Not all of this can be laid at the doorstep of BP or any other oil company, nor does it all fall into the government's aisle or those citizens around the world who insist on continuing to drive their fossil fuel cars. Those ultra-crazy left-winged uber-liberal rabid environmental groups must also take some of the blame as well. It was their radical agenda of demanding that government force oil companies to go out farther from shore where the drilling was required in deeper and more dangerous waters that made it near impossible to fix deep-drilling problems that were bound to occur one day. If this same event had taken place on land or in shallower waters nearer the shore this baby would have been capped-off within hours of the explosion with very little environmental impact.
. You had me until the second sentence. The "lefty loonies" and "right wing nut jobs" share equal blame; NONE. This was a simple case of a blowout valve malfunctioning. A mechanical failure
. We have been deep water drilling in the Gulf for over a half century. That is pre EPA
for those playing at home. Finger pointing does s***-all for good in fixing the problem. BP's drill site, BP's cleanup. If they want to drag their subs in to join the fun of cleaning it up, and accept responsibility for volunteers wanting to lend a hand that's cool. But politicizing it is merely a partisan BS tactic in an election year. Don't be naive enough to see it as otherwise.
Call me naive' but the demand for oil in this world of 6 billion people isn't about to slow down anytime soon so wouldn't it make more environmental sense to drill in areas where these kinds of accidents can be contained and fixed quicker with as little environmental destruction as possible? The oil can still be found in safer locations in vast quantities, so why the need for dangerous drilling in such deep (miles in some cases) locations within our oceans?
Yes, yes, in a perfect world we would all be living in a wind tunnel and harvesting the natural solar rays or some other just as exotic sources of energy, but for those even more naive' than myself, to think this will happen, even in the lifetimes of those now in their twenties, it is time to wake up, smell the petro and suck up the fact that the world will remain dependent on crude for a long time to come, so instead of fighting about whether or not we should drill for it, perhaps it is time to begin harvesting it from safer locations than miles deep mining shafts in our ocean floors.
Wait, so harvesting natural energy potential to our own use is suddenly exotic? Well I'll be "dammed"
You do realize they literally ran entire industries up here off of hydro right? We have several operational sawmills still running 150 years later off of hydro, a couple have even switched over to hydro electric so they can feed the grid and sell unused energy back to the power company.
That leads me to another thing that occurred since the rig exploded and the leak started gushing out that viscous poison in our gulf waters -- the government called in the Coast Guard with its booms and looked to burn-off much of the top sitting oil while it was still out far enough from the shoreline. What prevented the government from taking action that may have at least diminished some of this tragic situation? Those same environmental groups demanded a study be done first on what kind of environmental impact using the booms and burning off the oil would do. Environmental Impact? Please, a study? And who did the government listen to? Those officials in the Coast Guard, and the elected Governor of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as well as those who make their livelihood from the Gulf waters? No, the government backed down because of pressure from environmentalist who wanted the study done first - which, by the way would take months. Hmmmm, I wonder what kind of environmental impact the millions of gallons of oil that has already made its way to America's pristine wetlands and Gulf beaches has and will make? Don't think we are going to need a lengthy bureaucratic study to give us that answer - we are living it.
If I may close by quoting famed liberal and Democratic pundit James Carville - "We are dying down here!"
They also listened to BP engineers who said there was too much feeding out and a burn-off would do more harm than good overall. Burning off is usually a last resort(I worked with former oil engineers at one job, and me being inquisitive, I ask lots of questions). Figure it like this, if you are burning a kerosene lamp the fuel will run dry and eventually the wick will burn out. But if you have someone funneling fuel into said lamp through a hole in the base it ain't going to burn out as fast now is it? Now make that fuel supply the size of 10 Suez class supercarriers and place it on top the water with a torch on it. Even after they manage to cap the thing you are talking 10 years minimum before it is cleaned up enough to let the ecosystem start to recover.