Friday, July 2, 2010

bp

As many of you know there is a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The effect on the environment and the economy are immeasurable. I see that effect first hand almost every day. The Gulf Coast towns major industry is tourism. All through out the winter these Gulf Coast towns wait for summer. Summer is the light at the end of the tunnel. If you can make it through the winter you are safe. Many people make enough money in the summer to support them through the winter. Summer time at the gulf is crazy. Traffic is insane you don't plan on going anywhere fast its bumper to bumper for miles. The beach is just as packed. This year is sadly a different story. Our beaches are polluted yes, but the clean up keeps them 90% clean. They are still beautiful, the sands are still white, and waters are still blue-green. No, they were not how they were before the oil spill. But they are mostly clean. Our economy however is not mostly ok. The people are just not here it is as simple as that. Many people here blame bp for all of this. Yes in a way it is their fault. But I believe it is mostly the governments fault for not requiring oil companies to have plans in case things like this happen. For not having more rules and regulations on the oil industry. But instead they are blinded by greed and more consumed by the money they are making than by safety. The clean up seems to be more of a publicity stunt than an actual clean up. But something is better than nothing I suppose.

3 comments:

Bag Blog said...

Forest fires hurt the mountains. Oil spills hurt the beach. When the price of oil is down it also hurts tourism in the mountains because so much of TX and OK depend on oil industry and NM depends on TX and OK. Tourism is a hard business. If Obama hurts the oil business in the gulf with sanctions and laws, it will hurt the coastal states almost as much as the oil spills, because they also make a living from off-shore drilling - especially in LA.

Becky said...

Yes, it is the government's fault, but not for what you might thing. BP did have contingency plans. Obama would not allow them to implement them. They had oil containment booms, but were not allowed to use them. The governor of Louisiana requested to erect temporary sand barriers, and Obama denied him. Over 30 countries have offered assistance, but Obama has either declined, or ignored most of them. Even the oil skimming barges that were sucking up the oil were stopped by the Coast Guard, on Obama's orders. Why? In order to pass the Cap and Tax bill, which will make most fuel options so expensive that average Americans will not be able to afford them. And why do they want to do that? To maintain the illusion that they are somehow elite.

Inquiries said...

Lou: That is very true. It is a lose lose situation.

Becky: I don't understand why but maybe there is something that we don't know.
During the Great Depression FDR ordered the slaughter and burial of thousands of head of cattle while in the cities thousands were going hungry.

I don't see the method to the madness but maybe there is one.