Being from Louisiana, I thought it only appropriate to post about the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster. This horrible tragedy has been going on for over a month and there is still no end in sight. When is it going to be enough for our government to step in?? After leaking 4 million gallons per day for the last 37 days we have 148 MILLION GALLONS of oil floating in the ocean.... and still counting.
It is destroying ecosystems, killing wildlife, coating the coastlines, and hurting the lives of many people who's careers and income center around the Gulf. In early May, the Louisiana seafood industry had already taken a $2.4 Billion dollar hit. The same people who are still trying to recover their businesses after hurricane Katrina. Speaking of hurricanes, I dont even want to imagine what would happen if a hurricane were to pop up right now.
After numerous failed attempts at patching the hole deep beneath the oceans surface, BP has another plan in action today. The "Top Kill" plan is the newest on the agenda which involves pouring concrete into the hole. If the plan works then it can slow the massive leak, if not then it could make a larger disaster. If this doesnt solve the problem, then there are talks of the government finally stepping in.
Why is BP just now trying this? Well, basically it is a last ditch effort. It has never even been attempted at this depth before and it is extremely risky! Very reassuring. I find it impossible to believe, that in a technologically advanced society that can actually WATCH the oil pouring out, that we cant do anything to stop it.
As you sit at home watching live feed of gushing oil, and you feel completely helpless... there is one thing that you can do! You can write your Senators and Congressmen to encourage them to demand immediate action. Shame on our administration and president Obama for taking the back seat on such a MASSIVE disaster. Email your leaders to get a "CHANGE" on the Gulf Coast.
To contact your local Senator visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
and to get in touch with your congressman go here https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Lets do our part and get this taken care of!
*Sorry for the emphasis and caps, but at this point, enough is enough!