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And the Oil Keeps Pouring Forth"

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And the oil keeps pouring forth

"The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood. " like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died." (Revelations 8:8, 16:3)

5 weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, oil continues to spew out of the BP oil well one mile under the sea in the Gulf of Mexico. No one has figured out a way to plug up the hole. At least 5,000 gallons are pouring forth each day, but many say it could be much more; the experts don't agree on exactly how much.

This is not a spill, where a finite amount of oil escapes from a tanker. This is a big hole pierced into the earth, spewing oil with no end in sight. Each morning, there is more sickening news about Big Oil's obscenities.

Accidents do happen. The devastation in the Gulf was inevitable, since there was no safety or shutoff valve to prevent such a catastrophe. How is it possible that there were no safeguards in place to deal with such a possibility?

This is a crime. British Petroleum has caused the most horrific ecological disaster this planet has yet seen, in our waters. The oil has defiled the ocean, and it is coming ashore in Louisiana, defiling fisheries, seafood, wildlife like birds and turtles, and polluting beaches. Vital, fragile ocean and shoreline ecosystems are being destroyed. These waters don't belong to BP. They belong to all of us.

A majority of Americans are unhappy with our government's failure to come to the aid of those affected on the Gulf coast. But their anger should be directed at BP, not at our government. Yet despite their anger, according to the latest Gallup poll, 52 percent of Americans still support offshore drilling.

This disaster has made it clear that offshore drilling is too costly and risky. The oil industry is not prepared to deal with accidents that occur during drilling. The results have been horrific. It is not BP, but Americans living along the Gulf coast who will suffer the terrible long term effects caused by corporate greed.

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