As I was watching the "Rachel Maddow Show' tonight, the only emotion that came to me was futility of how we as a country were fighting off an onslaught of deadly oil. Booms anchored by sticks seem primitive especially when waves will direct those booms where ever they want them to go. Mother Nature's waves are more powerful than what mankind has to offer. We need something stronger to halt this massacre of oil from reaching our shores. Sadly and angrily, it already has.
Perhaps this is a reactive piece on how to stop the flow of oil onto our shores especially our estuaries which are critical to the survival of our marine and land life. But, maybe, just maybe, it could have been a preventative step taken should a blowout occur.
In an email sent out to many, I called upon our government to send in the supertankers upon reading an article titled: "The Secret, 700-Million-Gallon Oil Fix That Worked -- and Might Save the Gulf" After reading it, it sounded good to me. Why isn't the U.S. government, namely the president pleading for help from Saudi Arabia who combated a similar spill? Then again, using supertankers is a reactionary step. The damage has already occurred.
As "Countdown with Keith Olbermann' aired pictures of struggling and dead birds tonight, horror came to me. One bird was even trying to break his head free above the surface of the oily water in order to BREATHE! Damn you, BP, Transocean, Halliburton and those "Drill, baby, drill' folks. I want you all to suffer equally.
Perhaps, a preventative barrier should have been built around every single oil rig operating within the United States and around the globe to stop the spread of this deadly oil should a similar blowout occur.
The only barrier that I can think of that would be strong enough are artificial islands such as the "Palm Islands' built in Dubai.
In reading this article: "Palm Deira will be composed of approximately 1 billion cubic meters of rock and sand. All materials will be quarried in the UAE. Between the three islands there will be over 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas." We can build these strong structures for the pleasure of mankind, but fail to build them to protect this planet? Simply amazing, wouldn't you say? Why didn't anyone ever think of that in the planning for offshore oil drilling? Where were the experts? Oh, yes, busy making money at the planet's expense.
Imagine just for one second if regulations were put into place demanding that oil companies hell-bent on offshore drilling were forced to build these artificial islands in order to protect the natural coastline? Primitive booms would then be a thing of the past. If you are such an expert and think my reasoning insane, correct me please, but it sounds so simple, so strong and far more advanced than booms and the use of disbursements.
To those reading this column, click on the hyperlink provided to view various photos of these artificial islands and ask what could have better held this oil back.
To the experts faced with solving this disaster, you all must start thinking and acting larger than who you think you are in order to contain and stop this oil. Perhaps through this lone editorial piece, the road map is before you by calling in these supertankers and building these artificial islands to contain this oil.
In building these artificial islands to contain this oil, isn't that the greatest job's project known to mankind especially if it saves it? If our leaders haven't already thought of this, one must ask: Why?
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