Gulf oil spill: a tragedy and reminder of the environmental threat posed by fossil fuel

by Antonio Pasolini on May 3, 2010

Source: Reuters

“terribly upset about the oil spill today i wish i was a scientist. wondering if can all push something alternative through, soon please.”

Comedienne Sandra Bernhardt on her Twitter (April 30, 2010)

And who isn’t terribly upset about this? Watching nature and wildlife being devastated by oil is not something that anyone wants to see. But it’s happening now and every day we hear the gulf spill is worse than anticipated.

“The oil threatens one of the world’s richest fisheries, and could decimate entire species of wildlife and their habitat, while convincing the millions of tourists they attract to take their vacation dollars elsewhere”, wrote Money Morning. Elsewhere, Joe Conason at Salon.com talks politics and asks: “Will Palin, and Obama, rethink offshore drilling now?”

This terrible accident, which some predict will be worse and more wide-reaching than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, should remind politicians that renewable energy is the way forward. It doesn’t spill and kill wildlife on such a gargantuan scale, wreaking havoc with tourism at the same time.

The public must demand from authorities that we move away from dirty energy and replace it with greener sources of power. Meanwhile, get some information on how you can lead a greener life here.

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