Vote with our energy dollars

Submitted by Lee Batdorff on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 11:39.

Can large amounts of field grass clean up important areas of the gulf oil spill as shown in this Web video ?

It probably is worth trying using field grass along wetlands and beaches as the oil moves toward shore. Considering how BP and the U.S. Government are handling the spill, it is hard to imagine them taking serious interest in using grass to collect the oil. President Obama says he is talking with experts and the two farmers with this idea probably are not considered experts. If such a cleanup happens it will be if the local populace starts doing it. If it works, the locals could shame BP and the Feds into using the technique.

While BP has been the worst player of the oil industry in the U.S. (according to several sources), in South America U.S.-based Chevron is in the running to be even more devastating. On June 4th New York Times columnist Bob Herbert provides this horrid story about Chevron's corporate behavior: Disaster in the Amazon .

At last notice BP still denies that there are plumes of diluted oil deep in the ocean, while independent researchers have found two plumes. This is an indication that BP will continue to deny the full extent of the damage. It will be necessary to drag this corporation to justice.

We must remember, we Americans use this misbegotten oil from the gulf and South America. The rampant environmental injustice will only stop if the American populace makes it stop. Since major oil companies only react to dollars accumulated through sale of petroleum products, we need to use less of their products and vote with our dollars and spend them on other energy sources.

 

Thank you Lee

  For posting here--and for bothering to care, anymore.  We go back to Sierra Club days and I have not seen you for some time, but I also remember your appearances at NOACA meetings.  Who has the fortitude to care any more?  You do.  I am so tired of caring.

The rampant environmental injustice will only stop if the American populace makes it stop. Since major oil companies only react to dollars accumulated through sale of petroleum products, we need to use less of their products and vote with our dollars and spend them on other energy sources.

The video gives me some hope that there is possibly some American ingenuity left to solve this problem.  And, I pray that it can be solved and that we don't continue to make the same mistakes over and over, again.