A majority of Americans are unhappy with our government's failure to come to the aid of those affected on the Gulf coast. But their anger should be directed at BP, not at our government. Yet despite their anger, according to the latest Gallup poll, 52 percent of Americans still support offshore drilling.
This disaster has made it clear that offshore drilling is too costly and risky. The oil industry is not prepared to deal with accidents that occur during drilling. The results have been horrific. It is not BP, but Americans living along the Gulf coast who will suffer the terrible long term effects caused by corporate greed.
Interviewed and reported on CBS evening news (May 26) the CEO of BP said, "We are absolutely committed to clean every drop of oil up". But these are empty words. While they have made attempts to stop the flow, they haven't succeeded. And thus far, BP has done little to clean up the giant mess they've created. The Gulf is now a toxic soup of oil and chemical dispersants, which are being carried by ocean currents to distant shores.
Man can live without oil. It may be hard to adjust, but people existed without oil for thousands of years. But we cannot live without oceans. They're vital to the health of our planet. Our planet is much more than a repository of resources exploitable for profit. Our life depends on the healthy life-support mechanisms of the earth. The diversity and quality of life has priceless value.
There is no such thing as safe off shore drilling or clean coal plants. BP is starting up a new deeper rig, Atlantis, in the Gulf. Drilling was also scheduled to begin offshore in Alaska. Fortunately President Obama put a moratorium on future drilling, recognizing that it must be halted before this story repeats itself.