Outsights from a tall storey …
Originally posted by MSN (via MichaelMoore.com) May 19th, 2010 7:09 PM:
By Clara Moskowitz / MSNBC
The huge oil slick off the Louisiana began April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by British Petroleum exploded and sank. The devastating oil flow has caused untold damage to the environment and wildlife, and it is still leaking.
It is a heartbreaking sight from space, station astronauts said.
"Just 30 minutes ago we passed over the Mexican Gulf and we took a lot of pictures of this oil spot," space station commander Oleg Kotov, a Russian cosmonaut, told reporters on Earth via a video link.
"It looks very scary," Kotov said. "It's not good. I really feel … not good about that."
Also visible from their vantage point on the station is ash from the massive ongoing eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
"Yes, we can see ash above the Europe, especially in the evening hours," Kotov said. "We cannot see the volcano itself. Many ecological problems we can observe and monitor from this space station. It's very useful for this perspective."
NASA astronaut Piers Sellers, a trained ecologist currently at the station as part of the visiting space shuttle Atlantis' crew, said the oil slick is an unshakeable example of humanity's effect on its home planet.
"These things aren't good," he said of the oil slick. "When you fly around the planet you get to see the thumbprint of man all over the place."
While mostly that thumbprint is positive, such as sustainable cities and cultivation of the land for agriculture, there are also signs of the damage humanity has done to Earth. Nonetheless, he said, the sight of the globe gave him hope.
"We're optimistic, I think, that people will eventually learn to look after the planet".
First off, the oil slick is a common occurrence in other regions where BP and Shell operate. But didn't the Rockoilfellow from thwe good ole US of A get his monopoly broken up in the early '20's over the way that Southern Oil was operating?
And that was long before anyone ever thought much about the environment -except a few injuns that is. In a dirty business it dowesn't pay to play clean. The Nigerian government is killing the tribes in the oil region so that there is no voluable opposition to the behaviour of petrol producers.
So it's either you drive to work or they starve. Or maybe they can get someone to help them live whilst the land recovers. I don't think so. (Just how long does virtual tar macadam take to return to farm land?)