On April 20, a BP drilling rig on the Gulf Mexico exploded, causing the largest oil spill in the history of the United States. The oil rig was leased to BP by Transocean, and Halliburton was working on sealing off the well before the blast. Everyone pointed fingers, and accusations flew back and forth. An entire investigation has been launched, but that is the least of our worries.
Every day, 12,000 to 25,000 barrels worth of oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. Animals wash up on shore black as night because they are covered in oil. The beaches that were once white from sand have turned black. The thought reminds me of good versus evil. It appears that this evil is trying to consume everything, but what can we do to stop it?
The oil continues to spill as the government plays the blame game. Our dependence on oil has led to the destruction of nature. Look at us now; we are all greedy and selfish. We pretend to love the world, but all we love is money. Money and power. What are our values, where have they gone? This oil spill is just another example of how our obsession with power, money, and oil is going to ruin our world. As a 14-year-old girl, this does not seem so great.
We need to fix this oil spill together, as a unified whole. Everyone coming together for a good cause, even if there is no money or power to gain. Better yet, we should find a way to end our dependence on oil, because it is tearing our nation apart. Right now, the evil is not BP or Transocean or Halliburton. The evil is us, every one of us, because we are greedy and self-centered and we cannot see the bigger picture. If we do not end this egotistical need for more fuel, more money, more control, just more, then there will be nothing left on Earth but us. Think of how bleak a future that truly is.
The writer is a student at North Harford Middle School.