Today is Exxon Valdez Remembrance Day


Cleaning up Exxon's mess. Photo: Public domain.
Time Magazine: "some parts of the world are too precious to be risked for a few million barrels of oil."
Time magazine also has an article about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The most powerful passage is in the conclusion:

[As] soon as the world economy recovers, so will demand for oil and the pressure to drill offshore in Alaska. And that pressure will surely only grow as climate change causes the Arctic ice to recede. But that is precisely the lesson that must be remembered from the Exxon Valdez: that some parts of the world are too precious to be risked for a few million barrels of oil. "This place was a Shangri-la of the Arctic, a very special place," says Williams. "And today it's lost."

The Associated Press: "It's like a death in the family"
The Associated Press talked to a fisherman about the Exxon Valdez oil spill:

"It's like a death in the family," the 70-year-old fisherman said of the Exxon Valdez disaster. "With time it gets a little better, but the pain never really goes away. Until this generation passes on, I don't think it will ever really be over."
Smith is among the scores of residents of Cordova and other communities whose lives were forever changed on March 24, 1989.

Indeed, the Exxon Valdez oil spill was a disaster for plants and animals, but also for the people who lived in the area.

Huffington Post: Three Lessons We Still Haven't Learned 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
The Huffington Post has a piece by J.S. McDougall about lessons we haven't learned yet, according to him.

It can be summarized by his subtitles: 1. Big Energy Means Big Energy Corporations. 2. Corporations Will Not Clean Up After Themselves. 3. We Must Build Our Own Future

You can read the whole thing here (it includes footage from 1986).

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