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Oil Rigs: More & Deeper in the Gulf of Mexico (1942-2005)
The time lapse video below shows the expansion in numbers and depth of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 1942 through 2005. This video shows not only the development of drilling technology, it shows the increasing consumption of oil by the USA.
As I watched the video, I was struck by the thought of Americans, including me, driving here and there, driving as we pleased, driving when we pleased. Maybe we took a causual drive to the lake, a sporting event, the mall, whatever our fancy was. This is the American Lifestyle.
There is an economic and ultimately an environmental cost for our actions, as harmless and inconsequential they may seem at the time. Big Oil is driven by Big Money, but American consumers create a significant portion of the demand for oil. The demand is not created just by driving around, but also by all the stuff we buy. Freight by air, sea, and land (truck & rail) consumes oil to get all our stuff to Wal-Mart and all the other stores we shop and buy at. We are devouring our environment for our pleasures.
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