We seem asleep to our fate. Just weeks after President Obama lifts the moratorium on off-shore oil drilling, a sea of highly toxic oil is irreparably poisoning our country’s most sensitive and valuable marine ecosystem.
The estuaries along the Gulf coast, teeming with fish and birds, oysters, reptiles, marine mammals and life of all kind are in for a fight that they won’t win. In one of the most productive marine estuaries and spawning habitats in the world, our somnolence as a people is about to become undeniable.
We encourage companies like BP to open holes in the ocean floor to extract oil. We know enough to drill the holes, but not enough to stop the catastrophes we inevitably create.
Chemical dispersants do not remove the oil and may do more harm than good. Burning the oil didn’t work. Waves are washing oil over the containment booms.
The Obama administration wants to find out what caused this disaster. It happened because we know enough to get ourselves into trouble, but not enough to reliably get ourselves out.
We must reinstate the moratorium on off shore oil drilling.