Jun 10

A few words about that oil spill

I’ve been debating for weeks whether I should include any mention of the Gulf oil spill in this blog.  On the one hand, my desire to minimize our impact on the environment is a major motivation for my cargo biking activities.  On the other hand, I’m not sure I can say anything new or relevant about the situation.  With hourly updates on the containment of the spill (or lack of any real progress), you’ve probably heard all you need on the topic.

But if you haven’t seen this site (http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com/), you should.  It moves the oil slick to your neighborhood to give you a more visceral appreciation of the scale of the calamity.  In my state, the slick covered all of the Olympic National Park, Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, Puget Sound, and most of Washington’s coast line:

Imagining all that beautiful scenery fouled with mats of smelly oil is heartbreaking.  But no less than what Gulf state residents feel about the waters near their homes.

If you want to read more about a cargo biker’s take on the spill, here’s an article that says everything I wanted to say, only better: http://bikeforth.org/dont-blame-bp-blame-me/