water oil and money are strange bedfellows

On June 23 2010 I wrote Oil…not in my backyard  “What will history books say about the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico exploding then sinking on April 20, 2010? How did the sinking of this oil rig and its ># month long oil fissure release > ###,###,### barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico?  The alarm clock is going off for all of us.  We are all culpably involved in the reason why the Gulf of Mexico is contaminated with oil.”

Sometimes I think that because money motivates all things perceived of as important, we are doomed to loose the things that are essential to life.  Below are two articles that the Surfrider Foundation collected.  I guess water, oil, and money are strange bedfellows.  The desire for more money decreases the need for water testing and increases the need for offshore oil drilling.

Florida has world class beaches and our unspoiled island sanctuaries are unique attractions.  What money cannot create is essential to life.  Our mission should be focused on saving wildlife through compassion, care, and education.  But fear of loosing money appears to be stronger than the fear of loosing nature.  –  Jeff


“The Florida Department of Health plans to quit testing ocean water for bacteria at 45 beaches statewide, to reduce spending. Beaches with fewer problems or low traffic will get axed from the program, which currently tests water quality at 304 beaches. The remaining sites will only be tested every other week. In addition to other cuts and cutbacks, Florida’s Department of Health will test only for enterococcus and won’t test for fecal coliform — which could also lead to fewer advisories being issued.”   READ MORE


“ALEC has pushed hard to fight any limits on offshore drilling, claiming “more energy-efficient drilling and production methods practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms.”  In less than shocking news, a little more than a year after its negligence led to the despoilment of the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant B.P. is funding a right-wing lobbying group that opposes the regulation of offshore drilling.The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a powerful corporate front group that allows big corporations to help write legislation that it then delivers to state legislators across the country. ALEC is currently holding its annual conference in New Orleans, and it has been revealed that B.P., Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Shell are just a few of the many corporate funders behind ALEC.”   READ MORE


  1. Well put, Jeff. Disasters as huge as the Gulf and Fukushima should have given the whole world a wake-up call, yet we are somehow faced with more deep-water drilling (planned for off of Scottish shores too now), more nuclear power etc. Sadly, the corporations win out in the end because they control/are the government. It worries me as to what kind of disaster it will take for sense to prevail. As you say, as long as money is being made, there is no limit to the disregard for nature (of which we are a part!), of our home, and of future generations.

  2. All we can do is keep educating others, try to be a light of reason, enjoy what we have, and prepare for the day when we all say to future generations “sorry for the mess” and “I remember when…”

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