We have been hearing about the Gulf Disaster for weeks; it has made nearly every newspapers front page, every news stations headlines and every radio show's topic. We may be sick of hearing about it, but the reason it is still gaining so much international attention is because BP and our US governement has failed to offer a speedy recovery.
If President Obama couldn't access his bank account, or BP's CEO, Tony Hayward, had all of his assets frozen, it is likely that both would spend evey waking moment on the phone, auditing their accounts and calling in real professionals. But since this crisis is hitting regions far from their homes, and killing animals, not their pockets, the clean up efforts have been little more then a poorly put together circus act.
There was a lot of tall talk in last nights presidential address. Talk about another commission, an escrow fund, and the reorganization of corrupt agencies. But no one heard a clear plan of action for now, to deal with the problem at hand, the millions of gallons of oil currently in the Gulf of Mexico and the millions more that will potentially spill into the animal and wildlife sanctuary.
We think about the escrow accounts and feel that it is some restitution for those in the region. Sure it provides a little relief, but not for all. As an example, when a hotel isn't booked, and there isn't any work for those who are employed there, they will get the pink slip. Sure, the business owner has padded his pockets a bit, but what about all of the low-level positions that are being slashed? Also, let's not forget that BP is estimated to be cyphoning about 15,000 barrels of oil a day from the spill, which translates into $750,000 USD a day if a barrel is trading at $50.00 a barrel. So that escrow fund is hardly replacing the damage being done.
This disaster in the Gulf is threatning wildlife, causing long and painful deaths among our animals, and turning pardise into a profit-driven mess. More people wanted to hear a firm push for future regulation banning offshore drilling and instead we got an earfull of political rethoric, and a childhood blaming game.