Last weeks explosion at a British Petroleum (BP) exploratory drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 120 miles south of New Orleans, killed 11 workers and initiated what could become the worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history.
As the rig sank to the ocean floor and the oil slick began to spread, the Coast Guard discovered that oil was actually gushing from the ocean floor, one mile beneath the surface. Officials currently estimate that up to 5,000 barrels -- 210,000 gallons -- of oil are leaking per day.
The technology used at the BP operation has been touted as the most advanced in the world, yet a safety valve that was supposed to shut off the flow of oil at the seabed in case of such an accident utterly failed to work. There is, in fact, no immediate way to stop the leaks or to clean up the oil slick -- which is larger than the state of Rhode Island and already washing up on the coastal wetlands of the Mississippi Delta region. (See up-to-the-minute photos here.)
Hundreds of imperiled species in the Gulf will be harmed by the toxic oil from loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and Kemps Ridley sea turtles to the Alabama beach mouse, Gulf sturgeon, Atlantic bluefin tuna, wood stork, and piping plover. The full extent of the damage wont be known for some time, as the oil continues to gush and the response from industry and federal and state agencies appears largely ineffective to contain the spill.
As difficult as it is to deal with an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is indescribably more difficult in the Arctic, where Ken Salazar, President Obamas interior secretary, has authorized Shell Oil to conduct exploration drilling this summer in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska, with the same technology as was used at the BP disaster site.
The Gulf of Mexico disaster has shown with tragic clarity the absurdity of Interior Secretary Salazars claims that offshore oil and gas development is safe. The Obama administration is still taking comments before giving the final go-ahead to Shell to drill through the heart of polar bear critical habitat in the Chukchi Sea this summer. Please personalize and send the letter below to tell the administration that offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic and elsewhere off our coasts should be taken off the table permanently.
Fuel Planting only 6 percent of the continental United States with biomass crops such as hemp would supply all current domestic demands for oil and gas. Did you know the average American spends 33 of 40 working hours to support their need for energy? It's true; 80 percent of the total monetary living expense for everything we do is ultimately wrapped up in energy costs; from the energy it takes to make the food we eat, to fuel for the cars we drive, to the manufacturing, storage and transportation of the products we buy. And 80 percent of solid and airborne pollution in our environment can be blamed on fossil energy sources. It is estimated that America has already exhausted 80 percent of its fossil fuel reserves. Industrial hemp is the number one biomass producer on earth, meaning an actual contender for an economically competitive, clean burning fuel. Hemp has four times the biomass and cellulose potential and eight times the methanol potential of its closest competing crop - corn. Burning coal and oil are the greatest sources of acid rain; biomass fuels burn clean and contain no sulphur and produce no ash during combustion. The cycle of growing and burning biomass crops keeps the world s carbon dioxide level at perfect equilibrium, which means that we are less likely to experience the global climactic changes (greenhouse effect) brought about by excess carbon dioxide and water vapors after burning fossil fuels.
GOOGLE HEMP, GO TO WIKIPIDIA THE TWO MAIN REASONS WE ARE IN SUCH AN ENVIROMENTAL MESS TODAY 1) The decision of the United States Congress to pass the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was based in part on testimony derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who, some authorsTemplate:Http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAhearst.htm stress, had significant financial interests in the forest industry, which manufactured his newsprint. 2) Hemp paper threatened DuPont's monopoly on the necessary chemicals for manufacturing paper from trees and hemp fiber cloth would compete with Nylon, a synthetic fibre, that was patented in 1938, the year hemp was made illegal It is often asserted in pro-cannabis publications that DuPont actively supported the criminalization of the production of hemp in the US in 1937 through private and government intermediates, and alleged that this was done to eliminate hemp as a source of fiberone of DuPont's biggest markets at the time. DuPont denies allegations that it influenced hemp regulation.
3)Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.
THE GOVERNMENT MUST KNOW THE REAL VALUE OF USING HEMP IT HELPED SAVE THIS COUNTRY DURING WW2!!