April 29, 2010

Rise and rise again until lambs become lions - Robin Hood

Today's week has been a fairly crazy week. Last week, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico had an explosion and has since been spewing hundreds of thousands of oil in the waters surrounding it. This has called for much outrage by the environmental community and many hundreds of people to perform damage control to the situation, from cleaning up the oil, to press control. The rig, owned by BP, is getting much out-lash at the British company. This environmental disaster come just a few weeks after a tanker ship carry oil ran aground on the Northwestern part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, causing for thousands of gallons of oil to be spilled and killing thousands of animals and sea life. Earlier estimates of this rig spill put it at about 1,000 barrels a day, but new estimates from the US Coast Guard put the figure more at 5,000. The spill is heading inland towards the coast and could spell for extreme disaster if it reaches it. Forces, both military and civilian are combating the spill, though given the immense size of the spill, efforts are hard.
This year marks the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. The tiger throughout the world is one of the most endangered animals in the world, with more tigers in captivity then in the wild. With this stunning fact one would think tiger tourism in the wild would be thriving, everyone trying to see the last tiger. But India recently has come out saying it will not allow tiger tourism anymore. This decision come their corrupt government. Their motive comes from tourism. If the tiger becomes extinct in their parks, then it will be publicly know. Without tourist they can theoretically say the tiger is still living when in fact it has gone extinct. This decision is in outrage by tiger conservationists who believe the only way to save the tiger is through well-managed eco-tourism. With the year of the tiger at hand, we will just have to wait and see what unfolds.
Cape Code, the ideal vacation spot for the political elite in the Northeast is going to become America's first offshore wind farm area. The project name, Cape Wind, will consist of 130 wind turbines and account for 75% of the power for the cape Code and nearby islands like Martha's Vineyard. Many people, mainly the Kennedy clan, are distraught at this project saying that it will take away from the beauty of the region, be bad for ships and marine life like the whales and many birds that frequent the area. America currently uses only 2% wind power for our total energy consumption, and project Cape Wind is the Obama administrations effort to turn to more green energy for America. Obama hopefully estimates if all goes according to plan, wind will account for 20% of America's energy in 20 years. For that figure we will just have to wait and see...
Well have a good one folks...remember, rise and rise again until lambs become lions......

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