Mexican Leaders Dither as Gulf Oil Disaster Accelerates: Excelsior, Mexico
The United States isn’t the only country confronting ecological and political crisis because of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. According to this article by columnist Yuriria Sierra of Mexico’s Excelsior newspaper, Mexico’s government, along with every other oil-dependent nation, is: ‘watching with arms crossed while the fauna, flora and ecosystems of the sea, which give us so much and from which we take so much, are beginning to die.”
For Excelsior, Yuriria Sierra writes in part:
It’s already the worst oil spill in the history of the United States. But its proximity to our country hasn’t been reason enough for Mexican authorities to keep a closer watch on the Gulf of Mexico to prevent any damage that may obviously occur.
Yet both the Mexican Navy and the Secretary of Environment agree that the ocean currents, which up to now have been so kind to the Mexican coast, particularly those closest to the U.S. in the state of Tamaulipas, will only flow in their current direction until August. After that point, the currents may be dangerous for Mexico and its coasts. But we must also take into account global warming, which has made a vague memory of the proper seasons; the climate now behaves according to its own whims, and one can’t make reliable forecasts. That’s one reason for us to act now – and not wait until the arrival of the oil slick is imminent. It is outrageous that the Mexican government seems unable to prevent a catastrophe, the onset of which is slowly approaching 24 hours a day. It’s outrageous that the government should be unable to defend our territory from an ecological assault that should be on its list of priorities.
But ultimately, the most important thing is not what British Petroleum does or doesn’t do; it’s that the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and all of the oceans, belong to the world! We’re talking about a major ecological tragedy that all of the world’s governments, particularly those countries that produce oil, are washing their hands of with the most outrageous pettiness. They watch with their arms crossed while the fauna, flora and ecosystems of the sea that give us so much and from which we take so much, are beginning to die. And OPEC? What shameful silence … Most likely because, due to the spill, oil prices will again go through the roof …
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