I do not recollect in all the animal kingdom a single species but man which is eternally and systematically engaged in the destruction of its own … When we add to this [the destruction of] other species of animals, the lions and tigers are mere lambs compared with man as destroyer. — Thomas Jefferson
I just can’t resist writing my thoughts about the Gulf Oil Crisis (with deep sympathy to Deepwater Horizon families and workers, and to the affected animals, marshes, swamps, beachfront properties, shrimp fisheries, and Luisianerites for another crappy summer season), but didn’t this scenario ever occur to anyone in the oil platform business? I mean really! Nasty ocean storms, hurricanes, waterspouts, heck – earthquakes have the power to uproot and destroy something bobbing on the ocean surface connected to a mile long drilling/oil collection pipeline. British Petroleum (BP Global) confessed to ignoring warning signs, to looking for fast cheap ways to bring in profits, to not having any experience in dealing with this type of problem. REALLY?
And lets not let Halliburton or Transocean off the hook for their misdeeds and motivated greed in the whole oily fiasco.
It’s common sense that man, master of believing he is invincible, would mess up big time where it would be next to impossible to fix the resulting catastrophe. It shouldn’t take Hollywood to come up with this kind of movie script (I seem to remember a Bruce Willis drill rig disaster film) but it should have been BP’s number one possibility to guard against. Where is Forest Gump when you need him most?
Now, the Republican mantra has always been “Drill Baby Drill” anywhere everywhere, just like their best retirement advice has been invest your savings in Wall Street – trustworthy, you betcha!?!! I haven’t heard any Republican push off-shore drilling lately, no one hardly even raised an objection to the president’s call for halting drilling off Virgina’s coast. In fact, aside from pointing fingers in President Obama’s direction (because he must be THE reason for the oil leak and gulf coast unemployment, right?) the Republicans have been uncharacteristically quite on the subject (they have tried to call the leak Obama’s Katrina – but this is not really sticking as he did respond to the crisis the day that the rig exploded, aide was sent immediately and he acknowledged that he was watching over the day-to-day progress at the drilling site). People are angry and impatient for results; being Americans brought up on Saturday morning cartoons we want instant fixes, we demand that money make everything better FAST with the least disruption to our lives. He didn’t ask the public to pray away the storm, like a certain former president, or ignore flood victim’s pleas to fix busted levees and make everything worse by sending an inept FEMA to mop up the mess.
There is just this annoying thing called private industry being in control of their projects and resulting consequences – that government regulates industry only when regulations are in place . Capitalism is like this – it allows businesses to mess up with or without penalty per private contract. How can Republicans have fits about lack of proper regulation when they despise government’s noses/hands in their business(es)? Remember that Republicans love laissez-faire government and trickle down changes. Haven’t we been hearing this over and over? So, even though we hate to see the TV oil leak plume reach ever closer to the beaches, and even though we hate to see BP fail in its efforts to stop the leak, we have to know that we, ourselves, are ultimately to blame. Our desire for cheap oil, to drill wherever we want, to disregard consequences does have nasty consequences which, truth be told, is NOT the president’s fault. Holding BP responsibly is President Obama’s duty and I have faith that this will be done.