Monday, April 26, 2010

Stupid question

This evening (April 26) on WHSV/TV3, anchor Bob Corso interviewed retired Bridgewater College political science professor David McQuilkin on how the Louisiana oil rig explosion and pending environmental disaster might affect drilling off the Virginia coast. Boiled down to the essentials, McQuilkin said the current situation would would give environmentalists some talking points, but that over time it wouldn't have much effect on plans to drill 50 miles off Virginia Beach. While I opposed the drilling, I tend to agree with the analysis - it will be years before we are weaned from the ample tits of big oil.
The interview continued and Corso then showed his bias for crude when he commented that the last oil-related environmental disaster was Exxon Valdez in 1989 To his credit, McQuilken disputed that assertion, although without offering specifics. Corso then asked a completely moronic question (I'm paraphrasing somewhat)... Isn't off-shore drilling basically foolproof?
Huh? How completely stupid is Corso's question? We just had an oil rig explode and sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven lives were lost. Over 1,800 square miles of the Gulf are covered with oil that crews are desperately trying to contain. Some 5,000 feet down, 42,000 gallons of crude oil continue spewing into the water each and every day as special submarines try to plug the leak. The vital Louisiana seafood and tourism industry is in peril. With all that, Bob Corso asks if off-shore oil drilling is foolproof. The word "fool" applies to this interview... just as the the word "foolish" applies to "drill here, drill now" of the Virginia coast. But, off-shore oil drilling, like all human ventures, is far from "foolproof."

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