Cleanup Holdup by the Government
The oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spew at breakneck speeds into the ocean. The massiveness of the oil spill, which is pouring out 100,000 barrels of oil into the gulf a day, is effectively turning the marshlands, bayous, swamps, and the most fertile fishery this side of the hemisphere into a dead zone. Fish by the hundreds of thousands are floating to the surface. Sea birds are retreating into the marshes covered in oil, never to be seen again.
There is nothing to downplay about this situation. It’s impossible to comprehend the damage it has already created in the last two months. Yet, the United States government has refused the help of other countries, knowing we were incapable of handling the spill.
Now, the government has admitted that it failed and should have accepted the help of countries with ships and equipment to skim the waters and collect the oil before it spread to the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. The oil will continue to make its way around the peninsula of Florida into the currents that will bring it all the way up towards Maine if the situation is not controlled.
The time has come for the federal government to be held accountable for its actions, as well as for the well-being of millions in the Gulf States. The effects from the oil on the Gulf will take decades to remedy and will cost the jobs of an innumerable amount of people.
It is now that we should stop and pray continuously for the leaders of our government regarding this disastrous circumstance. Pray that they will have wisdom in their future decisions, and pray for the men and women who have made their livelihood along the coast. Also, pray that no more oil continues to seep into the fresh water marshlands and effectively kill the breeding grounds for thousands of species of fish and animals.
For more information, check out this article: The Government Slowed Down the Gulf Cleanup.