Friday, November 11, 2011

Health Costs of Oil

Which insights on the Health Costs of Oil best  illuminate the irrational quest for oil ?  What was surprising?

Will R   --
Will C --
Victoria  --
Hannah  ---
Please provide useful feedback to your classmates by November 18.


  1. Will C. -

    I had no idea that petroleum based products play such a huge role in our daily lives! I thought you had several great points, but I particularly liked what you said about convenience. I definitely agree that convenience has become the American way, and that it will lead us to our downfall. I also thought you made a smooth connection between your topic and whaling. Overall, I thought your Flipsnack was engaging and very applicable to our lives. (Layne Whitted)

  2. Will R.-
    You did such a good job connecting the oil industry to whaling throughout your essay. I especially liked the connection between the try works and the burning of hydrogen sulfide gas. I also like the idea you brought up about America "knowingly risking the health of human kind" and whether oil is worth that risk. I had no idea oil rigs had such tremendous effects on people in other places, like Alabama. (Molly Morrison)

  3. Victoria,

    You touched upon the many issues that correspond with oil — government subsidies, economic stability, exploitation of remote locations, and environmental costs — all the while connecting it to whaling. I especially liked that you said there are no "quick fixes" to oil spills. I know they are extremely devastating to ecosystems, but I was surprised to find out that oil spills were just as harmful during the "golden age" of whaling. In my reserach, I realized that after the oil spill of 2010, BP took to television, creating a social media campaign that was nothing but a marketing ploy. No matter how much companies say they do not have ill intentions, the truth is, until we stop our dependence on oil, they will always be crude (pun intended).


  4. Hannah, From Chris

    Wow, that was enlightening. Not even kidding, I really liked the end of your article when you referenced Michael Watts. It kind of touched on my topic in the project, consumerism and consumer attitude's toward oil. How you said addiction is modernly defined as "the loss of personal and social control" really explains to me why it is hard for people to leave their lives of addiction, if it were oil or shopping. They can't help it. That's really interesting and I'll be using it in my project.

  5. Hannah, I think you did a really nice job on your article. You provided strong opinions on the increasing consumption of oil. However, you also really spoke through the evidence you chose to support the idea that our oil consumption has serious, negative, long-term effects. The section that lists all the different items in which oil is used today can really hit home with a lot of people. By learning about the long term effects of the oil industry and connecting it to items of our everyday lives, ones that we don't always think of their origins, was very effective. Overall, it was interesting and pretty chilling to read! (Krista M)

  6. Kamin,

    Your introduction grabbed my attention instantly and was extremely well-written. Your thesis was also very persuading, similar to mine about corporate interests — that we, as society, are directly contributing to our demise. I liked that you assessed the differences between the pursuit of whale oil and our dependence on petroleum — it was interesting to read that during the nineteenth century, we were unaware of the exploitation of natural resources and that's why we continued to use this non-renewable resource. What I got out of your paper was a critical commentary on humanity: If we knowingly risk the health of American society, why do we continue to rely on such a finite and detrimental source?


  7. Kamin,

    I really like the intro and how you draw a parallel of our past behaviours with whaling to our new behaviours now as a society with health effects. You really take the time to flesh out these ideas and draw parallels in many different places that were very interesting. I also thought it was interesting how you showed that humans use all of these convient things that are immediate gratification but don't think about how it will effect them in the long run. It really makes me wonder if humans will realize the effect they are having on their heath from fossil fuels and when they do, will they change their habits and give up some comfort and connivence. (James Rabjohns)


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