From the beginning of this spill the information has been slow and rather inaccurate from all parties. Why did they all wait so long to do anything. Pretty hard to bet on BP or DOI from what I have read. Am I being negative or realistic?
Yes, the spill is much larger than is being reported and the problem isn’t just oil soaked beaches. BP’s use of dispersant has driven the oil down below the surface and out of sight; but, it’s down on the bottom and in the grasses that most things live. When that oil down in the water column gets caught in the loop current, it will destroy the coral beds and ruin the Keys and Biscayne Bay National Park. And, who really pays for it? BP may write the checks; but, gasoline prices are already climbing and don’t tell me it’s because of the summer season. It’s the oil industry already passing the cost of this screw-up directly into the pump price.
A good piece by Paul Krugman of the New York Times dealing with this and other issues brought up on this blog over the last couple of years. Particularly scathing about the shenanigans that has gone on/continues to go on at Interior:
So I came away with Krugman saying this was mostly the residual effects of the Bush Administration, but that Obama should have been very careful before rubber stamping existing Bush plans, and he should have chosen new people at the Department of Interior who were more of a departure from what we had under Bush. In other words, not Ken Salazar.
And, today, the usual lack of responsibility. It is NO ONE’S fault that this spill happened! Imagine that! Tell that the the wildlife that is being devastated by this disgusting irresponsible devastation!
Actually, even as a strong wildlife advocate, right now, I more worried about the economy that is dying in the gulf…the ramifications of that is going to be far reaching and hard to overcome for a long time to come..I spent a lot of time in NO helping clean up things after Katrina, and this is going to be a real mess..