Maybe now there is an incentive to complete the projects started in the late 70's and terminated in the early 80's to develop safe alternatives. They are out there. We need better solar and wind energy technologies to generate electricity. We need much better battery technology. Nuclear energy is much safer now than it was in the days of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.
None of these things will bring back the 11 people killed on the rig, nor will they make whole the lives of their families, nor will they bring back the ways of life of all the people living along the Gulf coasts. None of these things will restore the ecosystems that will take years to decades to recover once the oil gusher is stopped.
As I learn more about the original explosion, and the initial efforts to stop the continuing eruption of oil, the more I am convinced the BP and TransOcean supervisors are idiots. First based on the geology of the gulf floor it is not safe to drill there, period. Once the TransOcean drilling started, the way things were going and the composition of the flow, they should have known that there would be methane hydrate formation. If they did not have the phase diagram of methane, water, temperature and pressure emblazoned in their brains, they were not competent to do what they were doing. Of course the first top hat, top cap or whatever they should have known that it would rapidly fill with methane hydrates and be lifted off the floor.
I second everything said by Ken, John, Tommy and Mike.
Vegetarian Arthritic Paraplegic Wannabe Routerologist The RouterForums member formerly known as mftha or th-alton
"Teach your children what we have taught ours, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
-attributed to Chief Seattle of the Native American Suquamish Tribe
- Wood working, especially router work is too much fun to let "disabilities" get in the way.
- see MEBCWD's signature line; be certain brain is properly powered up and engaged
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