BP Oil Spill Reactions: Have You Changed Your Energy Habits?

| 7/2/2010 1:55:32 PM

Oil rig at sundown 

The BP oil spill and the resulting actions (or lack thereof) of the people our nation trusted have left many Americans disheartened. It seems like every day there is another news story about the wreckage left behind by this manmade disaster. Here at Mother Earth News, we’ve been tracking the story’s progress as well by updating our readers and learning about potential oil spill clean-up methods.

While it’s difficult to imagine that anything good could come out of such an unfortunate situation, we’re willing to look for the positive. After all, mistakes carry wisdom in their wakes.

Studying the causes of the spill can lead us closer to important changes. If you believe, as many do, that the oil spill was the result of a string of mistakes within the government and between big business executives, you can choose to stay informed and vote with your mind and your dollars. If you believe that it is our nation’s dependence on oil that led us to this place, then you can take steps away from that crutch.

At Mother Earth News, we’ve been spreading the word about sustainable energy sources for years. In a recent article, we focused on wind energy as an alternative to offshore drilling (Why Offshore Wind Energy Is a No-Brainer Compared to Offshore Oil Drilling). At this time when the fallibility of depending on oil for energy is so apparent, our nation may be ready for an energy makeover.

We want to know if you’ve changed your energy habits in the months since the BP oil spill began. Do you plan to make changes in the future? Let us know by posting a comment below.

7/11/2010 9:40:35 PM

Has the oil spill dramatically changed my life? No. Simply because I now live in the midwest. Will I make more changes to reduce my foot print? Yes. My opinion on the oil spill is this: Did we learn nothing after the Exxon Valdez in the Northwest? Arn't there at least a few people in power (scientists, doctors, environmentalists, etc.) sitting in a room somewhere over the past twenty years or so, thinking about how to avoid or at least contain situations like this? I find it incredible that the spill has been allowed to continue as long as it has without someone in power saying that they've been considering different scenarios to stop more damage from being done. So far the only thing I've heard is drilling two more shafts. A waste of time considering the amount of oil flowing into the water on an hourly basis.

Alinda Harrison
7/10/2010 10:18:32 PM

What do I think? I think this disaster is a wake-up call for all of us. It's brought to attention the vast number of off-shore wells that are feeding our collective thirst for oil. All the oil companies seem to be drilling and this could have happened with any of them (although I will no longer buy BP gas and further line the BP CEO's pockets due to to his refusal to accept any personal responsiblity for the actions of his company.) The challenge for all of us is to wean ourselves of our dependence on oil. For me that means condensing trips and carpooling even more than before. It means cutting back on the use of oil-based plastics and reusing things I already have rather than buying new. It means doing business locally (in walking distance) and supporting the development of mass transportation. I hope to see in my lifetime the day when oil companies stop looking for new places to drill because there is no longer enough interest in their product to warrent further production. peace

7/10/2010 1:36:36 PM

It does not help that in the USA, companies like Chevron hold the rites to automotive sized batteries so that vehicles like the Toyota RAV 4 Ev are illegal to be built here, and those elsewhere can't be sold here without their permission. "This is the Nickel Metal Hydride pack in the Toyota RAV4-EV, using "gen-III" technology that the Chevron-funded lawsuit penalized them for using when Chevron's JV cobasys won $30 million and a settlement from PEVE, which had been improving NiMh since it went into production in 1997. PEVE (Toyota and Panasonic) might have prevailed, at law, but may have stood no chance fighting the oillies in the real world. So they surrendered." I just have two words for Chevron...Eminent Domain! The US Government should force them to allow their use!

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