BP Oil Disaster: From ‘Drill Baby Drill’ to ‘Spill Baby Spill’

The leak that sprung from the rig disaster in the Gulf has been gushing oil for almost two months now. Two months worth of fossil fuel is now floating around the Gulf of Mexico threatening sea life, wild life and ways of life. The response to this oil spill has been remarkably slow and unenthusiastic. The executives at British Petroleum frankly don’t seem to give a shit. They’ve tried explaining away the fallout with “Louisiana isn’t the only place to get shrimp” or that the spill will only have a “moderate impact” on the gulf coast. The truth of the matter is that the fallout from this spill will be felt for generations, not just years. An entire ecosystem is under attack and may never recover.

It enrages us to watch the events unfold, unable to stop it or even help the people who are being impacted. There is a lot of anger and a lot of blame being thrown around however, the assertion that this oil spill is President Obama’s Katrina doesn’t mesh well with me. Yes, the setting is the same. Yes, the same population is being effected, but this oil spill is a whole different monster. When the levees broke in 2005 it was the US Army Corps of Engineers who built them and were supposed to maintain them so such a disaster could have been avoided. It was a federal government issue. This time around it’s private industry that is the culprit. Private companies like British Petroleum have coasted by on half-heartedly enforced regulation during the previous administration. Safety is one of the first things that are compromised in the name of profit. Basically: bottom line > human lives. When you place the value of money over the value of life you run into issues of morality. That is where we are with these fossil fuel companies: petrol, coal, etc. While it is President Obama’s job to oversee the efforts to stop the oil spill it is the company’s responsibility to fix it. I think it’s ironic (or at least shitty) that members of private industry want to keep “big government” out of the way they do business until they need their help, then it’s the government’s problem. Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

The bottom line is that if you can’t fix an oil leak 5000 feet under the ocean then you have no business drilling that far into the ocean. It would be like saying “I can run 20 miles! I can’t run back, but I can run 20 miles!” Half of progress is moderation, that is, half of all innovation should be tempered by caution. We wouldn’t have put a man on the moon if we couldn’t bring him back, right? It just makes sense. Innovation without caution is reckless, careless, and just downright immoral.

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