My Part of the Oil Spill

oil spill, from NASA

There is plenty of blame to go around for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP is obvious, but so is the Minerals Management Service for continual failure (under both Republican and Democratic administrations) to regulate the industry, and Congress (both Republicans and Democrats) for taking huge contributions from the petro industry and failing to protect people and the environment. But part of the blame lies with me. I drive, I use that oil. Though transportation is only about 1/3 of our total energy use, it is nearly all of our liquid fuels use. I drive much less, and am working towards none, but I still drive. There is oil on my hands, and blood. Until we, all of us, own up to our own complicity in this disaster, we will have more of them.

By the way, this was not an accident. It was the result of decisions by PB, by Transocean, Halliburton, and by Minerals Management Service. Accidents are beyond the control of anyone, and one earth, that pretty much comes down to meteorites falling from space. Accidents do not include disasters caused by human action or lack thereof. Other countries have implemented rigorous cutoff valve requirements to reduce the likelihood of such a spill, which the United States has not. That is not an accident.

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