Robert Costanza, David Batker, John W. Day, Rusty A. Feagin, M. Luisa Martinez, Joe Roman, The Perfect Spill: Solutions for Averting the Next Deepwater Horizon, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 17-20 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/the-perfect-spill-solutions-for-averting-the-next-deepwater-horizon/) Abstract: “If we refuse to take into account the full cost of our fossil fuel addiction—if we don’t factor in the environmental costs and national security costs and true economic costs—we will have missed our best chance to seize a clean energy future.” –President Barack Obama, Carnegie Mellon University, June 2, 2010 The continuing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon is causing enormous economic and ecological damage. Estimates of the size and duration continue to escalate, but it is now the largest in U.S. history and clearly among the largest oil spills on record.1 As efforts to plug the leak and clean up the damages continue, it is not too soon to begin to draw lessons from this disaster. We need to learn from this experience so we can prevent future oil spills, reevaluate society’s current trajectory, and set a better course. One major lesson is that our natural capital assets and other public goods are far too valuable to continue to put them at such high … Topics: Oceans