I am not a conspiracy nut, nor am I jumping on the End of the World 2012 band wagon but folks I am really thinking that this oil leak will alter our planet and potentially can change the earth we know into a system unfamiliar.
Consider the too many rats experiments where Norway Rats were put in overcrowded cages and the resulting physical and behavioral problems. Human populations tend to follow the same patterns that rat populations do. Rats fought rats and resorted among other things to cannibalism. I am not suggesting we will resort to cannibalism but food is going to be scarce.
In the late 1700’s Thomas Malthus an economist) published an anonymous pamphlet in which he stated while populations grows geometrically (2, 4, 16) food sourced grow arithmetically (2, 3, 4) . Without any checks on population growth, i.e. war, disease, and natural disasters, the ultimate check would be famine.
A species is innately driven to survive. We Homo sapiens (Latin: wise or knowing man) at minimal require air, water and food to survive. As a species we also influence our environment. Lately, for the sake of argument , the past thousand years or so, we have not done such a good job of it IMHO.
Earths eco cycle in a simplistic explanation is the storage and movement of water between the area where life lives, the layer of gasses surrounding the planet, held there by gravity, the crust of our planet , and all the water on the planet.
Did you know that ~ half the oxygen on Earth is produced by phytoplankton the microscopic plant like organisms that live in the ocean? So the phytoplankton need sunlight and oil blocks the sun. Not good I am thinking. We already have enough dead zones (low oxygen content) due to humankind’s intervention. The microbes used to consume the oil would also add to the reduction of oxygen in the water, with effects being felt higher up the food chain.
Weeks ago scientists confirmed the spread of oil from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill at a depth of 3,300 feet and more than 46 miles from the disaster site. It is just gonna get worse. Call me negative, call me a naysayer, call me whatever you want but the further I research this further my mind heads toward the negative. It appears obvious that BP and some of the best minds in the world have NO IDEA ON HOW TO PLUG THE HOLE.
As I mulled this around my pea head I started wondering, wondering what if the problem is not plugging the hole because there is a leak somewhere else.
I was out in the backyard when one of the connections in the drip system came loose. Water was squirting out all over the place. I had to shut of the water valve in order to re connect the hose to the drip valve. What if the valve did not work? When I was setting the system up I left the plug out of the end of the line so that I could add the drip valves in along the line. I would put my thumb over the end of the line to test the drip valves.
What if capping the dang thing is doing this? Is there a leak further on down? When a city water or sewer pipe leaks unnoticed under a roadway eventually the roadway collapses down as the underground dirt gets cut away and there is not enough support for the land above. Will the ocean floor collapse?
Umm, less food, altered eco systems, more dead zones . …
Well if nothing else the oil leak has sure altered my minds thoughts and some of it has leaked out here.