Hard-Line Intransigence! (on the Environment) “The BP Oil Spill a year later”
"Screaming, over-emotional (but politically-influential) hotheads cling to their obviously failed policy. Many experts and analysts question whether the parochial grudges and political influence of this tiny group should continue to trump the obvious national interest for a rational energy policy. Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans favor an end to the embargo against offshore drilling. So many experts think it's high-time this tiny--but vocal and well-heeled--clique shed their parochial obsessions and start assessing the national interest soberly and in light of current developments, not stale policies enacted in the heat of hysteria almost half a century ago."
" "There's just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster, “said Marine Scientist and former LSU professor Ivor Van Heerden who also works as a BP spill-response contractor. “I have no interest in making BP look good — I think they lied about the size of the spill — but we're not seeing catastrophic impacts. There's a lot of hype, but no evidence to justify it."
In fact these observations came-- not a year after the Deepwater Horizon blew-up -- but a mere three months afterwards, making them all the more blasphemous at the time. By now they’ve been amply vindicated, making the Obama team’s “moratorium” and more recent stonewalling on Gulf of Mexico drilling permits all the more preposterous.
Your loyal servant here grew up in South Louisiana and spends most week-ends along the Louisiana coast hooking, spearing, gaffing, blasting and otherwise assassinating the raw ingredients of his family meals. He also shares the resulting joys and debacles with readers and TV-show hosts. So he had more than a casual concern with the BP oil spill.
The proof of the abundance of Louisiana’s marine life is in the eating, but first comes the catching and spearing. So let’s head to an offshore oil platform a few months after and a few miles away from “The Worst Environmental Disaster in U.S. History!” and take a peek."
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