I really could go on and on about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but it honestly speaks for itself. This is what happens when offshore drilling is practiced. There are major catasrophies that occur. They will continue to occur if offshore drilling continues—there is no preventing them because you’re drilling deep holes into a pressurized earth that reacts only by the laws of physics. When something creates a hole on something that holds a large amount of pressure, that pressure has to release somewhere.

Men have died, an ocean has been lit on fire, and a field of oil larger than the size of Jamaica is killing wildlife in it’s path as it bears down on the shores of Louisiana. As CNN reported the Coast Guard of saying,

For birds, the timing could not be worse; they are breeding, nesting and especially vulnerable in many of the places where the oil could come ashore,” she said. “The efforts to stop the oil before it reaches shore are heroic, but may not be enough. We have to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, including a true catastrophe for birds.

And of course birds aren’t the only animals in danger. It will also affect otters, plankton, shrimp, crabs, mussels, oysters, bluefin tuna, and even my favorite animals, dolphins. As the Coast Guard also said in the CNN report, “Some of them can get away,” Bossart said. “It’s totally dependent on the size of the slick, and this is huge.”

I could continue but there’s really an endless argument here. Offshore drilling will only continue to ruin our oceans and cause even larger problems in the long run. So why are we doing this off our coasts? Because we could’ve saved 210,000 gallons a day (and counting) of oil and, more importantly, lots of animals.

If you want some more info on the oil spill head over to Surfrider’s offshore drilling specific blog, oilonthebeach.blogspot.com or the New York Times debate on what this spill actually means. Because there is an endless amount of great information out there, but it all comes down to one thing:

DON’T POLLUTE MY OCEAN (you can help tell Obama and Congress to replace the offshore drilling moratorium here)