Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Oil Spill, from a liberal oilfield wife

As you know, assuming you live in the world, the oil is still spilling. I'm honestly surprised by that. I really thought it would have been taken care of by now. The fact that it hasn't been proves just how difficult conditions are. I've been hearing a lot of nonsense from a lot of people on the right and the left, and I just want to give my take on things.

"The President isn't doing enough": I'm not sure what people mean by this. What do people suggest he do? When bloggers and pundits are asked that question on the news, they typically respond with some form of "he should show more rage" or "he should show more emotion". That's no proactive. Showing rage does not solve a problem. People early on began comparing this situation to Katrina, in some way implying that there is something the government can do. I've even heard the suggestion that our military should go stop the leak. Do you honestly believe that if BP, one of the largest, and usually most competent oil companies in the world can't do this, the military, which has no formal training in oil field work, can? Usually I hear this from people who haven't the faintest idea of what goes on in oil fields.

"We should stop all drilling": Really? Do you realize how infrequently a spill like this happens? Do you realize what would happen to the jobs of so many Americans? There are a lot of things that continue after tragic mistakes/accidents/whatever, i.e. plane crashes, car crashes, sky diving, forest fires, etc. But we still fly, drive, sky dive, and hang out in parks and have camp fires, right? We need oil, and until someone comes up with a viable form of alternative energy that can be mass produced ASAP, we have two choices: Drill here and get at least some of our oil from our own area, or buy everything from foreign companies. I'm so over the "pie in the sky" ideas that aren't able to realistically be implemented immediately.

"The President shouldn't put a 6 month moratorium on deep water drilling": This is tricky. On one hand, I get it. There are going to be people out of work, and that sucks, especially since the industry is just getting on it's feet again since the economic slow down. But on the other hand, I understand why they are doing this. The government wants to take a good look at deep water drilling, and decide what steps need to be taken to make it safer. This also affords companies, both oil and oilfield services, to take a look at their policies and see what they can do to make things safer. Let's say the President didn't put this moratorium in place, and the same thing happened next month. Then everyone says, "oh, he should have done something". Being President means being damned if you do, damned if you don't. No big surprise. Additionally, this is hurricane season. Husband worked deep water for 4 years, and every summer he was home, because lots of those rigs shut down for the season. So while yes, it's not good for workers, it's also not as bad as it would be if this was December/January. Remember, I'm only talking from Husband's experience.

A lot of people are saying a lot of stuff. So much of it is bizarre nonsense, I can't decide who I hate more today, Rush Limbaugh or Keith Olbermann. Mass cases of tunnel vision coming from every direction. It's hard to be on both sides of the issue.

I just read my last post on this topic, and it's so similar. I feel like I'm screaming at the rain.


Allie said...

This is a really interesting take I think. Maybe because I suck at keeping up with the news and stuff. But thank you for posting this. I'm glad I read this.

LaToya said...

I don't know. As torn as I think I should be about this moratorium, I think if it holds, the state of Louisiana will be devastated. Almost 7% of the state's revenue comes from the industry..and something like 17% of jobs in the state are in the oil imagine what that percentage is below I-10.

Those companies are not going to stick around for six months and lose billions of dollars. I've heard talks of one pulling out of the gulf completely.

We won't have to worry with how to improve deep water drilling because it won't even be an option any more.

I think it's quite frustrating...and I'm honestly glad that I'm not in a position to have to make those types of difficult decisions.

GrapeSeed said...

I personally want Mr. Obama to put on his high pressure, crush resistand scuba gear and super hero cap and go plug it himself :)