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Madeleine

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Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 13, 2010

As of April 2010 approximately 126.3 million gallons, the equivalent of fueling 3.7 million cars, to of oil have seeped into our oceans.

Considering clean up efforts have not worked up to this point, how should British Petroleum and the Federal Government of the United States handle the situation?

What should the next steps be? Does the international community have the right to get involved? Should they?

This environmental disaster will continue to destroy everything we hold for the future unless we can create a change. Something needs to be done.

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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 13, 2010

In response to Madeleine's questions: I feel like the US government, especially President Obama, should be putting a lot more pressure on BP in stepping up their efforts to quickly clean up their mess. This is clearly hurting the environment at an alarming rate, and everyday there are irreversible and destructive changes happening to the delicate ecological systems there. The president had made promises to lead the effort on climate change in January 2009, and this oil spill is really telling on how much he is following up on that promise.

We can all feel a little helpless in situations like this, but it's important to get our feelings and thoughts out when disasters like this do happen. One way is to create art about it. We've created a set dedicated to the BP Oil Spill in the Deepwater Horizon: 2010 Oil Spill set in the Global Gallery, let's add to this and share these works with our friends, family, and the TIG online community.

Get some inspiration by checking out artists' interpretation of the impact of the spill here


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 15, 2010

The world is currently on the positive trend in run for industrialization and globalization. As a result, a number of industries are operation on daily basis through the use of fossil fuels as their sources of energy. Fossil fuels are also extensively used in the automobile industry in addition to the production of electricity mainly in the developing countries.
The world's largest oil producer and supplier have experience a global tragedy with the latest oil spill at the United States coast. This has led to the intensive legal sanctioning and criminal filings against the company by the United States department of justice. The country is fighting for the payments on the environmental pollution and this is heavily affecting the global business relationship mainly between the two super powerful countries.
The United States environmental laws are imposing heavy fines on the company under the criminal statutes and the future of the company is at threat. This is strengthened by the various acts of the congress including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and the clean water Act.
Considering that the global oil reserves are on the down ward trend, this also poses a great threat on the future of the global energy sector. This has created a vital threat to the company and an unpredictable price of the oil related products in the future. In addition, while the reserves of the fossil fuels are still significant, they are nonetheless limited and diminishing and they cannot sustain the long term lifestyles and the development in a permanent manner over the centuries to come. There is the increasing need to produce synthetic hydrocarbons for the transport industry that is currently emitting immense amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This call for the necessity to obtain large amount of power that should be obtained from the non fossil fuels sources. The recent crisis on the oil spill is not only an American crisis but its also a global crisis. This is in essence to the fact that the global oceans are in circulation and the waters will finally head to the other oceans.


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 15, 2010

its rather unfortunate that the oil spill has led to deaths of sea species.I don't think that the way forward is blame game at the moment.I propose that organisations should also widen their horizons and incorporate reasearch and use of robots as Plan B to ensure no time is wasted.Its been two months since the oil spin but am glad they are utilising robots to curb the oil spil.


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 15, 2010

BP has temporarily stopped the oil spill. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10654584

Even though the oil is not currently leaking this does not mean the leak has been permanently capped. BP is still in the testing phase and cannot guarantee any results what so ever, and even if no oil is leaking from the top of the well it does not mean oil is not leaking from the bottom.

The American government and BP have not yet found a permanent solution and in the mean time we are still suffering major damage to our wetlands and ecosystems? There needs to be a better solution other than testing a temporary fix.


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 16, 2010

I think there is need for seriousness on issues relating to environment. It is our home and also its sustainability for the future is very vital. This is not like money where people used barter trade before introduction of currency. The very environment we experience will remain so.
Leaders should show their integrity by making use of their leadership skills to control such disasters. Where are the disaster management team. Which law has the federal government enforced to control future disasters like those. Where are the leaders and environmental activists just like Ms. Perkins who evidenced the Shirtwaist Fire on 1911 and fearlessly advocated for the implementation of the safety laws on industrial workers?
Something urgently needs to be done.


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 18, 2010

I am also worried while following the continuos news and discourse on the tragic disaster of Oil Spill but am not sure how it is going to affect the developing and landlocked countries like Nepal that depends fully upon India for the fossil oil.
I can imagine the serious impact it can make on the environments, ecosystem and other sea spieces.


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 18, 2010

BP has handled it for the time being...but the way they responded so late really surprised me...they should have been prepared for every worst case scenario possible...I hope the problem will be solved as soon as possible...the innocent lives of the ocean are hampered for no reasons...hope it will not recur again...


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 20, 2010

Recent reports are showing that the temporary cap on the oil well is leaking and may have to be removed to release the pressure. BP has said that relief wells are the way to permanently stop the leaking well but oil is still seeping into the oceans three months after the fact. It is amazing that the Gulf Coast oil spill has been labeled the worst environmental disaster in American History and yet it seems as though BP and the government is more concerned with the loss of oil profits than the environmental damage.


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 24, 2010

Sea turned chocolate is a sick kind of magic so catastrophic when greed is symbiotic like when police and thieves they are cross pollinating suffocating life like the sticky seagull dying - check out this youtube video Sea Turned Chocolate for the full song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnHNYcuyWKA


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 25, 2010

Whilst I do not condone BP for the way they handled things, if Obama wants to get angry and kick some butt how about he addresses this issue:-

For over four decades, Indigenous communities have witnessed multinational oil companies cut through their ancestral lands in search of the country's vast petroleum resources.

According to the report ''Amazon Crude'' by Judith Kimerling, from 1972 until it left Ecuador in 1992, Texaco intentionally dumped more than 19 billion gallons of toxic wastewaters into the region and was responsible for 16.8 million gallons of crude oil spilling from the main pipeline into the forest. In 1998, Texaco conducted a limited cleanup through an agreement with the Ecuadorian government, but its effectiveness is being challenged. Meanwhile, several medical studies relate the devastating health impacts that this widespread pollution has had on the communities living near the areas operated by Texaco.

When Chevron merged with Texaco in 2001, the new company became accountable for Texaco's liabilities.

Chevron must restore the health and environment of the communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and ensure that this disgraceful chapter in the company's history never repeats itself.
But of course, it is quite alright for American companies to destroy other nations environments, remember Bhopal ? just not in their own back yard.

Hypocrites.
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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Jul 26, 2010

WAIT... JUST A MOMENT!!!

Are you suggesting that the U.S.A. has MADE a Mistake!?!? N O o o o o...

The U.S. has NEVER made a MIS-TAKE. ASK THEM!

Every TAKE is DONE Appropriately. To Appropriate is Business. Never Personal.

The amount of Oil that regularly leaks from Pipelines far exceeds the Gulf Leak over the period of a year. In a few weeks everyone will be on to the next tragedy.

Don't forget that the U.S. can just pass a Bill Pardoning themselves from any wrong doing and can print more money to give those affected. So MANY SOLUTIONS!


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Aug 17, 2010

Okk just wondering is the oil really gone i hear on the news that BP says almost all of it is gone and then the news says that 80 percent of it is still there and that the scientists have checked and it is still there so which one is right?


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Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill: April 2010
Nov 9, 2010

I want to know more about how do you guys think of Gulf Coast Oil spill in 2010?


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