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Holy cow, its been a month since the oil rig blew up, and its *STILL* spewing thousands of barrels of oil into the gulf every stinking day. This is insane - I'm just absolutely dumbfounded that nobody ever thought to figure out how to stop this sort of oil leak. I mean, really? Nobody ever thought this could happen? And what they would do if it did? So a month later, their still just trying this and that and whatever anybody can think of to stop it?!?!<br><br>
Just think about all the oil rigs around the world - this could happen to *ANY* of them too!! And we have *NO* idea how to stop it!! Its just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous!!
 

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I know. It really makes my head spin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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Yes, it's mind boggling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Holy cow, its been a month since the oil rig blew up, and its *STILL* spewing thousands of barrels of oil into the gulf every stinking day. This is insane - I'm just absolutely dumbfounded that nobody ever thought to figure out how to stop this sort of oil leak. I mean, really? Nobody ever thought this could happen? And what they would do if it did? So a month later, their still just trying this and that and whatever anybody can think of to stop it?!?!<br><br>
Just think about all the oil rigs around the world - this could happen to *ANY* of them too!! And we have *NO* idea how to stop it!! Its just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous!!</div>
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I was JUST <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> about this the other day. I think its all a big farce that they dont know how to stop it. Doesnt even make sense.
 

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A link to a blog about the spill & the efforts to save some of the water birds affected by it. I have a sad feeling that this story is going to get a hell of a lot worse than it is now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
American Birding Association<br><br><a href="http://birding.typepad.com/gulf/2010/05/day-31-brings-oiled-birds-to-the-grand-isle-area-and-oil-into-the-marshland.html" target="_blank">Day 31 brings oiled birds to the Grand Isle area and oil into the marshland</a>
 

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I am so sad for the pelicans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100523/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100523/...gulf_oil_spill</a>
 

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There are also the sea turtles that have been showing up covered in oil<br><br>
What I am disgusted about is that BP et al has spent the last month working on and trying ways to gather the oil from the leak, instead of trying to close it and stopping the leak.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"> This is infuriating!! I can't say much else for fear of violating the UA!
 

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<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100525/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100525/...gulf_oil_spill</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Engineers are working on several other backup plans in case the top kill doesn't work, including <b>injecting assorted junk into the well to clog it up</b>, and lowering a new blowout preventer on top of the one that failed.<br><br>
The only certain permanent solution is a pair of relief wells crews have already started drilling, but <b>the task could take at least two months</b>.</td>
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Oh good grief! The more I think about this, the angrier I get. This is the best they can do???? Like mamadebosque said, no one ever thought this could happen??<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss">
 

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This is depressing and fascinating....live camera on the leak.<br><br><a href="http://tv.rightcelebrity.com/?p=4523" target="_blank">http://tv.rightcelebrity.com/?p=4523</a><br><br>
Scroll down, and you have to hit the play button.
 

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Last night on the news they were saying that latest projections are August for permanant shut off of the spill <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer">
 

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AUGUST?!? That is just... unbelieveable. Insane. Awful. I don't even know how to express how awful that is... ugh!
 

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this is just so terrible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I can barely stand to hear about it or see pictures anymore.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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This makes me sadder every time I hear about it. I don't think we can even fathom the things that will come of this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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Being from the gulf coast...I am PISSED. A main source of income down here is the gulf...be it fishing, crabbing, shrimping or working off shore for a major company. People are scared because of the damage this is doing to our already endangered coastline. People will loose their income and hurricane season starts in a week. Predictions are it will be busier than the last 2 seasons..Thank God, Jesus, and Mary that we had a break after Rita and Katrina. ????? Just keep praying for something faster.
 

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This really illustrates how we need to wean ourselves off of oil.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This really illustrates how we need to wean ourselves off of oil.</div>
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oh how I wish I could find the link online to the story I read in the Advocate ( the local Baton Rouge daily paper) yesterday on this topic. Almost everything we use today is a petroleum based product.
 

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I agree, phathui, but how does the global community go about doing that? I live a fairly modest lifestyle in comparison to many others around me, yet I am completely surrounded by things that are made from petroleum based products. A computer, a printer, a tv, a telephone, school bags made from synthetic fibres, a wood table with varnish, a synthetic fibre rug, synthetic parts of shoes, a plastic vaccum cleaner. A gas-burning BBQ, stove and hot water heater.<br><br>
Not to mention the car that burns petroleum every single day of the week.<br><br>
Plastic is such a part of the daily life of so many people around the world. And people who don't have disposable plastic in their lives want it, for the most part, when you look at it on a global scale. Our medical system depends on it, because almost everything is one use only, & really, we do need to maintain single-use for infection control.<br><br>
Where do we even begin to start when it comes to decreasing dependency on petroleum (oil)?<br><br>
I don't want to be a negative vibe merchant, because I do hear what you are saying. I guess I am just asking, what part should we tackle first?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree, phathui, but how does the global community go about doing that? I live a fairly modest lifestyle in comparison to many others around me, yet I am completely surrounded by things that are made from petroleum based products. A computer, a printer, a tv, a telephone, school bags made from synthetic fibres, a wood table with varnish, a synthetic fibre rug, synthetic parts of shoes, a plastic vaccum cleaner. A gas-burning BBQ, stove and hot water heater.<br><br>
Not to mention the car that burns petroleum every single day of the week.<br><br>
Plastic is such a part of the daily life of so many people around the world. And people who don't have disposable plastic in their lives want it, for the most part, when you look at it on a global scale. Our medical system depends on it, because almost everything is one use only, & really, we do need to maintain single-use for infection control.<br><br>
Where do we even begin to start when it comes to decreasing dependency on petroleum (oil)?<br><br>
I don't want to be a negative vibe merchant, because I do hear what you are saying. I guess I am just asking, what part should we tackle first?</div>
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I don't think we can. Plastics & other synthetics are such a part of everyday life, we can't get rid of them completely. It's overwhelming to think of where to start. What difference would really make the biggest impact? I know we'll never be able to give up our vehicles, we live too far away from anything to not drive, but we can limit the amount of driving we do by combining trips & such.<br><br>
I'd love to see a world without plastics as well.
 
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