We Need To Clean up Our Oil Act and Introduce Transportation Alternatives – Bicycle-Pedestrian Infrastructure, Trains, Trams, Battery Operated Public Buses 

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/health-sapping.htmlSatellite Maps created by NASA documenting the unseen air pollution killer.

I was reading this article in the New York Times about the massive oil that has leaked in the Gulf of Mexico after hurricane Ida, and the regularity of leaks springing from both active and inactive/abandoned oil pipelines and platforms there.

After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi Sept. 26, 2021

“There are some important caveats. NOAA’s satellite tracking effort started years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which triggered a series of spills that ultimately released about 10 million gallons into the Gulf, the same amount of oil as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off of Alaska. It also doesn’t cover BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010, which spewed more than 120 million gallons of oil, the biggest offshore oil spill in United States history. (At the time, NOAA did engage in an experimental effort to use satellite imagery to track the oil’s spread.)”

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi Sept. 26, 2021

“The spills caused by Hurricane Ida have brought more damage to a shoreline made fragile from decades of oil and gas drilling. One of the slicks was very near the East Timbalier Island National Wildlife Refuge, an ecologically-rich part of a barrier island chain. “We won’t know the true ecological impact for a while,” said Scott Eustis, community science director at the New Orleans-based nonprofit, Healthy Gulf, who has long studied the effect of oil and gas drilling on Louisiana’s wetlands. Some scientists have said the island is too far gone to save.”

“On Aug. 30, even as the thick slicks spread their way across the water, the Biden administration moved to lease more than 80 million acres in the Gulf for new oil and gas production. “

Lawsuit Filed After Biden Opens 80 Million Acres of Gulf of Mexico for Oil

https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/lawsuit-filed-after-biden-opens-79-million-acres-of-gulf-of-mexico-for-oil-2021-08-31/

Just days ago, ‘Major’ Oil Spill Off California Coast Threatens Wetlands and Wildlife was written for the New York Times by Neil Vigdor, Melina Delkic.

“Mayor Kim Carr of Huntington Beach, CA said “the responsible parties” to blame for the spill should “do everything possible to rectify this environmental catastrophe.” She added that officials were looking at measures “to make sure that they are held accountable for this.”

In the meantime, we receive new like this.

And the United States of America remains car-centered. Why do we continue to ignore this?

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/29/1041393172/u-s-says-ivory-billed-woodpecker-and-more-than-20-other-species-have-gone-extinc

Perhaps it’s Ecological Amnesia: Life Without Wild Things

“E.O Wilson on the protection of Half-Earth for biodiversity: “There are ways to stop [mass species extinction] and I think we’re going to have to start talking about big changes in how much of the Earth’s surface we put aside for nature just to keep it from going extinct in a very short period of time. And I’m in a group of scientists working very hard on that part right now.”

STORY: Mass Species Extinction and Wilding the Wilderness

Perhaps it’s because the majority of humanity are so distanced from caring about all the other lives with whom we share our planet, because of our anthropocentrism.

Eileen Crist: Confronting Anthropocentrism

The answer? Change not just our diets and lifestyles, but specifically our Transportation.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo eventually wants to make Paris a mostly car-free city, part of a much wider push by leaders around the globe to rethink the car’s place in the urban landscape. Her next big initiatives, in addition to Ville Du Quart D’Heure (city of fifteen minutes), include following up on her plan to ban diesel cars by 2024 and fuel cars by 2030 within city limits, and a coalition of local cycling associations plans to release a proposal to extend the city’s bike network into the suburbs.

It’s all part of her wider climate policy, which includes providing subsidized public transit for children, expanding public transit, and greening the city with new parks and urban forests.

But Hidalgo’s key message—that seriously addressing climate change can also improve your quality of life by cutting air pollution and getting more people out of cars—is one more and more leaders should echo. McLeod says that conversation linking climate change and transportation, especially given the partisan divide on environmental policies in the U.S., is making it harder to make that kind of infrastructure push underway in Paris.”

“Parisians have heeded the call: A million people in a metropolis of 10 million are now pedaling daily. And Paris now ranks among the world’s top 10 cycling cities.”

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