopardy, just to heat our homes and run our appliances? I have to say that this is hopefully the final warning bell for our future.
In this world where the word "change" is used in such a hopeful and exciting manner, we should truly embrace the wings of change and say "adios" to oil! Keep it where it belongs: underneath the earth's crust. The wind blowing through our hair and the sun that warms our backs can power our nation's future just as easily, with some ingenuity and motivation to deal with the trial and errors of new technology. I strongly believe we are coming close to the point of no return if we keep depending on oil. When I say that, I mean we can reorganize our economy and rework standards of efficiency, but we cannot rebuild glaciers. We can't press a rewind button and just go back to the start. This is the only place we have to live, and this oil crisis is coming to a head at confusing intersection of choosing the right way or choosing business as usual. The choice is ours; we only get one earth.
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