Archive for October, 2010


October 7, 2010

In the debate over the nation’s energy future, concern over an oil-fouled Great Lakes could tip the balance here.

We learned today of yet another oil spill, this time in Lake Huron and fouling about 300 yards of beach at the state park in Cheboygan, Michigan. We don’t yet know the source or even if it’s been completely stopped. Below is a news release from NWF’s Beth Wallace, who is coordinating NWF’s Great Lakes oil spill responses (and who would have thought we would need to do that every few weeks??). Coming on the heels of the Enbridge pipeline rupture, which spewed 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries, isn’t it time to put our foot down and say, “Enough!!”?

Oil is a hazardous material. It’s toxic to people, to plants, to wildlife… to just about all living things. Yet right now we are forced to use it, to ship it, to pipe it, to keep our vehicles moving and our economy running. Even when shipping and piping it is hurting us, even when importing it brings us war and terrorism, even when the emissions it produces are warming the planet and mortgaging our children’s future.

What’s so frustrating is that there are much, much cleaner energy alternatives that would significantly reduce our reliance on oil. Solar, wind, geothermal energy; electric (and high mileage) vehicles; energy efficient (and money-saving) appliances; public transportation. We’re not going to stop using oil any time soon. But right away we can reduce oil consumption, reduce transport, reduce imports — and doing so will make our nation safer and healthier. Moving to clean energy would also bring Michigan some much–needed jobs in the process.

This latest spill is a wakeup call. Enough!