energy lessons – Massey & BP

April 5, 2010: explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, W. Va. kills 29;

April 20, 2010: explosion and fire on a BP drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico leaves 11 missing, presumed dead.  An estimated 5,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the Gulf a day and the slick is currently the size of Jamaica.  (Not Jamaica, VT, but Jamaica the island, 45 x 105 miles.) The slick is steadily moving toward US coast, threatening 40% of the U.S. wetlands.  See http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0429/Gulf-of-Mexico-oil-spill-could-be-bigger-than-Exxon-Valdez

Wetlands are vital for a number of reasons, one of them being protection against tidal surge during hurricanes.  The 2010 hurricane season starts on June 1.

An op-ed in the Baltimore Sun looks at the differences in environmental impact between wind turbines and offshore oil spills:

“Whatever threat wind turbines may pose to migratory birds or homeowners’ views is a pittance compared to what an oil spill the size of a small country is in the process of doing to gulf wildlife and wetlands.”

Gulf spill demonstrates threat of off-shore drilling to Mid-Atlantic coast and Chesapeake Bay – baltimoresun.com

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Renewable energy experts around the world, like my friend Suzanne at HuntGreen, have known for years that we need to be creative when it comes to new energy sources: wind, solar, algae, switchgrass.  Let’s think about these options before we start drilling for oil off the eastern seaboard.  An added bonus: those wind turbines would provide a fun regatta course!

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