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Posted by The Old Creak in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jun 04th 2010, 02:28 PM
As the Gulf of Mexico slowly dies, the reality of all our complicity in this event is occupying more and more of my mind. I live in the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf, especially fishing, has been a huge part of my life. I really raised my son on the water, teaching him not only how to fish, but also how important it is for us to respect nature and do our part to preserve it for future generations.

Now, each night as a lay my head on my pillow, I canít escape the fact that my life is, to a large extent, built around the need for cheap energy. The article quoted and linked below says it much better than I do.

The article ends with this question:

"This is, perhaps, the most imperative question of all: If we can produce a demon of such extraordinary scale and devastation, can we not also somehow create its exact opposite?"

Dare we attempt to answer?

God have mercy on us all for what we have done.



Additional paragraphs:

snip:
"What a thing we have created. What an extraordinary horror our rapacious need for cheap, endless energy hath unleashed; it's a monster of a scale and proportion we can barely even fathom.

"Because if you're honest, no matter where you stand, no matter your politics, religion, income or mode of transport, you see this beast of creeping death and you understand: That is us. The spill may be many things, but more than anything else it is a giant, horrifying mirror."

snip:
That said, after all is said and done, it's gloomily nice to think our darkest disaster in a generation could somehow ultimately improve our attitudes, change our behavior, lighten our violent treatment of the planet. As someone recently noted, the BP spill isn't Obama's Katrina, it's actually Big Oil's Chernobyl. Meaning: a disaster so appalling and devastating it might very well alter the industry and change the course of our energy policy forever."


Here's the link:http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/04-7
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