For Discussion of British Petroleum and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Dekirh wrote:What caused the flooding? Was it just heavy rain + poor terrain or something else? Seems to be a somewhat common occurence. Can't the drainage system be improved?
The oil spill seems to be very bad. Estimates went from 1,000 to 5,000 to 25,000 barrels per day. Any industry that relies on the sea is pretty much screwed. For a long time. Not going to imagine the extent of ecological impact it will have.
Global warming aside, I find it pretty ridiculous that some people commenting on that page considers it is a waste of money to look into alternative energy sources. Nevermind that it could be cheaper for the average person in the long run when technology advances enough, or that it would be nice not to be held hostage to oil companies who, as far as I'm aware, are making record profits every quarter. What about the time when oil and gas production falls and is no longer a viable energy source for most countries? Are they going to magic more oil out or technology that harness alternative energy sources efficiently?
Edit - Lazy to quote so it's a bit messy.
I agree. I wouldn't trust BP reps any further than I could chuck them at this point, particularly since they underestimated the flow rate of the leak by about an order of magnitude - supposedly we're seeing about 60,000 barrels a day leaking now. However, let's hope the 'top kill' plan for closing the vent works, otherwise it sounds like we're really screwed.
But we certainly shouldn't be trusting our future (or present!) energy contracts to companies which are so shamelessly irresponsible and corrupt. As I've said in other threads, I think the MMR's house needs to be thoroughly cleaned for graft, criminal negligence and other misconduct and the damages cap on the oil industry removed.