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5 Human Habits Harmful to Ocean Health

5. Driving and Deep-water Oil Wells

Unless you’ve been living far, far away from any media source, you’re probably well aware of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico thanks to Deepwater Horizon, a BP-owned offshore oil rig that has been leaking since late April. It takes just the tiniest leap of logic to connect our reliance on oil to our car-dependent culture. Currently the US uses about 19.7 million barrels of oil a day, of which 71 percent goes to transportation via cars, trucks, buses, airplanes. So, the longer we stay reliant on fossil-fuel powered vehicles to get from point A to point B, rather than bikes and public transportation, the longer we stay dependent on drilling for those rapidly diminishing fossil fuels, which means a high likelihood of risky wells placed in deep water areas of the ocean and the statistically inevitable occurrence of another disaster like the one playing out in the Gulf of Mexico.

Minimizing our reliance on oil equates to keeping our oceans safe from deadly pollution.

Related:
10 Surprising Ways We Can Restore Our Oceans

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4:05PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Great post.

12:46AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Thanks for the info to Protect Our Beautiful Oceans.

9:05AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thank you for article.

9:04AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thank you for article.

1:00AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

noted

9:05AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

'We' are so bad. Nature is how we survive. They are taking that away from us. It pains me to see this happening. To creatures that can't fight back. Very sad. Let's send this to all of our friends and post to our facebook pages so it spreads everywhere. We need to make people more aware. Especially our representatives, etc. Vote for the environment.

12:04PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

They missed dumping of raw sewage and effluent into oceans :(

1:17PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

We must now all to our part and stop our destructive behaviours - it is imperative! thank you for the reminder!

1:13PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Please! Let's all take this to heart and stop nature's abuse.

5:34AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Good thing I don't drive & no longer eat seafood. Not a single light in my room that's not LED!

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