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A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.
E.O. Wilson
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
E.O. Wilson

Now, more than three weeks after the initial spill, it’s possible to assess what the immediate impact of that spill will be. First, the good news: North Deer Island and Bolivar Flats did not experience significant oiling. In fact, most of Audubon’s 178 island sanctuaries along the Texas coast, which range in size from a quarter-acre to more than 100 acres, remained unscathed. A number of birds in the Galveston Bay area were oiled, but they encountered the slick in the open water, not in the sanctuaries themselves. Rather, much of the spilled oil traveled out into the Gulf of Mexico and migrated southwest down the Texas Coast. Oil made landfall at Matagorda Island, a barrier island some 120 miles away from Galveston. Its remoteness made cleanup and monitoring difficult: Matagorda is only accessible by boat, and because it has no roads, response teams had to use ATVs brought to the island by barge.

During the cleanup outside of Galveston Bay, crews bagged 219,025 pounds of oiled material, most of which came from Matagorda Island and Mustang Island, and recovered 77 deceased birds, including herons, terns, and shorebirds. In the end, two-thirds of the Texas Coast was affected by the disaster, from just northeast of Galveston down to North Padre Island, some 300 miles south.

If there are any positives to take out of this whole mess, it’s that the oil did not make it into marshes, nor did it sully the habitat for the critically endangered whooping crane, which is located just behind the Matagorda barrier island in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

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Antarctica as seen from space. Image credit: NASA

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Antarctica as seen from space. Image credit: NASA

Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) (Official Video) (by 4AD)

OK, minor deviation from the themes of my usual posts. But….I love most forms of music, and will listen to most anything. The song is terrific, and the video is fun. (Sort of fits my theme of deserts and horses.)

I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times, here, about a group from Baltimore called “Future Islands.” They played Coachella last weekend, and will play again this weekend at Coachella Weekend 2. They did Letterman last month.

Thursday night/Friday morning, they played at Pappy and Harriet’s, a traditional road house up in Pioneertown in the high desert, about 40 minutes from Palm Springs toward Joshua Tree. Sold-out. (Pappy is notorious in an excellent sort of way. Just before Future Islands came on, the Pixies did a set.)