TOPIC: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico involved energy source (non-renewable resource) of oil that pervades our society from cars, to plastics to our food production. As the oil spill unfolded there was discussion of usage of chemistry additives that will drop the surface spill to the bottom. Additives are usually not the most environmentally friendly products (i.e. toluene-yes Google it) which makes the “chocolate pudding” out of oil, which due to increased density sinks . Other suggestion includes burning the oil. 

1) Here we have classic short term vs. long term approaches. What is the best overall sustainable approach to dealing with a disaster like the Deepwater Horizon spill? Include what impact does this oil have on the nutrient cycles of the Gulf of Mexico? Include the 10% rule (10% of Developed nations consume 90% of all materials) in your answers. Does this discussion make you reconsider your lifestyle (driving everywhere, plastic bottles, Banannas in Feb)?

2) Consider both a typical Western view AND a Deep Ecology worldview of this oil spill. What might have happened if this accident had happened in a place like Jakarta, Indonesia?

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