Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spill Baby Spill Takes A Turn For The Worse

So I've been fooling myself into thinking that at least there's a silver lining to the Louisiana oil rig explosion and leak in that it will give pause to advocates of increased off shore drilling.

Now word comes that the leak remains uncontained and continues to spread rapidly. This picture is from April 25 so just imagine that slick bigger and closer to shore...The image is from a NASA MODIS instrument (follow the link for more info).

The latest word is even more troubling, we're going to turn Spill Baby Spill into Burn Baby Burn. Is there any way this is actually a good idea? Burning off an oil slick just doesn't seem like the best way to deal with it to me. I suppose that the folks making the decision know what they're doing, but then again do we have any evidence that they do?

That does bring me back to the fact that this incident demonstrates exactly why we shouldn't be drilling for oil along our shorelines.

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