The 2010 Oil Spill and Our Ecological Debt to Louisiana
The title of this post is not mine. It is from an article by Dr. Timothy Haney out of Alberta, Canada. If you want a break from the finger-pointing blame game dominating coverage of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, I recommend you read it to find out why he asserts,
”we owe the people of Louisiana and of the Gulf Coast both an ecological and economic debt.”
Wondering about the term “ecological debt?” Do you consider the Gulf Coast an “industrial sacrifice zone” or a “resource-rich hinterland?” Dr. Haney clearly explains these with a sound summary of relevant environmental and economic events since oil arrived in the Gulf Coast region, including the hurricanes Katrina and Rita periods and the current realities and implications of this 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He also makes specific suggestions as to how to repay the debt, including the responsibility of the average citizen/consumer.
I think you’ll find it well worth reading whether you agree or disagree with him. You can access the article at: http://www.truthout.org/the-2010-oil-spill-and-our-ecological-debt-louisiana59386