We Have Met the Enemy of the Gulf Oil Spill and He Is Us

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We Have Met the Enemy of the Gulf Oil Spill and He Is Us

Why We're All Part of the Gulf Oil Spill Problem
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BP and Tony Hayward are the villains of the day. As the oil keeps spilling from the Deepwater Horizon into the Gulf it’s easy to hate them. As easy as it is to blame BP and Hayward though, I’ve got to say it isn’t all their fault. It’s our fault too. By continuing to burn oil in our cars and failing to find alternatives to oil in the decades since the 1970s oil shocks, we are all a part of this tragic story. We’re addicts, and like most addicts we’re having a hard time facing up to our addiction to oil. Here’s how to take positive action: Click Here to read more at Fast Company.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:07pm

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BP and Tony Hayward are the villains of the day. As the oil keeps spilling from the Deepwater Horizon into the Gulf it’s easy to hate them. Hayward has made it easier with his comments and his yachting expedition. And the culture of cutting corners and failing to prepare for or stop the spill. It seems increasingly clear that BP took unnecessary risks, frustrated by the length of time the drilling job was taking.  

As easy as it is to blame BP and Hayward though, I’ve got to say it isn’t all their fault. It’s our fault too. Not to let anybody off the hook, but by continuing to burn oil in our cars and failing to find alternatives to oil in the decades since the 1970s oil shocks, we are all a part of this tragic story. 
 
We’re addicts, and like most addicts we’re having a hard time facing up to our addiction to oil.  The first step is moving out of apathy and denial to admitting the problem. 
 
The next step is taking positive action with clean and renewable alternatives.  Here’s how: Click Here to read more at Fast Company.
 
Glenn Croston is the author of "75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make a Difference" and "Starting Green", and the founder of Starting Up Green, helping green businesses to get started and to succeed in every way.  You can also find him at www.EZGreenBiz.com

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Keywords: BP | Deepwater Horizon | Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill | Tony Hayward | renewable energy

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