OK, I’m ticked.
Pissed really (can I say that?)
What am I on about? The massive oil spill in the Gulf and – once again – our government’s completely inadequate response to a crises. (Not to mention BP’s incredibly poor response, but who’s really surprised about that?)
Let’s look at a timeline, shall we?
The explosion happened on April 20th – 12 days ago – and we’re just NOW starting to seriously ramp up our efforts to contain this thing. Anyone with an ounce of sense would have realized we needed to respond to this in a MASSIVE way when it happened – the minimalist approach doesn’t work.
Just like Hurricane Katrina, we’re reacting to problems instead of responding preemptively to them.
Now, the situation is grave. The spill have recently tripled in size and shows no signs of slowing. We’re told that it could take months to stop the oil leakage, and frankly, they’re not even sure HOW much oil is spurting out each day.
Oh, and it’s not just the gulf states that have a problem. Currents may take this through the FL Keys (likely destroying the only living coral barrier reef in North America) and up along the Atlantic seaboard. Hope you weren’t planning on spending the summer at the beach.
Let’s not forget the toll this will take on wildlife. Mark my words, it won’t be long before you see piles of oily bird and animal remains stacked up along what was once pristine shoreline. Areas that were once teeming with animals will be oily graves. We’ll be the unfortunate witnesses to birds caked with crude as their once delicate bodies bob lifelessly up and down in the waves. Over dramatic? We’ll see.
Alabama estimates it could face a spill on the scale of the Exxon Valdez – every two days. For MONTHS.
And I certainly hope you don’t make a living that has anything to do with the Gulf. Fishing (commercial and sport), oyster farming, shrimping, and tourism are going to be decimated by this.
Although I’m no expert on this stuff, I do have a question – why the hell didn’t we scale up to whatever level we’re going to be at in the future, (say two weeks or so from now) IMMEDIATELY after this happened? You know eventually we’ll have a record amount of cleanup equipment down there, so what’s the hold up? Why not do it now? Why didn’t we do it days ago?
Again, I’m not an expert, but seems to me that if we would have mobilized faster, there may have been a chance to keep most of this contained within an area we could work with. Now it’s painfully obvious that we’re paying catchup.
Gee, is that crude coming ashore?
Should we maybe get a towel?
With the resources BP has, why aren’t they doing more? And a bigger question – why didn’t they have a plan for this? You’d think with all the record profits they made over the last few years, they could have spent some of those billions coming up with “what if” plans and solutions for every possible scenario.
Yeah, yeah, I know they claim they actually do have a plan to that involves sticking a dome over the leak or something – note that this dome wasn’t built in advance, – or even started the day this happened. It almost seems to me that there was never really a plan – or the plan was to come up with a plan if something happens.
Personally I don’t think BP ever thought this could happen, or worse, they knew it could and knew there wasn’t much they could do to stop it before it rose to the level of a disaster. Now we’re trying to shut the barn doors after the proverbial oily horse has already run away.
Obama is heading down there to say a few words. Yeah, that’s probably about as helpful as it sounds.
Not to armchair quarterback, but I wish he would have said a few words to the National Guard the day this happened and focused the full resources of the federal government on this problem then. It’s going to come to that anyway, only now we get hundreds – probably thousands – of miles of ruined shoreline waiting for someone else to do it.
Once again, we drop the ball. Reminds me of a famous quote:
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
~ Edmund Burke
What do you think? Feel free to comment, and I promise I’ll be in a better mood for my next post.
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