Panic baby, panic
May 18, 2010
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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.