Brian Black reflects on the video feed of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead leaking beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Problems with the response to the spill and the disturbance of the Gulf's delicate ecosystem draw similarities between this disaster and Hurricane Katrina. The live video feed arrived on viewers' television or computer screens through the use of a series of complex undersea tools. As the video moved forward, Americans' memory of the oil and gas plumes flowing across the live video feed might serve as the touchstone of the more complex causes of this accident. The live video feed suggests the present generation is all too aware of two looming realities. One of the realities is that the supply of petroleum will end, and that use of it is damaging the Earth and the creatures living on it, including humans.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)