Situation in the Gulf
Now for my stance which will certainly bring a few boos from the onlookers. I don't think it's entirely BPs fault. Nor do I think a ban on BP gas stations makes a ton of sense. I think they were criminal in their lazy procedures and attempts and clean up.
The bigger question to me is this. Why in the world would we allow any oil company to drill to a depth that we could not control safely. This has nothing to do with BP this is a comment on government and regulation. Here is my question to anyone reading to hopefully portray my stance. What if we had three oil rigs from three different companies that have a similar incident in along our coast at the same time? Would we be entering facebook comments to say ban the three companies? Possibly, but more importantly why did our government and the regulators and inspectors allow this to happen at all? Without the understanding of how to prevent leaks of this proportion beforehand what made us think this disaster wouldn't happen in the first place. In fact it is probably inevitable and most likely will happen again until we can figure out a prevention plan.
To think that our current and past president have no obligation to monitor such potential disasters is absurd. To think that they shouldn't have stepped in with the U.S. government is insane. The fact that the media is starting to get bored with the fact that the economy and wildlife are decimated in the region and that it's somehow more interesting to see the head of BP sweat is well our current biased media that we have come to know and not trust at all.
Why we have accepted the idea that because they failed for a week or two to plug a leak and think it's okay to wait MONTHS for relief wells is beyond me. They should be trying new and old techniques daily until the thing gets plugged. I'm pretty sure anything is better than the loads of nothing they are doing right now. We are currently at 90-151 million gallons.
When this mess started happening I was at the FDA with an M.D. and I asked him what can we do to stop a mess like this. This M.D. who likes to dabble in physics in his free time simply said well a nuclear device is the only thing I could think of quickly. I looked at him and laughed and said REALLY, and he just said well you'd melt the opening and would be sure of a closure and would have to deal with cleanup for a few years. I thought to myself at the time that's nuts. Currently the estimates of cleanup are around 30 years until recovery and growing. Now i'm starting to think that idea doesn't seem so wild considering the lack of concern these days to plug the leak and the larger concern to make sure someone burns at the stake for this prior to plugging the leak.
So back to my initial point. This is modern day U.S.A., rule #1 if the government has the media in it's pocket then the media will attempt to put the blame on a rich non-government official. If the media hates the government, then it's the presidents fault. Rule #2, if the population does not seem to relate to the media's view, then we will show sad pictures of animals next to the headlines to support the stance of the media to get public outcry. Rule #3 make sure someone pays for this horrible deed......so on and so on rule #(N) where N is some number unknown to anyone but certainly large in value Fix the problem.
It's frustrating at the thought process here. If the government and the company both think in terms of the casual onlooker then we are in bad shape. Their stance should have always been cleanup and fix and should always be that way. The blame and axe can come after the fix and during the cleanup since everybody is to blame.
Finally, since this has been a lengthy blog, where is the international community and the U.N.? I mean I am an American and the last thing I would want is some sort of penalty or sanction against my country but why should the international community sit back and allow any single country to kick out so much pollution in a short matter of time? The U.S. specifically should be penalized for such a large scale environmental mishap. To think that other neighboring countries will not feel the effects of this would be surprising.
Well i'm sure i'll be back once the well has leaked itself empty or in a month or two when the relief wells are dug and they go back to trying to cap this smaller leak.