Reaching the Louisiana coastline just may not be the end of what has to be the most unforgivable oil spill disaster in American history. Spewing forth what appears to be an unstoppable fount of greasy, heavy oil, the Keys and the east coast are now sitting in the path of the oil as it floats into the warm gulf current known as the “Loop.”
The Loop Current is similar to a “conveyor belt,” sweeping around the Gulf, through the Keys and right up the East Coast. The oil could affect Florida’s beaches, coral reefs, fisheries and ecosystem within a week. The horrendous damage currently being done is just the beginning of a continuing tragedy – a tragedy that is the result of not anticipating the unexpected, or, perhaps, anticipating the type of disaster that occurred but not taking the needed steps to protect against it.
The shrill chants of the “drill, baby, drill” crowd led by Sarah Palin will soon to be drowned out by the anguished cries of those whose livelihoods have been destroyed and the weak squeaks and twitters of the wildlife that will lie dying sporting their glistening, oil coats along the shores and beaches of the entire southeastern part of the United States.
The “gift” that keeps on giving, except in this case it is the nightmare from which we cannot awake. The magnitude of this spill will be with us for decades.
The notion of increasing off-shore drilling should be a dead issue from this point forward.