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It's officially the sort of disaster that allows a different direction, due to timing and magnitude. It's a blindingly obvious confirmation of the way we get our energy being unsustainable and wrong. No amount of sequestration of carbon or half-measures of hybrids will cure the problem. Not that I'm entirely opposed to those ideas; they are just band aids on symptoms, when renewable sources represent the long term answer to energy, environment and national security quandaries, and the sad fact of deaths and almost certain significant releases of petroleum highlight the obvious.  

The disasters of Massey Energy and now this one by Transocean are achingly sad for the victims and their families. Improved safety and strengthened environmental policies present best as memorials, and the last view I wish to enshrine is dancing on graves. May they rest in peace.    

But to the karma. How does a Gulf Piper Alpha play out in a Mid-Atlantic state or Alaska where offshore petroleum production is

Back on the menu, boys?

Not too fucking well, thank you, kind sir.

I'm feeling like the Ents are behind us on this one so to speak, and we should take whatever help can get to prevent foolish moves in the wrong direction with Old Energy. The best we can hope for is sucking a rising tide through a soda straw with respect to demand, and that stinks of bipartisan fetish to which almost none of us and damned few in the middle appreciate.

Let's build out the renewable technology until the economy says otherwise, because the market should be our guide, eh? Our environment and national security depend upon it, not to mention being a proper memorial to the dead and injured of those workplaces.  

Originally posted to huntergeo on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 06:59 PM PDT.

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