Black Gold: The Danger of the Oil Industry Beyond the Environment

Black Gold: The Danger of the Oil Industry Beyond the Environment Written by Sara Moore The oil industry in Oklahoma sparks debates over climate change, causes earthquakes, and inspires Oklahoma Senators to bring snowballs into the US Capitol. However, environmental harm isn’t the only danger posed by the Oklahoman economy’s dependence on oil. On January 22nd, a violent explosion overwhelmed an oil rig in Eastern Oklahoma. It appears to be the deadliest oil accident since 2010. According to the Houston Chronicle, the victims included Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth; Cody Risk, 26, Wellington, Colo.; and Matt Smith, 29, McAlester,…

Flint: Two Years Later

Flint: Two Years Later Annemarie Cuccia Two years ago, news of a water crisis in Flint swept the internet. The response on social media could be called the beginning of the online activist age, with petitions and complaints going viral on Twitter. However, the world moved on, as Flint remained mired in corruption and plagued by poison. This is why, on January 5th of this year, Michigan Live published an article with the devastating title “Two years after Flint water emergency declaration, legislators call for action”. Incredibly belated reaction aside, the response indicates an unwillingness to act to benefit citizens,…

The American Government Needs to Go Green

The American Government Needs To Go Green Written by Allison Anker Op-Ed Global warming is a real threat that is growing everyday. Man-made pollution and other contaminants are invading our atmosphere, killing species, and raising global temperatures every single day. With a problem so real and aggressive, one might naturally assume our government is actively working to find a solution, but that couldn’t be farther from the case. Our government has decided to weaken environmental policies and pull out of some agreements that were in place to better the Earth, effectively reversing actions taken by prior legislature. One of President…