I exhaled a tiny sigh of relief when BP finally began to collect a small amount of oil from the spewing well. Even if it was a fraction of the total daily flow, it seemed like we were on the right track. Time to move on.
Of course, the Deepwater Horizon rig continues to spew thousands of gallons of raw crude into the Gulf every day. But O.K., we get it. Countless birds, turtles, and dolphins need to be cleaned and will likely die. BP will spend billions of dollars to clean up their mess and to payoff the people whose livelihoods they have destroyed. Aren’t we just repeating the same story again and again? Aren’t we just waiting for the details to be worked out? Isn’t it time to move on?
I’d argue that this attitude that we all share, if we are honest with ourselves, is a result of the public not seeing enough photographs of the effects of this thing and BP’s constant cover-up; the World Cup; a lack of understanding; weak rhetoric from our government and a refusal to embrace this catastrophe as an impetus for a clean energy revolution; and that we’re scared $#&@-less and no one knows how to stop it.