The cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf shows beyond a doubt that we can't drill our way out of our energy problems. Our coastal environment and economies cannot afford the risk involved.
Apart from the loss of life in the oil rig explosion, we are seeing reports of devastation in the marine and shoreline areas, with pollution acutely affecting jellyfish, turtles, birds, and fish. Clean-up and containment after the disaster is a massive undertaking of manpower and engineering, involving barriers, oil-absorbing sponges, dispersant chemicals, and a giant dome-shaped cap. In the end, what's most important is to work to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. With concerns about regulation and the power wielded by the polluter lobby in mind, it is time to think seriously about the the way fossil fuels dominate our "energy mix."