Friday, July 02, 2010

Unenthusiastic Whale

Is unenthusiastic.

Call me crazy, but I just can't understand the wierd, complacent quotes and media hit against new oil-skimming technology in this article.

Let's say you had a huge problem on your hands, like maybe the greatest environmental catastrophe in United States history. Oil is destroying fragile wetlands in Louisiana and beaches from Mississippi to Florida. It is killing all sorts of wildlife in horrible ways. It's bad, and your efforts to clean it up aren't getting the job done quickly enough. Things are so bad, you've ordered extra machines designed by Kevin Costner, because you want to use every working method at your disposal.

Then somebody shows up with a supertanker designed to suck up 500,000 gallons of oily water a day and seperate the oil from the water. It may not work, that's the risk of something new, but if it does...500,000 gallons a day.

And you're like, "Oh, well, park it over there with the rest of the stuff we aren't using. We'll get back to you." After that, you tell the media "we don't think this will have a big impact at all, we're still just screwed so we might as well accept that fact and move on."

Then the media does a front page article full of disappointing quotes and investigates the vessel owners' risk/reward motives?


I can understand if no one wants to kiss this company's ass (if only they were an oil company, right?) before we know if the tech will work, but what is up with the hit before we've even seen it in action?



patsbrother said...


DADvocate said...

A co-worker told me about this today at lunch time. Seems to be a theme running here.

You're completely correct. What harm would it do to try it out? It's not like we're having any great success.

Check out more on other parts of the debacle here.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I don't even know what's going on anymore, but I'm glad folks besides Mother Jones, PBS and the NOLA bloggers are picking up on the media access thing.

Though the fishermen getting paid exhorbitant fees to have their boats sit around is news. There are a lot of folks on emergency assistance now so where those checks are going, I don't know.

This thing is so big, we should have 120% employment in Louisiana right now, with every craft that floats modified and deployed for clean up.

Politically, Billy Nungesser just turned down interest in the Lt. Governor's job to stay with his Parish. Barring some cataclysmic political revelation, he will be the Governor of Louisiana after Bobby's term limits are up, or he will be the candidate who unseats Mary Landrieu in the next election cycle.