19 Apr '11, 2pm

The best way to prevent another #oilspill is to eliminate our dependency on oil

The best way to prevent another #oilspill is to eliminate our dependency on oil

One year after the largest peacetime oil spill in history, I am struck by how little our nation has done to reduce our oil dependence. The BP disaster killed 11 men. It oiled more than 1,000 miles of coastline and created a slick the size of South Carolina. It also cost fishermen $62 million in lost sales and more than $1.5 billion in lost tourism revenue to date. Yet one year later we are just as dependent on the stuff as we were before the BP spill—before America learned some of the dirty details about the risks energy companies were taking and the corners they were cutting in order to quench the nation’s thirst for oil. The BP spill will be back in the headlines this week, and we will hear once again about the bad judgment calls and lax government oversight that led to the blowout. But talking about the disaster without reflecting on America’s oil addiction is like talk...

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