29 April 2010

Drill Baby, Drill? (2)

This is a follow up on my post from a couple days back. Point #1: I lifted the map above from The New York Times it nicely illustrates the calamity being created by a single well. Point #2: when you are told that expanding off-shore drilling will create 'real jobs right here in America' you should reply: 'Yeah, What Kind of Jobs you Talkn' About?' ... You can find a gesture toward an answer here. The analogy to miners in Appalachia is telling - no options, incredibly dangerous work, and parents who really, really don't want their kids to follow in their footsteps.
P.S.: And before you think 'there goes Jim, that wacky pinko, being alarmist about the environment again,' consider the damage that this 100 mile long slick will do to the economy of the area, which relies on tourism and fishing.

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Blogger Tom White said...

And people complain that offshore wind farms (and on shore ones) spoil their view. What about a 100 mile long oil slick? That's pretty ugly if/when it gets close enough to shore for bathers to get sticky. Not that I think wind farms the answer; I'm more inclined to think we should have individual windmills and solar panels on our roofs and geothermal technology in our gardens and yards. But then how would the energy companies sell us their electricity?

As fossil fuels get scarcer they get harder to extract. I'm often amazed at the amount of effort that goes into ways to get at gas and oil. Having said that, I suspect that despite the huge amount of money poured into the extraction technology and the incredible engineering, things will get more dangerous and complicated and the potential for horrific accidents at these facilities will be ever present.

30 April, 2010 00:29  
Blogger Stan B. said...

And this absolute catastrophe involves "only" oil, from an industry that recently claimed such accidents impossible with their state of the art technology.

Imagine the consequences of a similar accident with equally bungle proof state of the art Nuclear technology.

01 May, 2010 11:56  

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