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BP oil spill provides reason for Cap and Trade

BP Oil Spill

BP Oil Spill

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has turned into an ecological disaster in which very few people have seen the direct results of its damage.  Views of the loss of wildlife, for example, have been carefully protected from media release.  Although British Petroleum have shelled out billions of dollars toward stopping the flow of oil, the beautiful shores of the Gulf are seeing tarballs wash ashore.  What is more disappointing, is what you are not seeing.

This photo was sent to me from a friend showing a fish covered in oil.  Mother Nature has a way of cleaning up such disasters, but the effects of the BP spill could last for years.   Several years ago, an oil spill, five times larger than the BP flow, was completely cleaned up when one hurricane swept through the region.  It is what Mother Nature does.

Although it could take one act of nature to do the job, there is no way to bring back the loss of wildlife that is taking place due to the spill.  Drilling for oil is vital for our way of life.  However, offshore drilling becomes much more complicated, the further out into the Gulf that the platforms are placed.  BP would have had no problem stopping the flow of oil if they had been in a few thousand feet of water, instead of drilling in five thousand feet.

This disaster has now set the stage for the Obama administration to forge ahead with their cap and trade program.  With oil companies holding billions of dollars of carbon credits and ready to trade,  they are now behind the push for the cap and trade, which will only be another financial disaster for America.

The recession that we have just gone through, and that we are still going through, is not over.  If cap and trade is enacted, we can all expect another swarm of recession to hit again, sometime in 2011.  However, this time around, the recession will be even worse than before.

Instead of using the BP oil spill disaster to create another disaster, the main focus should be made to stop and clean up the environmental spill first.  There will be plenty of time for blame later.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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