It’s remarkable in the amount of information and perspective conveyed. A picture in this case is worth a few thousand words – but i can’t help cough up a few anyway.
Please take the time to scroll down and really look at this. You won’t regret it.
– Deepwater Horizon starts at sea level.
– As you continue to scroll, try to comprehend the difficulty of operating at depth. Having just barely tested the waters of recreational diving, there’s an assload of prep required just to dive to 100 feet. Working with complex mechanical systems at 5,000 feet deep? Incomprehensible.
– The folks who were screaming “Drill, Baby, Drill” are now howling that the President must do something, perhaps get “more personally involved” – like dive down there himself in a submersible crafted in record time from re-programmed arts funding and plug the leak with his own children? Suspect they still wouldn’t be happy.
– Heartbreaking devastation to the environment, and economy of the gulf coast. Lives disrupted, ecological damage with unknown ramifications. That’s obvious.
– Simple solutions? We’ve all got ’em. Saw an article on CNN today about a kid who came up with a great flange-replacement solution. Cool video, taken by his dad. Appreciate the thought, but try it a mile deep, in the dark, with about a gazillion times more pressure than the garden hose you used to demonstrate your solution…
Bottom line: You can’t have it both ways. You want oil? You want gas that costs $2.95 at the pump? It’s hard to get, and there are risks. What are you willing to give up to prevent the need for such high risk oil exploration?
There is no simple answer to our dependence on fossil fuel. We’re pretty much screwed either way