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  •  What did Tom Wicker say about trusting Exxon? Oh. (4+ / 0-)
    Similarly, the lesson of the Alaska oil spill is more, not less protection of the only world we have to live in. At the least, the Exxon Valdez disaster means Congress cannot legitimately open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge - as it has been about to do - to oil explorations. Not only would that have undesirable effect on the refuge itself; it threatens more disasters like the spill in Prince William Sound.

    The oil companies, naturally, will protest that they can prevent such spills in the future, or contain their effects. But that's what they said 15 years ago when a tanker route to the West Coast was chosen over a trans-Canadian pipeline for North Slope oil. If they did know how to avoid or minimize spills, a dubious proposition, they grew complacent over the years, a tendency always to be expected.

    President Bush says oil drilling in the wildlife refuge has to proceed because we need the oil. But we need the refuge, too, and the wildlife - both parts of the great ecological chain that makes the planet habitable and both irreplaceable. Oil that remains in the ground, however, can be replaced if there's the human will to do it - which is what a President needs to encourage at this crucial time in human history.Tom Wicker---NY Times April 4, 1989

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:33:56 AM PDT

    •  This Exxon pipeline rupture is another reason... (4+ / 0-)

      Exxon remains on my personal boycott list, as it has since the Exxon Valdez. It's good to have a long memory--big oil would wish you didn't.

      But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

      by dewtx on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:10:51 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for that! (2+ / 0-)
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      I lived in Anchorage for all ofthe 70's...the pipeline haydays; met so many ppl working at the North Slope and got to see the pipeline itself. You could stand on the side of the road and hear the oil rushing through, eerie and scary, I envisioned disastrous spills. Anyway, we were big into camping and fishing and knew Prince William Sound as one of the most beautiful places on earth and oh man, the seafood!! I was so sickened by that spill and those images just filled me with so much anger. I've boycotted Exxon-Mobil for many years.

      •  I have friends in Alaska who worked on the spill (1+ / 0-)
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        for many months, "cleaning" oil from rocks with hoses and glorified napkins. They saved me a bottle of Exxon Valdez goo.

        Seven years later I went kayaking among the islands and fjords of western Prince William Sound---many, many miles from Valdez, and it was very easy to find lumps of oily goo among the rocks. I'm sure it's still there.

        Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

        by willyr on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:16:46 PM PDT

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