Ok, I need to ask something. Why did it take so long for them to figure this out?
I’m pretty sure if you told a 10 year old that there was fluid spilling out of a hole, they would tell you how to fix it. I understand there are complexities to plugging a leak at the bottom of the ocean, but come on, it’s 2010. It should not have taken that long to figure it out.I think the important question right now is how to be prepared for this in the future. Obviously, preventing further oil production isn’t feasible, at least until Tesla takes over the auto industry (which shouldn’t take that long, but that’s a different article).
Hopefully, there’s a plan. I’m pleased that no one took the Russian suggestion seriously, but there needs to be preparation. I’m no tree hugger, but I think I have a concept of the impact this will have on the environment (local fishing economy aside). Obviously, hindsight is 20/20, and I’m not claiming to have thought of this before, but the mistake was made, we took our licks, and it’s important to make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future.
Many people thought the government should have gotten more involved. The problem with that is that the government is far less qualified to deal with the issue than an oil company. Certainly, the government should have put some heavy pressure on BP to get things cleaned up, but trying to take control of the situation would have hurt more than helped. I don’t want the same people that take 3+ hours to renew my license calling the shots on something as urgent as a large scale oil spill.
So, I guess until we hear a thought out future response plan, we should all start growing our hair out and stuffing stockings for next time.