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If the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster was in my Area

Just in case you, like most of the mainstream media, has forgotten that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster continues to grow, have a look at the following website; http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com/

Type in your location and the computer geniuses behind this website have made it so that you can see just how big the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster is in relation to your home area. When I typed in Vancouver, BC, the oil spill would go as far west as Kelowna and cover Kamloops.

Have a look.

Also, if you want to see a spoof of how the BP oil executives dealt with the oil spill at a corporate level, watch this YouTube video. A humourous look at a disgusting mess.

Two Months Later the Oil Continues to Flow

In the can-you-believe-it-file, it has already been two months that oil has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. From the Boston dot com website;

62 days have passed since the initial explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the crude oil and natural gas continue to gush from the seafloor. Re-revised estimates now place the flow rate at up to 60,000 barrels a day – a figure just shy of a worst-case estimate of 100,000 barrels a day made by BP in an internal document recently released by a congressional panel. Louisiana’s state treasurer has estimated environmental and economic damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could range from $40 billion to $100 billion.

That is $40- $100 billion and yet they have set aside a comparatively measly $20 billion. The rip-off continues. And will continue. To see the pictures that go along with this horrific situation, visit the Boston.com. Be prepared to be shocked, sickened, angered and disgusted.

Niger Delta Faces Exxon Valdez Sized Oil Spill EVERY Year

The following article from the New York Times popped up on our Twitter feed. The damage caused by ongoing oil spills, damage that has been going on in Niger, for DECADES is breathtaking in its proportions. And nobody seems to care. What the hell? An Exxon Valdez-sized spill every year for the last fifty years and nobody in the west has noticed?

BODO, Nigeria – Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the nonstop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico. It was only a few weeks ago, they say, that a burst pipe belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in the mangroves was finally shut after flowing for two months: now nothing living moves in a black-and-brown world once teeming with shrimp and crab.

If you are interested in reading the rest of this article, visit the New York Times at this link.

Rachel Maddow on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Our intrepid East-side Investigative reporter came up with some sad news today; essentially, what is old is new again. If you think you the uncontained (and seemingly uncontainable) Gulf of Mexico oil spill is all new, watch the following video of Rachel Maddow titled, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” 

However, just in case you do not have the patience to watch to the end of the seven minute video, the clincher for me was when she says that the only technology that has changed in the oil drilling business is the oil companies ability to drill at deeper ocean depths and of course earn more money.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Continues to Flow

The following information came to us from the Avaaz community. I encourage you to read and act.

Imagine, everyday there is another 2,500,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the spill, U.S. President Obama and Congressional leaders were planning to ramp up offshore drilling. Now, with the spill, the politics have shifted — and an opportunity has opened for the world’s biggest historical climate polluter to shift away from oil and towards climate-safe energy sources.

At a moment like this, when leaders are making up their minds, the world’s voices can help tip the balance. There is a movement afoot to tip that balance away from allowing the destruction of more of land and water. There is a petition circulating that urges the U.S. to stop offshore drilling and to instead invest in clean renewable energy. Once that petition reaches 500,000 it will be delivered to the White House in Washington DC.

To add your name to that petition visit;

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling_3/?vl

This disaster is expected to be catastrophic for the land and people in the gulf. The oil has already reached land, contaminating wildlife sanctuaries. Authorities are so concerned about the impacts of more oil reaching land that they are prefer to set the gulf on fire, burning as much of the oil as possible.

Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry is raking in windfall profits. BP, which operated the sunken rig, more than doubled its first quarter profits in 2010 to $5.65 billion.

For years, the world has waited for the U.S. to step up on climate. But with the carbon lobby’s strangle-hold on Washington, we’ve had more drilling in place of stronger investment in cleaner, safer energy sources. It’s time to for a change — Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has already introduced legislation to repeal plans to expand offshore drilling. Let’s back him up with an outpouring of global public outrage. Sign the petition calling on President Obama and Congress to end offshore drilling, and take the US and the world to clean energy future:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling_3/?vl