By Scott Gerbacia – Cougar News Contributor
The world needs clean energy now more than ever. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is not only a reminder of how the world’s never-ending need for oil can cause such ecological destruction, but it is also a shocking reminder of another major oil spill that happened 21 years ago: the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
Valdez caused damage to the wildlife population that scientists at the University of North Carolina believe will take up to 30 years to recover. Estimates of wildlife destruction in Scientific American assessed that up to 250,000 seabirds, 2800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 247 bald eagles, 22 orcas, and billions of salmon and herring eggs were affected by the disaster. Was that not enough to damage done to the earth for us to rethink our energy consumption ways?
Fast-forward 21 years later, and people are consuming more oil than ever before. This never-ending need as well as the big dollars associated with oil has pushed oil companies to the deepest parts of the earth to keep the money train moving. With greater reward comes greater risk, and now the risk has become a reality.
It’s safe to say that the Gulf of Mexico will never be the same. The true effects of the damage have not fully been realized yet, due to the fact that the problem is not yet contained. I can only imagine what is happening to the marine life that resides in the gulf. I can only hope the marine life saw the danger approaching and swam far away.
Scientists have figured out how to harness the power of the sun, wind, and waves to power homes and businesses. Car companies have vehicles that can run off of electricity, hydrogen, and vegetable oil. There is no reason that in this age of advanced technology we still need to use such a primitive form of energy.
Hopefully people will realize that we need to change our energy consumption ways before it becomes to late. Tax incentives are offered for people who install solar panels, and drive hybrid vehicles. Websites like Planet Green and The Green Guide provide information on “going green” in all areas of life.
Let’s use the knowledge available to us now, instead of leaving it for a later generation.