In what is a major co-incidence, I had only recently tweeted on how a decision by the American President to allow oil drilling off the coast of California was a betrayal of the values he was (in part) elected on, when the accident occured in the Gulf of Mexico.
(As I type this a submarine is going to attempt to stem the flow of leaking oil. No mean feat at such depths.)
While it is understandable that America needs to reduce it’s dependancy on foreign oil, this is all more ammunition for the pro solar cause – something even the British PM mentioned during last nights TV debate. (In the interests of fairness, I should point out the PM was promoting the advantages of solar over wind power, his comments were not related to the oil rig disaster.)
It is becoming more and more obvious that humanity took a wrong turn centuries ago with the discovery and exploitation of oil. Perhaps we should have followed nature by ‘powering’ our lives using cleaner less mechanised less ‘intrusive’ processes?
And perhaps we will?
Fight back club: Choose solar if practical. Walk or bike to work or play – and generally reduce your consumption of oil. No demand, no drilling! Fair dinkum?
Update: As everyone now knows, the submarine failed and all hell has broken loose, as can be seen in the photo above. Peak Oil predicted that as extraction becomes more expensive so compromises would sometimes be made. In this example, a remote blow out preventer was not installed on any of the rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Keep an eye here for an ever growing list of sustainable alternatives to that awful black stuff.