Audubon Magazine on Gulf Drilling
Introduced to the Meaning of "One Thousand Points of Light"
After two years of Birds and Blooms, this birder wanted more than pictures of the birds. Canceling that bird magazine for Audubon has opened a new world of bird news.
An Audubon article by Mike Tidwell drove home the need of converting to clean energy. The piece on the Gulf Oil Spill was an eye opener. The author's description of endless lights in a black ocean at night was interesting. The lights are a testimony of man's work and ingenuity. It was a "Wow!" moment, and recalls President Bush's 'One Thousand Points of Light'.
Amazed at Audubon Society Reporting
The map here pinpoints the location of the thousands of wells established in the Gulf of Mexico. The Spill is old news but the large concentration of oil wells is here to stay and growing.
The most shocking fact: there are 6000 wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The picture Tidwell drew in the article prompts me to think that number is quite a few. Did you know that in the Gulf of Mexico, from Texas to Alabama, this many platforms are drilling off the coast of the U.S?
Additionally, there are 4000 huge platforms, each housing a crew to regulate the workings of the wells in their care. 4000 platforms maintain 5,969 active wells. Tidwell wondered why major spills haven't happened before. How can such a large number of maintained wells have enough oversight to prevent more spills?
Are we willing to support change and switch from oil? Citizens can support companies making a difference. Anyone can do a little bit with a Audubon Magazine subscription.
Recently, Audubon Magazine has outlined six sources the United States can use for clean energy to help eliminate drilling. They are solar photovolaic, concentrated solar, geothermal, tidal turbines, wave and hydroelectric.
Solar Panels are Clean Energy
Solar panels are another good alternative. Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House. President Reagan took the system down.
A few years ago our house was fitted with solar panels to equal the amount of energy used for a year.The utility bill is less than $12.00 every month. The local utility is very sensitive to this home owner trend and has asked for a grid user charge.
Should photovolaic and solar panels go up on the White House again?
6000 Wells And Climbing
Did You Knew of 6000 Wells in the Gulf?
The sheer number of wells is amazing. More wells are located in the area than all other wells in the world combined. The employees have good training, but mistakes can happen. Has the U.S. grossly over worked the presence of drilling in the Gulf?
It has been reported that oil companies are targeting mores wells in the next 20 years.
Expanding Deepwater Drilling
- Is Deepwater Drilling Safer, 5 Years After Worst Oil Spill?
Deepwater drilling is increasing in the Gulf. Oil companies say it’s safer now, but critics say spills are inevitable.
- Satellite Pictures:Gulf Oil Spill
A series of five satellite pictures.
© 2010 Sherry Venegas