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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Gulf Progress

Positive Signs

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For more than 80 days we saw live video of the oil gushing out of the well in the Gulf of Mexico. Seeing the oil spew forth and threaten marine life, wildlife, and livelihoods is a picture that makes even the most hardened person cringe.

Estimates suggest anywhere between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of crude have been leaking into the Gulf every day since the rig sank April 22. The leak followed an explosion that killed 11 workers.

Newscasts all over the country have been airing a live shot of the oil gushing out into the Gulf. It's been a sobering reminder of the lack of technology we have when it comes to fighting such catastrophes.

Many have questioned why if we can drill, why can't we have a solution ready in the event of a major spill. Yes, it would be difficult. Yes, it would be expensive. But so is jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people for years to come.

We need to come to our sensibilities when it comes to harnessing one of our most dependent natural resources. Let's face it, nothing is foolproof and nothing is perfect.

We should have been ready to respond in the event of such a calamity.

Still, seeing that there is a cap on the spill gives me a tiny glimmer of hope that after the worse U.S oil spill in history, finally there are signs of progress.


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