Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later, What Have We Learned?

April 20, 2011

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Now that we have reached the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion,
what have we learned?

The Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20th, 2010 and, over the period of 86 days, spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. 1.8 million gallons of toxic dispersants were also added, making this the largest toxic experiment ever conducted on a body of water.

As we reflect on the past, it is time to be more proactive and think of what environmental legacy we are leaving for future generations. We need to continue to search for more sustainable, renewable resources, knowing our every day lifestyle choices could keep us drilling deep into sensitive marine environments with disastrous consequences. Instead, we could slowly wean ourselves off these non-renewable energy sources and tap into the free services of Mother Nature, extracting energy from the wind, the sun, and the tides.

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