Friday, June 18, 2010

America's Chernobyl?

That might be an apt description of the debacle in the Gulf Coast. And of course we know that every time we think that we've got a handle on the "worst case scenario" for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, someone suggests even worse scenarios. And as someone at TBogg notices, there are plenty of vultures hoping - it seems - for worst case scenarios for their own fantasized tribal/partisan gains. Never mind the tremendous human, wildlife, and plant life suffering occurring in the region. Prayers of disillusioned 20-somethings embracing the "Party of Tea" seem perfectly acceptable in some circles.

I'm not optimistic that our current dysfunctional system is up to the task of fashioning any reasonably viable long-term solution to our current dependency on petroleum products. I haven't said much about Obama's handling of the debacle in large part because I have nothing constructive to say, other than Obama's response is more symptom than cause. Politically and culturally we are so ossified that I suspect that the best we can hope for is a few more decades of talking and promising (as has been the case for the past four decades) of energy independence, even as the trappings of a civilization dependent on black gold show increasing signs of strain.

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