Sunday, June 27, 2010

Toward Eupan and the BP / Gulf Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Several Summer "other personal and other professional" projects have captured my time in the past 30 days or so. And, with some travel for many of our leaders in the Eupan Global Initiative, our "energy" has slowed for the summer.

As that is the case, though, I am reminded today that we are just at 70 days since the Oil Spill erupted in the Gulf.

Websites like this one are tracking various forms of "death" that have resulted - and this is to say nothing of the thousands of news and government and private industry reports that have come out in the past 70 days. And, this single website of course can not track the numerous forms of microscopic organisms - comprising various food chains in the Gulf's unique hydrosphere - that are dying or suffering.

Our purpose in advancing eupan is not to castigate, point fingers, or lay blame on others - but to think about how we build and work toward a better future - that is genuinely good for all.

In that regard, I (Marty Michelson) would only say that with each day that the oil spills, I find myself more and more troubled with our dependence on forms of fuel that enable us to "live our lives" while the expenses of these forms of life bring trouble, hurt, pollution and death in catastrophic ways - even when there is no "spill" or "broken pipes."

We can do better. We need to do better - for us, for our neighbors, for the nations of the world, for the future of vibrant life.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

1 comment:

  1. Though this doesn't specifically address our dependence on oil, OG&E has an option to shift your electrical dependency away from natural gas and lessen carbon emissions. You can go to this website: and subscribe to their wind energy program, where you can choose to have 25%, 50%, or 100% of your household electricity come from wind power. Really easy and not terribly expensive. I just did this in my house and my bill hasn't increased very much at all. Every little bit helps!