In case you’ve been living in a missile silo in North Dakota, you are probably quite aware of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Basically, or should I say ironically, President Obama approves offshore drilling and then this rig explodes leaving an underwater pipe spewing oil into the ocean. It is being called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, more so than the Exxon Valdez, more so than Three Mile Island. Notice the underlying thread that ties it all together, power and energy. Anyway, BP sets up a camera feed underwater and the world watches in disgust. I spent an hour and a half watching the thing before I realized it wasn’t the series finale of LOST and went over to ABC.com.
People got pissed. Top Hat failed. Top Kill failed. The latest attempt, called Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) involves cutting the damaged pipe away in order to work with a clean end. Well, the saw got stuck. Seems like Louisiana and the Gulf just can’t seem to catch a break. After being hit by Katrina, the best thing to happen to them was the Saints winning the Super Bowl. Way to steal Drew Brees’ thunder BP.
So, everyone got out their thinking caps and went to town designing anti-bp and boycott bp designs. I went the more subtle route. 11 people died in the explosion. Marine life is changed and threatened. Shrimping and fishing in the Gulf is screwed. Tourism is down. BP’s stock has plummeted as has the price of oil Regardless of who takes charge of the disaster or who cleans it up, we’re all beyond pwned.