The Obama Administration is right now assessing whether to permit commercial oil companies’ to do offshore drilling for oil in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
Why is our government wasting the nation’s dwindling middle and lower incomes after taxes (rich folk seldom pay taxes to the U.S. Government) on assessing whether to allow oil drilling in the oceans? That is LUDICROUS!
Not only is drilling for oil in the oceans ill-advised (certainly they must not have forgotten BP’s massive oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico which occurred 6 years ago in 2010?), the public’s burning of all that extra oil (a fossil fuel) could make the world’s best climate change predictor’s WORST GLOBAL WARMING NIGHTMARE FOR THE EARTH NOT ONLY COME TRUE BUT BE HERE SOONER!
Considering all the changes which have already begun occurring and expected to accelerate in future years to the earth’s climate, its massive but shrinking (rapidly) ice sheets, the rises in sea temperatures, acidity and continuing rises in the elevation of the oceans everywhere, and the increasingly costly and dangerous (stronger storms) submerging populous shoreland areas in the U.S. and elsewhere, the Obama and other nation’s administrations, worldwide, ought be considering permanent BANS ON ALL OIL DRILLING – BOTH LAND AND SEA – AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” – Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson at Wisconsin’s Governor Nelson State Park (undated photo)
Fly Like An Eagle (The Steve Miller Band)
About Mike Neuman
Identical twin; Long-time advocate of protection of our environment; Married; Father to three sons; Grandfather to one granddaughter; Born and raised in Wisconsin; Graduate of University of Wisconsin; post graduate degrees in agricultural economics and Water Resources Management fro UWMadison; Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work for 31 years with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Retired from DNR in 2007; Biked to school crossing guard site 2 X daily for 7 years retiring in 2019; in addition to being an advocate of safeguarding our environment, I am also an advocate for humane treatment of animal, children, and people in need of financial resource for humane living. I am presently a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin.
I oppose all long (>500 miles) distance travel (via fossil fuel burning) for nonessential purposes and all ownership of more than one home.
I am opposed to militarism in any form particularly for the purpose of monetary gain.
I am a Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; especially against those in authority who are not acting for the public good?in a timely fashion and in all countries of the world not just the U S..
My identical twin, Pat, died in June 2009.
He was fired from his job with the National Weather Service despite having a long and successful career as a flood forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service. He took a new position in the Midwest Regional Office in Minneapolis.
Unfortunately, Pat’s work for the NWS went sour after he began to see the evidence for concern about rising global temperatures shortly after relocating to Minneapolis, and how they appeared to effect of flooding on the Red River that flows out of Canada before entering the U.S. in North Dakota.
. Pat and I conversed on a regular basis with other scientists on the Yahoo Group named “Climate Concern “ and by personal email. The NWS denied his recommendation to give his public presentation o n his research at the “Minneapolis Mall of America” in February 2000, which deeply affected h,im. I will h He strongly believed the information ought be shared with the public to which I concurred. That was the beginning of the vendetta against my brother, Patrick J. Neuman, for speaking strongly of the obligations the federal government was responsible for accurately informing the citizenry.
A way great similar response to my raising the issue of too many greenhouse gases being emitted by drivers of vehicles on Wisconsin highway system, my immediate supervisors directed: “that neither global warming, climate change nor the long term impacts upon the natural resources of Wisconsin from expansion of the state highway system were to be any part of my job requirements, and that I must not communicate, nor in a memorandum to all the bureau, shall any person who works in the same bureau I do communicate with me, neither verbally on the phone, by email.