Monday, April 26, 2010

Spill, Baby, Spill!

Y'all remember how, according to the right, our modern technology made it so that "not one drop" of oil was spilled during the Katrina and Rita hurricane season of 2005? That particular narrative takes me back to the days of less dysfunctional right-wing reality denial, right alongside "we will be greeted as liberators" and "Mission Accomplished."

Y'all remember all that? Well, Oyster sure does.

All of this to remind you that oil exploration will come with costs human and environmental. The human cost is real. Real to the tune of 1,443 oil rig accidents between 2001 and 2007 taking 41 lives and causing 302 injuries. And as for the enviornment, we don't have a lot of easy answers when something goes wrong.

You have to be mindful and honest about such things when discussing policy. That's why the "drill, baby, drill" cliche, coupled with the "not one drop" narrative is unnerving, factually incorrect, and dangerous. People may make different decisions if they heard actual facts.

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