Louisiana Oil Spill

As you probably know, what is likely the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the US is occurring in Louisiana.  Many news outlets have up to date details, so I won’t include them here.

There won’t be a Friday File this week, since it’s all about fun and in the face of such disaster it seems a little out of place.   Check back next week and the Friday File will have something for you again.

oil spillAbout the oil spill, it’s interesting timing being just 1 week after President Obama authorized more offshore drilling.   The echoes of the “Drill Baby Drill” chant that Sarah Palin led during the last national campaign still ring in my ears.

There are two things that I want to write about the current spill.  One, is that “dirty” industries should be better regulated, with the environment and safety given top consideration.  Companies that break the rules should be given more than just citations – they should be stopped from production till they clean up their act.

Oily CormorantSecondly, contingency plans should be created for every “dirty” industry production area.  Ecological plans that can be put into effect immediately so there’s no delay in preventing ecological disasters.  We need better plans for saving wildlife.  In a perfect world, plans would exist so that on Day One of the oil spill people would spring into action and undertake actions that today may sound wild – such as moving the animals out of the way.  Frogs are sometimes moved out of the way of chytrid fungus – while moving birds is harder, we’ve got to do more to save them.

Our prayers are going to the people, animals and wild spaces of Louisiana and to everyone involved in the disaster.  We wish those who are working to stop the damage the very best of luck and miracles.

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  1. December 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    oil spills can really mess up the environment, i hope we can find a very good solution to control oil spills -`:

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