We've been hearing all kinds of things about this oil spill lately.
Some have been darkly comedic, like when Bill Maher said:
"Every asshole who ever chanted 'drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf Coast today for cleanup duty."
Some have been necessarily sobering, like when fishing boat captain Dan Dix, from Venice, LA said:
"Our biggest concern is that the oil comes in at any kind of volume and it settles into that cane. Once it settles in the cane, it destroys the cane, it kills the shrimp. If you kill the shrimp, you kill the fish that feed off the shrimp, and if you kill the fish then there is nothing left in the Gulf of Mexico. That would absolutely be a disaster for years and years."
And some have just been downright stupid, like when Senator Lindsey Graham said:
"We've had problems with car design, but you don't stop driving."
No Senator Graham, but it is the responsibility of the car manufacturers and lawmakers like you to get those cars off the road until they are no longer of any danger to the public.
Yeah, I get it. It's all political posturing. Make sure you have a strong defense now, because you know folks are going to be re-thinking and questing the benefits and risks of domestic offshore drilling; despite the fact that this disaster will in no way halt the expansion of domestic offshore oil.
But while the headless chickens on the Hill scramble to figure out how to spin this thing to get votes, some are actually offering a rational response to this tragedy.
Like the Union of Concerned Scientists, for instance.
No political maneuvering and no conspiracy theories with these guys. Just a common sense approach that could help us avoid these types of things altogether.
If you have a moment, I strongly urge you to check it out. You can find it here.