Sunday, May 2, 2010

Time To Scream

(Pic from Google Images)

Maybe I'm an idiot and overlooking the obvious, but does drilling a parallel oil well to stop the first one from leaking the best answer?  How about chemicals that they claim will stop the oil from rising to the surface? (Article here: Oil Options Weighed)

Drilling another well ... using chemicals ... these are the answers to the Gulf oil clean up?  I don't get it.  What part of an environmental disaster do these people not get?  How is using further "solutions" that are likely to cause more environmental or marine species damage the answer?

How about peat moss?  Inhabitat has an article about a Norwegian company that claims organic peat moss absorbs the oil while not absorbing the water and all you have to do is scoop out the oil absorbed peat moss.  Presto, the oil gets out without any chemicals.   But I guess because it has not gone through large scale trials, it's just not good enough.  I don't buy it.  Screw the trials.  Peat moss is a natural way to deal with an unnatural mess.  Again, maybe I'm missing something but that's how it appears to me.  It's a complicated mess with a very plausibly simple and green solution.

Sure it might be messier than using chemicals, and I know that I'm no expert, but it sure seems to me that this latter suggestion is a helluva lot more viable and eco-friendly than drilling another godforsaken well or using chemicals that might further adversely effect the ecosystem and the marine life.

Someone help me out here.

According to that article in the NY Times, it'll be months before the spill is cleaned up.  And there is a very real possibility the oil slick could enter the gulf stream, grabbing a ride around Florida and on up the Atlantic coastline.

Time to get pissy now.  It seems Halliburton has it's dirty hands all over this BP operation


drilling experts agree that blame probably lies with flaws in the "cementing" process -- that is, plugging holes in the pipeline seal by pumping cement into it from the rig. Halliburton was in charge of cementing for Deepwater Horizon.

Halliburton = Dick Cheney.

Ah yes, the lovely, engaging, and charismatic DICK Cheney.  That man sure gets around when it comes to human and environmental disasters.

So who is responsible for this mess?  Well it started with British Petrol & Halliburton.  Their response to this disaster has been slow.  The Federal Govt. has been slow.  (Too busy talking about what to do versus hauling ass down there and doing something about it.) And US.

Yes, all of us have a hand in this given our dependence on oil.  Seems to me we each need to stop being so damn narcissistic and start being more prudent and realistic.  Sacrifices need to be made.   There IS technology out there that steers us AWAY from oil dependency.  So why isn't it out there?  Take a wild guess.  How do we get steered in the direction away from oil?  By demanding it instead of just giving the whole situation lip service, debating it until the cows come home, and then getting bored and moving on without actually making any real changes.  Politicians and oil companies aren't going to change their ways unless WE change our ways and DEMAND such change.  Until then, we're doomed to repeat history over and over again.

Be sure to check out this excellent blog post:   The Time to Scream is Now

I'm screaming.  Are you?


  1. I don't there is enough peat moss in the world to clean up the amount of oil presently in the Gulf. And while that may be a great solution (and certainly worth a try) on the surface, I saw a graphic on CNN that likens the oil spill to an iceberg in a way - what is on the water's surface is really only an indication of a deep water column cloud of oil beneath it. One of the true crimes of humanity in this situation is tat in the years our planet has been gorging itself on fossil fuels, no one has bothered to really o the work to come up with scalable, viable, non toxic means of cleaning this up. It isn't like oil spills are uncommon, after all.

  2. Hi Photomonk,

    You have an excellent point there :-)

    I'm amazed they have not come up with a solution all this time to clean up messes like this. I'm sure the oil companies can afford to invest in figuring this out ...

    Thanks for taking time to comment! :-)