posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 11:58 AM
I've been an avid patron of ATS for a while now, and finally decided to join.
I have followed this since day one, and from the beginning the gut feeling was that something huge had just happened. And so it has.
The feeling of helplessness, of just sitting and watching something you know you can't stop, has to be on a lot of peoples' minds. I know it is on
However, I have noticed that some people, on ATS and elsewhere, seem to think that banning drilling is the answer. I disagree. You could say the same
thing about airplane crashes, train wrecks, etc. Every time something goes wrong you don't just turn your back on it, you fix the problem.
Safeguards and regular maintenance (strictly adhered to) are essential to any operation that involves machinery. I have seen first hand companies that
cut corners in order to save money, and they end up paying the price due to injury and unforeseen collateral damage. BP is no different.
All of us use oil based products (try not to!). Blaming the people who use these products is non-productive, and what are you going to do about that
anyway? We all know that handled properly and responsibly, there is no problem with oil or the drilling for it.
I agree that a phase-out of oil based products in favor of something more ecofriendly is needed, but you really just can't STOP using these products
overnight. But we can be smarter and safer about how we procure the resource.
Good to be on board, ATS.