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Long Term Consequences Of the Gulf Oil Spill

Updated on July 16, 2010

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is so huge that it may slow and stall the gulf stream which in turn could result in an ice age. The following scenario addresses this potential problem and ways the world could change, perhaps forever!

American Refugee Camp, Mexican Border

Christmas Eve 2014

We got word today US troops were clearing out Mexico City and within a few more months we will be able to move in and take over the available housing. I wonder what happened to the people who once lived there? Where did they go? What happened to them? No one is saying anything about that. And no one is asking anymore either. This is the price we will have to pay for survival.

Looking back, the year 2010 was the beginning of the end for me. People were talking about something big happening in 2012, and of course it did, but even if you talk to the people on the street today, they will tell you 2010 was the year it all started to unravel.

First, a huge earthquake hit Haiti followed by another powerful earthquake in Chile. That quake actually altered the rotation of the earth. Scary stuff, but of course, life went on, and people never dwell on stuff like that, they just want to get back to normal again.

And, life was getting back to normal, the world was fairly quiet when CNN told us that a huge oil leak was turning the Gulf of Mexico into the largest oil spill in history. Americans took notice, but not for long. People went on with their lives, the oil leak was a problem, but certainly our vast array of technological resources would take care of it.

Two months passed, then three more and the oil leak was still belching forth oil at an alarming rate. Nothing helped, everything was tried, because of the great depth, it became just about impossible to get the leak under control. And then, one day in early winter, the oil simply stopped! The well ran dry for some unknown reason. It was quickly capped and most Americans thought nothing more about the oil leak which would impact their lives for years to come in ways they could not even begin to imagine.

The Gulf of Mexico was simply filled with oil, it was everywhere. It was at every depth. Scientist warned that if the gulf streamed slowed, we could end up with a very cold and nasty winter. Within a week after that statement our worst fears came true.

Scientist confirmed that not only had the gulf stream slowed, the gobs of thick ugly oil had virtually shut it down. The gulf stream stopped, completely stopped! The world held its breath at the news, and when President Clinton appeared on TV, she was also in a state of shock, defeat in her eyes.

In spite of all the frantic efforts to clean up the oil, it was all for nothing. That giant conveyor belt in the ocean was now stalled and not only were we in for the worse winter of our lives, we were in for an ice age that might last for thousands of years into the future.

That first winter was brutal. All across north America and Europe people froze to death in their homes…looking back, they were the lucky ones.With the average temp at –10 below, there was no way to get in out of the cold. If people wanted to live they would have to flock to the south, and so it began. Millions of people were migrating to the southern climes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and no idea what they would do once they finally got there. Of course there were plenty of others who just stayed put. People like my family who had resources that the others did not. We had acres and acres of wood for our wood burning stoves, we had enough money to fill our LP tanks every other month if we had to.

And so we made it through that first winter and waited for spring to come, praying that it would. Scientists warned us that perhaps it would not, not with that stalled gulf stream. People prayed for a miracle. None came.

The summer of 2011 was the year without a summer. I remember it snowed on the 4th of July! We built a green house that summer and raised food that way. If worse came to worse, we could probably eke out a living somehow. It would be tough, but we felt we could do it.

Lots of other people felt the same way, and for a while, there was wild hope that our lives were going to get back to a normal state again. Somehow the US government would get the gulf stream moving again and all would be well.

The winter of 2011-2012 was even more brutal that the winter before. However, there was a huge difference, and that was the massive amounts of snowfall. Amounts never heard of until now. Storms dumping 6 feet of snow at a time were common place. Snows fell as far south as southern Mexico and there was not one warm place left in the northern hemisphere.

The great ice age had begun, and that first winter millions upon millions of people died when the heavy snows entombed their homes. They probably died peacefully lying in their own beds, beside those they loved the best. The cold seeped into their homes and they simply fell asleep never to awaken again.

At least people did not starve to death, and that was something. Starving to death is a bad way to go. Most had food, the government made sure of that. Even if it was only rice and beans, no one complained. For the first time in a very long time, Americans did not worry about losing weight. All those concerns seemed to be from a life lived in another place and another time, perhaps, it never even was. It was easy to think that all that went before was simply a wonderful dream. A dream world where there was the warmth of the sun and plenty of fattening food!

When spring broke again we decided that we would have to move south. We had all we could do, just to dig out of the snow that was piled on our house. With the roof caved in from the massive weight of the snow and ice, we were lucky to even be alive at all.

We waited and waited for spring to break, but it never really did. Finally on June 1st, we got in the Suburban and headed south. We left our farm behind, buried in a snow pack now close to 30 feet deep. The great glacier of the ice age was born! With each snowstorm adding more weight to it, it would grind to dust everything in its path, including the farm we had loved so much. The farm my great, great grandfather had started all those long years ago. I know the house and barns are no longer standing. Yet, they exist in my heart, and always will.

We traveled from one refugee camp to the next, all set up by the US government, but even the government would not be able to feed us forever. At first things were orderly and organized, but once people figured out things could only get worse, that they were never going home again, it became every man for themselves. Just about everyone on the road was armed to the teeth.

This crisis brought out the worst in people and the best, and very little in between. Our day to day life on the road was not all that bad. We were not hungry, and we were warm, we still had plenty of things to barter for gasoline. The suburban became our home on wheels. The thing I missed most was a shower. Americans are used to being clean, but now I saw people who looked worse than the homeless that once dotted the streets of big cities. The refugee camps had hot showers and a place to do laundry, but there were thousands of people, all waiting for the same facilities.

One day, I could not take the greasy feel of my hair anymore. We heated water over a campfire and washed ourselves and our clothes. We ended up shivering in the cold air, but we felt so much better. We pressed on, even though it was the middle of June, there were huge snowdrifts in the road, and below temps at night. I would sometimes dream of flowers and butterflies, and I wondered if I would ever see something like that again.

Like so many other people, we did not have a plan, we were simply trying to find a warmer place where we could live again. We never thought about going to Mexico until we heard the news that the US was sending troops into Mexico and that Mexico would soon be open to American citizens.

So, just like that, we were at war with Mexico with the intent of taking it over! Incredible! A day later we watched President Clinton on the television. She stated that Mexico was now annexed to the USA and that it would be open to American citizens within a few months.

People just sat there in stunned silence!

We looked at one another with the question in our eyes and hearts, where are the people of Mexico to go if we are taking over their country, their homes, their businesses, and their farms? The government assured us that the citizens of Mexico would move south, closer to the equator, closer to warmth. We were told they could not take the cold weather that enveloped their country and they were leaving in droves, just as we were leaving our homes and businesses.

That seemed to make sense to some people, and someone started cheering. We could have a normal life again! We could work hard and reinvent America! Soon the entire refugee camp was thundering with the desperate voices of the displaced. Don’t ask, don’t tell, just do it!

And so we got into line and waited for the great land grab of Mexico. With the putrid smell of oil blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, we waited. With hope and dread in our hearts, we waited. With the knowledge that this could go down in history as a very negative thing, we waited. More than anything, for our lives, we waited.

And so here, we are March 15th, 2014 the Ides of March. When I was home on the farm I would cut branches from the willow tree and bring them inside and put them in a vase to watch them burst into green. Those days feel like a different lifetime now.

Even this far south on the Mexican border, the cold breath of the glacier, now a half mile high and growing higher by the month, can be felt. The crisp air makes sound travel farther, and I hear a baby cry, people singing and lovers quarreling. Tomorrow, we go into Mexico. There US troops will escort us to our new homes, and we will try to start our lives over again.

How will it all turn out? I don’t know, and I don’t want to know. Life goes on, it simply goes on, and we are here for just a little while anyway. We take one day at a time, and hope we will live to see the next morning. After all, isn’t that all anyone has? Who would have ever thought that an oil spill could create something as mind boggling as another ice age? Who would have ever thought that we would take over Mexico because that was the only place we had left that was suitable to life?

Indeed, truth is stranger than fiction by far!


This is a map of the last ice age. Imgaine ice covering the third upper half of the USA! How would that change everyone's life? Note that Canada is totally covered with glaciers, totally wiped out!
This is a map of the last ice age. Imgaine ice covering the third upper half of the USA! How would that change everyone's life? Note that Canada is totally covered with glaciers, totally wiped out!


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    • scla profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub. It is saddening that our attention span at disasters such as this is very limited. Who knows what effects this oil spill will ultimately result in.

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin need to be jealous American Tiger! I never made it to 100 or 99...and I don't care. You need to find a better role model!

      I'm heading over to your new hub!

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      American Tiger 

      9 years ago

      WOW Mags. 96! I am SO jealous. In an attempt to copy your winning plan to garner readers, I've posted a Hub on "why I want to be a Socialist." I was trying to channel braniac.

      ~chuckles deep~

      Hub On, girl!

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you American Tiger for giving us a new perspective.

      You are right, CNN never tells us anything good, only the negative.

      They are talking about dead zones in the Gulf, hopefully that is just talk. It makes sense that oil leaks naturally into the ocean too.

      And, of course just about everyone on the gulf is going to claim things are much worse than they are because they are lining up for a big payout.

      Follow the money once again.

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      American Tiger 

      9 years ago

      The only reason we saw any tarballs at all is because 5 miles off the coast, in all reality, is VERY close to shore. If you look at a map that shows the whole Gulf, 5 miles off shore is the right at the landward edge of the line separating land from water.

      I'm writing a Hub that discusses oil spills, and the roughly 650,000 gallons that seep naturally out of the sea bed every year, just around the USA. Globally it's probably 5 times that number.

      Oil is a natural part of the Earth. HUMANS are a natural part of the Earth. We are easily the most beneficial species the planet hosts: We fight her fires, curb her diseases, and pull all those nasty hydrocarbons out of her skin and burn them off, releasing beneficial CO2 for the wonderful plant-life to breath in deeply and become more green. (I'll bet you never heard CNN tell you about how higher concentrations of CO2 are directly linked to greener plants, which in turn create more oxygen than less green plants.)

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Well thank you American Tiger for that dose of reality. The way CNN was talking about the oil spill one would think the Gulf would never sustain life again. I never even heard about the 500 million gallon oil spill in the Persian Gulf. CNN should have brought that up and let us know what happened there.

      This hub is not based on facts, I just thought it might get me a few more hits! LOL...see what I will do to get people to read my hubs.

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      American Tiger 

      9 years ago

      Magz! Neat handling of the subject matter, dear lady. I also love the way you depict people like yourself: Competent, capable, and able to deal with catastrophes that crush people in other cultures.

      Ice ages DO come on much faster than we thought, just 20 years ago. Will you forgive me if I correct a few of the inaccuracies, though?

      For purposes of scale, fill your bathtub to the brim, to represent the total water volume of the Gulf. Now get a colored push-pin, like you find in every cork message board in the world. Dip the metal part into some used motor oil and let the excess drip off. Now swish the oil off into the tub.

      If that scale is too small, imagine any of the largest sports arenas in America filled with water. Now pour in a 24oz can of beer.

      The Gulf is the 7th largest body of water on the planet. Vast and deep, it holds 660 quadrillion gallons of water (660,000,000,000,000,000). This terrible oil spill (for all the time-wasting regulatory paperwork it took those buffoons to wade through, before it could be capped), leaked a high-end estimate of 100.8 million gallons of naturally occurring crude into the Gulf.

      1 part per 6.6 billion. If that was all it took to halt the Gulf Stream or the Oceanic Heat Conveyance, the natural oil seepage from ocean floors all over the world would have killed us 1000s of years ago. Hell... Saddam Husein's 500 million gallon self-induced oil spill into the Persian Gulf at the start of the first gulf war would have destroyed the planet.

      Truth is, Earth is far more resilient than we give her credit for. There are systems and exchanges maintaining our seasons and mean temperatures that we've yet to even plumb, let alone factor.

      Our environment is not a spinning coin on a pinhead, that the lightest touch will upset. It is a heavy ball in a deep bowl. Push it too far in any direction, and it will quite naturally return to it's proper spot, all of its own accord.

      We're still thriving, and it was 95 degrees here in Reno, today. A delicious dry heat that purrrs in the sweetest voice possible "go jump in a lake".

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      Steven Miller 

      9 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Great hub here. I have been telling people the effects if this oil reaches, or when I should say, it reaches the gulf stream. We are in big trouble. Thanks for this great hub here, keep up the good work.

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      9 years ago

      I agree with you on the delicate balance of the gulf stream it would cause havoc on other countries as well. British Isles and parts of Europe. Yes we would pack our skis and snowshoes and head south as well just like the Snobirds we are. lol. Yes put that Hub back up please. You will give a lot of fellow hubbers a laugh for sure. Nah, my ears are use to being singed, bring it on:0)

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hi There!

      LOL...i did not write you guys off, I think of Canada as just another extension of America. I guess that what happens when you live in Wisconsin.

      I would assume that the Canadians would head south like the rest of us, and united, we would have to take over Mexico! Give them a taste of their own medicine to speak!

      It would take us a few years to clean Mexico up, but once we did, it would not be a bad place to live. If we were really in an ice age the weather in Mexico would cool drastically, and the Mexican people would head to the south and warmth.

      Could this really happen? YES! That gulf stream operates under a very delicate balance.

      Thank you for the email, I will put my Dominatrix hub back up. Its more funny than naughty, you should hear what my co workers talk about, it would singe your ears! LOL!

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      9 years ago

      Well being from Canada it appears you wrote us off. Heck we are survivors here to EH in the great white North:0) some of us would find a way, we might even think about coming south to, but knowing the US Customs friendly nature they would probably not let us enter the land of the free:0)) But how free is anyone at this point in the game? It's going to come down to everyone for themselves, it's will be a Global disaster for sure. Great hub, I hope your wrong, but all indications from what I've been reading, it doesn't look promising at all. We are all in for the ride of our future lives. Peace and hugs..Keep warm.

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin


      thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Hi there Wayne!

      Thank you for stopping by! I hope this story will never come true, it would be the end of life as we know it, it might be anyhow.

      LOL...Good old Hillary! I could not think of anything worse than Hillary as the president and an approaching ice age.

      Each day that oil spills in the gulf is another nail in the coffin, just unbelievable!

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Your imagination has been hard at work although I shudder to think that it may not be your imagination at all. You know, they say that often great fiction writers are fairly accurate in their predictions of the future. No offense but I hope you are wrong! I did like the reference you make to the way we here in America quickly grow tired of a subject and move on with the assumption that everything is going to be all right for the future because it was all right in the past. My only consolation is that it happened on Hilary's watch! LOL! Thanks for a great hub. WB

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      9 years ago from Long Beach, MS

      If I understand this right.....then oil could be the answer to "global warming?" How ironic!

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      Looking for my mittens 

      9 years ago

      Where did the inhabitants of Mexico City go? Arizona! They've been there for years.

      Give them some shinny beads and tell them to hit the road ... always works with the natives!

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      lightning john 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Very good writing Magnoliazz. I certainly hope that it does not come to that, but no one really knows what is coming in the future.

      I myself am feeling ill from it all, we must stay strong, and positive, but it is all like a bad dream right now.

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      50 Caliber 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      An interesting hub. An all American view hidden inside, deny the Mexicans America, then kill them off and take their country. I prefer Revelations 1/3 of the sea life and the world ships, as it will be apocalyptic marking the beginning of Jahshua's reign and perhaps the finality of a clinton nightmare.

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin


      Thanks for stopping by. I thought this hub would be intensely interesting to most of the other hubbers, but there has not been that much traffic at all.

      I read your hub, and what an interesting way to view things! I can see that oil would be the earth's blood, and now the oceans are turning into blood! I think many Native Americans think of oil as the earth's blood too. And of course, oil is America's life blood!

      It send a shiver down my spine just thinking of it and how it all ties in with the Bible.

      Thank you so much for this eye opening comment!

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      William Benner 

      9 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Wow this is so wired because I just wrote a hub were I talk about the oil spill could be what the Bible is talking about when it says the oceans will turn to blood... is the location of that hub and I would be interested to know what you think! Good job!

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      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Blake4d- Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate your opinion.

      Dreamreachout- LOL...If there really was another ice age, I think you would be safe over there in India. Thank you so much for reading this.

      Josh- are right, sooner or later, that's what will happen.

      BJ Benson- We usually have snowfall in May here in Wisconsin. We even have the three icemen of May, which is 3 nights of freezing weather. May is still the tail end of winter here, so Idaho is probably not too much different, however if its a a huge storm that would be out of the ordinary. Thanks for stopping by!

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      9 years ago from USA

      Hey, it snowed here in Idaho on may 22 and 23.

      A gem of a hub.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Spectacular hub. I knew the shit was going to hit the fan. Thanx.

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      9 years ago

      magzz: This is one of your best hub!! How well you narrated what only few can envisage!! Told in the way of how practical life will unfold makes it awesome!! Above all, you highlight a big environmental problem mankind is facing!! Hats off to you!!

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      9 years ago

      I absolutely love this hub Magnoliazz, I think you are mastering your grasp of making fictional and factual lines blurr with your topical fiction / reality work. I think that would be a proper way to describe it...if not, I will repeat this is great writing. Fine art indeed. Love and Rockets Baby!!! Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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