The spill in the Gulf is horrible. The damage done to the coast, to the wildlife, to the people living there and the economy as a whole will be devastating. Generations of small business owners will have been impacted by this before it’s over. It may be decades before the local fisheries produce again; if they ever do.
The lives of those people living in New Orleans, just now recovering from Katrina, will be facing the headwinds of the loss of economic drivers for years.
It’s sad; jaw droppingly depressing.
And this is easy to blame on BP; heck, I am even blaming BP.
To be clear, there may be micro-fault that we find. We may find, through investigations, that someone at some point failed to turn knob “A” or pull lever “B”. There may be a valve that should have been there and wasn’t. An order should have been given but wasn’t. The specific failure will almost certainly be found. But that’s not the blame I’m talking about.
The Macro-fault doesn’t exist. We know, when dealing with systems, there is going to be a failure at some point. A car will crash. An airplane will fall from the sky. Children get sick and houses will burn. We know this and we accept this. We try to make cars safer. Planes too. We take good care of our kids and make sure that we have good doctors. We hire firemen and buy ’em trucks to deal with the fire. We mitigate against failures in systems we know are going to happen.
Oil drilling is no exception.
Except Obama is going to demonize these guys. He’s gonna tar and feather BP and all the oil companies with ’em. He’s gonna slaughter Exxon, Shell, Citgo and all of ’em. He’s gonna rail that oil is bad, that companies are bad and the profits theyy make are the devil hisself. Sure as I’m sittin’ here he’s gonna do it.
But the ironic thing? Off-shore drilling might actually reduce the amount of oil that finds its way into the ocean:
…ocean floors naturally seep more oil into the ocean than do oil-drilling accidents and oil-tanker spills combined.
Ironically, research shows that drilling can actually reduce natural seepage, as it relieves the pressure that drives oil and gas up from ocean floors and into ocean waters. In 1999, two peer-reviewed studies found that natural seepage in the northern Santa Barbara Channel was significantly reduced by oil production. The researchers documented that natural seepage declined 50 percent around Platform Holly over a twenty-two-year period, concluding that, as oil was pumped from the reservoir, the pressure that drives natural seepage dropped.
Who would have believed THAT?
Just don’t tell Obama.