Less than 24 hours ago, a 2,100 barrel oil spill into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement say that a 2 x 13 mile sheen of oil was visible about 97 miles off the Louisiana Coast. NEARLY 90,000 GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL WAS SPILLED INTO THE OCEAN.
The cause of this oil spill is not yet known, according to officials. It is still under investigation and according to Shell, the company has mobilized response vessels to see if the oil could be recovered. Additionally Shell says that no injuries were sustained in the spill.
I’m sure we all know where this post is going. How many times are things like this going to happen? Fossil Fuels are on the way out–thanks to the COP21 Conference and Paris Agreement, the world is now in the process of doing away with fossil fuel energy. The problem is that this is not going fast enough. Things like this have happened too many times for it to be expected to stop. 6 years ago the BP Oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, making it the worst disaster of its kind in US history. This past October, the U.S. Government gave BP A 15 BILLION DOLLAR TAX WRITE OFF AS A RESULT OF ITS 20 BILLION DOLLAR GULF SPILL SETTLEMENT. BP Oil should be out of business. And yet, it’s not. The oil companies in America and other corporations are given tax writeoffs and loopholes to keep huge, significant amounts of their money while the American pubic foots the bill. BP wrote off the cost of its 32 Billion dollar cleanup, costing the American public 10 billion dollars–that is money from the public that could have been put directly toward free public education, free health care, or–a novel idea, putting together a sustainable, renewable energy system. We need to shut down the oil companies, we need to stop giving so much power to corporations before it’s too late. Will Shell have to pay for this latest disaster? Or is nearly 100,000 gallons of oil spilled not enough to throw a fit over, compared to the BP Spill of 2010?
I’m sick and tired of seeing our planet destroyed. Shell says there were no injuries sustained in the spill–but what about the fish, what about the whales, what about all the life that depends on the ecosystem of the ocean to survive? There is still a layer of oil on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico from the BP Oil spill. What kind of effect will that have on our environment in the years to come?
BP has been funding Tea Party members who deny climate change. Oil Companies were suspiciously absent from a group of companies who were donating hundreds of billions of dollars to fight global warming. Information has been published showing that the biggest American oil companies were possessing knowledge of global warming since the 1970s, all while fighting regulations and readying for the fight that would come. They are an entrenched lobby that has to be pulled out by the root–the politicians that are being funded by the companies need to be taken out of office as soon as possible. This is an issue that is so pressing that it’s hard to overstate its importance. If you care about these kinds of things, please do things like vote for Bernie Sanders in the upcoming election, give money to different associations that fight the oil companies, like OilFree Wellington, Environmental Defense, Sierra Club, Humane Society, The Ocean Conservancy, Ocean Futures Society, Global Coral Reef Alliance, SeaWeb. All of these are great choices and even more can be found here: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2006/03/guide-environmental-non-profits
The fight doesn’t stop, please help.