These days it seems that turning on the TV creates an inner cringe, an anticipation for, "oh no, what have we done wrong now?!" The news circulating through most airwaves about the BP oil spill creates that cringe within me. After several weeks of trying to plug the leaking hole and many fruitless efforts like top kill, it seems we really do not know how to prevent imminent damage until the damage is done.
Pictures and video footage of the relentless river of oil pouring like smoke out of those eyesore coal power plants make me wonder if Mother Nature is giving us a sign. I can't help myself but not only do I find this environmental damage tragic, but I also find it ironic, because it was only weeks earlier that President Obama gave a press conference about his decision to expand offshore drilling. I mean, how many more thousands of gallons of raw fossil fuel are we going to let destroy precious coastal ecosystems? Think of all the life being clogged to death with oil slicks. What a shame it is to see this happening, especially near the Gulf Coast states, where many livelihoods depend on fishing and shrimp industries.
This spill has already surpassed the intensity and impact of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill
, with an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 barrels of oil spewing out of the well each day. We really need to rethink what our priorities are — maybe we should end our addiction to oil once and for all. I know that is a pretty radical idea, but I have always heard and believed that desperate times call for desperate measures. I hope that BP can plug the hole, and when that well runs dry, solar and wind power can be major priorities for our nation.