Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This is absurd

Rex. W. Tillerson doesn’t know anything about the chemical industry apparently.  In defending BP and the oil industry, he’s committed the “there’s no gambling going on here” sin in front of a watching world.  May Jon Stewart crucify him in the public arena.

If you haven’t seen his comments, he says – quoting the Wall Street Journal - “that if [oil] companies follow proper well design, drilling, maintenance, and training procedures accidents like Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20 ‘should not occur.’  Sure, BP went over the top in insuring this accident happened by pushing deadlines and taking shortcuts; however, the reality is that there’s no industry immune to accidents.  The impunity of Rex’s comments only cements the case that these guys were not planning for major disasters in any real form.  Chemical extraction and processing is inheritantly risky and we should be mandating that some form of the oil industries billion dollar profits go to preparation for disaster.  With hundreds of oil rigs off of the Gulf of Mexico,  this wasn’t a matter of IF but a matter of WHEN. 


Ezra Klein has an excellent post about how the true cost of gasoline is starting to reveal itself.  Ughhh … this whole thing is so maddening.

1 comment:

  1. The impunity of Rex’s comments only cements the case that .....Funny