I keep hearing that this oil spill is Obama’s Katrina? But is it?
Until we fill 1,800 body bags with the remains of our fellow Americans, until we use chainsaws to free grandmothers trapped in their attics, until we have half a million American citizens instantly homeless, until we even approach such a level of human suffering, I think we do a disservice to the people who fought to survive and to their loved ones who perished.
There exists a government agency whose duty it was to come to their aid in such a natural disaster. It was slow to act – it failed and our government failed. But there exists no government agency whose job it is to stop runaway oil wells at 5,000 feet, no government fleet of deep water submersibles standing by to carry out these efforts a mile under the sea. Private industry causes this spill, and it alone possesses the technology and resources to stop it.
The beaches will become fouled with oil, but we will clean them. Wildlife will perish, but nature will rebound. Sure there will be economic losses and job losses in tourism and fisheries. But thousands of new cleanup jobs will temporarily take their places, and BP’s deep pockets will make many whole again.
BP will continue to make billions in profits. The Gulf will recover. Will New Orleans ever recover?