Sunday, May 30, 2010

Who is to Blame for the Environmental Tragedy in the Gulf?

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.

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.

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 Carvill - "We are dying down here!"

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