Oil Spills and Leaks Happen Daily across U.S.
A six month CBS News investigation found that spills of crude oil and toxic chemicals last year alone were three times the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill. CBS News collected reported incidents for 2010 at wells and pipelines from three federal agencies and 23 of 33 oil and gas producing states. Not counting the BP disaster, we found at least 6,500 spills, leaks, fires or explosions nationwide - that's 18 a day. Overall, at least 34 million gallons of crude oil and other potentially toxic chemicals were spilled. That's triple the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. Poisoned drinking water. Dead wildlife, destroyed land, illness, injury, and people being forced from their homes. CBS News Video Oil Spill Cleanup Equipment
It cost a "staggering" $76.6 billion to cover the health expenses of American children who were sick because of exposure to toxic chemicals and air pollutants in 2008, according to new research by senior scientists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
California could save $7.2 billion in healthcare costs -- and prevent more than 400 premature deaths -annually if the state adopts a 64 miles- per-gallon equivalent fuel economy standard, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Lung Assn. in California.
What would be more inspiring then to begin the age of restoration,
reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us? (Edward. O. Wilson)
You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won't help,
but that is no excuse, you must still act. (Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)
Non violence does not mean acceptance but resistance.
Not waiting, but acting. To be neutral and passive is to collaborate (Howard Zinn)
Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find. (Quoted in Time)
Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
(William Ruckelshaus Business Week, 18 June 1990)
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.
Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.
Otherwise what is there to defend?
(Robert Redford , Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985)
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
(Native American Proverb)
Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. (Arapaho)
We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth. (Shenandoah)
So bleak is the picture... that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out
to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century.
(Philip Shabecoff, New York Times Magazine, 4 June 1978)
Opie, you haven't finished your milk. We can't put it back in the cow, you know.
(Frances Bavier, Aunt Bee Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show)
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.
The activist is the man who cleans up the river. (Ross Perot)
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own
government to save the environment. (Ansel_Adams)
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
(Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society)
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together.
All things connect. (Chief Seattle, 1855)
Every day is Earth Day.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." (Mahatma Gandhi)
Some men see things as they are and say why?
I dream of things that never were and say why not?
The time is out of joint: O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!
A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty. (Albert Einstein,1950)
Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he'll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years. (Charles Haas)
U.S. consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet every three months; enough iron and steel to continuously supply all automakers; enough glass to fill New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.
(Environmental Defense Fund advertisement, Christian Science Monitor, 1990)
You go into a community and they will vote 80 percent to 20 percent in favor of a tougher Clean Air Act, but if you ask them to devote 20 minutes a year to having their car emissions inspected,
they will vote 80 to 20 against it. We are a long way in this country from taking individual responsibility for the environmental problem.
(William Ruckelshaus , former EPA administrator, New York Times, 30 November 1988)
" We never know the worth of water 'til the well is dry."
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives". (Sioux)
"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water"
You have to learn to understand the soil, what it needs and what it offers.
The earth is our mother and she’s the reason why we are all here.
Take care of her and she’ll take care of you.
And please don’t mind the occasional outbursts from Mother Nature,
she’s just reminding us that we should never take Life for granted."
Thank You Mom...(Howard Polley)
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