Why do we push to the ends of the Earth -- in the Gulf, in the Arctic, from the tropical forests of Ecuador to the boreal forests of Canada -- rolling the dice with irreplaceable habitat and life, to feed our insatiable demand for oil?
Last summer, biologists and chemists whipped through Gulf waters collecting samples to gauge impacts from BP's spill. Analyzing some of those samples is stalled, however, until BP releases more research funds.
One explanation for inaction on climate disruption is that, like frogs in a slowly heating pot, we just don't notice it. But a year ago, the waters boiled -- with oil and gas -- and we still seem incapable of protecting ourselves.
In the wake of last April's Gulf blowout, and in the midst of nuclear meltdown in Japan, lobbyists for Big Everything rush to assure us that these technologies are safe. And I agree; they are.
But that's not the question.
While the Exxon Valdez spill was a very different spill than the Deepwater Horizon disaster, there are some striking similarities that suggest that we didn't learn our lessons from the Exxon Valdez disaster.
Cherri Foytlin is a mom on a mission. As the anniversary of the BP oil disaster approaches, Cherri says the message still is not getting to the country's political leaders. So the Louisiana mother decided to take the message to them in person.