President to Address Nation on BP Oil Catastrophe

With the BP oil disaster in the Gulf reaching epic proportions, President Obama will be visiting Alabama, Mississippi and Florida today, and plans an Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night, MSNBC reports.

The partially contained leak is now believed to be as much as 40,000 barrels per day — previous estimates were much lower — and oil is beginning to come ashore as far away as Florida.  If the true extent of the still unfolding disaster was unclear before, the grim polluting of Pensacola’s beautiful white sands this last week leaves little doubt that the Gulf faces an event of unprecedented magnitude.

You can view BP’s live video feed of the leak here.

One possible positive outcome from this disaster may be a heightened awareness of environmental issues.  I know that as I’ve read a book on England’s anti-technology, machine-smashing Luddite movement of the early 19th century during the last couple of weeks, I’ve again and again been reminded of how our thirst for petroleum has brought us to the brink of self-destruction and wondered if Americans didn’t need something like a neo-Luddite movement of their own.

If you’d like to learn more about environmentalism, the Green Movement, sustainability and conservation, please keep in mind that Greensboro Public Library has lots of books which may interest you.  Here are just a few recent titles:  True Green Life in 100 Everyday Ways by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin; Shift Your Habit:  Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet by Elizabeth Rogers with Colleen Howell; S is for Save the Planet:  A How-to-be Green Alphabet by Brad Herzog (juvenile); Whole Green Catalog:  1,000 Best Things for You and the Earth, edited by Michael W. Robbins; Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living:  Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-conscious Life by Ed Begley; Green Guide Families:  The Complete Reference for Eco-friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella; Do One Green Thing:  Save the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker; Protecting the Planet:  Environmental Activism by Pamela Dell (juvenile); Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging:  My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action by Mike Roselle with Josh Mahan; True Green Kids:  100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (juvenile); A Passion for Nature:  The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster; Essential Muir, edited with an introduction by Fred D. White; and The Essential Green You: Easy Ways to Detox Your Diet, Your Body, and Your Life by Deirdre Imus. 

Also, please know that resources on the environment and conservation are a specialty of our Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch, located at beautiful Price Park.