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Panic baby, panic


The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made everyone panic, from Democrats (who are genetically programmed to panic on environmental issues) to Republicans (who are genetically programmed to panic about losing elections), everyone is panicking- but what’s changed? There was a risk before, there’s a risk now. If we stop drilling now for this reason, it’d be like a kid refusing to ever fly in a place because they heard about a plane crash.

I heard once a neat bit of wisdom, and no, I don’t remember who said it, but here goes: “People do not like to change their minds regarding decisions and very rarely do, but if you give new information, they can make new decisions.”

Taking that thought in mind for a moment, it would be okay if America took in the new information (the damage caused by the oil spill) and made a new decision about oil drilling. That would be a good thing. Making that decision in a moment of panic would be a bad idea. Allowing the idiots who let this leak get this bad affect questions of national security and economic prosperity would be a horrible mistake. America needs to make decisions on these matters from a perspective of fact, risk, reward, and reason, not emotional or political panic.

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2 responses to “Panic baby, panic

  1. writerdood May 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Very nice.

    I do have a tendency to think “Drill Baby Drill” every time I see the news on the spill. But, to be fair, Obama agreed that we should drill too. (Although there were obviously political reasons for doing so).

    While I don’t think we should necessarily stop drilling, we sure have a mess to clean up now (or we will have if they don’t stop this leak soon). And I’d much rather see us focus on renewable resources. We need to develop them further though before they can replace oil consumption. And we’re moving slowly in that direction. Maybe this will further speed that pace.

    • The BookGuy May 23, 2010 at 12:08 am

      I’m back and forth on the drilling thing. On the one hand, I’m no tree hugger and have no problem with them drilling. I have a problem with them spilling all this oil, but in my mind I view it as two seperate things, kinda like I have no problems with hunting guns, but do have a problem with murder. So yeah, I’m happy with letting them drill, but it seems we get jack shit out of it.

      Which leads to the con. I believe it was Berrnie Sanders of Vermont, but he did the math and it was kinda scary. He said if we went hell bent crazy on off shore drilling, 30 years from no we’d drop oil prices 3 cents a gallon (in today’s dollars). For those 3 cents 30 years from now, we are risking more deep sea oil spills like we just suffered through. If we however, work more on conservation and increasing fuel effeciency standards, we can cut the price of oil a dollar a gallon.

      If he’s right (and I’ve heard that 3 cent figure in a few trust worthy places) then I’m not going to come out hard against drilling, but I’d stop being for it. It almost seems a waste of time to worry about the drilling.

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