More Recent: The Deepwater Horizon has reportedly sunk off the coast of Louisiana. In addition to the human cost of the missing workers, the rig is also estimated to be spilling 13,000 gallons of oil an hour.
This is a terrible, terrible tragedy.
Update: Jeffery adds his thoughts. He includes a juxtaposition of a well known cliche regarding American energy policy.
I'm sure everyone who watches the news knows about the explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Burns, critical injuries and missing crew have been reported, and the first thing to say is that I hope all the injured recover and all the missing are found. The United States Coast Guard is again adding to their legendary reputation in Southeast Louisiana.
The Deepwater Horizon is one of mankind's most advanced oil exploration platforms. It is considered state of the art.
This incident, considered alongside the West Virginia mine explosion remind us all that there is a real human cost tied to the extraction of fossil fuels.