What if ………..

May 26, 2010

Oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate that is more than alarming. Is there an end in sight? Nothing so far has had any real effect at stemming the flow. BP and other major league oil companies continue to come up with costly plans to bring an end to the disaster while the wetlands, beaches, fish and wildlife are sent into extinction.

The blame game has been going on for some time now. The US government, British Petroleum, the Rig’s owner .. they are all blaming each other. But at this point in the game placing the blame won’t stem the flow of oil.

 

B.P. has promised to clean every last drop of oil from the leak and make everything whole. Call me a pessimist, but I am waiting to see how long it takes for BP to throw it’s hands in the air and walk away from this disaster leaving it to the US to clean up. Of course the US federal government is being pressured to take charge of the situation now. That would be just the excuse BP would need to make their exit. I wonder if oil/oil money could be influencing the decision.

I always thought that “Accidents” were events that were “Unforeseen”. Was an event such as this really unforeseen or was it inevitable and just ignored? How can anyone think that drilling for off shore oil can be safe at any depth. There will always be a risk. Would BP be able to stop the flow of oil if the leak was in shallow water? Would the devastation to the area be less? What safety measures are in place for the thousands of offshore rigs and platforms still out there working in the gulf.?

It has been just over 100 years since mankind began putting it’s future and the future of the planet in the development of oil and oil products. In that 100 years mankind had devoured the oil at an ever increasing pace and continues to increase it’s need for the black liquid. While we have invented and developed amazing things with oil we have to wonder if it has been worthwhile. Transportation, production of food and medicines, the manufacturing of plastics and Styrofoam products has made life convenient for some and filled our landfill sites. Throw away products are seen everywhere. Items that were unheard of jus a few years ago. But the biggest use found for oil has been energy. Energy to create electricity, to heat homes and power huge manufacturing plants.

But, What if all efforts fail to stop the oil leak? What if the oil continues to flow for months and then years? What if failed efforts to stop the leak inadvertently increase the flow? How much oil is in this well and how long could the flow last? What is the Worst Case Scenario? What if this is the prelude to December 21, 2012?

What if …………..

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