Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment, Science/Technology | Tags: "Top Kill", BP Deepwater Horizon, Tragic Oil Spill
I said yesterday that the “Top Kill” effort was succeeding. It has not as yet, but reports from the Times Picayune say that Top Kill will continue until it works or they are sure that it will not. The report from the BBC was too optimistic. The above picture is from BP and is of the actual scene.
As Charles Krauthammer reminded us yesterday:
Here’s my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?
Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there. As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep (1,000 feet and more) and ultra deep (5,000 feet and more), in part because environmentalists have succeeded in rendering the Pacific and nearly all the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil production. (President Obama’s tentative, selective opening of some Atlantic and offshore Alaska sites is now dead.) And of course, in the safest of all places, on land, we’ve had a 30-year ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
So we go deep, ultra deep — to such a technological frontier that no precedent exists for the April 20 blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
There will always be catastrophic oil spills. You make them as rare as humanly possible, but where would you rather have one: in the Gulf of Mexico, upon which thousands depend for their livelihood, or in the Arctic, where there are practically no people? All spills seriously damage wildlife. That’s a given. But why have we pushed the drilling from barren areas to populated ones, from the remote wilderness to a center of fishing, shipping, tourism, and recreation?
Not that the environmentalists are the only ones to blame. Not by far. But it is odd that they’ve escaped any mention at all.
Try to imagine the scene, for those of us far from Louisiana. Those who know what they are doing, are doing it as fast as they can. Swirling around them is an army of reporters, each looking for a new angle to convey what is happening. In a way,too much news.
Before I wrote a word, I went to the Times Picayune website. My second sentence described the situation. By the time I had returned for a link, the news had changed, as an executive from BP spoke about the next thing they will try. For the latest uptake, the Times Picayune website is delivering up-to-the-minute coverage. You will find links there to all the latest details.
Filed under: Capitalism, Cool Site of the Day, Economy, Humor | Tags: Macleans, Mark Steyn, Stupidity
Here’s your weekly Must Read piece from Mark Steyn, writing in Macleans, the Canadian magazine. Mark Steyn is funny, witty and incisive; and under all the humor, he always has some important things to say, and we do well to pay attention. Anyway, this is a particularly good piece entitled “We’re Too Broke to Be This Stupid.” It’s worth your time.