posted on May, 1 2010 @ 08:15 PM
I don't think the Fed has or ever will moved that quickly. It's sickening to watch the glop come ashore, birds, fish and sea life sicken and die.
Been there done that. I had occasion long, long ago to be the primary point of responsibility to respond to an oil spill off the west coast of the
U.S. Most of the action seemed sadly, a shuffling of blame, rather than actual ACTION.
AFTER the action, then the blame for the response flared up again. The whole thing disgusted me, and I don't see much in the way of change -- at
least from the FED -- since then.
My truth is, the Fed doesn't move quickly. If there is a blame to be assessed, I'd guess that emergency response protocols -- which should be put
in place well prior to the event -- might have been lacking, although I don't know that, just a guess.
It's a horrible, slowly creeping death -- a crude spill -- that keeps on killing long after the landfall.... it kills creatures, it kills plants, it
kills jobs, and it kills economies. We, the users of said oil, are somewhat culpable, but are mostly powerless to affect the policies and economic
factors that support oil. What we can do, is wean ourselves from petroleum product dependency on a personal level. That seems to not be an option
for many people, and perhaps that's something that involves a very radical shift in perceptions to even make a difference.
Do I drive an auto? Yep. Do I use plastic products? yep. Utilize things made from manufacturing? Yep. Enjoy on-grid power? Not so much.
Very little. We do what we can, most of us, hopefully.
We will never be able to drill for oil, nor transport it with 100% safety assurance. That's the nature of the beast. I could sit here and
second-guess the response to the Gulf spill all day, but even having some experience with same, I cannot know the factors that have played a part in
it. I can only urge all of us to wish well, pray if you do, whatever -- hope like hell that this event can be mitigated, oil captured, skimmed,
boomed, dispersed and that we seek legislation to enforce a higher standard of emergency controls for these situations.
I have a sinking, deeply pained feeling that this is going to be the most terrible spill in history. Plenty of time for blame and risk assessment
later. Plug that @#$@#%er up ! Get it clean, and spend whatever is necessary to protect the shores of the Gulf nations, as well as those southerly
of the U.S.
ETA: Obama's fault? His ultimate responsibility, maybe. The Federal goverment is a slow, rusty, badly-in-need of retrofit and lubrication,
machine full of redundant cogs and gears. I think it's pointless to try to ascribe an abundance of blame on the President, unless that's your
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