Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Day After - petro version
Remember the old made-for-TV movie, The Day After (1983), about the aftermath of nuclear armageddon? The gushing BP deep water spill is turning out to be our own unforeseen Day After. So many truths to be found here. The absolute unregulated nature of big oil under Bush/Cheney, the overreach of technology and confidence in progress, profits over safety/human wellbeing/the environment. Elizabeth Kolbert (New Yorker) mentioned recently that this is a direct result of peak oil, the need to push for increasingly scarce oil reserves and our willingness to take increasing risks to keep it flowing.