Originally posted by Just Wondering
reply to post by getreadyalready
yes we could all go all day speculating the doom and gloom for all its worth but the facts are this:
It has happened before with more oil leaked and and in less favorable circumstances.
Did the world end?
will the world keep turning after this is over? yes.
will we even remember the doom and gloom scenarios in ten years?
I'm guessing no.
Its been 20 years in Valdez, AK. It is still not cleaned up, it is not only remembered but despised. The people there are still impacted and
impoverished, except for the ones that have moved away or died due to health complications! That was a "spill" not a leak, it was smaller in size,
and it was contained fairly quickly. Imagine how much worse this one is?
The "world" will be fine, but the people that live, work, or survive from the sea may not be so lucky. Since I am one of those people, because I
live on the Florida coastline, then I do not share your optimism. Maybe it is my scientific understanding of the situation from my background in
Chemistry and Engineering, or maybe it is because of my position in State Government, or maybe it is because I was in Panama City this weekend and I
talked with the people affected, and I saw the people packing up to move North and look for work, or maybe it was the pregnant waitress that was
crying because she expected to lose her job sometime in the next couple of weeks?
Maybe, I am not optimistic, because my wife (not a CS) decided we better take the kids to the beach now, because we won't be able to the rest of this
year, and possibly more?
Maybe I am not optimistic, because as a State Employee, I haven't had a raise in 6 years, we lost several hundred positions this year, we are now
having to contribute more money to health insurance and retirement, and the outlook for next year is even worse?
Maybe I am not optimistic because my brother is "short-selling" his home and moving to Missouri, because his Master's Degree in Economics is not
getting him a job in Florida?
Maybe I am not optimistic, because I love Oysters, and I don't wanna see Apalachicola Bay closed for the next year or two? Or maybe it is because I
love Manatees and I don't wanna see them inhaling Oil? Maybe it is the Monarch Butterfly on its way to the Yucatan Peninsula that will likely be
endangered or even extinct after traversing the oil slicked marshlands this year?
I dunno, maybe you should come down here and spend the next 6 months and see how you feel about the situation?