Oh, but that the copious red/black streams of copious muck spreading steadily shoreward were “beyond petroleum!” But that the substance were food coloring, or fish food! We could celebrate that “BP” also stands for “beyond pollution!”
But alas, last I noticed, the substance belching from the earth’s bowels at the site of the rig wreck really is petroleum. BP is not as far down that green road as the marketing department would have us believe, perhaps not as far as they wish they were they were themselves, particularly at the moment.
I have to confess: As a Louisianian, I’m really mad. (I started to say “angry” but that’s too civilized–MAD!! Maybe even “urinary streamed off,” referring to Prof. Menard’s lecture posted at the blog last week).
I’ve heard BP’s mealy-mouthed statements, and I visited their web site where they portray themselves as heroically “on task,” directing an unprecedented effort to control the situation. I’m not comforted that their effort is unprecedented, because all that underscores is the fact that the impending disaster is unprecedented.
Who knows what lessons we’ll learn from this mess over the next days or weeks? (Wishfully, days and not weeks?) For sure, we need to move “beyond” petroleum, although I doubt BP has the credibility to lead us to that promised land.
Admittedly, as Louisianians, we’ve embraced offshore drilling for years as a boon to our economy. But before I assume my “Harry Humble” hat to assume the blame, I’m reminded that green freaks from all over the country who are wagging moralistic fingers of condemnation in BP’s and Louisiana’s face are just as addicted to the fuel from Gulf Coastal regions that runs their SUV’s and warms their bones in the winter. Hypocrites they are, like all of us.
When will we really get “beyond petroleum?” My generation has been mouthing off about energy independence since the mid-70’s and the Arab embargo. What are we waiting for to turn talk into the real energy that moves us “beyond petroleum?”