Tuesday, May 4, 2010

America's Sad Cycle of Drilling and Spilling is Destined to Continue

Another night in Louisiana! Rachel reviews America's History of oil disasters and the impotence of the political response which always includes a token vow to reduce the nation's dependence on oil - though even in the face of the current calamity in the Gulf some politicians are advocating for more drilling. As I said on the weekend, the drill baby, drill crowd is somewhat quiet. Will this disaster get the dangers of off-shore drilling through their thick skulls? Do they understand that the oil drilled off our coasts are sold on the open market, that it doesn't stay in the U.S.? And um, doesn't hurricane season officially begin June 1? What if these gushes are not stopped by then? Sadly Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is willing to protect big oil instead of all the little guys whose livlihood is directly tied to the fishing industry. I hope she's not too attached to her senate seat.

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