The people my mom works with wanted to know what I thought of the oil spill. Are there alternatives to: it’s a catastrophe? In America, land of nutbags, there are always alternatives. Texas Governor Rick Perry called it an ‘act of God’ (BP has amassed almost as much power). But really, there is only one position. It’s a disaster.
The Atlantic ran a really nice summary piece on how the spill has changed public opinion, including less support for offshore drilling (down from 62% to 46%), particularly from Floridians (55% now reject it; still a bit low, don’t you think?). Of course, in the land of alternatives, some Republicans support increased drilling (28% of Republicans said the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made them more likely to support drilling off the coast to an equal 28% who said it made them less likely to be supportive) and some people even say the spill is a conspiracy on behalf of environmentalists (if only they were capable of such acts). The best headline since the calamity is by far Large Air Spill at Wind Farm. No threats reported. Some claim to enjoy the breeze.
We have to do everything to make sure this never happens again. One of the best ways to do this is by punishing the people responsible this time. To avoid shame, the people responsible are shifting blame as quickly as possible. Here are a couple of the President’s remarks on the spill published yesterday:
Let me also say, by the way, a word here about BP and the other companies involved in this mess. I know BP has committed to pay for the response effort, and we will hold them to their obligation. I have to say, though, I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter. You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else. The American people could not have been impressed with that display, and I certainly wasn’t.