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I took the pledge!!  Join Me!

Link:  http://www.weekendwithoutoil.org/

Call to Action

On August 21st and 22nd, commit to these 11 actions!

  1. Walk or ride your bike: Avoid using cars and if you must, always try to carpool. Transportation accounts for 40 percent of our petroleum consumption and is easily one of the biggest areas we need to improve upon.
  2. Enjoy the outdoors: Avoid buying new sporting equipment, since oil makes up nearly 25% of rubber. Footballs or basketballs, for example, can last for many years and used equipment is often just as good and will reduce demand for oil needed to make new rubber.
  3. Use reusable bags: Avoid disposable plastic. Plastic bags are a huge waste for very little benefit. Nearly 10 percent of U.S. oil consumption, approximately 2 million barrels a day, is used to make plastic products alone.
  4. Be conscious about what you eat that weekend: You can reduce oil demand by changing your diet to eat less meat, more local foods that require less transportation and organic food, which doesn’t use petro-based fertilizers.
  5. Don’t buy new make-up that weekend: The majority of cosmetics are petroleum-based, including lip gloss, face powder, nail polish, and more. So avoid buying new make-up products this weekend and research the brands when you purchase in the future.
  6. Drink tap water: Avoid beverages bottled in disposable plastic, they make up nearly 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year, so get a reusable bottle and fill it up.
  7. Make your electronic gadgets last: Avoid buying new electronics. Electronics take a lot of oil to produce and the gadgets you already have can last much longer than the rate at which new ones are released.
  8. Go to the movies or stream them on Hulu: Avoid buying new DVDs/Blu-Rays, as oil is a key ingredient in their production, packaging and shipping.
  9. Skip buying new clothes that weekend: Swap clothes with friends or check out the local vintage store. The less new clothes you buy the less oil is used in the manufacturing process and transportation.
  10. Head to your local library or read online: Avoid using a printer and buying printed material including daily newspapers. Printing doesn’t just waste paper, nearly 100,000 gallons of ink each day is used on daily newspapers alone.
  11. Spread the word! Get 3 friends to sign the pledge and help raise awareness on ways they can help reduce their dependence on oil-related products.

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AP – BP’s much-criticized CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert Dudley on Oct. 1, the company said Tuesday as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 

$32.2 billion sounds like a reasonable amount for cleanup and casualties.  A shame though that a $1/2 million valve could have prevented so much damage.  For as long as we insist on being dependent on fossil fuels – we as consumers must INSIST that every safety measure be taken – globally.  As a friend pointed out there are other spills continuing all over the world unchecked for decades and they don’t make the news because it didn’t happen in the US. 

Time to step up, consumers!

Link: http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylc=X3oDMTJhcW1yNHI0BF9TAzk3MTgwMDM0OARnc3RhdGUDMQRwb3MDMgRzZWMDbndfdG9wc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDdGl0bGUEdGFyA25ld3MueWFob28uY29t/SIG=13mmrr6tc/**http%3A//us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http%3A//news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100727/ap_on_bi_ge/gulf_oil_spill

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Reality strikes in the gulf oil spill.  I have nothing of value to add.


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Interesting video regarding what BP is trying to do.  Scary that this has the potential to leak for year(s) plural creating “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico.  Will it be tragic enough for us to give up our dependance on oil though?  BP and other companies are only providing what we demand…

Will ‘cut-and-cap’ method work?

June 2: Professor Michio Kaku, a physics expert and the host of TV’s “Sci Fi Science,” explains BP’s latest effort to stem the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.


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In response to the following quote by BP CEO Tony Hayward:

“The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation.”

IMHO-Fire his ass, start siphoning his bank accounts to begin to pay for the cleanup costs since it was the decisions of management to counteract the recommendations of the professionals they were paying to maintain the safety of production and make him (and all the other execs who supported the cost cutting measures) don a wet suit to work the cleanup first hand – then ask him again in 30 days, would you like to rephrase that?

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Here is a webshot from one of today’s sites:   

Anyone else see a conflict here?


We’re losing how much oil directly into the Gulf of Mexico, which will have an uncalculable impact on the natural resource as we increase our driving for the summer…I found it ironic that these two stories were featured together.  


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Oil Leak

…all the more reason that we need to convert globally to renewable resources and ASAP!!  This whole situation makes me sad.  Wonder how long it’s going to be before prices go up again claiming the cleanup fees need to be accounted for and more importantly what is the ecological cost of this tragedy? 

Updates from the horses mouth:


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