The city of Olympia, and indeed the entire nation, has been watching the compelling video coming from the live web feed of the BP Oil Spill. Earlier this morning, we saw the damaged riser spewing oil from the sea floor. Then we saw a picture of a device that looked like an intake manifold on a car that is being used to pump mud into lines on the blowout preventer, the safety device at the wellhead that failed when the original blast at the BP Oil Rig occurred. We are all hoping that this "top kill" will finally plug this horrible leak but we won't know for sure for a couple more days.
Meanwhile the blame game is in high gear with Republicans and liberals alike blaming the Obama administration for not doing enough and BP, Transocean, and Haliburton officials appearing at congressional hearings to take the verbal tongue lashing that the public seems to be clamoring for. Gene and I had an animated discussion at dinner tonight and Gene pointed out that the citizens of this country are the ones to blame for this mess. We’re not willing to modify our behavior and our excessive lifestyles and we lack the political will to demand that legislators and policy makers provide incentives for sustainable energy alternatives and disincentives by way of taxes, for gasoline consumption. It’s an obvious argument but I haven’t heard it being discussed by the media or by politicians as much as I would like and I believe that’s because we are still looking for easy answers. Pointing the finger at BP and the rest might be satisfying but it’s not likely to change anything.