BP Stands for Big Polluter
Okay, I suppose that I just have less tolerance with oil spills than the next guy. Instead of considering it second-hand smoke at a restaurant, I think of it more like someone defecating on my plate of lobster.
We also need a new word for this problem. The original word to describe the spill that continues to be used is a “leak.” A leak is defined as a dripping faucet, a “leak” in the garden hose or a “leak” in the roof; it is a drip that a large finger might stop.
Just for the sake of pure reason, let’s call the BP spill a “GUSHER.”
Stories are now appearing that the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico may be five times greater than the last time we were updated. But, rather than lowering an available special device down to the leak and actually measuring the exact flow, BP is using the old licked finger-in-the-air estimating technique. Regarding this methodology, I heard someone at the barbershop say, “In the South, we call that technique a wild ass guess.”
BP’s response is: “We are concentrating on stopping the leak.”
Listen folks, half of the damage is not visible, it is under the sea. Thus, we are going to have to review what is happening miles below the Gulf to fully understand the depth of this problem. By merely looking at this dilemma from the surface, we are truly not looking at the entire picture. This reminds me of the old phrase: “If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, did it actually happen?” In other words, if you do not start precisely measuring the flow of the oil spill until the second or third month, then did the worst spill in history actually happen?
Now, a New York Times story reports that residents in New Orleans actually smell the spill. Oh, come on!
So, this supports my argument that this tragedy is worse than any of the “experts” will admit. Why is everyone just talking and not fully investigating the depth of this problem? Is it going to continue to be mere finger pointing at the expense of our environment and eventually our health, welfare and safety?
In the meantime, the world has not come to a complete halt and said, “THIS MUST BE FIXED!” Well, I am pushing the proverbial panic button. As Donald
Trump says so eloquently, “BP – YOU’RE FIRED!”
If by May 17, 2010, this leak is not stopped, the government must step in for a resolution. The fox may not guard the hen house any longer. It is time to give the Army Corp. of Engineers total control and for others to step back and see the results. I am sorry but if stopping this leak is not worth the spending of one month’s of IRAQI WAR money ($1 billion), I don’t know what is.
This crisis reminds me of the Three Mile Island disaster in the 70's which resulted in the complete destruction of nuclear power in the United States. Do not expect another offshore oil well to be drilled in our lifetime.
The fallout of this debacle is beyond comprehension. In fact, our governmental leaders have no clue what is about to happen. When the general public finally realizes what has occurred, expect the governors of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana,Mississippi and Texas to lose their jobs. Our President of the United States and his leadership is very much needed now. Otherwise, it could be another: “You are all fired!”
Be sure to watch the Saturday Night Live skit about BP's ideas for solving this problem.