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The Pelican Brief in the Gulf of Mexico

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During these thirty or so destructive days where BP's Deep Water Horizon aka the Earth destroyer oil rig exploded, one has seen the destructive force long after the flames of the rig went out.

We are now seeing images coming to us of pelicans hobbling within the marshy oil reeds trying to make flight. This will be their life due to the failure of BP and the federal government. It should be titled for all to witness, the pelican brief. I do believe that if this goes on for months to come meaning this oil volcano, pelicans in that region will have lived a brief life as well as other land and marine animals. This oil volcano will certainly have a devastating affect on the region for years and years to come. Thanks to big oil, it will certainly be that regions Waterloo.

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Leaving reality aside for the moment, Hollywood has produced movies such as "Independence Day" and "Earthquake 10.0" where presidents take the lead in the wake of such devastation. So far, I have seen none of that. Today, I heard on MSBNC, where President Obama will be traveling to California to assist Senator Barbra Boxer's reelection campaign. Excuse me?! We have a disaster on our hands. I know some will not like to hear me opine that, but the images of what is happening in the Gulf incline for me to do so. Her campaign means nothing as those directly affected by this spill are affected, namely those whose livelihoods are dependent upon a healthy eco-system.

The politician aka elected leader I have seen take the lead is Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana describing the devastation this disaster has brought to bear upon his state. I am urging all to listen how he plans to do so.

The blame for this oil spill does not solely lie upon the oil industry and politicians who receive campaign donations from that industry; it also falls upon our own door step. Yes, we who thrive on oil are just as equally to blame for this catastrophe.

Former president George W. Bush an oilman once stated we are addicted to oil. Yes, we are, but his words rung so false since he was an oilman himself. We thrive on owning multiple cars, forgoing mass transportation, driving to shopping malls at any God given hour and yes, living in developments where homes are larger and rely upon incredible amounts of oil to heat and to cool.

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Back in 2003, the Northeast was hit by blackout and life stopped for many of us within the region. We were given several tips on how to conserve energy during this trying time. But did we listen? Nope, life went on as usual. We were bluntly told by then Governor George E. Pataki and LIPA head Richard Kessel to take off the day after the blackout occurred in order to conserve energy until the grids were brought back online. After all most of our energy needs do come from oil and coal. Did we listen? No, we did not. We went on with life as usual with the blackout an afterthought. So, the onus is on all of us, folks.

In this society the mantra is, "I want, I want" and because of that mantra, we have imperiled our planet. You don't believe me? All you have to do is gaze upon the numerous pictures coming from the Gulf at this moment in time. You want to heat or cool your larger than life home and drive to any mall at any given hour, the onus is on you and not only BP. While BP, Transocean and Halliburton who are the meanies of the day, as you run to your car, refuse to turn the lights off in any given room or to heat larger than life homes, you are equally complicit.

Lastly, if you are so lucky to have a beach to lie upon and gaze out on the water's horizon, what would you rather see: Windmills or oil platforms? The choice is yours. At this point, the pelicans are hobbling for all of us to make the right decision. Are we finally willing to listen to them or just let them die?

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