What Can a Person Say?

Drill, Baby, Drill? Is that something anyone from the State of Alaska ought to say? Been to Prince William Sound lately to talk with the folks who used to make a living fishing those waters?

And on the other side of the political spectrum, we have Prez Obama trying to open new waters for oil exploration. Has the Prez flown over to look at this mess?

So many questions, so few answers.

One thing is certain, that’s a lot of oil pouring in to the waters of the Gulf Coast.

Clean, baby, clean.

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Crews try setting fire to oil leaking in Gulf

OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO – It’s a hellish scene: Giant sheets of flame racing across the Gulf of Mexico as thick, black smoke billows high into the sky.
This, though, is no Hollywood action movie. It’s the real-life plan to be deployed just 20 miles from the Gulf Coast in a last-ditch effort to burn up an oil spill before it could wash ashore and wreak environmental havoc.
About 42,000 gallons of oil a day are leaking into the Gulf from the blown-out well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead. The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

This aerial photo shows oil in the Gulf of Mexico, eight miles off the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River at the Southern tip of Louisiana on Wed

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Water Wars

The Colorado River that used to run into Mexico and sustain a river environment in that country has been diverted into farm irrigation in SW US States. Mexicans who might have been able to engage in subsistence farming in Mexico have crossed the borders to be migrant workers tending fields that are irrigated by the water that used to flow into Mexico. And some crazy angry US citizens blame the Mexicans for crossing the border to follow the water of the Colorado River, the water of their life.

These resource battles and population displacements are increasing around the planet. Maybe there are simply too many human beings here now. Can we talk about sustainable human populations without talking about genocide or having the conversation derailed by the “right to life” of the unborn?

Our other option is to keep looking and talking about shocking disasters.

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UN’s Ban calls Aral Sea ‘shocking disaster’

Ban Ki-moon

NUKUS, Uzbekistan – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called the drying up of the Aral Sea one of the planet’s most shocking disasters and urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem.

Once the world’s fourth-largest lake, the sea has shrunk by 90 percent since the rivers that feed it were largely diverted in a Soviet project to boost cotton production in the arid region.

The shrunken sea has ruined the once-robust fishing economy and left fishing trawlers stranded in sandy wastelands, leaning over as if they dropped from the air. The sea’s evaporation has left layers of highly salted sand, which winds can carry as far away as Scandinavia and Japan, and which plague local people with health troubles.

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This is What Global Warming Looks Like

Let’s be clear, many of know first-hand that the weather has changed. It is more extreme and that is part of global warming. The extreme weather is the first catastrophic impact of the changes that come due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the environment.

The commercial opportunists who are paid to be global warming deniers have some responsibility for these kind of destructive weather events. And believe me, there are more to come.

We can only mediate the impact by jumping into a new era of human existence on the small blue planet, an era when we abruptly stop burning fossil fuels as the primary source of power generation.

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New England floodwaters recede, but danger remains

WEST WARWICK, R.I. – Stacey Marcure thought she and her family had survived the worst of flooding two weeks ago, when no more than 5 inches of water seeped into her basement. Then she woke to a fresh burst of heavy flooding spurred by record-setting rainfall that caused havoc in this former mill town and much of the Northeast.

The latest flooding there was far worse than an inundation earlier this month in the same areas, and the ripple effects were vast and still being tallied: Hundreds were forced from their homes and thousands of properties lost power. Bridges and highways were washed out from Maine to Connecticut and sewage systems were overwhelmed to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets.

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