Wednesday, 16 March 2011

BP Oil Spill Spawns Cottage Industries

By Grant Gerver
I'll tell you what you ought to do: develop oil-proof SCUBA gear. Would that kill or what? And, why not get into your home lab and formulate a supplement that lets you digest oil from the shrimp we all love so much. It could be called "Oilesse."
This British Petroleum Oil Spill that is fouling everything in its growing-wider-and-deeper-by-the-second path has unknowingly given rise to a whole new industry: All things oil-resistant all the time. A whopper of an idea. Take natural disasters and flip 'em on their heads for massive profit!
We can't wait for evolution. It'll take far too long for species who are not killed off outright to adapt to oily waters, or for those of us who will end up consuming them as food to develop resistance to their deleterious effects. And, what about all the birds? That's a tough one. How you help them survive is beyond me. Wait, I know: No more offshore drilling, and yeah, no more petroleum, and okay, something other than gas and oil to deliver us the lifestyle we've become accustomed to. Yeah, that's the ticket.
But, unless we increase the average lifespan greatly, or give in to reincarnation, there's just not a lot of hope to see anything substantial happening in our lifetimes. Then again, we have contact lenses, Sarah Palin, artificial sweeteners, computers, iPads, Facebook, Walmart, cell phones, genetically engineered produce, 3-D and the Hubble, don't we? Maybe anything is possible if we collectively click our heels together 3 times and keep repeating, "There's no place like home, there's no place like home..."
About the Author:
Grant "Brad" Gerver is an entrepreneur and co-owner of Quite simply the most generous classified advertising, auction and coupon business online. "gbgerver" is also a performing blues artist-songwriter with The Buzzard Brothers and on YouTube. He is a retired elementary school teacher who currently works in the mental health care field.
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