From Sea to Oily Sea

This stunning (unattributed) photo was taken off the Alabama shoreline.

Waves on the Alabama Coast.
Alabama Waves.

Joe Jervis over at Joe.My.God. provides yet another high-impact photo in the ongoing saga of the BP oil leak disaster. This stunning (unattributed AP) photo was taken off the Alabama shoreline. Oh, and the oil may be chasing sharks toward the beaches of Florida.

That About Sums It Up

An Oiled BP gas station sign pretty much sums up national and international opinion of BP at the moment.

Saw this great photo from Gothamist on J.M.G.

An Oiled BP Sign in NYC, via Gothamist, Hat-Tip to J.M.G.
An Oiled BP Sign in NYC, via Gothamist, Hat-Tip to J.M.G.

I’m thinking that pretty much sums up national and international opinion of BP at the moment. Love it.

Oil in the marshes..

The desperation in the voice of this Parish leader is just heartbreaking.. is “everything we can” going to be enough?

The desperation in the voice of this Parish leader is just heartbreaking.

 
So what do you think? Is the government doing all it should be? What about BP?

My take on this is a bit fatalistic, I guess. I have a feeling that even if the government and BP really are/were using all the resources at their disposal, the scope of this disaster would still overwhelm them..

Deep Horizon oil spill to escape the Gulf of Mexico

A NASA satellite image shows that the worst-case scenario for the Deep Horizon slick is becoming a reality: the oil has entered the Loop Current.

The NASA image below shows that the worst-case scenario for the Deep Horizon slick is becoming a reality. The slick is easily visible near the Gulf shoreline. I’ve added a red line that shows you what I’m talking about. The slick has developed a tail, and the end of that tail is curving south-east. That means the oil has entered the Loop Current.

Satellite image showing the Deep Horizon slick entering the Loop Current.
Satellite image showing the Deep Horizon slick entering the Loop Current.

The Loop Current will carry the oil down around the tip of Florida, through the Keys, and up the eastern coast of the continent. Beaches and oceanfront habitats all along the East Coast are now in danger.

A Hydrocarbon Chernobyl

In this clip from CNN.com, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cites Chernobyl as a comparable disaster to the Deep Horizon spill. Who wants to bet that he’ll regret using that analogy?

In this clip from CNN.com, Wolf Blitzer asks Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar “When will the oil spill end?” Salazar admits it could be months. In the end, he cites Chernobyl as a comparable disaster. Who wants to bet that he’ll regret using that analogy?

 
The thing is, he’s not the first one to notice the similarities. Dmitry Orlov outlines them with great clarity, coming to a conclusion that any realist will admit is all too likely:

The energy industry has run out of convenient, high-quality resources to exploit, and is now forced to turn to resources it previously passed over: poor, dirty, difficult, expensive resources such as tar sands, heavy oil, shale, and deep offshore. Under relentless pressure to do more with less, people are likely to try to cut corners wherever possible, and environmental safety is likely to suffer. Before it finally crashes, the huge final effort to wring the last few drops of energy out of a depleted planet will continue to serve up bigger and bigger disasters.

When I ignore my friends harassing me about not driving a car, each time I spend a few extra dollars on CFL or LED lighting, and every time I pack my reusable bags before heading to the grocery store, blunting this upcoming catastrophe is the greatest motivator for my actions. I know I’m not the only one, but I’m afraid there aren’t enough of us.