I have tweeted several short rants about the BP oil spill this past week but have tried to stay somewhat silent on the issue until I learned a little bit more. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, but seeing what’s happening to the beaches in Louisiana has me pretty ticked off. The problem is that we really aren’t learning a lot about what’s going on. BP is feeding us what they want us to see and with each failed attempt to plug the leak the nation is losing confidence in their ability.
I have not been a big proponent of government regulation in the past but w/ all of the things that have came to light regarding the good ole boy system that has been in place in Washington for years I think it might be time for stricter oversight when it comes to things that could have tremendous environmental impact like offshore drilling. I get the impression that a lot of thought of what could happen in this scenario wasn’t given until it actually happened.
The sad and helpless thing of this whole thing is that no one really knows what they can do to help. There have been several campaigns to boycott BP gas stations but honestly that won’t do a lot of good because BP doesn’t actually own their gas stations, they are owned by franchisees, just ordinary people like you and I that are as far removed from this situation as we are. Another frustration that we are feeling, especially the people in Louisiana, is that not a lot is being done to start cleaning up the mess before it hits our ecosystems and beaches. You can’t tell me that a country as advanced as the US can’t multi-task and get the cleanup efforts started. In Louisiana they don’t even know who is in charge of the cleanup operation, and there is a lot of finger pointing. I sure hope that the right people can get their game plans together soon and remedy this situation. It’s just plain sad.