The bright side of the Gulf Oil Spill
I’m trying to find something positive about the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Do you see any bright spots in this mess?
I’m trying to find something positive about the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. (This live video feed is kind of interesting to watch, but it doesn’t quell my uneasiness.) It’s not working, so I’ll steal something an upcoming author noted in a recent e-mail exchange (thanks, Grahame):
Britain might be considered responsible for the United States finally moving to a sustainable future when history books are written in 50 years.
I realize that history is often written by the winners, so here’s how the United States will come out a winner in this whole mess:
- Building owners and engineers will work harder and faster to incorporate alternative fuel sources. Several are already in play; solar and wind power will see an uptick.
- American will realize that we cannot be dependent on other countries’ companies to provide our natural resources in a wise manner, and we’ll become more dependent on U.S.-based companies who have a greater stake in the local environment.
- People and businesses who use oil in any form (gas for our cars, oil for vinyl, etc.) will learn that its supply has consequences. It doesn’t just get pumped out of a gas station or arrive in a nice barrel; its acquisition has a huge impact on the environment and its people.
- Laws will change that demand companies like BP be smarter in their oil acquisition. This will be costly up-front, but will ultimately be safer. A deep-well drilling moratorium already has been unveiled.
I’ve learned a lot about where our oil comes from. The U.S. Energy Information Administration keeps track of and shares the oil import levels. A lot more comes from our immediate neighbors than I realized.
But I’m looking for bright spots in this mess. Care to share your positive thoughts?
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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