Today is Day 36 for British Petroleum's (BP) oil gusher into the Gulf of Mexico.
By the time the leak is capped- if ever- the Louisiana Delta region and surrounding areas will be coated with oil- and America is seeing and will continue to see vast changes in the Gulf ecosystem.
People like the former female governor of Alaska say BP's blow-out is "unfortunate-" but America MUST continue drilling for our precious oil both off America's shores and on our land.
I suppose Ms. Former Governor includes National Parks and other like sanctuaries are fair game for our energy glut needs- and I suppose she'll think it also "unfortunate" if an uncontrolled blow-out occurred in any of those areas too.
A few days ago- I read a post by another Metro Kansas City blogger- Xavier Onassis- who addressed America's energy needs and it brought back a thought I had back on September 11, 2001.
That thought was that America REALLY needs to get off the teat of Middle Eastern oil- completely and forever.
G.W. Bush COULD have put this country on an energy program like John F. Kennedy pointed us to Space back in the 1960's- but THAT didn't happen.
To compare anything Bush did about America's energy independence to Kennedy's space program: We'd still be no closer to space than a ride in a passenger jet aircraft- maybe weather satellites.
Meanwhile- vast stretches of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline will be increasingly ruined- untold millions of wildlife affected- and most Americans will continue to not REALLY give-a-damn as long as gasoline- natural gas- heating oil- et al- is affordable.
Who cares if we don't have any seafood or many birds left- we'll address those consequences when it's (too late) time.