Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Making a statement (not my typical blog post).

Yesterday PBS Newshour posted Gulf Coast Oil Leak: What Are Your Suggestions? Their ongoing coverage of the Gulf disaster is worth following.

I suppose I could be over-reacting but this seems huge to me. After reading and viewing this photo blog from the Boston Globe yesterday and thinking of long-term ramifications--the human, animal and environmental impact...well, I don't have words to adequately describe my feelings.

More than anything, I'm hoping we can learn from this man-made disaster and take steps toward a future where we refuse to implement technologies with the potential for this type of destruction without a proven plan in place to address problems or what some refer to as "a mistake." Humans make mistakes, we all know that. IMHO we are all responsible for this one.

Update 6/11/10: others feeling responsible...

Google News: The Live Feed for gulf oil spill

(The #oilspill in the title is the twitter hashtag many are using in posts on the oil spill, for those unfamiliar with social media.) Update 6/2010: Many on twitter have switched to #oildisaster Click either for real-time results from those tags on twitter.

My SL and twitter friend @SunnThunders shared this article and I decided to embed the video below. Not sure it's possible for us to reverse our reliance on oil in this country or our world, I'll at least try to do my part in minimizing usage. At this point, it just doesn't feel like enough. Warning: the video is pretty shocking.

Watch full-screen on YouTube

Photo blog UPDATE 6/4/2010: Caught in the Oil (if the first set of photos were too disturbing do NOT click on this link).

Sorry, but feel it's important to add yet another update -
Photo blog UPDATE 6/11/2010: Scenes from the Gulf of Mexico

My final update on this post is the NYTimes "Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf." An interactive map (click "play" button upper left of map) and estimates of oil spilled in this disaster.