Today they finally showed pictures of what might really be happening in the Gulf. It is sickening to see. It is sickening to begin to understand the devastation that is happening and will continue to happen in the gulf. The extent of the environmental disaster almost can’t be imagined. What will happen to fish, birds and other creatures is almost unimaginable and the consequences to the planet vast and long lasting. Add to that the devastating consequences this disaster will have on the economy of a region already struggling desperately to recover from the hurricanes of the last six years and you realize that this is a disaster of much broader reach than we might have thought.
The oil company that brought this about, and the regulators that failed to do their jobs, bear a very grave responsibility. Unfortunately, despite all their assurances that they were prepared for disaster, they clearly were not. The very little they have tried has failed; and until today they simply lied about the extent of what was happening. But today the grim underwater pictures of thousands of crude pumping into the water couldn’t be disguised or excused.
So having faced the reality that BP is simply unprepared and incapable of fixing this, and leaving aside the question of how to handle the future, why isn’t the government stepping up? We all know that BP is “responsible”, read financially. Who cares right now? All that matters it that it is stopped, fixed, contained. The Army Corps of Engineers is supposed to know how to fix everything; there are scientists and technicians all over the globe working on this kind of project. Why can’t they all talk to each other? Why can’t the fixers and solvers get together and find fix or solution? We know BP can’t by themselves. So what are we waiting for? The end of the world?