It’s hard to believe that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico started back in April, and it’s even harder to take in the images of threatened ecosystems and wildlife (not to mention those live feeds of the continuously spewing pipeline). All attempts to stop the leak have failed so far, though perhaps today’s news of another try at capping the pipe will be more optimistic. But when you have Hollywood actors and directors being asked for their input, it’s easy to be a pessimist about the whole situation. If you’re wondering just how far-reaching the spill is, check out this interactive map at the NY Times website.
The discourse surrounding this disaster has led to the renewed debate between green energy sources and other methods of achieving energy independence. And what better source is there than your public library to learn a little bit more about oil and its alternatives?
Resources on the world of oil production and clean-up:
- Crude World: the Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maass.
- Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline by Lisa Margonelli.
- Sea Otter Rescue: The Aftermath of an Oil Spill by Roland Smith. This book from the 1990s is aimed at kids and explains how wildlife is rescued after an oil spill.
Resources about petroleum alternatives, including DIY home initiatives:
- Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy by Greg Pahl.
- Earth: the Sequel by Fred Krupp.
- Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternate Fuel: Everything You Need to Know — Coming soon! (It’s still on order at the Macon County Public Library.)
Don’t forget that you can search databases such as Academic Search Premiere and MasterFile on NC Live for journal articles and studies about current energy issues.
Or if you want to know more about those precious wetlands that are being affected, check out Holding Back the Sea: the Struggle for America’s Natural Legacy on the Gulf Coast by Christopher Hallowell.