Friday, July 2, 2010
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.