Monday, May 3, 2010

Disasters abound... why is the question

As we watch the continued coverage of perhaps the worse environmental disaster ever in this countries history, to be felt now and for many years to come, one has to wonder how this came to be. The blame is squarely on BP and owners of the oils rigs, but as we have just learned, Congress let the oil industry dictate safety policy many years ago. The magical acoustic switch that could have prevented this is not mandated on the oil rigs in this country, as it is in a few others like Denmark. And while oil still flows from 5 thousand feet below, no one seems to be sure of anything and efforts to stop the massive oil leak seem weeks and months away. And while thousands take to the streets demanding immigration reform, the now famous oil leak.. could reach the Atlantic side of the US.... which could kill off, destroy or disable a whole way of life for millions of people who make their livings using the oceans.

The water main break in Weston has been fixed and fights over bottled water will come to an end. This mini disaster has shown how vulnerable we all are to infrastructure failure. One might ask, how did this relatively new pipe break and will it happen again? And if.. .it turns out, that residents of this state have once again been cheated by the lack of oversight, faulty materials or poor workmanship, each and every employee who had a hand in this should be terminated from the payroll and taken to trial.

Natural catastrophic events like earth quakes, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcano's erupting are a part of our life, but man made disasters should be viewed as preventable. But as long as we have politicians taking money from those who want to take chances on our way of life, no one anywhere is safe and our environment will continue to be damaged.


At May 3, 2010 at 3:11 PM , Blogger B. Murray said...

The oil spill is certainly a big disaster. And to know that Congress has a hand in why these guys did not have to have a plan to deal with this issue just makes me shake me head and say, when are we going to learn? BP will pay for the cleanup, but as we learned from the Exxon Valdez, that is the smallest part of the expense. Thousands of fishermen will have no way to make a living, and in this economy, no options for where to go. So what are we as a nation going to do about that?

At May 3, 2010 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Harry said...

Jim I bet you can answer this. How much money did BP make last year? How much is this cleanup going to cost? I am betting they will still show a profit even after they pay for the mess they made.

At May 3, 2010 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Derek said...

This just pisses me off. Everyone talking about the ecological repurcussions on tv. What about the repurcussion for these fisherman and shrimp guys who have no way to make a living and feed their families now? I just get angry that we are more worried about the damm birds than we are about hungry kids.

At May 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We bailed out the bankers, the car makers, are we going to bail out these poor fishermen who will be out of work through no fault of their own? Probably not.

At May 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM , Blogger Edward said...

I recently watched a special on the Exxon oil leak and even after all these years have gone by the fish and birds still have not recoved, and the familes have been desimated by the economic repurcussions of that oil spill. I certainly would expect that our government learned some things from that process that will help mitagate the issues this time around, but so far, that does not seem to be the case. And Congress allowing them to police themselves is completely ridiculous. Whose idea was that? I hope that regulations for off shore oil drilling are being changed as I write this!

At May 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Eric said...

I like that Obama made it clear this is BP’s mess. The country will help, but BP will foot the bill. Let’s hope he follows through on that statement.

At May 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I just learned that after the Exxon disaster, Congress put a 75 million limit on some damages. This may end up being a problem for Obama and tax payers down the road. An effort underway on Capital Hill to increase the limit to 10 billion, but may not be retroactive.

The 4 story funnels BP is making as we speak have never been used at 5k feet. No one is sure if this will work at all. Meanwhile, the Gov of Mississippi told reporters yesterday, it's not as bad as the media reports it. Who the hell would ever believe such nonsense?


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