Michele Kearney's Environmental Blog -
Environmental degradation and waning natural resources including energy resources threaten U.S. security. And the loss of renewable natural resources, including forests, fresh water, fish and fertile soils, can drive political instability and conflict in the developing world, and around the globe. In short, natural resoures, energy and the environment are national security issues.
'This is no eulogy for the Gulf" writes Rowan Jacobsen in the opening pages of "Shadows on the Gulf." Adopting a sort of defiant cheerfulness, the author offers to take readers on a tour of places unaffected by the 2010 BP oil spill, those lovely lands of grass and water and shimmering light, of tight-knit communities of fishers and bayou dwellers that dot the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. "Most of the Gulf Coast has not been touched by the oil spill," Mr. Jacobsen reports, "and is beautiful and vital as ever."