Less than a year ago people were outraged about the huge event that was headlining in the news everywhere. This incident was called the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, and this spill kept many frightened and waiting for answers on the future. The BP oil spill significantly changed many lives, cost an abundance of money, and occurred because people were being careless on the job and not as aware as they should have been. April 20, 2010 was a day that many remember, but not for a respectable reason. On this particular day, there was an explosion in the rig that caused a huge fire causing eleven workers to die and leaving 17 hurt (Walsh 2).
High gas prices ruined the industry and crippled our economy. With unemployment skyrocketing at this time due to budget cuts and layoffs people began to spend less money and it hit our economy like a hurricane and created a ripple effect. General Motors, once the mightiest company in America,
The real factor that kills the people is the coal. It may not seem it but “coal kills the people who mine it, and when corporate polluters burn it – coal destroys our air, and shortens lives.” (Davies) So should the general public be harmed everyday when they decide to go for a jog in the morning? What can be done to prevent coal from being used? There are enough new gas-fired power plants under construction to supply nearly half of New England’s peak demand. “Two new gas pipelines are now operational, adding enough natural gas supply to New England to power all the new plants currently being built.” (Davies) We don’t get our power from a particular power plant, but from the web of power plants and transmission lines across the region called the “grid.” “These new plants will come on line over the next one to two years, to compete against the old, dirty units to supply our electric power.” (Davies) So using the gas pipelines is one way to cut down on the coal.
There are many negative effects of rising gas cutting back in vacation time, prices of everything is going up “inflation”, car companies making more efficient cars. First, many Americans are cutting vacation time because of higher gas prices. Families cannot afford the longer vacation because of the higher prices, especially during the holidays. Many small businesses get a direct hit from slower economy, because people are not spending money. For example, many families cutting back in a necessity like food, health insurance and even going out for some time.
There are many criticisms towards BP. Many of the major oil companies that operate in the Gulf of Mexico distanced themselves from BP and criticized the design of Macondo well which was the initial reason for the Because of the BP oil spill many of the working industries in the Gulf of Mexico were highly affected. Since a large portion of the marine life was affected a number of the oil fishing industries have been shut down. This is because the oil spill has caused mutations to start occurring in the water, thus creating problems for the future species. Fishing industries have had to shut down to prevent harm to any of their buyers.
A large-scale release of these materials can cause thousands of deaths and may poison the environment for many years. For example many industrial companies around the world cannot afford to enforce the strict pollution regulations set by many developed countries. This usually forces these types of companies to move to developing countries where pollution regulations are very lenient. These developing countries knowingly accept environmentally hazardous companies usually because they are in desperate need of employment. The harmful effects of these companies were clearly illustrated in the 1960s and 1970s when residents living near Minamata Bay, Japan, developed nervous disorders, tremors, and paralysis in a mysterious epidemic.
How bad can oil spilling be to the environment? Oil spills are bad for oceans, rivers, animals, fish, and birds that live in and around it. What we are going to go over is how they happen, how bad they are, and how they clean the mess up. “Oil spills are commonly occurred by the mistakes of men” (Oil Spills). The careless mistakes of bad maintains on vessels and equipment has played a part in a lot of oil spill accidents.”Some other oil spilling is when people do not want to pay for somebody to come and get it so they just dump it somewhere or some companies do the same thing” (Oil Spills.
For years coal has been used to generate electricity for America; however it has contaminated our country more than ever. Even though coal is a huge industry it is full of accidents and hazards; workers have died of suffocation, gas poisoning, and gas explosions. Strip mining destroys the beauty of nature while also displacing animals; not only does it destroy the habit of animals it ruins the soil preventing future wildlife to grow. A forest or mining site has to be completely destroyed in order to begin mining; less trees and unstable ground result in future mudslides in surrounding areas. Coal mining leads to dirty river water which cost people more money to clean and filter; if the area wasn't mined before it would be cleaner and free of harmful toxins.
All of these causes are effects of the human way of life. People have grown so careless that they don’t realize they are poisoning themselves. Water pollution needs to be considered more because it is something that will lead to several damaging effects in the near future. Oil pollution is such a big catastrophe because the spill contains a large quantity of oil within certain vicinity. The oil is so thick that it kills the entire marine life in that area.
There is nothing worse than not being able to breathe and working hard for ridiculous pay. The late night workers have to clean when the machines in the plants are still running. Workers have to dispose of the leftover junk in the plant consisting of "grease, fat, manure, leftover scraps of meat" (177). To make matters worse, while spraying the cle... ... middle of paper ... ...h and safety laws have been disregarded in the slaughterhouses, causing a number of deaths. Also, there is a great deal of corruption in the slaughterhouses where workers are being threatened or lied to, especially about their injuries.