Posts Tagged ‘oil drilling’

Everyone has an opinion and a choice.  Even turning a blind eye towards a problem, putting fingers in the ears, or pointing a finger at someone else is a choice.  Currently there are researchers doing studies on tar balls that are washing up in the Florida Keys.  It does not mater if this pollution is from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill or if it is from another part of the hemisphere.  This type of pollution can float around long after I have lived a long life.  The question I pose is…are people willing to make the hard environmental choice and accept the consequences?

Everyone who uses products that are the byproduct of oil is responsible for the lasting effects on the environment.  Everyone who consumes products transported is responsible.  In other words, unless a person lives off the grid, only walks, wear clothing made from organic materials grown in their own backyard, they are responsible for tar balls washing up on Florida beaches.  But let us be realistic to turn back the clock 150 years is NUTS.

My choice is to try to do my part to help make it a reality that in 150 years the need for oil will be outdated.  If people fail to make this a reality our beaches will have a new futuristic look.  Beaches in the year 2160 maybe devoid of sand and jellyfish and be comprised of plastic fragments and balls of tar.  I just can do my best in limiting my environmental impact.  And maybe my children’s, children’s, children’s, children’s, children will say that their great-great-great-great-grandpa did his best to make their environment clean.


There are always cool things we as boaters can experience from the water.  Below is a video of an interview of two men who were out on their power boat 35 miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs Florida and came across a whale shark.  I have never paddled that far off of our coast into the Gulf of Mexico.  Nevertheless, it is great to know that that type of wildlife is alive and well.

Did you know that our Florida House of Representatives is debating on opening our waters to oil drilling between 3 and 10 miles off of Florida’s Gulf coastline?  I think this will harm our healthy environment.

I live in a part of Florida, USA where tourism generates the majority of our revenue. People come to enjoy the manatees/seabirds/dolphins/big game fish/and plants. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of improving economics our policy makers are creating policies that are damaging the things tourists are paying to see. It is madding. I think Pope John Paul II said it best that “Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles”.  And Pam in Argyll Scotland has reminded me that Rachel Carson wisely said, “man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”

I think the pursuit of profit is killing what people yearn to see. – Jeff

Check out these three articles…

The Florida House of Representatives celebrates Earth Day… by passing a bill allowing off-shore drilling” April 22nd, 2009 by Susan Nilon

House OKs Florida drilling but bill stalled” Wire reports, Tuesday, 28 April, 2009

Oil drilling proponent mum on the trade-offsHerald-Tribune, Sunday, 31 May, 2009, By GLENN COMPTON Guest Columnist about the possibility of drilling for oil ten miles off of our Florida coast.