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Petroleum Is Poison

Posted Jun 09 2010 8:00am

As displayed clearly from high above in this image, the Deep Horizon/BP oil disaster of 2010 has left a scar of unspeakable depth on one of the most biodiverse regions of the planet, one which may not recover for decades. In fact, I invite you to visit the special page which NASA has created on its website for assorted images and scientific analysis of the disaster. The URL is

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/oilspill

However, even as the world quite justifiably is focused on the catastrophic oil slick which covers thousands of square miles of beautiful seascape, it is vitally important that we focus on the larger question. Nothing good comes from burning fossil fuels, especially petroleum, for energy. Petroleum is poison.

We poison ourselves when we mine petroleum. We poison ourselves when we ship it. We poison ourselves when we refine it into any number of liquid fuels. Worst of all, we poison ourselves when we burn it.

I am certain that it will come to you as no surprise that I also am deeply concerned with the impact on wildlife of the devastation of the Deep Horizon/BP disaster. However, it is essential that we remember that many oil-producing regions which have few if any enforced environmental regulations have suffered a similar fate over the years, to grave results for people and animals.

When will the madness end?

Petroleum is poison. We need to our addiction now. Like many narcotics, abusing oil made us feel good in the early days. Now, it doesn’t provide a single moment of euphoria. So, what’s the point?

Fomenting the Triple Bottom Line

Corbett Kroehler

jpg credit: NASA JPL

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