It has been 35 days now that our country has been coping with the mess in the Gulf of Mexico, and now they're talking about some kind of fix by August. If you're interested, here is a timeline of the debacle.
I realize that I'm asking a question in ignorance, but has anyone ever considered the possibility that the Earth formed all of this oil deep in its crust 300 million years ago for some kind of global purpose? Might those layers of oil serve as a part of the general stability of the planet, somehow?
As a believer in the fundamental practicality of Mother Earth, in nature's innate instinct for adaptation and survival, I can't help wondering if we're missing something crucial. Human beings have accelerated the process of change and have exploited resources at a rate that is surely beyond what the earth's natural state was programmed for.
What is oil for? It's a byproduct of decomposition, but what purpose might it fill for the Earth, rather than for us?
The pictures and descriptions of the the plumes, the furling clouds of black gunk spewing out of the sea floor seem like a wound in the earth's skin. The earth is bleeding, profusely, and it's all our fault. How much can it stand?
Another thing I'd like to know -- I keep hearing that this is the worst oil spill in US history, but there have been WAY worse ones around the world. Here is an article from 2007 recounting the 12 worst oil spills in history. Why are we not hearing about the fallout from those? What did they do? How did they clean up? Why do we keep doing this!??!!! How can we stop? Is there any hope at all that the world can temper its appetite for energy consumption?
We've got to find alternatives and leave the oil alone.