The United States is way behind in in the race for alternative energy. China leads and we may have lost already. See the below article and the others for a good perspective on this and other issues.
While you guys are facing the worsening-by-the-day consequences of the BP spill, some interesting news came out of the European “oil patch” – ie the North Sea: UK’s offshore renewable energy could match one billion barrels of oil, report shows. The UK’s offshore renewable energy sector could generate electricity equivalent of one billion barrels of oil annually, matching North Sea oil and gas production, according to a new report. (that would be roughly 3 million barrels per day, ie about double current Gulf of Mexico production)
And there is more below. Who does the Coast Guard work for BP or us?
At Energy Boom:
CBS has footage of their reporters being turned away from a public beach in Louisiana where they were filming oil washing up on shore.”This is BP’s rules, it’s not ours,” someone aboard the boat said. Coast Guard officials told CBS that they’re looking into it.
More at Huffington Post:
As the Coast Guard is a branch of the Armed Forces, it brings into question how closely the government and BP are working together to keep details of the disaster in the dark. Furthermore, this may not be the sole incident of its kind. According to Mother Nature Network’s Karl Burkhart, his contacts in Louisiana have given him unconfirmed reports of equipment being turned away or confiscated.