Oil is a source of energy for human beings; water is the source of life for all living beings.
We are witnessing the merger of something totally unnecessary with something vital for all species. When a mixture of a deadly product with a life sustaining product occurs, the deadly product wins. Put a little poison in any water supply and you will kill the animal that drinks that water.
Oil is full of deadly molecules. BENZENE, TOLUENE, XYLENE, NAPTHALENE AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE ARE JUST A FEW.
Whenever we use oil for anything, such as energy, plastics, fertilizer, we are releasing toxic molecules into the environment. At this moment, we are releasing millions of cubic tons of oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
They call the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico an accident. But drilling for oil beneath a mile of salt water is an extremely complex task and takes planning by many commercial companies and permission from the U.S. Government.
The oil that the commercial companies extract will be used to drive huge cars carrying one or two people to go shopping. This waste of energy has never been seen before in human history. Human society has moved from a prudent husband of resources into an indifferent squanderer of all the resources of the planet.
WHAT IS BEING DESTROYED?
The Gulf of Mexico is the breeding grounds for hundreds of different sea animals that grow to maturity in the oceans of the world.
The Blue Fin Tuna is one of the many fish that begin their life in the Gulf of Mexico. On the Atlantic side of the planet, the Blue Fin Tuna only spawn in the Gulf of Mexico and the Western Mediterranean Sea. For this reason, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will probably mean the end of the line for this very beautiful animal.
The Blue Fin Tuna lives to be approximately 40 years of age, and like many fish that live this long, it doesn’t reach sexual maturity until 8 years of age. Since Japanese diners are willing to pay over $100,000 just for one fish to be turned into Sushi, fishermen have hunted this animal almost to extinction already.
The only reliable supply of Blue Fin Tuna is that produced on fish farms in the Mediterranean Sea and off Australia. These farms do not wait until the female fish can lay their eggs. The farmers kill the fish as soon as they are large enough to sell on the market.
The farmers then replace the missing fish with young juveniles caught by the fishermen. Thus, this farming technique does not have an internal supply, and it cannot replace the natural reproduction of fish. The farmers are simply growing young fish into larger animals in order to make money from the difference in weight.
Blue Fin Tuna farming will not halt the movement towards extinction of this species. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will accelerate the extinction of the Blue Fin Tuna. This oil spill will certainly cause the extinction of other species as well.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of thousands of environmental disasters that are taking place on a daily basis as mankind searches for something called Cheap Energy. But, as we all know from our own life experiences, nothing is free, and nothing is Cheap.
The Universe is finely and completely balanced. What you get Today, you will pay for Tomorrow.