Where do I even begin with this topic? I’m sure everyone else has blogged about it, so I doubt I have anything more to add to the gigabytes of thoughts already out there. But that’s never stopped me before. I just have to be careful of the language I choose when talking/writing about it.

I mean, this is exactly why we need to get away from petroleum. Didn’t we learn anything from history? Remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill? It even has it’s own Wiki entry. At the time, we thought it was the worst environmental accident in the history of the world. An oceanic oil spill, destroyed marine life, damaged shores… Remember the Gulf War with the fires and the oil spill? Yet we continued to use oil like it has no end; like it has no effect; like it won’t eventually destroy us or the planet. The major differences between those past disasters and this one is that those “spills” were of a finite amount of oil. The “spill” in the Gulf of Mexico just keeps pouring out at an abysmal rate!

And even after this ongoing disaster (it’s been going for over 35 days by now), the Republicans still don’t see a problem with drilling for oil. What is it going to take to get people to think outside the box? Do they actually expect us to believe that science can’t create efficient engines that don’t require petroleum products? When Obama finally pushed the car companies to increase the mileage in their engines, they balked, they complained, they whined they couldn’t do it. Yet in a short couple of years, they’re finally producing engines that get loads of miles to the gallon. Five years ago, the myth of a hybrid engine was just starting to leak. Today everyone is making them.

So we continue to watch as BP tries to fix this problem, block the hole that keeps spewing crude oil, spraying the surface of the ocean with a dispersant that the EPA says is dangerous, and huge plumes of unseen crude floats through the ocean below the surface. Is anyone else praying?