Sunday, May 2, 2010

a long term problem….

It’s happened again to the people of Louisiana, a disaster whose effects could last for generations has found it’s way to the mouth of the Mississippi.  Oil.

For years, we’ve been hearing the debate of drill versus don’t drill and mine versus don’t mine.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the price of digging and drilling for those resources that power our lives.

I’m not here to judge people from either side.  There are reasons, both good and bad, why we need these resources.  And there are reasons, both good and bad why we should not go that way.

I’m sure the people at BP are fine people who felt they did all they could.  And, I’m sure the owner of the mine never intended for it to collapse.  Those are things that happen when we challenge Mother Earth for her offspring.

But, this should serve warning to all of us to reduce our need for these resources.  The price will get higher and higher as these resources become more scarce.  And, both of these companies would not have been digging and drilling if there wasn’t a market.

It is time we really take charge of our energy needs.  We need to find a way to harness the wind and the sun and the water.  It is time we go for the real long term solutions, not the short term idea.

Expensive?  Yes.  But, the cost will be even greater in dollars, lives and the environment if we don’t. 


  1. Well said, real action is necessary if we want to save what's left or reverse a little of the damage we are causing to this amazing planet of ours.

  2. Ever see a dog chase its tail Tom? Hate to be 'a doubting Thomas' (no pun intended) but I feel much of the problem is to do with power and I don't mean that associated with energy. Just like the oil slick, it is a chain reaction.

    Great post!!!!!

  3. Great post! I've been watching this on the news and like most things going on in the world - this too is sad, a tragedy!

    I will say I do have to agree with mrsben as well.

    What did you think of BP saying it wasn't there fault but that they would do all they could to help clean up the spill?

  4. Hi Keia,
    I don't know what to think of BP saying it wasn't their fault, and I don't know how these things work. We're always quick to judge. Sometimes things aren't as they appear. They have a mess (more ways than one) on their hands and I pray they can get this under control before it kills off everything in the Gulf.