Looks like after what, 6 weeks, we are getting a glimpse of the damage from the Oil Disaster in the Gulf. Here are some images that are gut wrenching to someone like me who enjoys and respects wildlife and wants to preserve it, not destroy it. Personally I'm not in the blame game. I don't blame the President, or BP.
If you want to point fingers, we all share the blame in this. We all are happy consumers of petroleum products and we all hit the panic button anytime anyone threatens to take away our bottle of black juice. My only hope is that we figure out how make this right, and to not let this happen again. I also hope that people wake up and quit treating Ecology and Environmental science like a high school football game that requires only that we chose sides and hang on.
I know there is an economic cost to this region as well. As usual, the nation will help bare this cost, but the people who live there will never be completely compensated for their losses.
06-04-2010, 11:05 PM
You're absolutely right.
But what we can learn from this, is that its not a good thing for government to get too cozy with industry, especially when the industry does things that are potentially catastrophic. Food inspection, airline safety, oil drilling are a few examples of situations where the profit-driven corporations should NOT be left to police themselves.
True, it is not in the profit interest to have a spill, or tainted meat, etc....but the companies have risk-analysis and cost-effective analyses and DO accept certain levels of risk, and cut corners if their risk managers predict the savings will outweigh the risks. With certain outcomes, the public interest and corporate interests diverge greatly...and that is where regulation and inspection must intercede. Ford Pinto was a prime example.
Please note, at least in this post, I did not mention Bush, Cheney, Obama, Reagan, BP or anyone else.....just a generic assessment of a bad situation.
06-04-2010, 11:19 PM
I do not know what you guys are talking about. This spill was an act of environmental terrorism to ensure that the socialist cap and trade legislation would pass.
I want to get back to the timing of the blowing up, the explosion out there in the Gulf of Mexico of this oil rig. Since they're sending SWAT teams down there now this changes the whole perspective of this. Now, lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day. I remember that. And then it was postponed for a couple of days later after Earth Day, and then of course immigration has now moved in front of it.
But this bill, the cap-and-trade bill, was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment. So, since they're sending SWAT teams down there, folks, since they're sending SWAT teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I'm just noting the timing here.
and that there is nothing to worry about since oil is natural.
You do survive these things. I'm not advocating don't care about it hitting the shore or coast and whatever you can do to keep it out of there is fine and dandy, but the ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and was left out there," ... "It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is.
You gotta love this conservative leader.