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Who is to Blame for the Gulf Oil Spill?

by Heather Flournoy

An oil soaked bird struggles against the side of the HOS an Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

More than 4 million gallons of crude oil have entered the Gulf of Mexico since April 20. We can blame BP, Halliburton, our current administration, and TransOcean, and should be outraged. But it is time to acknowledge our part. WE create demand for that oil. It’s time to make some changes. We have the capacity to do this immediately.

Stop! What’s that sound? Everybody look what’s goin’ down. That Buffalo Springfield song is still appropriate, calling all of us to take a look beyond the headlines that are already back on celebrity affairs and other mind numbing ‘news’ that lets people forget that there is still oil gushing into the Gulf wreaking uncertain short and long-term environmental and economic destruction.

Those 2,000+ gallons per day of oil spewing out of the 1 mile deep drill hole in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico have a lot to do with our town. We helped create the demand for that oil. We can stop it. Stop needless consumption this week. Make changes over the coming months that will further decrease demand. Speak out. Educate ourselves on what we consume that is creating the demand.


This week:
If the oil spill were headed directly to our town, you can bet you’d be organizing already. We have got to stop offshore drilling, and drastically reduce our community’s demand for oil and gas. Call friends and neighbors, even if you don’t know them. Talk about in in the coffee shop. Talk about carpools. Find out what’s possible. Engage in a conversation. Start emergency organization: Organize a conference call or dinner to talk about what can be done in your area. We have a choice whether or not we stand for blatant destruction of our environment on our shores (or anywhere).

Rideshare. Adjust your schedule to accommodate the train or local bus, or go online to  Put up signs at the supermarket or farmer’s market or on the community bulletin board or on your Facebook page looking for rideshares to and from work, for your shopping trips.

Bike it. If 200 local people took to the streets on bicycles and called the town government demanding safe roadways for bikes we’d have it done within the year. Get out your bike this week. This Saturday morning bike to the farmer’s market, to the village of Katonah, Bedford, South Salem, Pound Ridge, North Salem, or your own town, or to the train station. Wear bright colors. Put a sign on your back saying you’ve f#@% had enough of oil spills and excuses!

Teens–use the bus. Parents- make a zero tolerance policy for driving to school. You have buses running.  The rest of the world is paying for unnecessary miles you and your are teens creating. Schools- instill emergency shut down for teen driving to school. The impact of this one measure around the country would be enormous. There is no longer any reasonable argument for this structure when you have buses, and carpools.

Switch to Windpower–Get our your energy bill. If you are in NY, CT or NJ click here right now to find out how you can buy 100% wind or solar energy. No excuses. The average $7-$12 per month extra is just our part of the puzzle. Opt in right now. NY has the potential to supply 80% of it’s own electricity demands with wind and solar in the next 2 years. We’ll talk next week about installing your own system to heat hot water.

Get to your Farmer’s Market: Buy locally produced food, and save thousands of miles of transportation used to deliver the food you buy in supermarkets that comes from around the globe and is dependent on a complex and vast warehousing and shipping infrastructure scheme.

UP NEXT: What You Can Do In The Next Months to Drastically Reduce Oil and Gas Consumption

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About Heather Flournoy

I am a writer, social media connoisseur, environmentalist and professional marketer. My personal blog is and my professional website is I love people's stories, and a passionate cultivator of connections, both for myself and helping others to connect. Tell me who you are, what your story is, and I'll tell you who you should talk to. In my own view, I know some of the most interesting, colorful and profound people in the world. You know who you are. Besides all the above, I am proud to say I am a working class single mother who raised a beautiful daughter. I connect deeply with animals, especially horses. I love music, coffee shops, farmer's markets, growing my own food, sustainable agriculture, broad thinkers, the healing arts, and dive diners.


2 thoughts on “Who is to Blame for the Gulf Oil Spill?

  1. Even before the oil spill: “nitrogen from synthetic fertilizer coupled with runoff from animal confinement feedlots has created an algal bloom dead zone the size of the state of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico” from The Omnivore’s Dilemma

    Posted by katonahgreen | May 11, 2010, 11:26 am
  2. Want to really create a way to wean ourselves off oil? Get involved with the Transition Movement. Here in Westchester county, Transition Westchester ( ) is screening a film you need to see, this weekend!

    ‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humor, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused and fun.

    Last film of the Transition Westchester Spring Film Series. There will be a discussion group after the film. Admission is free, donations accepted.
    See for more information.

    Time: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
    Place: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester, 236 South Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
    Time: Sunday, May 16, 2010, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
    Place: First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

    Posted by Dr. Susan Rubin | May 11, 2010, 5:52 pm

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