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How the Gulf of Mexico Became the Nation's 'Toilet Bowl'

Society & Culture  (tags: society, environment, culture, news, politics, poverty, Gulf oil spill disaster, government )

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The Gulf of Mexico became, in effect, the United States' toilet bowl -- known for its seasonal "dead zones," high erosion rates, dirty industry, ingrained poverty and, now, for the biggest oil disaster in the history of the country.


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patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 4:26 am
Does anyone want to contribute some Tidy-Bowl?

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:54 pm
I live on the Gulf we have a place in Gulf Shores, yes the oil is bad but so are the people that throw there trash in the water and on the sand. These are the kind of trashy people that should stay home. With the grace of God one day the Gulf will look wonderful again

Judith H (27)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:55 pm
Its time to take pride in America, no matter the location, keep all pipelines above ground and stop drilling in water. At least if there is a leak or an explosion someone would know about it ASAP and clean-up wouldn't be so bad. Corporations and their greed will be the downfall of the human race!

Karen B (10)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 1:26 pm
Well said, Judith! :0)
I used to live in Galveston, TX and know how beautifl the Gulf is. If humans will leave the earth alone, it will recover by itself, but as long as the oil companies are running the show, I'm afraid the demise that has begun will continue. Next, BP will ruin the Arctic with its man-made "island" allowing it to skirt regulations and start drilling thru water and then 8 miles over to the opposite corner to get the oil. It's another mess waiting to happen. ARGH!

Ron Avila (20)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 1:39 pm
Respect the earth.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 3:50 pm
I think Mexico is using this toilet too.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 5:37 pm
Thanks Cal--good post.

Peggy Peters (29)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 6:48 pm
I am a Florida cracker and I love my state! We don't like it when anyone disrespects our homeland. But, if I'm being really honest, I do not like it any time there is an environmental debacle of epic proportion no matter the location. People are not capable of getting along with each other all of the time, thatís just being humans BUT we need to learn to live in harmony with the natural world or we're all in big trouble!!!
P.S. I really hate the fact my homeland is now referred to as a toilet!! HELP!!!!

low beng kiat (128)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 8:30 pm

Andrea Dorazio (56)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 9:07 pm
Wow! Great article but what an awful, awful shame. I cant believe we have let such a beautiful part of our country get so wrecked. Thanks Cal.

Tami M (1)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 5:15 am
Well, at least we humans will be gone in about 100 years! Hopefully, it won't be too late for the Earth to recover from the wounds we've inflicted.

Teresa K (33)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 7:40 pm
Noted and thanks.

Himmat Singh (0)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 9:44 pm
Its hard to justify the harm that is being caused to the life above and under water through the man made intrusions that are like the above example are coming up slowly and are drastically going to disseminate everything one day......its hard to not notice the life slowly dying even in the First World Nations,how can we expect them to fund the third worlds.
Great Article!!!!!!!!!!

Friday July 30, 2010, 4:47 pm
If humans are so greedy that they would destroy the environmen for profit, and if the people who are not so greedy stand by and let the tea party and Foxnews brainwash them with rhetorical nonsense, then maybe the human race needs to be eliminated.

But I can't help but notice that most of the damage aren't caused by the natives, but caused by invading populations. Except, now you have China and India following in the footsteps of the industrial powers and polluting the earth just as much. It's quite depressing. May God help us.

Catrina Velez (46)
Friday July 30, 2010, 8:24 pm
All the sewerage from Tampico and other Mexican gulf cities, clear down to VeraCruz, gets into the Gulf. Municipal treatment plants exist, but cannot handle the raw sewerage runoff from hundreds of poor people living in open sewer shanties, or the runoff of motor oil and garbage from streets, cattle waste coming down rivers and streams and pesticides from cotton fields and orchards. Esting the local seafood cuisine of Vera Cruz is a great tasting way to get hepatitis!

Cindy Black (61)
Friday August 6, 2010, 4:28 pm
Thank you for the very informative article. I am earmarking it to go back and read again many times. Isn't it a shame that the people who MOST NEED to be reading these articles and these comments will probably never see either and don't even care? While we care SO VERY MUCH -- and are eloquently preaching to ourselves. Funny.... isn't it.
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