Oil tankers generally don't run aground on charted rocks. But the Exxon Valdez did and Alaskans waited 20 years for the Supreme Court to finally award 10 cents on the dollar. When I walked across a beach in Prince William Sound two years ago, my boot prints filled with a sheen of oil.
They certainly never have before, and no one else has either. Today, you can buy a MacBook Pro with a gigabyte hard drive. Between the two largest spills in America, Apple's technological growth was phenomenal. Yet there was no change to oil spill response technology; same wimpy booms and same dispersants that are more toxic than crude oil. Generally, accidents don't happen, but when they do, it doesn't matter whether you believed it could happen or not.
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More than million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. Two years later, the Gulf is still reeling, both ecologically and economically.
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There won't be a full recovery in either of our lifetimes. The th Congress introduced oil spill-related bills and exactly ZERO of those bills were enacted into law. The time to act is before a spill, not after. A cup of prevention is worth million gallons of cure. President, your administration missed an opportunity. So open ANWR, set a time limit -- say 10 years -- and step up the oversight. Shut down arctic drilling. You can't control a spill in water or under ice.
I know Shell has a rig on the way. You still have time to cut them off at the pass. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. An open letter to President Barack Obama: President, As a woman who worked very hard to make sure your last opponents were not elected -- walking door to door in the snow on your behalf, registering more than a thousand Alaskans to vote, exposing Palin in the national media, etc.
But the Arctic is too risky to insure. And this is only the beginning, I know. You will do great things. So please allow me to present you with ten, rather personal notes I wrote to thank you for what you have done for me.
I still remember fondly how magnificent you looked when you first announced your presidential bid. Your words still ring like melody in my ears. Instinctively, I knew already that day I was witnessing a miracle, history in the making. Not many of us have had that luck lately. Politics has become either the sphere of boredom or the harbour of crooks and liars; but you changed everything. It has been 80 years or more since the world at least in Europe has seen true great leaders like you, with your magnetic features and inspired vision.
I know I am not American, but I feel like one today. Thanks to you, finally I know what to really think of women, how to grab them, how to talk to them and how to charm them. Can you believe, my dear President-elect, these women today? They are confused, they no longer know their rightful place.
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The media and all those university big wigs have put in their heads the most hideous nonsense: Some even want the same pay as us! Others demand birth control and we must pay for it? They want to wear pants, they want to argue with their men as often as they like, they refuse to cook us dinner any more … it has been a disaster for years. As if they are equal to us, men. Some of them are so crazy, they even dare to imagine themselves as Commander in Chief.
Can you imagine a more ridiculous dream? A woman with the nuclear codes, that would be the day! Thanks for teaching me that being unqualified for the job is not a weakness, but a strength. I used to be afraid of my lack of working experience, but now I know it is a strength we should all be proud of. The world is wrong, you showed us. Next time my job application is rejected with the lame excuse that I lack experience, strengthened by your glorious example, I will scream back at them: My inexperience makes me better than anyone you have here flipping burgers.
So hire me, or I sue you, losers. Thanks for showing me that all this talk about multiculturalism, diversity, respect for others, is just utter nonsense. Political correctness is for cowards. Why should we be ashamed of what we think of them, all of them, even that journalist that you mocked so brilliantly? They are not like us, especially those Muslim people. Have you seen how they treat their women? You know what some of those crazy Muslim countries have done in the past?
They have elected women as their leaders. They must have gone nuts. This talk of help, love thy neighbour, is just weak. Thanks to you, now I shall not be ashamed, ever again, to say it aloud, proudly and bigly: I never understood much about politics, but now I feel like I could become a politician if I wanted.
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You have truly, deeply, bigly inspired me. I learned so much from you.
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Thanks for showing me that all a politician needs to succeed is a good story, not a complicated one. Better if it is a one-line story that can fit in a tweet, repeated many times. This idea that you must know something well before you speak your mind is a conspiracy of the establishment to control us.
We must rebel, there is nothing wrong in saying what one feels, even if it contradicts some of the stuff others call facts. What are these facts, anyway? The internet is all we need. Did you see yesterday? You showed me that even with knowing only about words in total, the sky is the limit. I could still become president of the United States if only I was born there! I learned a lot from you.
Thanks for showing the world that conspiracy theories are real, and those who talk about them are enlightened citizens. I used to be so ashamed of what I thought, but now I no longer feel that way.
Thanks for teaching us about women
And, you know what, this world is just a computer simulation. I read it on the internet. Because of you they want to reboot it. We must stop them. It is true, I will send you the link. I hope you tweet about it, it will help our cause.