Monday, 28 February 2011

The Gulf Oil Spill

There are many things that occur in this world that can change our perspective or way of looking at situations. The Gulf oil spill is just one of them.
Many people have knee jerk reactions when something of this nature happens. Right away they assume that a so called disaster such as this would justify halting oil drilling. No doubt it is a bad scene and everything should be done to correct the problem, and help the people affected. However it doesn't warrant stopping oil drilling completely.
Oil drilling has been going on for years,with only a few spills. There is much more oil than this that seeps from the ocean floor every day,meaning that nature is polluting the environment more than us humans ever could. The problem is, this oil is all in one place.The thing to do is to discover what created the problem, fix it and make the industry safer and more productive.
If we Americans stop drilling, or any other project just because something might or has gone "wrong", pretty soon we will be doing nothing but sticking our heads in the sand waiting for the world to end. America was built on the idea of free enterprise and capitalism, we have created a world unparalleled in modern history. It wasn't accomplished by quitting every time a major problem arose. Thus we need to solve whatever difficulties arise, make lemonade from lemons and go on.
Government standing around and pointing fingers and taking over private business does nothing but make the problem worse, they have no solutions, only road blocks to success.
Alternative sources of energy need to be developed, however we will never out grow our need for oil, many,many products besides gasoline are derived from oil. Gasoline only consumes a small portion of the oil we use.
So far the oil spill hasn't effected much of our shore line, and it probably won't, the major thing affecting tourism along the gulf coast is fear, humans fear that something will happen, move past that and the problem will dissipate.
Already science has been working on ways to not only clean up the oil, but preventing the situation from happening again. No matter what we humans attempt to do, things will go "wrong", our job is to find ways to make the situation better, solve the problem and thus create a better world, not stick our heads in the sand and abandon the idea.
Gary has been a photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and event photography.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and having studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life, photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!
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