Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill

I want to take a minute out of my hectic writing and personal life, with 3 kids, two out of school and one an infant, a variety of contracts, a busy telecommuting husband, and a host of other activities and people vying for attention, to talk about the Deepwater Horizon gulf disaster.

We know that families are hurting from oil spill loss of income. We know that BP claims can help with lost wages or revenue, but with projections of up to 100,000 barrels of oil being poured into the Gulf of Mexico each day, we need to break out of our routines (especially those of us living up north, like me) and really think about what this means.

I have friends living on the gulf coast who can see the damage, smell it, have lost property or work because of it. Unemployment is already at 10 percent in this country, and while the mess creates oil jobs for the gulf cleanup, it destroys far more jobs than it creates. And who wants one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history to be an engine for job creation?

It breaks my heart. So in the middle of writing, and editing, and working for private clients, and enjoying the summer, I'm just thinking. Sometimes writing about the gulf oil spill. And hoping we can technologize our way out of what we technologized our way into. :(

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