The Full Catastrophe

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

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If the BP oil disaster were in my town, the area covered would reach from a point in the Atlantic Ocean east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire west to Utica, New York; and from Hartford, Connecticut north to Barre, Vermont. This information leaves me breathless.

You can see what the full catastrophe would do to your home turf by clicking here. Type in your location, and the oil will move there.

A friend shared the link with me. Please share it with others,as many as you can,  or send them here so perhaps they’ll be inspired to action, too.

On the site you will also find the clearest live video feed I’ve seen — you can actually see robots at work — and a counter that estimates the number of gallons leaked since the rig exploded April 20, 2010.  Last I looked, the total was approaching 21,500,000.

I’ve come to the point where outrage is replacing grief. Outrage at our President’s response, which is far more temperate than any emotion I feel. I’m starting to catch Jim Hightower’s mood, want the government to implement Bob Reich’s suggestion.

Someone in the White House  reads every e-mail sent to the Office of Public Engagement at <public@who.eop.gov>. (EOP stands for the Executive Office of the President.) Each night a small number, I think ten or twelve, are delivered to the residence for Barack Obama to read. I want my letter to take him by the shoulders and say, “Here.  Feel this.

The web site I hope you’ll visit also has a list of suggestions for you.

What Can You Do?

I suppose it’s a good thing that BP has managed to saw through a pipe atop the well in an attempt to cap it. I think it means more oil will flow to the surface for a while, which is not a good thing, though. It’s meant to slow the leak, not stop it. Nobody expects an end to this horror before August, if then.

Action is the best antidote to grief. You’ll feel better if you do something.

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4 Responses to “The Full Catastrophe”

  1. It seems like there is finally some good news with the spill. The Houston Chronicle reports, U.S. ships were being outfitted earlier this month with four pairs of skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days.” Could this be the turning point?

  2. This news have been shocking this week about the oil spill and brazil flood, what do you think about it?

  3. I have Tweeted thing blog, I will keep a eye on your other posts. Ohh what do you all think about the about the brazil flood?

  4. The news have been terrible this week about the gulf oilspill and brazil flood, what do you think about it?

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