Huge tankers or trucks can be a major cause of oil spill when transporting large volume of oil from one place to another. The damage caused by oil spill can be large and can take a long time to clean up. Oil pollution of the oceans can cause great damage to the environment in the form of air, land or water pollution.
If oil spills are wreaking environmental havoc, the threat of climate change is growing every day, and clean, renewable alternatives are available, why does oil still provide 40 percent of the world’s energy?
Fossil fuel companies are spending billions out of desperation to keep it that way, that’s why.
Oil companies pour millions of dollars into political campaigns, propaganda and lobbying so that they can delay progress on renewable energy and ensure their own profits. In 2014, the oil and gas industry spent a total of $142 million lobbying the U.S. government. And they’ve had no problem infiltrating the Trump administration, evidenced by former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson’s appointment as Secretary of State.
Deepwater Horizon – BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
On April 20, 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, operating in the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded and sank resulting in the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon and the largest spill of oil in the history of marine oil drilling operations. 4 million barrels of oil flowed from the damaged Macondo well over an 87-day period, before it was finally capped on July 15, 2010. Here we bring a tiny part of the effects of this disaster:
- 16,000 total miles of coastline have been affected, including the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
- Even though the gushing well was capped in July 2010, oil is still washing up on shores, which might cause long-term damages to people living in the area.
- Of the 400 miles of Louisiana coast, approximately 125 miles have been polluted by the oil spill.
- Over 8,000 animals (birds, turtles, mammals) were reported dead just 6 months after the spill, including many that were already on the endangered species list.
- Over 30,000 people responded to the spill in the Gulf Coast working to collect oil, clean up beaches, take care of animals and perform various other duties. As of 2012, the Gulf was still polluted with oil.
However, it’s time to put an end to these shocking calamities and instead invest in clean, sustainable renewable energy. We’ve got great opportunities today to build a cleaner energy system in time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change — and oil has no part in it. School strike is one of these chances we have to change the future. Today, children are known what is taking place to their future and have decided to leave their classes to strike against everything is destroying their future. Oil companies are one of the main targets for them and here our dear friend produced a clip, asking strikers about BP drilling acts…