May 24, 2010
Requiem For A Dumb Ape

Isn’t this how a species becomes extinct?

WASHINGTON - In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records.

The records also indicate that since the April 20 explosion on the rig, federal regulators have granted at least 19 environmental waivers for gulf drilling projects and at least 17 drilling permits, most of which were for types of work like that on the Deepwater Horizon shortly before it exploded, pouring a ceaseless current of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

You’d think the worst man made disaster since Chernobyl might make us reconsider this whole offshore drilling thing, but apparently not. We’ll just keep shitting in our own nest. Is this our Neanderthal DNA resurfacing, or does this kind of stupid shortsightedness come from our exclusively human side?

Posted by OHollern at May 24, 2010 07:14 PM
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You know any climate scientists? Because Ornery Bastard is suggesting that oil on the water surface in the gulf could get picked up by hurricanes and come raining down on us in hurricanes that make landfall.

I have no clue whether it's possible, but it sounds plausible -- and horrifying.

Posted by: karen marie on May 25, 2010 1:59 AM

Dunno why, but I think often of one of the Kilgore Trout stories Vonnegut summarized in Breakfast of Champions. The story was a dialogue between two yeast organisms, as they pondered the meaning of life and what purpose they served in the universe. The yeast, it turns out, were part of a fermentation process, so while they were philosophizing they were also slowly drowning in their own waste.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on May 26, 2010 2:59 PM
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