Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oil and Water Don't Mix

It is well know to school children the world over that oil and water do not mix. Yet for decades our addiction to oil has resulted in one catastrophic oil spill after another. Most readers today are familiar with the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, AK and the recent Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but did you know that the largest spill in history was deliberate? 8,000,000 barrels of oil were released into the Persian Gulf after the Gulf War by the Iraqi army which destroyed tankers, terminals and oil wells in Kuwait. Even larger amounts of oil were set on fire at oil wells in Kuwait releasing oil and combustion pollution into the air, land and water.

Earlier this month the container ship Rena ran into a reef in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand creating one of the worst environmental disasters in the country's history. Conservationists are warning that a wildlife tragedy looks eminent. When will the spilling and wildlife destruction end?

Photo Credit:NOAA's National Ocean Service  CC by 2.0
You can do something about this alarming and damaging situation. Big oil companies receive over $4 billion in tax breaks each year. Speak up and let your voice be heard. Sign a letter to congress asking them to end subsidies to the polluting oil industry and help protect the environment and wildlife from future oil disasters.


  1. ben,

    thanks for making it easy to _do_ something after reading this post (i signed the letter to congress, especially after seeing your photo and that dolphins are threatened in NZ)

    the spilling will end when we stop shipping oil (or using it to propel ships for that matter!)


  2. Ben: I concurr with Patrick. This post inspires the doing. Would you be open to doing a little more work to have equal impact with your blog sub-title?

  3. Thanks for putting the power to do something, even something small, in my path. I think often people worry about world issues like ocean degradation, but feel powerless to do anything about it - or at least don't know what they could do.