On April 20, 2010, one of approximately 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico failed, killing 11 humans and disastrously polluting a body of water that is geographically about the size of the Midwest and ecologically as vast and important as a national park. Oil pollution from this disaster is changing the course of life in and around the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines for this generation and beyond.
The letters "BP" were left out of the summary above because they are not the focus. Focusing on "BP" misses the big picture.
71% of American oil consumption goes towards transportation (DOE website). There would not be nearly 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico if there were not 250,000,000 passenger vehicles endlessly burning petroleum across 200,000 miles of highways and urban streets.
From the highways to the driveways, every gasoline-pumping American over the age of 16 shares the guilt for playing their part in exterminating life beyond their comprehension. America's third-largest body of water is in ruins. For shame!
If life beyond today's generation is to survive its oily destiny of death, it will be because of least two changes: abandoning the automobile and rebuilding human-size villages and cities. It starts by dropping the keys so Florida can get hers back some day.
Thank you to all those who choose active transportation over death and pollution. We know it is in you that hope for humanity lives.
In solidarity and support, Break The Gridlock.