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That off-shore calamity that erupted in the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of Louisiana has demonstrated anew humankind’s capacity for self-deception.
Start with all those expressions of shock and dismay emanating from off-shore drilling enthusiasts and their political agents that such a thing could come to pass. Who’d-a thought!?
My guess is that even such erstwhile boosters as the now-chronically agitated Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal knew deep down all along that not only could such a catastrophe occur but that it inevitably would.
There are simply too many elements in play—human, technological and ecological — where drilling deep into the ocean’s floor is concerned for disaster not to be lurking.
Equally delusional were oil industry and off-shore drilling proponents’ claims that, in the event something should go awry, state-of-the-art safeguards are in place to nip it in the bud before things got out of hand.
President Obama indulged in this shaky supposition during his State of the Union address this year, arguing that oil obtained offshore is a safe bridge to the goal of greater reliance on renewable energy sources.
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