Because we haven’t made a transition to a new energy future
Regardless of the outcome of BP’s ‘top kill‘ process at stopping the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, this disaster has probably already resulted in the largest spill in U.S. history. I say likely because, unlike an oil spill where a known volume of oil flows out of a tanker, at which point no more oil flows (the ship is empty), the Gulf oil leak is continuous. At a mile under the water’s surface, it is very difficult to calculate exactly how much oil has escaped. What we do know is that it’s A LOT of oil – likely more than any other spill in U.S. history. And we haven’t stopped the flow of oil after more than a month.
Yesterday, President Obama spoke about the need for our country to transition to a new energy future dependent on alternative and renewable fuels. A quote from this speech
“But we also have to face a broader fact. There’s a reason why those folks are out there drilling a mile down in the water, and then when they hit ground a mile down, they have to go another mile down to get oil. That’s an expensive proposition, it’s a dangerous proposition, it’s a risky proposition. Why are we doing it? Well, we’re doing it because we have not made a transition to a new energy future.”