Monday, June 28, 2010
Gulf journals: 'I know we are all guilty'

On the pristine white beaches of Seaside, Florida, a line of people stretches as far as the eye can see. Facing the clear, turquoise waves that crash at their feet, each person clasps the outstretched hand of the person next to them. They’re part of a movement called Hands across the Sand, a campaign to stop offshore oil drilling.

 

At exactly noon on June 26, people on beaches across the United States performed the same simple act for 15 minutes to show their opposition to drilling. The Hands across the Sand movement began in February, with a group of Floridians protesting a proposed end to an oil drilling ban in the waters around the state. But after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it took on a new life. Groups in California, Connecticut, Florida, and every other state participated in Saturday's event. Even in landlocked states, supporters held hands at designated areas in cities. There were about 700 gathering spots in all.

 

“The founder of Hands across the Sand is a local restaurant owner in my town who is very passionate about stopping offshore drilling,” explained Shelly Swanger of Seaside, who attended the event. “After what happened in the Gulf, his movement really gained support.”

 

The mucky tar balls and smelly oil haven’t yet sullied the picturesque Seaside beaches. But residents have seen the devastation in nearby communities like Pensacola, and Swanger says there was a spirit of unity in the atmosphere at the beach on Saturday, a sense that the community must come together to protect their beautiful home.

 

“The mood was one of community support for keeping our beautiful white beaches and clear blue water clean so that we are all able to enjoy this wonderful place for generations to come,” she said.

 

“I know we are all guilty of using oil,” she added. “I just wish that people could see what is at risk by continuing to deepwater drill in the Gulf of Mexico. There has to be a better way.”

 

Editor's Note: This blog post is part of a series of profiles of Gulf Coast residents and visitors directly affected by the oil disaster. If you'd like to share your story, you can upload photos and videos to CNN iReport.

266 Comments
June 28, 2010
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Ok it is a disaster but I saw this on CNN on staurday and it made me laugh because alot of these people who were their are preaching alternate enegy and some young people were making comments about oil being so bad. What they failed to realize is the drove to the beach in cars, use products like their cell phones made from plastics that are made from oil. Get real oil is in every Americans blood and will never go away until the last dropped is uscked out of the earth, you will neevr make a difference because your unwilling to give up what your material things.

June 28, 2010
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That's funny.  Like most Americans and global inhabitants I don't feel "guilty" for using oil.  I am concious to try to save our natural resources (and planet) and do drive a hybrid auto, but until an ingenious designer or company comes up with a genuine and cheaper way of moving about, I will switch to the alternative fuels. Shelly Swanger speaks for radical environmentalists who want to drastically change the way we live our lives...using guilt to advance an agenda is stupid.  I feel sorry for the people who are losing their income because of this disaster and I am intolerant towards BP and the all people in power that neglected their obligations (I hope they go to jail), but drilling will go on, I just hope it will be done safely now.

June 28, 2010
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So how many of these people drove to the beach in their big gas-guzzling SUVs?

 

Oil is just another drug and everybody on the planet is an addict.

June 28, 2010
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Hello, I'd like to say that I was at the Huntington Beach Pier for Hand's Across The Sand... and yes, most of us drove to get there, but I live fairly close. I believe the event was organized at so many beaches, because people would not have ot drive as far, thus, using less gas. How many can get there on bikes? We are trapped between big oil companies who want to keep us in gas vehicles and make $$$$. If alternative vehicles were more affordable I have no doubt many would start the change and that's what it's all about is "starting change" and "spreading awareness".

 

I had someone tell me they had no right to be attending because they drive a gas vehicle, which is mainly an excuse to bow out. So, please don't laugh at the beginning of awareness and change. We are the "little people" who are trying to make a difference the best way we can, and in a peaceful way. If we don't start to speak up and let it be known who IS going to do it? 

 

Many are not aware that plastic is made from oil and that plastic never dies, so now is the time to let it be known. Because SO many things are forced on us in plastic, the only thing we can do is be more aware and recycle. Again...spread the word. Tell everyone you know so they can also share.

 

I have no doubt that mankind is on it's way out the door if there isn't change. We start with the smaller species and work out way up. The planet will only give so much and then it takes back when population and ecology are out of control. 

 

Thanks for the info jec2004, and for the words of encouragement to the world. If you're not driving a gas vehicle or using a cell phone, and plastic as well...then you're one up on all of us. We should be following your example.

 

Amen!

June 28, 2010
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So how many of you who are reading this were actually on Pensacola Beach Sunday?  I know that VERY few of you were, I was there, you were not, the media wasn't either.  I went in the water, I walked on the sand; I walked on the little dots of tar and when I got back to the truck I washed them off with a little water.  It's not as bad as all the media has made it out to be!  It may get bad, but it probably won't, sure some places in LA. have been hit hard.  But the clean-up workers and methods have probably destroyed more of the enviroment that all the oil would if just left alone!  The stuff is bio-degradable!  If left alone it will go away on it's own! Despite all of BOzo's rants that he is in charge and BP is going to pay, all the money and effort spent on the clean-up would better serve the USA if spent on drilling for more oil in the USA!  We have to cap the well and the best way is to drill relief wells and get it done.  Our country has more proven hydrocarbon reserves that the entire Persian Gulf.  Check it out, google: oil shale and natural gas.  It's ours, we are already energy independent, we just have to develope the resources.

June 28, 2010
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Many people excuse themselves from taking positive steps by rationalizing that no one thing say or do will eliminate our oil dependency.  The argument, however, isn't about absolutes.  We can all work to reduce consumption while recognizing that transitioning to other energy sources will take time.  It is not hypocritical to drive a car while reducing your consumption.  It is easier to criticize than to act.   

June 28, 2010
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Shelley Swanger's quote referring to oil usage ends with "...there must be a better way."

 

Unfortunately, Shelley, there is not.  Until someone finds an equally efficient alternative to petroleum products, you are wasting your breath and misleading the naive.  Green propaganda helps no one.

June 28, 2010
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I captured San Diego. Check out my video too! :)

June 28, 2010
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The problem is that big corporations have a strangle hold on this country. Alternative energy paths are out there. We just can't get them because the corporations in charge of this country don't want them out there. We can do something about this. We have been told we can't by those with the power. It's easier to give up and do nothing then to sacrifice and do something. Mother Earth will equalize this one way or the other. I just feel sorry for the decimation of the innocent species that are being killed off because of us wreaking havoc.

June 28, 2010
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Shelly, you give me something else to put in my car to make it go and I will gladly use it.

For all you tree huggers, if we drilled on land we would not have oil spills.  We have more oil reserves than the entire middle east.  It is about time we started to use it and quit giving billions of dollare to those who hate us.

And I'll bet that you drink spring water out of those little plastic bottles that are made from oil and are doing great harm to our ecology.  They take at least 450 years to biodegrade..................

June 28, 2010
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They forgot their rakes !

June 28, 2010
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Then they drove home.

June 28, 2010
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People always fear change.

June 28, 2010
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I was there. I would have loved to ride my bike, but that included crossing major highways and crossing a three mile bridge. What counts is that we are trying to do something about it, while all you naysayers do is criticize people on the computer.

June 28, 2010
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By the way Wetgundog, were you there? I live there and I got sick. Thanks for asking. :-)

June 28, 2010
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Don't be dismissing this effort -- it's raising awareness, and creating dialogue.  We all are more aware, now that we have seen some of the devastation from the BP oil spill, and believe me, it goes far beyond some little tarballs you might have to clean off your feet.  Awareness precedes behavior change.  Those people making smart remarks about SUV drivers don't understand a thing about changing a culture.  It starts in our heads.  It starts with making a decision and taking a position.  Our actions will follow.

June 28, 2010
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Actually, I walked and took transit there and back. Not everyone has that option, though. That's a signficant part of what we need to correct. Over 70% of the nation's oil consumption goes to transportation.

 

Transit benefits everyone. It creates more, better, and longer lasting jobs than highway investments. It improves the flow of commerce. It is far superior to urban highways insofar as environmental performance is concerned. It can carry far more people tthan a single highwa lane is capabale of. The list goes on and on.

 

Why are we still building and expanding urban highways? The ones we have remain of value, but expanding them no longer generates a positive return on investment.

June 28, 2010
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There is a simple step we could take to immediately impact consumption and the use of alternative transportation.  Simple reduce the speed limit inside city limits to 25 mph.  It will make driver's trips a few minutes longer, but will allow bicyclists, scooter riders, etc to use travel safely with traffic.   

June 28, 2010
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Seriously folks..you think that because we drive we need to put up with off shore drilling?  The difference it makes in the price of a gallon at the pump is not worth the extreme risks to our oceans and coastlines.  The very air you breathe comes from plankton in the oceans.  Does it seem like there has been a lot more flooding damage from hurricanes lately? Couldn't possibly be from all the trenches they had to dig to lay pipelines.  I am not happy about our ever growing oil consumption but I would much rather they drill on land where at least problems could be better managed. Frankly I think it's all time we wake up and make some changes.  Drive just a little less every month.  That doesn't mean never driving to the beach, it means carpooling a little more often, saving up errands and running them all at once, taking a bus or a train when you can, etc. 

 

June 28, 2010
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I bet they all drove there in the big, gas guslin' SUV with only one person per vehicle?

June 28, 2010
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I organized the Hands event in Rye, NH, and yes I drove my car there. So what? Like I had a choice. That's one of the reasons we organized, hello. Our objective was to get media attention, and to raise awareness, and that we did. Naysayers will not deter me, I will continue to do all that I can to invoke change. I try and set an example, live simply, off the grid, solar powered, compost my garbage, recycle the rest, write my representatives, and use my vote. People are curious, they always ask me about how I live off the grid. They want to as well. We want the same kind of tax incentives they've given big oil. We want an Apollo Project-sized budget to get the country switched to clean energy...and we want it NOW. So when you talk about independence, that's what WE are talking about. And we won't give up. The most powerful country in the world can do so much better, and we're going to keep the pressure on.

June 28, 2010
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Hahaha! What a joke.

 

How many people were actually concerned about offshore drilling before the gulf spill?

 

"Stop offshore drilling!.....I can't drive my car? I can't live my current lifestyle because everything is dependent on oil? Maybe offshore drilling isn't so bad, or I better not say anything against it."

 

Give me a break. If it takes the greatest environmental disaster in our history for you to start doing something, then you obviously didn't care in the first place.

June 28, 2010
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Yes, I am sure they all drove there in cars and use oil products everyday.

We all use the bathroom too... but if your plumber breaks a pipe and leaks sewage onto your floor, do you take the blame for the mess or hand him a mop and a bill.

June 28, 2010
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Wow so much negative feedback.  For those who give negative feedback about those driving to the beach to protest, remember that your filthy hands are pecking away at a keyboard that is made of plastic that came from oil.  So next time your going to leave negative feedback please don't touch your keyboard cause it was made with oil. 

June 28, 2010
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LCW

The environment would have been much better served if all these people had actually cleaned up the beach instead of just standing on it. That would, however, require more than just one afternoon. Volunteerism as protest or for publicity is useless - would've been better if you'd have stayed home and given the gas money to the Audobon society for saving animals impacted by the oil (I have).

 

The problem is not corporations, not Government, but people. In my home town, people try to build mass transit to get cars off the road, only to be delayed because of enviromentalist (Ironic, huh) or the NOT IN MY NEIGHHBORHOOD lobby. People with "save the environment" bumper stickers drive massive SUVs. I personally would like to see a tax on all SUVs, and have the money go towards the clean up.

 

Oil is not the problem. Drilling is not really the problem. The selfishness and laziness of people in general is the problem.  The self important people who did this lame stunt made no difference whatsoever - it's a useless attempt to assuage guilt by making a token gesture. It'll be forgotten in less than a week. Get up and do something PRODUCTIVE on a regular basis instead. You might find that more rewarding in the logn run. I certainly do.  

June 28, 2010
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Can I make a suggestion. Nobody is thinking. Right now there are ships around Dubai dredging sand making artificial islands. Why can't we bring those ships here and have them make barriers fro the oil contaminated water.

 

Seriously they are making these "Palm Shaped Islands" why can't they protect our coastline?

June 28, 2010
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hey, it will clean up. may have few mutant fish swimming around but maybe they will put up a better fight than the present ones? heard there was a worse spill years ago that mexico had, but no one said a thing and guess what very little affect on envoirment.

 

pat

June 28, 2010
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those who go, drive big SUVs, and say there is a "better way" but do not make the initiative, need to shut up.  There are better ways already.  Take the bus, walk, ride the bike.  If your excuse is that, it's hard to get there without the car, or that you have to drive a big SUV, then you're the same as the ones who cut corners at BP to "save money".  Oil is cheap comparing to other energy, that's why it's used.  If you really are committed to alternative energy, be ready to pay extra for it.  Don't complain it's expensive and then say you don't want to drill oil.

 

 

June 28, 2010
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A bunch of hippies holding hands in the sand isn't going to accomplish jack squat.

 

If you want change, support and vote for politicians that make alternative energy their top priority. And by alternative I mean nuclear power. Its the only viable alternative, 

June 28, 2010
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Stop drilling?  Ridiculus!!

 

BP screwed the pooch on this spill and needs to take the blame.  If they had followed the rules ALREADY IN PLACE, this would have never happened.  No need for more rules or moratoriums.

 

No need for knee jerk reactions, photo ops/grandstanding, and holding hands to sing kumbaya.  Finish the releif wells BP, pray for a mild hurricane season world, and everybody get back to work!!  We need less dependence on foreign oil, not tying our hands to force us to buy more!

 

June 28, 2010
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It will take government action for us to change! "Govern" means "to guide".

 

Just as it took EPA regulation to stop auto companies from using freon for us to change. This regulation caused inventors to come up with a refrigerant that doesn't kill ozone (which protects the earth from solar radiation). Now all cars use the new systems and consumers just buy what is sold. It will take the same simple change, which Democrats have been trying since Carter. Slowly GUIDE companies to be innovative and use American genius in technology, as we always have. Slowly, we could have more electic/hybrids for sale, and eventually we just shift.

 

Of course, the first thing Reagan did when he moved into the White House was remove the solar panels Carter had installed and give the big middle finger to innovation. When had gas mileage standards from Clinton and Bush dismantled them and helped push SUVs. We just buy what they sell us.

 

Republicans are "conservative", this "against" change. Democrats are pro-science and innovation. We'll not move into the future unless government actually GUIDES us towards a better future. This was the purpose of our founding fathers. To GUIDE the people in place of a selfish aristocracy. For the good of all the people. This is why they didn't create a pure democracy. The people need to be guided into a prosperous and free future. The mob cannot guide itself to anything but animal fear and anger.

June 28, 2010
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If we take off all of the clothing that needed oil to produce, we would all be naked.

June 28, 2010
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LCW

Incidently, the Obama adminstration has declined offers from countries like Norway that have proven equipment that could help contain this spill. Why? The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (A.K.A. the JONES Act). Speculation is that he chose not to make an exception in this disaster because the labor unions would be against it. Call me crazy, but I think we should be taking the advice and help of the experts. Maybe these folks would be better served by staying home and calling their congressmen to press Obama to allow Norway and others to help?  There's a practical activity that could actually change something if enough people did it, rather than a bunch of people holding hands and getting a suntan.

June 28, 2010
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Sunnydaze2,

 

The drilling permits were granted based on false testimony.  The oil companies misrepresented their ability to deal with a spill in deep water.  Worse still, our regulatory agency was corrupt.  The rules already in place were, and are, inadequate. 

June 28, 2010
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I saw the clips and it wasn't "thousands". It was a little over a hundred at the most many of whom were recruited at the beach to join what was going on. More propaganda from the liberal media. And when tens of thousands showed up to protest higher taxes it wasn't even covered.

June 28, 2010
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1.  How many drove to get there?

2.  We cannot stop drilling until we stop needing the oil.

June 28, 2010
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Ooh I wanna build a Socialist sand castle too. Can I mommy! Let's make it with all the dead sea life! Or maybe force BP to just build us one, yeah that will work!

We need oil and we need BP without them America will crumble!

June 28, 2010
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Just because we use it, doesn't make it right. Just because we are addicted, doesn't make it harmless. If you don't care how our planet is harmed by the things we use, then you shouldn't be living on it. Go else where. No you are stumped right? Don't know where to go right? My point exactly.

June 28, 2010
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Not thousands at one location, but it was 35 countries all over the world, each harbouring at least 1000. That makes a lot more than 1000. We will stop needing oil when we stop using it! It's a vicious cycle. :(

June 28, 2010
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Why people in this country, try to solve everything with a vigil or a musical concert or in this case HOLDING HANDS. Do they have some magical powers with holding hands?

June 28, 2010
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I wonder what the Amish think of our stewardship?

June 28, 2010
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Over 80% (about 85%) of our federal transportation funding goes - by law - to building and expanding highways. The best thing you can do now? Call your D.C. elected officials and let them know that we need to level the playing field between highways and transit.

 

Highways remain of value, but expanding urban highways hasn't been the right thing to do for a very long time - it's time to expand and improve transit . . . and that does not mean adding highways with express busses in mixed traffic. No more add-a-lanes in urban areas.

June 28, 2010
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LCW

Lets see, alternatives to drilling for oil:

 

-Solar: Expensive, cumbersome, and doesn't work in places with minimal sunlight. Sorry Washington State, no power for you. Alaska, you're out of luck all winter. Plus, can't use solar for cars.

- Wind: Can't do that, the birds might get hurt. And it would block the Kennedy's view off of Martha's Vineyard.

- Water: Can't do that, interferes with salmon runs, or damns damage the land and ruin habitats

- Electic: Yeah - oh, wait. Oil or water is used to generate electicity. And how much petroleum is used to make those fuel cells in electric cars? Opps.

- Coal: Can't do that, too much air pollution and strip mining.

- Wood: can't do that, air pollution, and doesn't work for cars.

- Horse and buggy: Unsanitary, slow. But, bi-product could be recycled and used for gardening! Maybe this is our best option!

 

Yeah, we have options. Just pick your source and some environmentalist will object. 

June 28, 2010
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How foolish and stupid making unintelligent impossible demands and protests.  The entire world needs oil and there is no other alternative that can completely replace oil.  We can certainly cut down on our need for oil but that is the best we can do.

 

To make a useful, meaningful, helpful protest try suggesting something that we can accomplish that makes sense like much better regualtion and oversight of the companies doing the drilling to make sure that this does not happen again.

June 28, 2010
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I reported the Ocean Beach, New London event.

I am 72 years old. I lived 25-30 miles from the beach. I had to drive, but carpooled in my Prius which I bought in 2004.

I was Born in 1938. I remember WWII and gas rationing. We did it then because it was in the country's interest. Today, you would have people crying "Down with more Government regulation, no more Government intrusion into our lives into our lives."

When I was 16, I started to drive. Gas was 20 cents a gallon and during a price war it could get down as low as 14 cents a gallon.

None of us are totally energy independent but those of us who attended these events have been making little changes in our behavior. Little things like, using reusable shopping bags, using reusable water containers, driving more energy effecient cars, buying more energy reducing appliances, driving less, carpooling, combining shopping trips with other errands, walking more, biking more, using public transportation when possible, etc., etc.

No, we can't do it alone, but if everyone made some of these changes it would make a tremendous difference. If each of us became ready to make just one energy saving practice daily, imagine how we could begin to become a more energy independent nation.

If this "old dog" can learn "new tricks", you can too.

June 28, 2010
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Americans are too lazy to help the world. They don't even think of not driving anymore, they say "there's go to be a better way..." nope, just cold-turkey the oil addiction.

 

There may be drastic consequences, but what is more drastic than destroying our god damn planet?

 

 

June 28, 2010
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way to send a message by showing up in sandals made from oil, and wearing sunglasses made from oil! Not to mention the clothing they are wearing are probably made with (directly or indirectly) OIL. And then they all drove home! It's too bad all these people weren't helping clean up the oil instead they just held hands for just long enough to take a bunch of photos and video.

June 28, 2010
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DonGSO, you're making my point.  If the rules already in place were enforced by a uncorrupt government agency and used properly by the corporations, this would not have happened.  More rules for a corrupt agency won't help, just leads to more corruption.  Must fix the agencies and the corporations.

 

Same for congress in general.  They often make new laws thinking the old ones aren't sufficient, but the law breakers aren't going to follow the new laws anyhow.  Just creates more restrictions for the law abiding folks.

 

Every time congress passes a new law, they ought to have to delete 2 old ones!

June 28, 2010
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We the average citizens of the United States need to demand of our government and industry that we need to chart a new course when it comes to Energy Policy.  Enen though there are viable alternatives out there, power special interests who have a significant investment in the status quo seem to derail what could be detrimental to their profits and good for our long term national, economic and environmental security.  We are held hostage to oil and are paying an artifically low price for it, which is why SUV's are too common.  An effective policy would be to charge a revenue neutral Carbon usage fee on all carbon fuel use, which the proceeds being re-distributed back to us on an even per-person basis.  This would encourge the use of alternatives, take the monopoly power away from the oil companies and send the proper price signal to encourage good consumer behavior.  For those who complain about subsidies for alternative energy, what about the resources we have to expend to maintain a large military presence in the Middle east to ensure our supply line isn't disrupted, not to mention the economic and environmental damage on the Gulf coast. 

June 28, 2010
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All the arguments to continue our oil addiction because of jobs are identical to having no limits on cigarettes because of jobs. Tobacco companies have used it for years!

 

They suggest freedom means freedom to profit, no matter what. It's the same argument that was used to keep slavery. "You'll hurt our profits!"

 

They are always lurking about, in every era. Those folks will NEVER see the error of their ways! Now they are behind repealing the 1964 Civil Rights act? yes, take back the country so it can return to the 1850s? Wild west, slavery, gun slingers, no pesky government to get in the way of profits. When you could easily tell who REAL Americans were by the color of their skin and their Protestant religion. Ah, those were the good ol' days! Ah, the days when the was NO middle class. Just the poor and the rich. Those were the days!

June 28, 2010
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Jec2004 has given up his grammar before giving up oil.

June 28, 2010
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If these people were more informed, they would be demanding that Congress allow MORE drilling and closer to the shorelines.  Do you think BP would have such trouble plugging a leak if it wasn't 1 mile under water?

 

How do these people expect our society to operate without oil for at least the next 20 years or so?  Why is Russia and China drilling all over the place?  They are securing their energy future while we stand around holding hands!!

June 28, 2010
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LCW

eturk,

Exactly what did you hope toaccomplish by your post? I haven't read a blog rant so totally off topic in a long while. Slavery? gunslingers? Please. If you want people to take you seriously you have to make valid points based on fact, not wild rhetoric intended to insult.

 

Tell me in a logical coherent way how to go about living without oil. Tell me what you've done to reduce your consumption. Tell me what difference this publicity stunt will make next week. Convince me HOW we can live without oil, and I'll listen. Insulting people who disagree with you on 1 issue, lumping moderates in with radicals and calling them names really isn't productive.

 

 

 

June 28, 2010
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Sunnydaze2,

 

I DO agree that enforcing the existing regulations in a meaningful way would have made a difference, and am not sure additional regulations would fix the problem.  I take your point.   

June 28, 2010
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I hope all of these idiots walked to the beach.

June 28, 2010
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Some Facts:

Alternatives are NOT economically viable so....

 

The anti oil crowd has only one choice, make Oil so expensive their "alternatives" work.

 

They will use the Gulf Spill Disaster to force regulations to a point of price raising and meet their gals that way, after all its easier than finding a real alternative.

June 28, 2010
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I am utterly astounded at wetgundog's ridiculous comment that, if left alone, the oil will go away on its own. Uh, no, it won't. Haven't been up to Alaska lately, huh? There are still fishing grounds that are wrecked from Exxon Valdez. There are still clumps of oil that wash up in that sound, and it's been plenty of years. It wasn't as bad as you thought it would be in Pensacola, but it's pretty awful in a lot of places in Louisiana. Haven't watched any news? Haven't seen the beaches with thousand-foot patches of black? Haven't seen the damaged wildlife? It's biodegradable, you say?

June 28, 2010
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WyomingGuy,

 

I always felt the oil industry reduced price as necessary to kill alternative fuels.  Do you believe that's possible?

June 28, 2010
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@Annsnell -- excellent points, please readers, go back and take notes.  Many, many of the people participating in this peaceful gathering were of the same age group and with the same memories as Annsnell.  Changing the way we are is possible and critical to the planet's survival.

 

Some of the folks commenting are missing the point, and apparently don't know the history of "Hands Across the Sand".  The action was started BEFORE the oil spill, to get the word out that we do  not want off-shore or near-shore drilling off Florida's coastline, for what are now unfortunately obvious reasons.  As a result of the current disaster, the protest against off-shore and near-shore drilling has become stronger and world-wide. This is not the first "hands" event, but it is the first since the disaster. Hundreds of gatherings took place on Saturday around the world, each well-attended, with hundreds of people at some of the events.

 

Yes, some people drove.  Some did not.  Some drank water from plastic bottles.  Some carried their own reusable bottles. Some by necessity, some by habit and some by ignorance.  The participants were human, and acting sincerely and in the best way they know how.  Nobody is saying to stop driving, stop using plastic.  We know that is not possible or entirely practical.  We are saying to be aware, to find a better, safer, cleaner way and to save our planet & our wildlife to be truly enjoyed by future generations. Off-shore & near-shore drilling has been an accident waiting to happen.  Now let's not invite more accidents.

June 28, 2010
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I am not saying give up on oil, just find a cleaner energy source instead of drilling oil-wells off our beautiful coasts!

You must remember: "Life began in the water, & It will end there" if something isn't done soon to protect it.

When all the oceans dry up or are polluted, Humanity and everything else WILL DIE as well!!!!!!

That is ALL!!

June 28, 2010
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I surely hope there was enough room for all these people to park their horse and buggies. Sure hope also that they did not all leave their horse droppings behind.

June 28, 2010
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Thousands join hands against oil. Lots of people aparently had nothing to do. I wonder how many of those people know about the thousnd products americans use everyday that are derivatives of oil ? Without oil people would not be posting there comments or surfing the net since computers and computer components are made up of plastics which are derivatives of oil.

June 28, 2010
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wyomingguy,

 

I big to differ with your assertion that alternatives to oil are not economically viable.  There are two important economic concepts that need to be understood, first is monopoly power or in the case of big oil and OPEC, Oligopoly (many buyers, few sellers).  The oil industry excercises it's monopoly power through the use of preditory pricing.  Second economic concept, externalities, (the price of a resource not borne by the buyer or seller).  There are a great many externalities associated with our use of oil, which include excess pollution and compromised national security to name a few.  I'm glad these folks are going to the beach to express their desire for a different course.  Even Ex-president GWB said we need to diversify away from oil.  I downsized to a more fuel efficient vehicle and plan to purchase a Flexfuel plug in Hybrid in the next five years provided they aren't blocked from entry into the market.  

June 28, 2010
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Negative, BeachRose and Evileva3 -

stopping offshore drilling is not the solution.  Just do the job right, and allow the US to drill near shore, properly.  All accidents are preventable, and this one certainly was preventable!

 

That ... is all!

June 28, 2010
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I cannot believe that people are so against something that they have no clue how it is going to effect their life. Do you people even think about what it is going to do to your jobs and economy? When you have no tourist coming to you white sandy blue water beaches and have to live with out the every day items that are petro based you will change your mind. There are hundreds of thousands of people in this country alone that benifit from the drilling of oil off OUR coasts and in our country. Most of these people drive everyday and use products everyday that are petro based but dont want to let these companies drill off of their beachs. They just want the people to come spend all the oil money in their states and city.

June 28, 2010
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much research and development still needs to be done before we have adequate and successful forms of alternative energy sources. and we need to be careful we don't jump too quickly into another form of alternative energy which brings it's own set of problems with it - like the disposal of all those batteries that will inherently result which could congest landfills and potentially leach into water supplies, etc...things do not happen overnight for a good reason sometimes - and to force the issue prematurely is a mistake...just relax!

June 28, 2010
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@sunnydaze2-

Why don't you read what is written?,

  I never said to stop any drilling! I just DON'T WANT THEM OFF MY COAST!!! Leave the ones they already have because we are "SO DEPENDANT" and find somewhere else!!!

June 28, 2010
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For all those that have the conscience that there is no alternative so "I will use as much oil as I can" attitude.  There is an alternative, there are many renewable energy sources.  The sun is the biggest one, solar energy is being harvested and the technology is taking off.  Cars have been built off electric and solar solutions, do some research and see how much oil companies have paid off auto makers to not produce electric motors.  We need oil for the time but it can be replaced.  Get back to school and research green energy.  It exsists and it has for over 50 years.  The only reason alchohol was under prohabition is that it was used to fuel cars in the past.  We can build enginse that run completely off of alchohol.  Again the technology exists, ignorace prevents it from coming to light.  We allow BP and the oil companies to tell use we need oil to fuel use for ever and we are ignorant enough to blindly believe them.

June 28, 2010
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Seriously, they all held hands?  What a load.  1969 wants their strategy back.  Maybe if the envirowackos hadn't sued everyone in sight, we'd be in shallow enough water to fix it.

June 28, 2010
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"I just DON'T WANT THEM OFF MY COAST!!!"

These are just other words for NIMBY. Just like with the industry this country used to have, it's OK to pollute in China, as long as it is NIMBY.

June 28, 2010
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Did they all rode thier bicycles there?

June 28, 2010
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June 28, 2010
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maybe while they are just standing on the beach looking cute, they could grab a shovel and remove some oil. Seem like that would make more of a statement than what they are doing.

June 28, 2010
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WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS WRAPPED UP IN A BUNCH OF MORONS!!!

STANDING ON THE BEACH HOLDING HANDS STARING OUT TO SEA, I WONDER IF THEY SANG CUM BA YA (PROBIBLY THE WRONG SPELLING....IF ALL THOSE NIT WITS WERE TO GO AND DO SOMETHING LIKE FEED THE HUNGRY, HABITATE FOR HUMANITY OR JUST PICK UP THE TRASH OFF OF THE BEACH THEY ARE STANDING ON........."OH WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE"...............I'M BECOMING MISTY EYED!!!!!

June 28, 2010
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annsnell is right - all of you people condemning those at these events conveniently ignore the fact that these same people have made drastic differences in their lives.  You only wish that they are hypocrites - because if they are it gives you an excuse to be complacent and L A Z Y.  They are doing what they can, with what they have, where they are.  Are you bothering to do the same?  Are you really?!

Just like - as long as you can be cynical each time a rich person, celebrity or business person, gives part of their fortune to causes that help the community - you will have a reason to condemn good acts and avoid feeling like you should care about your community.   I mean hell, we complain that we have to give some of our money to do things like help our schools.  People can't just say, well if I had all that money, I'd give it away too - they would rather condemn something wonderful and pretend it's nothing but self interest (to sell an album, movie, product w/e).  They don't want to admit that people might not actually want to spend $100000 on a gold plated chair just because they have the ability to and instead built a house for a poor family. 

 

If you don't want to give, that's your right, but why condemn those that do?  If you feel guilty, is that your fault or theirs?  I think that answer is clear.

 

This is not human nature, it is the learned ignorance of community that comes with capitalism.  Is capitalism good in a lot of ways?  Absolutely, but there are SOME times we need to use our common sense and realize we need to come together on certain issues facing all of us.  And that's all it takes to figure it out when we need to do so - COMMON SENSE.  It seems every time there is even a SEMBLANCE of community, people scream socialism and go running for the hills. It's absolutely absurd.  There are bad things about both extremes (capitalism/socialism) there are good things about both extremes - but neither in its extreme state is ideal.  Somewhere in the middle is common sense where we use both ideologies to shape our choices from situation to situation.  We better find it before it's too late.

June 28, 2010
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F*****g Retards.

 

Only in Florida.

June 28, 2010
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E85? Renewable resource? How renewable are our nation's aquifers? In 10,000 years maybe? Use up all our water supplies and instead of a dependence on foreign oil we'll have a dependence on foreign food. Consider also the people in underdeveloped countries who already can't afford to buy food because their harvest is bought up to make into E85?

June 28, 2010
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ok at risk of sounding like a complete asshole here i want to ask everyone where exactly do you propose we drill at if not offshore cause last i heard when we drill anywhere on land everyone has a problem with that and the ecological catastrophy that would cause now this and all of a sudden no more offshore drilling.....everything we do comes with risks and in order to advance as a civilization we must take those risks i agree we definately need to calm our thirst for oil it is out of controll even by our standards but to date at this point we have not much choice but drill one way or another we must have oil to me this disaster does not show a drastic need to cut all drilling in the gulf to me this disaster is mearly another lesson we must learn we knew the risks but never preppared for worst case and yes it is easy to scapegoat bp on this one but if it is AMERICAN WATERS AND AMERICAN SOIL why doesn't the government also have plans in place along with ships and supplies they too knew the risks and yet here we are everyone pointing their fingers every which way blaming the guy next to them so how about we learn from this one and when we get this gets under controll when ever that my be we preppare much more extensivly  for the next one and be ready to act rather then ready to blame............with all that said i didn't attend any of these gatherings i just don't have the time between work and family to get quite that involved so i can't comment on what was send or their intentions but i am sure they were good either way and hopefully the message was more about awareness of what all we use oil for and possibly solutions and green answers that EVERYONE can afford cause that is what is needed most not radical no more drilling no more oil

June 28, 2010
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I was just wondering how many people drove their cars to the beach to protest oil drilling.

June 28, 2010
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LCW, NO ONE is saying to stop oil completely tomorrow. You folks that are against slowing down oil exaggerate so you can block progress. My point was to also exaggerate what the extreme right is really saying.

 

Democrats, and these people on the beach, are saying, let's use government to guide the people to better alternatives. For example, we now have cell phones more powerful than any personal computer 20 years ago, but gas milage average has only gone from 20 to 20.5 MPG. Only .5 MPG in 5 years because we pushed SUVs instead of alternative innovation.

 

Just as the government is used to guide us away from cigarettes or slavery, it must guide us away from our addiction to oil and towards innovation. Blocking any regulation is the same kind of fear that blocked integration in schools. It's fear of the future and a justification of selfishness in the name of profit.

June 28, 2010
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Okay, so they dont want offshore drilling and they dont want on shore drilling....  MAKE UP YOUR MIND....

Since oil is used for everything including making your clothing, this drilling must go on unless youd like to open up the vast oil fields in alaska that people like these have fought to stop.  The consumption of oil has been used for centuries by the human race.  GET OVER IT WE WILL DRILL WHETHER YOU WANT US TO OR NOT ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT THE OWNERS OF PRIUS JUST FOUND OUT THEY CAUSE CANCER WITH THE OZONE THEY PUT OFF AND THEY ARE CAUSING BATTERY ACID LEAKS IN DUMPS THAT ARE SEEPING INTO THE WATER TABLE WE DRINK!!  FIGHT THAT INSTEAD!

June 28, 2010
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And these people drove there? Good job, while they attack the "evil" oil industry, they are naive enough that they fail to realize that their consumption of oil creates the demand for oil drilling.

 

And I love the "we are all guilty" angle.  I used oil today, and I don't feel guilt.  If I felt guilty, as they claim to, then I'd stop driving...

June 28, 2010
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I'm sure it will have the same impact on energy that Hands Across America had on world hunger - None!

June 28, 2010
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The Hands Across The Sand campaign to stop offshore drilling was ALMOST as successful as my Eyes On Strippers campaign to stop aids...

 

 

Next week it's the Finger Up Your Bum campaign to fight global warming.

June 28, 2010
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Thanks Beachrose,

You made some excellent points. I don't expect all these people to become enlightened all at once but hope they will become WILLING to become aware of the many ways they can help. At least I hope it's not too late for  humanity and this wonderful planet we were given guardianship of. DO NO HARM.

June 28, 2010
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eturk--"Democrats, and these people on the beach, are saying, let's use government to guide the people to better alternatives."

 

Sorry, don't really want the government "guiding" me in any particular direction, thanks, I really don't need their "guidance".

June 28, 2010
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I think too many people on here are Rush Limbaugh Ditto Heads.

 

June 28, 2010
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DonGSO-

No I don't believe Oil adjusts prices to keep alternate fuels/energy sources priced out of the market. Oil prices change due to politics, perception of demand, and global economies.

 

We have needed alternates since the 70's and what have we got, the same answers, wind, solar, nuke, nothing new. I honestly believe that IF these were viable they would be in use without tax incentives or Government support systems. I looked into wind for my home being I live where we have LOTS of wind. The payback is 15 years at which time the equipment needs to be replaced so you never get ahead!

 

In Fact we have the reserves, they are just shut off due to Government rules and Enviromaniacs who stop ANY form of onshore development. There is no need to drill offshore but the Government forces it and forces imports because it has listened to the no oil people a bit too often!

 

June 28, 2010
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First glance at the comments and I see a lot of criticism because many of us drove our gas-powered cars to the event.  Sure we did, because those vehicles are  affordable.  What we would like to see is clean energy vehicles be the affordable vehicles for a change.  And as soon as an electric or hybrid minivan is available and affordable for my large family, I'll be first in line.  And while we are still using oil, let's not destroy our oceans in the process.  The damage we are causing now will continue to trickle down until we are all affected.  Then who will be left to laugh last?  Maybe no one.

June 28, 2010
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@DenverArt et al - let's play your little games then.  It doesn't really matter because it'll be negated by all the people who WON'T be driving to the beach when it's covered with oil.

 

No?  I can't say that?

 

Your kind recently forwarded an email around about how the Iceland volcano negated all the carbon emissions we've been saving.   Same BS principle.  Don't see it until it doesn't play into YOUR world view though do you? 

 

"There is no more fatal fallacy than that the truth will prevail by its own force, that it has only to be seen to be embraced. In fact the desire for the actual truth exists in very few minds, and the capacity to discern it in fewer still. When men say that they are seeking the truth, they mean that they are looking for evidence to support some prejudice or prepossession. Their beliefs are molded to their wishes. They see all, and more than all, that seems to tell for that which they desire; they are blind as bats to whatever tells against them. "

June 28, 2010
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What Nohabla is saying is he isn't going to let go of his sense of entitlement to cheap energy welfare, he doesn't want to step up and work for our future, he wants the corporations to work and pay for innovation into our future. 

June 28, 2010
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I think America is made up of mostly hypocrites.  We say one thing and do another.  We say "no oil" and go off and drive our 20 mpg cars.

 

We are also very afraid to take a true stand.  We should be raising HELL with our Government and BP over this mess.  I'm fairly sure that this will all go away in time UNLESS the oil gets to the west coast of Florida and people become angry enough.  So we do touchy-feely hands holding on the beach and continue to drive our SUVs around.  The question of people who are concerned or say they are doing something about this problem need to be asked "what are you going to do about it?", or, "what are you doing about it?", and then see if the answer is of consequence.  I doubt it.

June 28, 2010
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These people have no solutions and from the way they talk ("I know we are all guity") they sound as though they arent making any life style changes.  What is it that they want to accomplish?  They just want something to look down their nose at other people about

June 28, 2010
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would have loved an ireport with all of the SUVs in the parking lot at this "event".

June 28, 2010
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It's an addict's pathetic response to say: "Well, I'm addicted, and I know I'm addicted, and I know my addiction is terrible for me, and I can hardly function anymore in a given respect due to my addiction, but these are all realities that somehow do not involve a conscious choice on my own behalf BECAUSE I'm addicted, so I shouldn't try to do anything about it." That's using a diagnosis as a crutch and an excuse as opposed to attempting to correct a situation that is possibly salvageable. I should know this; I'm a cigarette smoker. Someday, I will quit (I know, right?: "Someday", "someday", always "someday), as I'm 24 and do not wish to be the sixty year old who smokes three packs a day, has nicotine rings clinging to his walls, and whose wardrobe smells of ashtray, not to mention the health risks (which are, of course, immaterial to me at the moment, as I cannot tangibly experience them).

 

What these people did may be hypocritical, but on the basis of a post-structural analysis, it bears no pertinence, as the author or perpetrator of an action or idea in and of themselves is considered immaterial in any textually-intrinsic analysis; WHO speaks the words is unimportant—and hence, whether or not they are a conscientious or sincere person is also rather insignificant; all of these contentions go into the making of argumentum ad hominem, which, any freshman Philosophy major will tell you, is a fallacious argument, and, thus, has no place in an argument founded on facts and evidence (rhetoric based in a logos appeal) or an argument based on principle (an ethos appeal)—all arguments that can be made with the support of evidence or principle in this particular conundrum we're experiencing as a nation indicates that we can either swallow our pride and force ourselves to first work around and then eliminate our oil dependency or … stagnate and be swept away into the annals of history.

 

Evolve or die; those are our choices.

June 28, 2010
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ok i was about to post a comment about how americans can think for themselves about going green and we arent' exactly as stupid race and everyone has enough brain power to think on their own yadda yadda yadda and the i went back and realized something this country has become about worthless atleast 85% of the comments against this gathering all mentioned driving to it in their cars or suv's i don't think a single one of these ppl even remotely has a thought in their febel little minds WHO CARES ABOUT IT it was never the point of the article has nothing to do with a damn thing as far as argument and only makes those against the rally appear under educated and worthless lets start talking about real issues please ppl talk about something worth reading<<<<<<<<and yes i see the irony in my grammer and lack of punctuation and probably horrible spelling but atleast i get some semblance of a point across

June 28, 2010
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While I admire the passion for the beaches, especially having grown up on the Gulf coast, yet again we got to see knee-jerk reactions to a disaster utilizing energy that could be better served in a manner besides holding hands in the sand.  And I am in the energy and environmental industry, so this accident hits close personally and professionally.

 

When are we as a society going to realize that if we want to make a positive impact on a major issue, that we don't do a silly, almost made-for-TV PR stunt, and focus on addressing the real issues, while keepin reality in check.  No, we will NOT stop deepwater drilling - we need the oil as a society and an economy, there's plenty there, and there's plenty of VERY safe ways to drill for it - so focus your energy on demanding that the opil companies implement much better primary and secondary control measures when drilling.  You WILL NOT STOP DEEPWATER DRILLING, PERIOD - so make it much better, much safer.  We have shown as a society to be able to influence practical legislation for good causes - child labor protection, protection and creation of opportunities for independence for the disabled, etc. and at no time were a bunch of people trying some nuclear effect like "make it illegal to have children so we won't have child labor abuses."

 

Focus your energy and passions on what you can change and improve, for yourself and society in general.  But please, stop the silly "outpouring for the Gulf" demonstrations and help create change in policies that CAN be changed and improved.

June 28, 2010
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To suggest that we shouldn't fight for our future just because we drive a car is ridiculous - we can fight for our future, and while we do so we have to do what we can, with what we have, where we are.

 

In reality, the people who organize and attend these things have made MANY changes to their lives because they are conscious of the choices they make.  You can't pretend that's nothing by saying they drove to an event.  Sorry, doesn't work that way. 

 

And really, the only reason most people say such a thing is because it makes them feel ok about not making any efforts at all.  They're "assaulted" daily with things saying "buy these reusable bags" etc, each time they pass by opportunities to do their part their guilt grows.  If you feel guilty, it's not because people are warping your mind to make you feel guilty, it's because what's behind these things has MERIT.  If it didn't, it wouldn't make you feel guilty, now would it?!

June 28, 2010
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Gotta wonder how much oil was consumed in flying the protesters in to spend a day on the beach.

 

Any idiot can stand around on the sand; such an act couldn't be more meaningless or worthless.  If you really feel a need to do something, pick your lazy backside up and DO it.

 

 

 

June 28, 2010
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Take it with a grain of sand.

June 28, 2010
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Main point most people here fail to understand is that it's not a contention of stopping oil use, but of limiting it's access to places where damages are minimal or nonexistent in especially pristine areas.  Most oil & gas is produced in areas that are not pristine wilderness or picturesque national parks etc.  Would any of you approve of drilling in Yosemite or in & around the Grand Canyon etc?  Think about the big picture - let's keep drilling limited to areas that are relatively safe to drill & produce.  It'll allow us to keep producing probably 99% of the oil we are consuming.

June 28, 2010
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Tnmlt

 

Its simply a fact that to power a home with wind/solar does not make financial sense, nor does buying into the Hybred myth. Lets look at Ford's Hybred-to service these vehicles cost about 20% more because they use a "green" cartridge filter and synthetic blend oil. Sure they use a bit less fuel,but psst-so does a Buick and its a much safer car. The reality is that these alternatives are NOT cost effective , remember you will need to replace the Hybred Battery long before I replace by gas engine!

 

I contend that YES we can cut back on dependance or oil consumption by more conventional things like insulation and high efficiency appliances this will help. However the alternatives simply do not pencil out for wind/solar for the average person. But without tax incentives the alternatives still don't do the job and never have.

June 28, 2010
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Instead of standing around holding hands, maybe they should grab shovels and clean up the mess. Kum bai ya, touch-feely stunts are not the answer to the problem.

 

The irony is that all of them will get in their gas guzzlers when it's over. Then they will brag about how they did their part to solve the crisis. We are doomed because of the stupidity of people.

June 28, 2010
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And so it begins. It has to start somewhere folks.

June 28, 2010
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@goldenrule2, ethanol? seriously? please.... are you an ethanol lobbyist? waste of time and money. the process to create ethanol consumes more energy than it produces.

June 28, 2010
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I still remember clearly that about 1 year ago when the oil price was up to $5.00, everybody was so panic that the government had to drill more oil in Alaska to cool off the price. Right now, they protest in attempt to stop drilling off-shore. I am wondering if the action would cause the oil price to go up like the situation occured a year ago. Maybe they think the current gasoline price is cheap, so they don't care? What are the people thinking? I really don't understand. You guys clearly know oil is harmful for the environment, but you accept that cost. The proof is you use cars, trucks, S.U.V., and so on. I still can't find any reason to explain. If those people say they love environment, why don't they hold a campaign which all of us take buses or train to go to work or school?

June 28, 2010
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@Stubsy - no, that is not what they are saying at all when they say "I know we are all guilty".  You delude yourself thinking the people that participate in these events haven't made huge lifestyle changes.  We are all "guilty" of using oil because in many aspects of our day to day lives we have no choice. You could live in the woods, with NOTHING from the present world, and the second you're sick if you want treatment - you'd have to go to a hospital and be treated with things made from petroleum.

 

Suggesting that people can't advocate for their future, demand that their tax dollars are used for more innovations, etc - just because they participate in the way of life we are dealt at the moment is ridiculous and does nothing but fuel complacency and keep people lazy and sucking down their cheap energy welfare.

June 28, 2010
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It's easier to point the finger and say something is bad as opposed to signing up to volunteer to help clean up something. 

June 28, 2010
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When you cant drive to work or to visit Mom because fuel prices are so high you Bet Id support oil drilling in National Parks or pristine places. Go to a real oil well and check it out, do you see ANY oil, NO. You might smell Hydrogen Sulphide gas but no oil leaking. Its a lot cleaner than people are led to believe is all Im saying, and thats because I see these pump jacks and know they are clean. The folks standing on the beach holding hands have never even see an onshore well!

June 28, 2010
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Oil will be the death of all of us.

June 28, 2010
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People who lambast those who love the environment just because we have no choice but to drive cars make me ill.  There's a HUGE difference between driving an economy car and a SUV.  The American car companies made good and sure that public transit in the US would be destroyed forever so we'd have no choice but to buy their gas guzzlers. Each of you who drive one of those gigantic land ships is far more responsible for this disaster than those of us who are responsible and drive efficient vehicles.  All four tires of each and every SUV in the US should be slashed until you selfish a-holes come to your senses and drive responsible cars.

June 28, 2010
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What many don't realize is even if we want change the law makers, lobbyist, gov't and business people won't allow it. There are already more efficient cars out there, better ways of living. The problem is that to weed our country off oils and switch to alternative fuels, other environmentally friendly products, it would costs jobs. Plus, the business people can't afford to make the switch of their manufacturing. The lobbyist will keep making sure we are dependent so millions can be made. The gov't isn't going to allow the collapse of the manufacturing that rely on oil to keep people working. The electric car has been existence since 1835 so why was the gas car pushed into mainstream America and not the electric technology? Why hasn’t the gov’t implemented higher gas efficiencies of vehicles, recycling of plastics. It’s because of the cost affect on the average person. We want it but none of us are willing to pay for it. So, the business man and lobbyist win. Not you.

 

Unless greedy Americans and other countries are willing to make the effort to change the way we live and realize the full cost, we will always be dependent of oil.

June 28, 2010
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Liberal college bums that are bankrupting the nation.

June 28, 2010
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Hands across America this ain't...

June 28, 2010
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AT least they showed up and did SOMETHING.  What about the rest of us. We can sit back and make fun.  Laugh when your grand children's grandchildren have nothing and breathing through a ventilator is standard procedure.  When will people get the picture.  Remember when the lady was swimming the Ohio River a couple of weeks back for a cause.  I can remember when it was clear as far as the eye could see.  Now it is all murky brown or worse, so make fun of those voicing their opinions or get up off the old you know what a make a difference.  I have had people tell me they won't make the difference and they are right, everyone who doesn't won't.  Those who speaker up at least TRIED!!!

June 28, 2010
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So much hatred in people that they need to vent anonymously. These people have taken their time to try and do something good for all of us yet people still feel the urge to hate and ridicule.

 

It's sickening. Shame on the lot of you making the same typical, "Did they drive their Hummers to the beach" comments.  It's old and unoriginal.

 

Try thinking about positive action for once instead of disrespecting the people that are actually trying.

June 28, 2010
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stop offshore drilling immediately...it's not worth all the money in the world if this is the outcome...

June 28, 2010
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Worthless communist school teachers.

June 28, 2010
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They have been drilling for 30 years its safer than flying.

June 28, 2010
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What a bunch of idiots. Stop all drilling and put 100K people out of work. Real bright ones out on the beach. How about all those people on the beach stop driving their cars, heating their house, getting food at the grocery store. Just send you $20 to Greenpeace thinking you're a making a difference and get off the beach...look like a bunch of fools out there.

June 28, 2010
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I would say I like the idea of this gathering, but I do think next time they should challenge everyone to get to the location by any means other than using a vehicle run on gasoline produced from petroleum.  We all have multiple modes of transportation:  bikes, on foot, horseback, electric car.  To see a show of united people willing to get to a location WITHOUT using petroleum would make the event much more effect .. I think. 

June 28, 2010
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Publius has a sad heart. I'm sorry you were dealt a bad hand and have to project your sadness onto others.

June 28, 2010
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Otacon -- People trying to band together and push for a better world, a cleaner world where the human race isn't devouring it like a rotten orange and is instead making sure it is sustainable-- you would call them idiots.

 

People wishing for a better world... idiots. Amazing.

June 28, 2010
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This is the kind of crap I would expect from worthless school teachers on their 3 month summer vacation.

June 28, 2010
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Good points Phantasia.

That was the whole point of the article in the first place. "I know we are all guilty".

Many of the bloggers on here are taking their lines right out of the mouths of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck.

"When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

June 28, 2010
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We are all "guilty" of using oil?  Then we are also all guilty of using any natural resource for any purpose.  I am also guilty for using gas to cook with and to heat my home instead of cooking over a campfire in a hut made of twigs and leaves.

 

What we are guilty of is allowing ourselves to be dependent on foreign powers for our energy, and second, for not being good stewards of the environment at the same time we harness the resources we have at our disposal domestically.  These things aren't mutually exclusive, except in the minds of those who long for the days of riding to the market in ox carts and trading a couple of baskets for a chicken.

June 28, 2010
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I'm happy to see people getting out in support of the coastlines of America. Sad that some people get angry reading this article.

June 28, 2010
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I hosted an event in Jersey.  I was thrilled that people drove there, biked there, walked there any way they got there.  We have oil based fuel for now.  Not one person who attended the event pretended for a second that they don't use oil.  They simply wanted to state that they are against off shore drilling and for a clean energy tomorrow.  In case you haven't noticed this is today.  Hopefully, this event caused a few fat cat congressmen to look up and understand that we are voters.  Maybe there needs to be some funding for alternative fuels.  We don't think this will occur overnight, but every little step helps.  I am proud that I was there.  I am proud to have joined hands with like minded people.

June 28, 2010
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I quit commuting 8 years ago.  I'm 35, I remember my parents telling stories of the Oil Crisis.  They've always driven small, economical cars...not the white trash SUV.

 

We should save our oil for plastics and other things.  We're wasting this precious stuff on energy.

June 28, 2010
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This has to be top down, contry's leaders need to efnforce strick measures for using oil.. ! discourage use of cars by increasing oil price, encourage more use of public transport and so on... !

June 28, 2010
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Quit driving as much as possible.  Stop using as many petroleum based products as possible.  You don't need the oil coming from offshore to meet the demand anyway so stop offshore drilling immediately.

June 28, 2010
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I was there in NYC. I took the train. The thousands of people that gathered on beaches all over were there to make a positive presence towards living WITH the planet not just ON it like a bunch of stupid parasites. 

 

Every single person in this world should be concerned. We are killing ourselves and our planet, this is just one of the most horrendous examples.

 

However, all your comments have made me so deeply saddened and possibly convinced that we will absolutely exterminate ourselves off Earth, as long as we can clutch our fat fingers around our cars, tv's, phones and fries.

 

Please, America wake up. 

 

June 28, 2010
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This is a really cute story.  How did all these people get to the beach. Did they walk? Did they ride bicycles?  Did they teleport themselves? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the majority of them drove, which of course consumed oil.  I also highly doubt any of those offshore rig workers currently furloughed are in that line.

June 28, 2010
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Liberalism is a mental disorder.

June 28, 2010
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And when they were done many hopped into their suv's fueled by oil

June 28, 2010
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June 28, 2010
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Wow, so much hate over people trying to make this a better world. And, what is all the snark on teachers about? Sheesh.

June 28, 2010
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Pretty sad state of affairs in the USA when we can't all agree that corporate greed and a corrupt gov't oversight group is what caused this whole mess.

If we can't agree on this bipartisan issue, and take some real strides toward to a greener future, then we deserve all the oil we get on our shores.

 

June 28, 2010
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Every single person in the world is concerned one way or the other, whether they realize it or not.  The world economy depends to a large extent on energy production.  Tens of thousands in the US alone would have no livlihood without oil & gas exploration and production.  As soon as you figure out a way to level the playing field for everyone, then let us know and I'm sure you'll get the Nobel Prize, just like our president.

June 28, 2010
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Everyone seems to be missing the point.  The point is not the use of oil or its drilling, the issue is no one should have ever been allowed to drill for oil under the sea, its common sense not to do that because of what could happen, and for what has happened.  Oil should only be drilled on dry land, ever.

June 28, 2010
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So if we stop drilling where are you going to get your Ipod, wireless internet, cell phone? How are you going to get to work? On a pony? So we call it "Big Oil" well it is called progress without you would walk around at night with a candlestick. If Wind, Solar and all the other so-called energy solutions were for real than someone would be a billionaire now and then they would be called "Big Wind", oh I forgot that is capitalism which is a swear word, Right? Reality and the truth and a far cry from the rhetoric of an emotional response. When will we American's learn to be critical thinkers in the real world. So here is reality do things safer but not at the expense of real people who work real jobs like on oil rigs in the ocean!

June 28, 2010
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I am going to re-post my earlier comments. I believe they have some merit for all.

I reported the Ocean Beach, New London event.

I am 72 years old. I lived 25-30 miles from the beach. I had to drive, but carpooled in my Prius which I bought in 2004.

I was Born in 1938. I remember WWII and gas rationing. We did it then because of the war effort and it was in the country's best interest Today, you would have people crying "Down with more Government regulation, no more Government intrusion into our lives into our lives."

When I was 16, I started to drive. Gas was 20 cents a gallon and during a price war it could get down as low as 14 cents a gallon. Did I get hooked? You better believe it!

We may never be completely oil free but those of us who attended these events have been making little changes in our behavior. Little things like, using reusable shopping bags, using reusable water containers, driving more energy effecient cars, buying more energy reducing appliances, driving less, carpooling, combining shopping trips with other errands, walking more, biking more, using public transportation when possible, etc., etc.

No, we can't do it alone, but if everyone made some of these changes it would make a tremendous difference. If each of us became ready to make just one energy saving practice daily, imagine how we could begin to become a more oil independent nation.

If this "old dog" can learn "new tricks", you can too.

 

June 28, 2010
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Goldenrule, you are foolish.  You're replacing one polluter with another.  There has been talk about dead zones in the ocean lately.  Increases in corn production (the leading crop used for ethanol) will make this problem much worse.  The runoff of nutrients from these corn fields make their way down the Mississippi and every other tributary, and into the gulf.  This runoff creates more places in the Gulf that are oxygen deprived dead zones.  Ethanol is nothing but a bandaid on a bullet hole.  It's a temporary fix that is almost as bad as the original fuel it's replacing.

 

My message to all these "protesters."  How about you do something useful and go out and help clean this mess up?!  Your elitist attitudes are sickening.  Typical Americans who complain about everything, but have nothing to do with the solution.

June 28, 2010
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>> What they failed to realize is the drove to the beach in cars, use products like their cell phones made from plastics that are made from oil.

 

Umm, we're not failing to realize anything. Got an alternative? Because I'd use it. Ever hear of biodiesel, let alone of making it yourself? I have neither the space nor startup capital. Don't think you can hamstring our efforts to get this country off oil just because we've been ramrodded for the past century by Big Oil so that we have no viable alternatives. I do everything I do to save gas with my dinosaur-technology contraption we call a car, which is something that should have been running on solar cells thirty years ago.

June 28, 2010
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>> We may never be completely oil free

 

What part of "finite supply" don't you understand?

June 28, 2010
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@chipster: so agree.

 

The corporations are just rolling right now in their own happiness to realize that people would be this hateful in order to defend what we've all been told/sold defines us and makes us happy.

 

 

 

June 28, 2010
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Everyone wants to be a part of something. Sad that you need this to feel complete in your life.

June 28, 2010
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How many of you out here know that only 1 percent of our oil is produced from offshore drilling. Is it worth the 1 percent to destroy entire regions. Senator Sanders of Vermont has a bill in in committee that would put a requirement for cars to get at least 35 MPG. That would more than offset any need to drill offshore.

June 28, 2010
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We are so worried about the sea creatures and the beaches, which we should be. But should we also not be concerned for real people who have children to feed? What about those workers who don't have jobs because of these types of misled actions which lead to misled government policies. If you were a worker on an offshore oil rig and Obama shut you down and put you out of work then how would you feed your children? So us taxpayers pick up the cost of misled policies and the truth shall set you free. And by the way since when was nature more important than Man?

June 28, 2010
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when does the oily bird javelin competition start?

June 28, 2010
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Since the beginning of time.

June 28, 2010
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We do more to protect the environment than we do to protect raped and murdered women and children, and that is the truth!

June 28, 2010
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I so AGREE!! 

 

artworld "The corporations are just rolling right now in their own happiness to realize that people would be this hateful in order to defend what we've all been told/sold defines us and makes us happy. "

 

June 28, 2010
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The bottom line here...

... is future planning.

 

Not the fact that people use their gas-powered cars to come to the event.

 

June 28, 2010
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Its incredible! I doubt that 5% of the people lined up on that beech actually walked or rode a bicycle? Most of them undoubtedly drove in their SUVs and cars. A few of the rich ones might have driven in their electric cars.  I wonder how many of them know that 50% of our nations electricity comes from coal, which is far dirtier and damaging to the environment than oil?  While they were at the beach I wonder how many of them had the Central Air purring at home so the house would be cool?  And I wonder how many of them went to lunch or dinner afterward.  Food that took a lot of oil to plant, grow, and harvest.  Food that took even more oil to get to market or to the Restaurant.  And I wonder if they ate it raw or cooked with electricity or gas?  More carbon, more polution.  Its hard to tell, but some of the clothes look like they could be synthetic...or synthetic blend?  Oil again!   Yes....we'd all like to find a better way, but nobody has one right now.  Not for the next 15-30years at a minimum.  Yes there is a lot at risk with oil spills.  There's a lot of risk in the Northern states in the winter if there isn't enough oil to heat people homes.  There's a lot of risk to people's lives if energy costs triple and we end up with 30% UNEMPLOYMENT.  Wanting to move 100% to clean renewable energy...is nice, and if pigs had wings they would be able to fly.  Opposing something blindly and/or hypocritically without knowledge or regard for the consequences is stupid!!!

June 28, 2010
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There's also a low of brown and black trash SUV out there too...

 

"I quit commuting 8 years ago.  I'm 35, I remember my parents telling stories of the Oil Crisis.  They've always driven small, economical cars...not the white trash SUV."

June 28, 2010
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We can't stop using oil.  All halting offsea oil production is going to do is raise the price at the pump.  Get real, people.  This isn't a fairy tale, and windmills aren't going to cut it.  Right now there are no viable alternatives to oil, gas, and coal.

June 28, 2010
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We have a large amount of natural gas under our feet to use. We already have natural gas vehicles doing very well onthe road. The only problem is the oil lobbyists and oil execs will never allow it to happen. Also keep in mind your corporate owned and operated U.S. supreme court will favor the oil companies in any and all litigation.

June 28, 2010
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More meaningless gestures offering no real solutions.  Just what the world needs.

June 28, 2010
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I am sorry, but are these people that numb-skulled? Hands Across the Sand?!??! Do they not realize the effect not drilling for oil will have on the economy? Much worse than what is happening to the economy in the gulf now. I am not completely heartless, it is saddening to see the wildlife that is affected by this. I was just in the gulf in Navarre, FL a week ago and saw the oil first hand, but people this country already has enough problems with our economy. Do you know how detrimental it would be for all the people who are employed by the oil companies, talk about a national unemployment crises...Forget Hands Across the Sand, get your heads out of the sand!

June 28, 2010
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I wish we could get rid of oil...

June 28, 2010
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joecrocker99>>>

  Oil Crisis, the only crisis is in peoples minds. the great crisis during the early 1970's was not one of a shortage of oil but one not making enough money. There has never been a shortage of oil. This oil spewing into the gulf have not raise gas prices hardly at all. the reason why is that gold is at an all time high in price. let the price of gold drop and you will see gas prices go back up. This whole idea of supply and demand has been put to rest with this oil flowing into the gulf.

June 28, 2010
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So someone come up with alternative energy sources that are comparable price-wise to fossil fuels, and I'm on board. Until then, keep on drilling..And please stop with the oil conspiracy crap, the oil industry doesn't run the world.

June 28, 2010
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I just got back from a trip to Italy where everyone drives a "Smart" car or a scooter....OR they walk and bike.  I asked my son if he knew 10 people who would give up their gas-guzzling vehicles for a Smart car.  He said he didn't know ONE!

 

Until we are ready to do that, you may as well not protest drilling......YOU are the one supporting it!!

June 28, 2010
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So what does their "Awareness Ribbon" look like?

June 28, 2010
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You know what? If they care about the beach so much then maybe then can come over grab a shovel and help clean up. You people are on crack if you really think we can stop using oil. 

June 28, 2010
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This will accomplish nothing.

June 28, 2010
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The difference between 'Earth Day' of the 1970s and today... is critical mass (I hope).

Jimmy Carter set the CAFE standards (minimum avg mpg) for automakers.

 

That languished for 3 decades.... and it needn't be.

 

I hope this Gulf oil spill ignites some serious introspection; and not be passed off as another 'unfortunate event'.

 

It's time we EVOLVE... get some MOVEMENT to more energy efficiency.

I do see some movement... with electric cars coming on-line....

 

But it's the classic chicken & egg scenario: government mandate vs consumer demand.... Just like with the Analog-to-Digital scenario: who goes first?  Digital T.V.s/Consumer or the digital-content provider (studios)? 

Both sides needed to make the $ commitment.

 

Ditto with electric cars.

We need a whole infrastructure to promote the economic feasibility of electric cars.

I'm talking about the overhaul of the electric grid, etc., etc.

 

In the meantime, we could have natural-gas powered vehicles as the transition.

 

This isn't going to happen over night.

 

But what if we had continued where Jimmy Carter left off, some 30+ years ago?

Imagine what we COULD have today.

 

We definitely need a paradigm shift; and stop passing off this issue another 30 years.

 

June 28, 2010
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I have taken time out to read so many of the post's here and I've come to realize one thing...and that is the majority of people posting their opionion are dumber than a box of rocks..and that is why we are in the fix world wide not just here in America but certainly here.Most of you here are so uneducated it's pathetic and that is why most of you will always except being manipulated and controlled because you don't find out the facts about oil or anything..just believe it if the tv says it.Remember that..The more stupid you are the easier you are controlled..We learned the in our first relationship 101.Idiots..and for the ones that actually think, well congratulations and welcome to the 5%.

June 28, 2010
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Bunch of damn Nimbys

June 28, 2010
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HYPOCRITES!! LET HE WHO DOSE NOT USE OIL CAST THE FIRST TAR BALL!!

June 28, 2010
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Why didn't these people do something useful, like help clean up the beaches, instead of just standing and holding hands.  This is hilarious.  There are no feasible energy alternatives to oil right now, so it just doesn't make sense to protest it.  What's even worse is that when a practical alternative energy solution does comes along, such as nuclear power, it is the liberals who get in the way.

June 28, 2010
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NEWSFLASH TO AMERICA:  The politicians are not listening.  Thanks for comin out though.

June 28, 2010
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naviblue66 By the way Wetgundog, were you there? I live there and I got sick. Thanks for asking. :-)

 

 

you're not supposed to eat the little balls of crude oil, your welcome.

June 28, 2010
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Electric cars are great and all but what are we going to use to build the petroleum based components that they need i.e. plastic and rubber? Love and Good feelings?

June 28, 2010
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So, I have the following question:  Why didn't we shut down all air travel in the U.S. for 6 months when 9/11 occured, or any other airline disaster for that matter? Better yet, why didn't we place a 6 month blockade on shipping after Valdez?  

 

To place a blockade on oil when such a disaster occurs is a rash, and thoughtless decision, especially when looks at the how many major oil rig disasters have occured in the past 20 years? It just shows Obama's understanding of the disaster!

June 28, 2010
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How did that get there? Well, they drove their gas guzzling cars and SUV's, by golly...

June 28, 2010
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Maybe Synthetic??

June 28, 2010
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Isn't it ironic that people are bashing oil, while using their plastic computer which is made from petroleum to complain?

June 28, 2010
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There is a lot of talk about alternative energy but no action

June 28, 2010
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Think Al Gore feels guilty as he flys in his Lear Jet to give talks on Global warming?  I don't feel the least bit guilty my oil consumption and neither should you!

June 28, 2010
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LifeDrive66, why don't you educate us all?  Please inform us as to what facts are being missed here.  Judging by your grammar and punctuation, I'm not sure you're as smart as you think you are. But I sure will entertain your thoughts!

June 28, 2010
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Um...Shelly the reporter.  Find a better way and become a multiBillionaire, probably the first Trillionaire.  The big bad bully oil companies could be put out of business if there was another way.  Right now there simply is not.

June 28, 2010
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What you see is the typical HOPE and CHANGE american idiots.

June 28, 2010
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Man, these people need a clue.  Here is a crazy thought Let the oil companies drill ON LAND ! Anwar, S.Dakota, Colorado.etc.. That way when a problem does occur it isn't one mile under water and can be fixed easily ...

 

face it, oil is here to stay. it is our way of life.

 

Banning offshore drilling will only skyrocket the price of fuel and the unemployment rate !!

June 28, 2010
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Profoundly stupid. Thanks for that CNN.

June 28, 2010
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Now is the time to work together to create our future of clean energy. 

By Dave Rauschkolb, Founder, Hands Across The Sand

 

What will happen on June 26 will be the largest gathering of Americans in history united in preventing more offshore oil drilling "accidents" from happening again and again in the Gulf and on other coasts of our nation.  This peaceful gathering of Americans will join hands in the effort to encourage our elected leaders to begin to steer our dependence on oil towards cleaner energy sources. 

 

We need to encourage our leaders to not just talk the talk but also walk the walk. I am not confident in this endeavor because the fact is; the oil industry is using a lot of money and influence to keep us solidly addicted to oil. The oil companies are in business to sell gasoline and they actively work through whatever financial means in our political process to keep us pumping their product into our cars. The fact that our country is addicted to oil is because there are very powerful forces that want to keep it that way. 

 

Because cleaner energy industries don't have the same influence as the massive oil industry they have yet to have the opportunity to build infrastructures to provide us with sources of energy that don't destroy our entire coastal economies, marine wildlife and marine environments. The fact is our country needs a major change in its energy infrastructure; do we expect the oil industry is ever going to allow that? 

Nearly a decade ago Electric cars were coming out of GM in droves to satisfy a California mandate to have a certain percentage of electric cars on the road by a certain time.  GM would not sell the electric cars they would only lease them. People loved the cars and many were on the roads running smoothly, efficiently and economically. The oil industry and GM worked to change the law in California; GM recalled all the leases and the company destroyed nearly every car in a crusher. If the natural course of innovation and expanding technologies would have been allowed to take place most of America would not be pumping gas, I assure you. 

 

Expanding offshore oil drilling will do nothing but place more coastal economies, oceans and wildlife at risk. Do I really think our government will make the oil industry stop drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for good? I seriously doubt it.  The real irony here is that it is the offshore oil industry that is placing jobs in the gulf region at risk through their mistakes. Hopefully, in the near future, clean energy jobs will be plentiful and a deliberate transition could be made from drilling jobs. It won't happen overnight but we have to start somewhere. Meanwhile, our Gulf continues to bleed a foul poison.   We must to stop any expansion of offshore oil drilling period.   


It is time for Americans to join hands on issues most of us can agree are essential for us to move forward as a Nation.  The act of literally and metaphorically joining hands is a powerful one. Our country is far too divided in hate and negative discourse.  This serves the oil companies well.  It keeps us in a negative, circular flight pattern and unfocused on the real problem: The oil industry is controlling our country’s energy policy through money and influence. We have to join hands to change that.  We have to come together to change that.  They have far too much power and they are poisoning our world. The only way we can change this is for Americans, not liberals and conservatives but Americans to stand up to these companies by demanding Congress and our President change our energy policy to cleaner energy options. It is time for Americans to take control of our energy future from the grip of the oil industry. This is our America.   As we look forward into the future we have to remind them of that fact.

 

Certainly in the near future we are going to continue to need oil and this won’t happen overnight but we must start somewhere.   Certainly when oil runs out we will not have a choice and if we do not change now we will not be prepared. America’s Energy future needs to be steered into the light of Clean Energy and renewables in hopes that some day Oil may become "the alternative energy". 

 

Clearly the Deepwater Horizon disaster is a wake up call that now is the time to change our energy policy in a big way.  Now is the time to draw a line in the sand and stop any further offshore oil drilling in America’s waters.  Now is the time to work together to create our future of clean energy.

 

Dave Rauschkolb, Founder, Hands Across The Sand

 

June 28, 2010
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Anderson,I have a question,why don't the GOVERMENT use mechines,instead of people.There is equipment already made to do this job,in a tenth of the time.The GOVERMENT KNOWS THIS BUT,THEY DON'T CARE.WHO WAS IT THAT SAID,NEVER WASTE DIASTER.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ASK. I KNOW IT WILL WORK,AND NOT ENDANGER PEOPLE.

 

 

 

 

June 28, 2010
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Just in time for the Tesla IPO (TSLA: Nasdaq)...shares will sell for 12-14.  Don't be late.  toodles.

June 28, 2010
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I agree with these idiots. Stop offshore drilling and move it back on shore where it is cheaper and safer. They are the same people who forced drilling so far off shore in the first place.

June 28, 2010
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wetgundong is a proponent of more oil usage and obviously doesn't believe in global warming. He/she has been raised with a steady dose of ads from the oil/auto companies that he/she refuses to even believe what I think only needs commonsense - the world is getting warmer, fossil fuels were mean to be just that fossilized ... Go green - its the only hope for Earth

June 28, 2010
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Can anyone name off the top of their heads the last three major oil spills?  No cheating!  Most of us will name this one and Valdez.  That's a pretty impressive record considering the billons of barrels of oil produced and shipped every year.  This ban is, at the least, a knee-jerk reaction by a president completely in over is head.  And at worst, a good excuse to further an agenda.  Never let a crisis go to waste, right Rahm?

June 28, 2010
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I see we have a grammar Nazi.

June 28, 2010
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Hands Across the Sand started BEFORE the current Gulf volcano of oil wrecked the LA coast. (Stop calling it a spill.)

I live in the Gulf region. The stuff that's out there right now... the crude, the methane, and the highly toxic Corexit dispersant isn't going to stay out there, you know. It's going to be picked up in clouds and rained on you. There is a storm out there right now and no telling what it's going to do. Hurricane season has just started. Hurricanes are bad enough all by themselves but they often have tornadoes in them as well. Can you imagine what will happen if just a Cat. 2 hit that slick and picked-up a storm-ful of that mess and took it across the country? Gee, wonder where it would land? Farms, fields, rivers, houses, backyards, maybe? This well is gushing a Valdez-worth of oil into the Gulf every week. If that crap gets in the loop current it's coming to your town, boys and girls. One way or another the whole country is going to eat this "spill" that some of you think will take care of itself. It's time to wise up about how we abuse the land and water we LIVE on. We have nowhere else to live. If we deplete the forests, fowl the water and wreck the land because we buy into the baloney the rich and greedy feed us for their sakes, not ours, and because we are too afraid to even START making changes then we die, period.

 

 

June 28, 2010
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Stupid.  Why weren't they protesting BEFORE the leak.  It's the same lack of foresight that this country has been practicing for the past 100 years....zero planning, but plenty of reaction.

 

If you want to protest anything, protest your stupid government for not developing affordable alternatives to gas.  Protest the stupid government who permitted land developers to build these huge sprawling suburban nitemares, forcing us to drive cars to get around, especially to get to work.  Smart people plan ahead, greedy people don't bother at all.

June 28, 2010
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i believe there is one is south africa that has been spewing oil for the past 30 years.

June 28, 2010
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It just makes mad when people like shawnCEE say that it is "our way of life" (just like the gov of Miss. or NY).. Come on.. "our way of life" is clearly not sustainable for the good of all and hence it cannot be "our way of life". Politicians say that to get votes but regular people should be more sensible. "Our way of life" is not cast in stone. If we change to new green methods, that becomes "our way of life".. I just get totally put off with that refrain that come what may we will preserve "our way of life".

June 28, 2010
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SORRY I FORGOT TO SAY CLEAN UP THE BEACHES IN A TENTH OF THE TIME.

June 28, 2010
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Ending off shore drilling will not affect the price of oil that much.  The United States only has two percent of the worlds oil and a lot of it is in areas that we can get to easily.  The moratorium on drilling will affect 33 rigs out of three thousand that are pumping oil.  If we are to continue to drill offshore we need to make it as safe as possible.

June 28, 2010
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Stupid protest.  Oil, natural gas, salt, sulphur, wood chips and other resources from Louisiana and East Texas make up the Petro-Chemical Industry.  We produce your medicines, farm chemicals, tires, all plastics, chemicals for industrial purposes, chemicals for all paints and coatings, asphalt, dyes, lyes, bleaches  ... you name it. 

 

If you eat  or drink it, wear it, drive it, ride in it, live in it - medical, food, construction, transportation, electronic, whatever; it has some Gulf Coast offshore oil and natural gas in it.  Even if it was made in China, the shipping trains and trucks that used some offshore oil products somewhere.  Offshore oil drilling is part of modern life - protest something else.  

June 28, 2010
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Thanks, Sean5294.. I already feel better - May the BP oil spill go on forever, after all there seems to be one in S Africa that never stops... Sheesh

June 28, 2010
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The Earth is bleeding oil.. BP tries to put a band aide over it.. If oil companies want to drill in deep water, they need to have the technology to shut the dam well off.. Until than , no drilling! Americans like to drive their big butts in big cars that need more oil per mile to drive.. Americans like to move out in the country far from towns and jobs.. Americans do not like Mass Transportation! Americans are addicted to oil, mostly foreign.. We'd rather send our young to fight wars over oil, instead of using our brains to develop affordable alternatives.. When the cost of oil wars become too expensive, and the threat to our environment becomes economically suicidal, than all of sudden new modes of energy will be developed.. Till than oil is cheap and things will not change much.. The best motivation for clean renewable energy is corporate profits..If the public demands more green energy, and will put their $$$$ where their mouth is,, you will see more Alternative energy.. Technology follows the MONEY!!!!!!  Buy Green!!!

June 28, 2010
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Wasn't it Sarah Palin that encouraged them with the words, "DRILL BABY DRILL"

June 28, 2010
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Bobby56 is right on the money.. Lets develop a "new way of life" instead of harping on preserving "our way of life".

June 28, 2010
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I cant help but wonder how many of these participants drive their petrochemical using vehicles to the events.

June 28, 2010
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I am a business owner on the Gulf Coast.  I am directly losing business because of BP's oil spill in the Gulf.  I participated in the first Hands Across the Sand event in February, before the BP Oil Spill, out of simple worry over what an offshore oil accident would do our local economy.  In my worst dreams, I did not imagine anything remotely this bad.  The primary position of Hands Across the Sand is no offshore or nearshore oil drilling.  IMO, if we must have oil, at least while we are developing alternative energies, then we should drill where there is much less likelihood of an accident, and much less impact from any likely accident.  No one industry should trump the economy of an entire region.

June 28, 2010
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Live on the West coast and attended hands across the sand. I walked to the beach. Most people walked or rode their bicycles. A lot of the people who live in my community don't even own a car because we have great public transportation. In my life I have discovered the people who accuse other people of being hypocrites are the very ones guilty of the "sins" they lay at the feet of others. Sure social protest may not always work but what did you do this weekend to change the situation in the gulf? Go shopping, watch movies or lay on your couch? Most people are just talk. They expect those who do participate in rally's to change the world while they sit on their butts and judge others. Apathetic people are the problem in America because you contribute nothing except your opinion. You're only angry because in the end you're not contributing anything to society except for shopping at the local mall.

June 28, 2010
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Only 33 rigs?  Stop $33,000,000 worth of drilling per day?  Lay off thousands of workers?  Naaaaa.

June 28, 2010
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So we've heard about driving to the beach in SUV's.  How many of those Floridians would give up air conditioning to stop drilling?  The only reason most people can tolerate life in Florida is air conditioning which is a huge energy user.

June 28, 2010
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I can only wait for the apocalypse, may it happen soon because that is the only way the earth is going to get rid of its infestation of humans.

June 28, 2010
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Did all of these people walk to the beach? Not in a million years......States who produce oil and gas should keep it for themselves and not send it to those who don't. How long do you think these protestors will be able to last without their vehicles, plastics and my personal favorite the cell phones? I am all for conserving energy, but don't start whining about drilling when you get your supply from other states.

June 28, 2010
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I really don't get how all the critics can make so many assumptions.  Does it just make you feel better to think that we are all a bunch of tree hugging idiots that talk the talk, but can't walk the walk?  So many positive changes that have taken place in this country started with shows of solidarity such as this.  Those of you running your mouths about cleaning the oil off the beach while we were there, did you even read the article?  This wasn't just in Florida or the Gulf Coast, it was global, and in fact there were cleanups planned around this event.  And if you did any research on the topic you might find out that the first Hands event took place before the oil spill.  It didn't take a disaster to motivate us, we were hoping to prevent one.  And how do you assume that so many of us drove there alone in a gas guzzling SUVs?  Too bad you weren't following all the discussions that we had leading up to this event about going to the nearest location, not necessarily the beach, using our feet, bikes, public transportation and car pooling to get there.  If you have something constructive or intelligent to offer that's great.  The more intelligent discussion we have, the better the odds of us finding viable solutions.  But if all you have to offer are insults toward people that think differently than you, you just look ignorant.

June 28, 2010
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I'm not guilty of using oil. In fact I rather enjoy it.

June 28, 2010
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Absolute rediculousness! Leave it to CNN to highlight such idological stupidity.

June 28, 2010
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johnmusk, we were protesting before the BP oil spill.  The first Hands Across the Sand event was in February.  The spill happened April 20.  I realize this is an opinion forum, but sarcasm gains nothing.

June 28, 2010
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I wish ALL of you would put efforts into helping America Recover JOBS??? Where are you on that one? The beach holding hands. I understand the devastation with the Oil in the Ocean. But there are much bigger problems in the United States that no one seems to care at all about. People are losing there , Jobs, homes , food , at an alarming rate. Even in the gulf coast and by your demonstration you are not helping the people in the gulf coast you will be hurting there lives even more....

June 28, 2010
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I'm curious how many cars and planes it took to get everyone to these protests?

 

I really appreciate the sentiment of the protesters but staying put and driving dramatically less will produce far more impact.

 

For instance, there is already a personal rapid transport solution that simultaneously burns 0 fuel, requires no toxic materials to build (unlike Priuses), costs very little in money and time, and makes us fit. It's called the bicycle.

 

Combine mass adoption of bikes with trains and buses and our oil consumption will plummet.

 

But people would rather hold hands on the beach. Why? Because that's relatively easy, dramatic, and fun.

 

If these folks are seriously concerned, they can stop waiting for legislation and start riding bikes and trains heavily. They will find that it can be easy, dramatic, and fun as well. I can vouch for that, having done it heavily for the last year and losing 20 pounds in the process.

 

Holding hands in protest is great. Now go home and ride your bike, train, and bus: not just for fun but for serious transport. --planbike.com

June 28, 2010
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If everyone who attended the protest traded in their SUV's and bought Hybrids.. Corporate America would take notice!  We can talk all we want till we are GREEN in the Face, but if we don't put our MONEY where our mouths are, nothing will change.. If BP could make more money with Solar Energy than oil, they would be a solar energy company in a heartbeat! Buy Green! Whatever you can afford!.. When Consumers demand green, Big Corporations will see green$$$..

June 28, 2010
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Do any of you haters read the articles before you post? Do any of you read what other people post? A lot of your sarcasm is answered before you even mouth-off.

June 28, 2010
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www.change.org to sign petitions on whatever is there that you want to help make a difference on.

June 28, 2010
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It's unbelievable to me how many ignorant people there are in the United States.  First of all, there are alternative fuels, like ethanol, but of course, the oil companies and car manufacturer's who's pockets they line up with money don't want you to use ethanol, so in the U.S. they produce ethanol from corn, which is about the worst media to use for ethanol production because the yield it pathetic and the cost is high.  That was, they can say "producing ethanol is too expansive, it's not worth it".  In contrast, Brazil has been producing ethanol from sugar cane, which produces about 10 times the amount of ethanol that you would get from corn and most of the cars in Brazil run on ethanol alone.  Brazil are now completely energy independent.

 

In the united states there is a weed that grows in almost every state and does not require upkeep, but which produces even more ethanol than sugar cane.  That weed is called Switchgrass...  But we are not using it because 1) the reason stated above, and 2) because corn is a political crop in the U.S.  The corn growers is another industry which has everyone in their pockets.

 

As for the price of electric cars or other alternative technologies - they are expansive because they are built is small volumes compared with other gasoline cars.  When the volume goes up, the price will go down.

 

In Israel, a puny little country, every house / apartment has solar panels on the roof for water heating and even producing electricity.  If they can do it, why can't we?

 

In Denmark, they produce over 20% of their electricity needs with wind turbines.

 

In the U.S., the Tesla Roadster electric car(which is currently very expansive because of low volume) gets 245 miles per charge, or an equivalent of about 2 cents per gallon based on California energy costs.

 

So, are there alternatives?  Yes!!!

Do we want them?  Yes!!!

Are Big Oil or corrupt government going to let you have it?  No!!!

 

The only way that we are going to get off our dependency on oil is if the private sector takes over and does something about it.  The government will not do it, Big Oil will certainly not do it, even though some of them love to tell everyone how much money they invest on alternative energy projects, which is just a PR stunt.

 

But this country will not change, because there are too many negative, ignorant, feeble-minded people in the U.S., such as people who vote for Sarah Palin just because she's a MILF, or people that can't tell where Iraq is on the map.

 

...and oh, by the way wetgundog, the little dots of tar that are not so bad that you washed off your little feet...  If you actually had a brain you would realize that your feet are not the only thing in the ocean.  You should follow the news; particularly the reports about how everything under the oil spill is dead because the oil cuts the oxygen in the water and how if we don't stop the spill, it will get into the gulf stream and be spread all over the world within 18 months and pretty much kill most of the ocean life, not to mention the chain reaction that will result.  If you cannot spell the word science, please do not comment about matters of science.

 

June 28, 2010
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"I know we are all guilty of using oil" = FALSE STATEMENT. No, "we" are NOT all guilty. My indigenous ancestors sustained their livelihoods on our wealth of natural resources for TENS of thousands of years; and, all it's taken is a mere 500 YEARS of capitalism, nationalism, colonization, globalization, materialism, racism, genocide, guns, greed, and world wars, etc. to bring us all to this point. Mass production and westernization of our world was wrought by force and destruction--not by any means of freedom or choice in my worldview. Perhaps the earth, ocean, and skies have had enough of this violent assault - all over selfish greed. If guns, greed, and oil are what establish the status quo to conquer this world; well, then the powers of its wrath might be your inheritance.

June 28, 2010
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The American people can greatly reduce our "oil addiction" without any government intervention into our lives. Each and every one of us can choose to either continue to be "part of the problem" or decide to be "part of the solution". All we have to do is "make a pledge" that next time we buy a vehicle, we will purchase one that weights 25% less than the one we are driving now. Reducing the weight of the vehicles we drive is the easiest way to reduce our oil consumption without having to rely on other technologies. I'm all in favor or alternative propulsion solutions, yet all of them would benefit from decreased vehicle weight. There is essentially no sacrifice we have to make to do this. If everyone did this, the auto manufacturers would take notice and start building lighter weight vehicles. And we would be able to see which of our neighbors were willing to do their part, and which were going to just keep on being "part of the problem".

June 28, 2010
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publius1776...both your posts were right on the money!!!!!!!!

ionshift......it's a given.........you are a MORON!!!!!!!!

I'LL DRIVE MY CAR (CHEVY CAVELIER) ANYWHERE I WANT AND USE AS MUCH OIL PRODUCTS AS I WANT AND MY FAVORATE THING TO SAY IN SUPPORT OF THE GUYS IN THE GULF THAT ARE OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF THE COMMY PIECE OF $&*T IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS   "DRIL BABY DRIL"!!!!

YOU DIP S%@#TS WANT TO DO A REAL SERVICE FOR YOUR COUNTRY?????   IN NOV. "VOTE THE LIBERALS OUT"!!!!!

AND IN 2012' DO THE SAME TO THE COMMY!!!!!!!!!!

June 28, 2010
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Weight alone is not going to save you on fuel.  There are SUV's that get almost the same gas mileage as the Smart car (not so smart).  I would agree though that we can all do our part.  My car lease ends soon and I am going to get a Prius.  The pledge should be, your next car should have better gas mileage than your current car.

June 28, 2010
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merle77, you have just proved my point.

June 28, 2010
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I think oil will be a part of our future until another source of energy is cheaper.  I also think it might help if we allow deep water drilling to continue but we require the driller to pre-fabricate a relief well in case there is a blow-out.  It would drilled deep enough to access the oil quickly so that a blow-out becomes a few hours or days of leakage rather than a few months.  Also, I know it's somewhat unpopular to say this, but land-based drilling in ANWAR would actually be safer overall than deep water drilling, although I admit that's unlikely that opening ANWAR would keep companies from wanting to develop deep water resources as well.

June 28, 2010
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The sad part is that the whole oil problem is political.

 

We need to switch over to LPG and all the technology has been in place for several decades.  We don't need a "breakthrough", we aren't waiting for new technology.

 

But instead we waste all of our money on crap like being the self appointed World Police, enforcing drug laws that nobody wants and giving all our tax money to companies that are "too big to fail".

 

I feel like a fool for voting for Obama - he's a "more war" president.

June 28, 2010
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This is ridiculous.  If the laws and the guidelines had been followed, this wouldn't have happened.  If the government had gone right in and tried to formulate a comprehensive plan other than wait for BP and the local parish governments in La. and Gulf states' governments, and coordinated the clean up, which is their legal mandate, and allowed BP to focus solely on stopping the leak, instead of talking about long term compensation, right off the bat, it probably wouldn't have been as bad.  As a wetlands property owner in Plaquemines Parish, I'm pissed.  I'd like to see no oil anywhere near my property, than receive any amount of money from BP.  We need oil, aside from the fact that it is a major source of employment in the gulf states, none of which has come out condemning deep sea drilling, you might notice, we need it to live, and we'll have to get it from somewhere.  It is a lot more environmentally conscientious to get oil from sea drilling than from oil shale or oil sands, and a lot cheaper.  Only idiots gravitate toward extremes like banning all deep sea drilling, when something goes wrong, and only fools would suggest that we rely entirely on unfriendly countries, or any country for that matter, for our energy needs.  Clean energy?  Let's go all the way with it.  We aren't there yet, nor should we break the bank by rolling out technologies that aren't mature enough for mass consumption and use (solar energy, wind energy, all time all electric cars).  To those who participate in meaningless, unproductive and ineffectualy charades like gathering on the beach to hold hands, if the total man hours spent organizing, planning, travelling, and actually standing on the beach, were put toward other endeavors with a little bit more substance, like building homes, or cleaning up highways, parks, and wooded areas, or clearing trails, or just by pledging to change living habits, by using less garbage, less electricity, or retrofitting their houses with low wattage bulbs, or completely insulating their houses to make them more efficient, more good would have been done than simply standing on the beach.  Did everyone walk and cycle to the beach?  I doubt it.  Wasted energy, money, and pollution right there.  Way to go, be proud of yourselves, a meaningless stunt causes more harm than good.

June 28, 2010
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CleBrowns - all those jobs that you talk about, that is not justification for destroying our planet.  What about all the jobs that were just lost because of the oil industry?  Besides, do you think that alternative energy creates itself?  That requires people as well.  People can be retrained, if they are willing.  And if they are not willing, let them be homeless.  At least when they are homeless because there are no more oil jobs and we have clean energy they will be able to live under a bridge and not have to breath in harmful fumes.

 

Alternative energy is not new and as I have mentioned in a previous post, many countries around the world have been using them successfully for decades, and they are not going bankrupt doing it; quite the contrary...  And for those of you who are so big on national security...  There would be nothing better than to not have to depend on oil for almost everything as we do now.  Yes, we will still need oil, but we don't need oil for our cars, we don't need oil for heating our homes, we don't need oil for our power plants...

 

merle77 - You want to blame the "commy" for this disaster?  The people who are responsible are the greedy oil rich republicans who are running the oil companies and who are the politicians that lets the oil companies do whatever they want, such as Bush and Chaney - the two biggest demons this world has ever seen...

June 28, 2010
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john i have yet to see any affordable vehicle out there that gets near the power of my truck....when i do i might think about buying it untill then since i own a home and constantly updating that i think i will keep my truck guess that makes me a demon.......but that truck has more than earned its value time and time again and yes it only gets 15mpg but without it do you realize the delivery fees i would have to pay supprizingly it fits 6 ppl comfortably too more so than any car i have been in that gets good mileage so now what do you suppose i do buy a bike for 6 and tow my mulch and other supplies behind it show me a solution that is viable and maybe i will begin to think about not wanting to drill the gulf....actually since we have more oil within our shores at several locations that we can not drill cause they are "pristine" how about we just drill there and screw the gulf atleast we have more ability to contain any catostrophy if we can see it than we can thousands of feet below sea

June 28, 2010
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I really wonder how many of these people voted for Palin, and will vote for her in 2012.

 

It's like wearing a fur coat going to a PETA rally.

June 28, 2010
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Did you plug the hole yet daddy?  No?  You suck daddy!

June 28, 2010
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Just want to say thanks to all those people supporting change and bringing awareness.  It WORKING!!! I now drive only when I need to and have began biking more. My next care will be a hybrid for sure or something more efficient if it's available.   Even, more I now make a greater effort to recycle more and use less energy, less AC, TV, more efficient appliances ect...  THANKS, keep the Green Revolution alive and strong!!!

June 28, 2010
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MrRightOh10  I would rather just tell you that you are infact right because having someone like you in this world makes it easier for the people like myself.So there you go you have a wonderful argument presented.Spelling is important too..lmao

June 28, 2010
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I can't believe the negativity and outright viciousness of some of these comments.  I am a Floridian.  I was there at Indian Rocks Beach, with my friends and family (yes we carpooled), and 1100 other people.  We weren't all envirowackos, as one of you so eloquently put it, just Floridians who believe that the human race isn't smart enough to continue off-shore drilling.

Yes, I stood there and held hands and was thankful that our beaches are still oil-free and, if and when, the oil gets here I am sure it will be myself and those same 1100 people who are out there cleaning the oil off those same beaches.  If nothing else, BP has proven that the oil industry isn't prepared to handle the consequences of drilling when something goes wrong. 

We have an oil spill the size of Kansas spreading across the Gulf and no solutions on how to stop it from spreading even further.  These companies have been allowed to work under the same failed "emergency procedures" that haven't worked for 30 years, and they knew they didn't work!  Let these companies prove that they can stop, contain, and clean-up  an oil spill quickly and with minimal damage to the environment and then maybe we'll let you near our coastlines again. 

 

June 28, 2010
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“At the end of this decade, in the year 1980, the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need.” — Richard Nixon, 1974

 

"The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun." - Ralph Nader, 1980

 

Nixon promised that we'd have energy independence 30 years ago. The seven presidents since have promised the same. The problem is the oil industry doesn't make money off solar, or wind, or water, or algae, or biofuel, or biomass, or geothermal.

 

They make money off oil.

 

I can't even count the amount comments on this thread that say something to the effect of, "How many of these people drove their cars to the beach? What hypocrites!" What other choice have they been given? Fuel efficient vehicles didn't start popping up in the American market until the beginning of this decade. Right around the time Hummers and Escalades became all the rage. We as Americans have become so accustomed to our oil addiction that we actually argue the hopelessness of our efforts on blogs about fellow Americans trying to prevent more devastation to our environment and the economies of our Gulf States.

 

We could have started developing renewable energy strategies in 1974 when we imported 36% of our oil from foreign sources and been off oil completely by 2000. Would 9/11 have happened if we hadn't been importing half of our oil from our enemies to feed our addiction?

 

The bottom line is the oil industry has Americans wrapped around their little fingers, and they always have, as you can clearly see by the comments above. We have the technology to power this country on sources that will never run out. We could create millions of jobs by developing new manufacturing industries and lead the world in exportation of windmills, solar panels, batteries and all the other technologies that will eventually become the future of energy, whether the oil industry likes it or not. All while preserving vital links in the ecological food chain that ultimately sustains human life.

 

The question is will we ever summon the courage, personally and politically, to change our filthy habits? Or will we continue to pay the oil companies to rape our Earth in exchange for our convenience? That question can only be answered in the minds of individuals.

 

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." — Mahatma Gandhi

June 28, 2010
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There is a better way. Drill on land, in ANWAR for example, where it will affect practically no one, and the animals will like you. As for dumping the use of oil, please get real.

BTW, if we don't start drilling soon, we will be putting our fellow citizens in a lot more jeopardy than from some oil spill, however bad it turns out to be. Remember, we still run this place. And we can, should, and must throw the bums out in November.

June 28, 2010
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Ronald Vagan here just wanted to let the little people know how much we appreciate each and every one of ya'll allowing us to collect your tax money each week.Now I know there aren't a lot of jobs out there right now,but were fighting hard to line our pockets so we can get some business going down there to ya.I know we may have caused this economic crisis for ya,but it was necessary for the simple fact that ya'll was getting too much money saved up and I don't really want ya living next door to me..so we also had to raise the cost of tuition because we up here on the hill know that if ya get to smart for your britches than your hard to tell what to do..and you may not believe what we say during election time.It's a real complex situation,but all ya'll need to do is worry and work and we'll make the real decisions that effect your lives in positive ways.Now for the oil..we need it..it brings us and our other friends big money..yeah we may have suppressed the electric car and so forth since around 1930,Oh did I say that..scratch that,oil keeps us all going..I hope ya'll will come out and vote 2012 and make sure you vote cause that's important to all of us..we always do our best to say what ya'll want to hear and that has a great impact on ya.THANK YOU and God Bless The United States of America!

(walks Away)(Cheering in the back ground.Victory.)

June 29, 2010
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Thank You.

It is so important that you and those like you take the initiative and the time to share your stories. This tragedy in the gulf is not only BPs fault. It is not only the MMS' fault. The route cause of this tragedy and countless others like it is our continued dependance on oil. While it is hard to see a silver lining to the disaster at the Deep Water Horizon, we do have an opportunity to create one. We have an opportunity to prevent this from ever happening again. Right now the President and others in Congress are working to craft what will, if passed, become the landmark clean energy legislation we have been waiting for for decades. Unfortunately, Republicans and even some Democrats are opposing this bill in hopes that their opposition will help them get re-elected this fall. they think that most Americans are willing to accept disasters like the one on the Gulf as a simple necessity of modern life. They site the cost of getting off of oil and the difficulty of making the transition to a clean energy economy. But there is one thing that they don't take into account; WE ARE NOT A NATION OF QUITTERS! we have overcome far greater threats to our security and safety in the past and we can do it again. The costs of making the transition to clean energy pale in comparison to the costs of inaction. To the costs in treasure and in blood of fighting endless wars in oil rich countries while at the same time funding, through the money we spend on oil, the very organizations who attacked us on 9 11. To the costs of sending billions of dollars of our hard earned money overseas to the sheiks in Dubai. And finally to the costs to the families and businesses along our coasts who fall victim to our relentless demand for this finite resource. This cannot continue! We must no longer sit idly by while our economy, our climate, our people and our children's futures are destroyed by this gooey black substance that now covers our coasts. We have to seise this one opportunity to show the world that we still care, that we are still the leaders that we once were. WE MUST PASS CLEAN ENERGY REFORM NOW! I urge anyone who still cares to do whatever you can: call your seater, write to your local paper, educate your nabbers; to pressure our representative government to take action, to wage war, a war for our very survival, A WAR AGAINST OIL.

June 29, 2010
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You know, it's easy to make cynical remarks. A lot of these comments crack me up.  I find it hard to believe that as Americans and the welfare of this country that we can't come together on issues that affect ALL of us. It has to start somewhere, I applaud all those who participate in hopes of being heard and making  a difference. Sitting around complaining does not lead to a solution. I do recognize one thing, terrorism is  now the lowest on my list of worries, our own hell is being perpetrated here daily.

I really don't see the humor in destroying our country.

EVERYONE needs to get involved in being part of a solution. Rethink and find some moral ground here. Stop listening to idiots and following like sheep. This is not about left or right anymore. It's about right and wrong. These situations are devastating and now occurring at an exponential rate. Frankly I don't know what it will take to overcome this dilemma, but we should all be willing to try and pull together. I continue to educate myself and research solutions, it's better than complaining...

June 29, 2010
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We're all guilty? For what? Driving cars? Using plastics?

This is as silly as saying that "it's Bush's fault"

 

You people are morons!

 

June 29, 2010
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Thanks @mimi4321 for showing compassion for this disaster. It's encouraging to read the thoughful words of those who have some understanding of what is happening and what's at stake, clearly our children's future is in jeopardy. Finger pointing and name calling (idiot, moron) was cute on the playground, but it won't do the gulf or the rest of us any good. Can you imagine this stuff washing up on your living room floor? It's only a matter of time before the next avoidable disaster unless you're willing to be part of a solution. As @CHNnews suggested you can write and take action. You can ride a bike, drive less, not take plastic. Steps in a positive direction. You can do it.

June 29, 2010
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Tons of things can and have been said. Won't change anything. Shame does not work and adding new laws will not as well. Doing nothing has about the same effect.

 

Can't we just create the cars. If you have a car that makes 50mpg then great. Just make it look normal ...think Fusion and Camary.... and offer it. Do not try to cram it down anyones throat. Just offer it as an alternative not as a demand. Just makes sence to to me. That way folks will feel that they are being treated and respected as adults. Not as un-informed children. If they do not then wash your hands of them and move on.

 

Now to us with big trucks, With so much of the rest of the world on 4 and 3 cylinder turbo diesels moving large trucks and buses there is not a reason we can not have such in our F250s and Chevy 2500's. This is stupid and we are being duped. The treehugging folks want us in Prius and mass transit but we need to leave those fools alone and address the truck makers to give us something better.

 

There is a way folks, screaming aint it.

June 29, 2010
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Good points, Johnkm77 and several others of you..

It's obvious that those calling us idiots have little or nothing to add of a positive nature that could help get us out of this situation.

When a person speaks from their own personal experience, maybe others should think twice about what has been said.

This oil crisis should be a wake up call for all.

Instead, what I hear too often is sound bites right out of conservative radio talk show handbooks.

There are more important things than the economy when this entire planet is at stake.

CNN has chosen to make the Hands Accross The Sands event a "top story" Maybe that's why they are the "most trusted name" on TV.

June 29, 2010
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Yes, they all drove there. Yes, we all use oil. The thing is, we can be much smarter in the way we use oil. The fact is, no matter what you think about Global Warming or the oil spill or Barack Obama or the government, you should care about our planet. We can all make little changes in our lives to help decrease our dependency on oil!! Start using reusuable shopping bags, car pool, ride your bike, stop using plastic bottles and containers, recycle! These are SIMPLE things to at least begin a change!

June 29, 2010
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Well said PLove143

"Champions are willing to do the things

they dislike to create something they do like. Don't let the things that matter

most be at the mercy of the things that matter least." ~ Dexter Yager

 

June 29, 2010
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Let's be clear about this thing: This disaster came about not because oil is involved. This disaster came about because of corporate greed and the apathy of government inspectors. As I've indicated on my website, the corporate problem is that those in control are effectively isoloated from the results of their business decisions. On the other hand, government employees are basically feckless individuals. On the corporate side it's do anything you can to promote yourself. On the goverenment side it's do as little as you can in order to get paid. This is what caused the disaster in the Gulf. As to feeling guilty about using oil, it's nonsense. The right and proper thing to do is to reduce and eventually eliminate oil as a fuel. Eliminating the use of petroleum cannot happen for a century or more.

June 29, 2010
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Amen, CraigHolm, well said.

June 29, 2010
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These people were just raising awareness, it's not like they expected to hold hands and "poof" the oil would be cleaned up. Those of you who are judging these people need to face reality, what are you doing to make a difference? Probably sitting in front of your computer.

June 29, 2010
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I would totally agree with a ban drilling for oil in the oceans and gulfs if it was allowed to be drilled on land in Alaska and all Federal Land that has oil or shale oil reserves.  Oil can be drilled on land safely without all the complications of drilling miles deep under water.  But the fanatic environmentalists do not want oil drilling anywhere and want no oil period.  They don't live in reality, it will take many decades to move away from major dependance on oil.  In the meantime we need to tap all the U.S. oil that is available and stop importing as much as possible.  This is necessary for national security, providng jobs, keeping billions of dollars at home instead of exporting it buying oil, and providing the stop gap oil we must have until alternatives become available on an affordable scale.  We are not addicted to oil, we depend on energy to have our standard of living.  Oil happens to be one of the cheapest, most available and most adaptable forms of energy currently available.  Until there are replacement forms of energy with the same properites - oil will remain and be used.  

June 29, 2010
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Now Floridians have a reason to make the Sunshine State, the Solar State!. Let's show them that we can be the sol-ution to this problem..

June 29, 2010
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Yes I can not defend all the mistakes I made when typing my post I am sorry to offend the grammar police. I grew up during the 70's when the first (I believe) false oil shortage came about and that ushered in the small cars that were good on gas but look 40 years later and we still have plenty of oil. The oil companies and our government want us this way as one person said oil is a drug and Americans are hooked. Obama wanted to push for more greener and cut our dependency on foriegn oil but look at where that has got him, nowhere. Yes I have plenty of oil made products and I own 3 cars I am one of you, I do try and offset my gross usings by planting trees on my 2 acres and I recycle as much as possible. I am even looking into a wind turbine for my home but to actually accomplish change in this country it has to come from the people like you and me not the government or big oil. We have more power then all of them we are just unorganized or uncaring.

June 29, 2010
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I now we are all guilty, Wao watt a wrong statement. The people in Africa have no food be course you want to drive an oil car. And now the people are promoting bio fuels while we al no this is only covering a couple of % one ore two%. The kill the rainforest for it.Watt is it that people always believe the wrongs and never the rights. There is no time left for this planets live as we not act right now. There are many solutions for the energy that we all need. There is no questions of oil anymore we most go for 100% sustainable and not for green washing like bio fuels, that’s only keeping the oil companies longer in charge and we al know that they have never done something good for this planet or the live on it. I don’t feel responsible. The people who drive in the biggest cars are. The solutions are there we all know that, so why are we killing the planet ore are you still not confines that the planets oceans are dying.

June 29, 2010
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All of you are retarded. We have had a CLEAN energy alternative since the 1950's. It is Nuclear Energy. However, most Americans are too ignorant to study and understand how it works. Society has deemed it unacceptable and continues to fear it all because the Russians built a rediculously unsafe reactor 40 years ago. There are 104 Nuclear Reactors in the U.S. Not a single death can be attributed to the use of these reactors over the last 40 years. How many other energy sources can claim that? NONE! How many other energy sources can produce energy on the scale of Nuclear without producing Carbon Emission? NONE! WAKE UP PEOPLE. Vote these rediculous liberals out of office so we can actually begin working on the clean energy solution instead of holding hands and pointing fingers.

June 29, 2010
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Nuclear energy does not power my car, sure I will have lights at my house and work but how to I get there? Where are these electric cars that were being designed for travel betwen home and work? I was all onboard when they announced the Volt but it is half way through 2010 and no Volt.

June 29, 2010
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DdeB - "These people were just raising awareness". With all respect, to who are they raising awareness or bringing to light the energy issue on this planet? Between CNN and the other news outlets folks are aware. The thing that some people need to understand and move past is that for an issue as big as energy there are few that are unaware. The rest do not care or are seated in their own view of how to handle this.

 

I will say this. Living in Maryland I did not even know this event happened until I read it on CNN.

June 29, 2010
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I’ve seen so many uninformed, uneducated and clueless idiots say, “well, why didn’t they do something useful and grab a shovel and clean it up?” Clueless. We are talking about toxic waste here. Interacting with this gunk has made hundreds of people (165 reported thus far and likely more) have been sickened by this stuff. Those were pros with hazmat gear and disposal equipment. And where do these critics propose the gunk be put? You can’t dispose of it in the nearest trash can. You can’t take it home and fertilize the yard with it. You can’t drop it off at the nearest oil recycling center. That’s the problem. Your average citizen cannot fix the problem or we’d all be swarming out there with whatever it took to do it ourselves.

 

The stunt was thus done as a public protest for the massive amount of damage that this incident has caused and a “wake up and rethink the way we do things” message for our government and people who are unaware or uncaring. It would be far more useful to grab those shovels and use them to dig out of the BS that you fools are spouting out there about change being impossible and “we’ll just have to suffer” until we kill the environment and all our food sources so we can keep the SUV cranking along. Help to change out or get out of the way!

 

June 30, 2010
RSH

There is a better way, and has been for about 150 years. Google "the first electric car," and you'll see they've been around since the mid-1800s! Yet, automakers today continue to drag their feet, citing "it's too soon," "we need more R&D," "the power supply technology isn't there yet," "consumers aren't ready for it," etc. TRANSLATION: "We can't resist the grip of big oil." It's time to pressure automakers and hold them accountable as the cowering lifeline of Big Oil. There is no reason whatsoever that automakers can't cease production of internal combustion engines for consumer vehicles this decade. We can largely blame the the automakers for the disaster in the Gulf, and for the ongoing disaster in our atmosphere. Look around during your commute and start noticing those millions of tailpipes billowing poison into the air we breathe. Ask the automakers why it's necessary to continue manufacturing oil-burning machines in the 21st century.

June 30, 2010
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Arrggg!!  So frustrating!  This view of the world...  There is NOTHING to feel guilty about using oil!!!  An abundant, naturally occuring resource,that improved the quality of billions of human lives over numerous decades past, and future!! What is not ok, is oil companies shirking safetly regulations, the government putting the enviornment over people, corrupt government agencies (i.e taking gifts from oil companies they regulate), and I could go on.  It's people that messed up here, and continue to do so, in so many ways.  And, we keep relying on the government to fix things!!!  "Energy independence" will come from private ingenuity and entreprenuership (sorry, spelling) NOT the government.

July 1, 2010
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Uh.... a bunch of people told to hold hands on a beah just proofs they are sheep... it accomplishes absolutely NOTHING! anyone aware of the spill is, well, aware of the spill. IT doesnt educate a soul, other than the guilt ridden ones doing it for there own ego's sake

July 1, 2010
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What a meaningless, silly endeavor. Why don't they go to a beach with oil, stop holding hands and get to work. This is truly stupid.

July 1, 2010
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Oil is easier to clean when it is on the beach IMO

July 1, 2010
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wvl

Consider that oil and coal started from organic life that needed solar energy to live and reproduce.  In this case much of the oil we drill originated from pre-historic zooplankton and algae. After this life form dies and settles to the bottoms of lakes and oceans it is covered by sediment. Add some heat and pressure and  and a few 100 million years later we get our lovely crude we think we can't live without.  Is it foolish to think we cannot come up with better ways to harvest energy (esp. forms of solar) in its purer forms then wait on a bunch of algae to extract it from the sun settle to the bottom of a sea floor, get covered by sediment, wait a few hundred million years and then drill it out of the ground as oil?  If people really care.  Consider your lifestyle choice, educate yourself, and make the best decisons on what you can control.  We can put our informed minds towards developing a better combination of alternative solutions. Everyone can have an opinion, but we have to do a better job of keeping the facts straight from the BS and base our actions on the facts.

July 1, 2010
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SO WHAT IF YOU USE OIL. Consumers are not responsible for politicians and oil drilling companies who push for lax regulation speeding up the drilling process in order to obtain Christmas bonuses and campaign contributions. The consumer cannot be held responsible for the greed of the parties whose actions allowed this to happen. Oil companies and politicians WANT you to think you're complicit in this. Shoot, they're trolling these same interwebs trying to convince you of this notion, but it is a complete fallacy. Lay the culpability where it should. At the feet of the oil drilling companies and those politicians who helped push for deregulation. And the MMS.

July 28, 2010
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The gulf voted overwhelmingly Republican. The Republican party strongly opposes regulating the oil industry or helping individuals or towns. These folks got what they voted for. Drill baby drill!

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