Poll after poll shows that the public is in support of comprehensive action and in the wake of the BP oil tragedy, that support for environmental protection and energy reform has only grown stronger. Yet little has been forthcoming from our ear-tagged representatives. And while on the topic of U.S. Energy Fascism will President Obama’s 1st speech from the Oval Office address the international repercussions of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?
Federal regulators increased the size of the Gulf fishery closure to 37% percent of federal waters. As the disaster continues, concerns are spreading across international boundaries, including to Cuba where the U.S. closure already abuts 250 miles of that nation’s waters.
Marine biologists, like NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenko, are very concerned as more and more oil enters the Loop Current. It still is too early to tell how much damage the spillage is doing to the food chain. Suffice it to say that estimates are an Exxon Valdez spill about every 5 days. And Alaskan fisheries remain damaged from that spill 10 years later.
We have just begun to see the economic impact upon those that make their livelihood fishing the U.S. Gulf waters. “No,” Kimmie Serigne said, “the crabbing hadn’t yet been stopped. But the price of crab had dropped 50 percent, since customers are afraid of contaminated seafood.” “Things were so bad,” Mr. Serigne told Ms. Burford, “that his dealer had simply quit.”