Friday, June 04, 2010

BP Oil Spill is "our fault" (The Washington Times); remember Spindletop?

So, here we go again with “drill baby drill”, which won’t happen for some time. The Washington Times has an editorial by Ted Nugent, “Oil Spill Is Our Fault: We want cheap energy and no consequences”, link here. This isn't the time for Robin William's and his assurances to Matt Damon's character in "Good Will Hunting". In the mean time, oil globules reach the Pensacola Coast this morning and computer models having oil reaching the US East Coast and even crossing the Atlantic to Europe.

We heard this "personal responsibility" argument during the 1970s with the Arab oil embargo and even-odd gasoline rationing (and the threat that Nixon might even impose WWII-style coupon gasoline rationing; the coupons actually did get printed up.)

Nugent writes with some contempt toward “woefully ignorant Americans with hypocritical attitudes.” But there was just as much of that in the 1970s. In 1979 it came back again, with a brief oil crisis instigated by change of power in Iran; on the East Coast that winter, gasoline stations were closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

We’ve talked about energy independence for a long time, and done little. And now we have climate change and peak oil to think about.

An BP has to reassure investors that it will be around a year from now.

I remember that back in the 1950s my father got a copy of the book “Spindletop” for Christmas (I think it’s the same as the book by Clark and Halbouty). Too bad the book doesn’t seem to be around the house now.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Lucas geyser.  I last visited the area in 1979.  (I also once lived in an apartment on Lucas St. in Dallas, in the Oak Lawn section.)

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