Saturday, May 01, 2010

Another warning about our hubris:

The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill should be a warning about allowing large-scale human operations that might endanger our environment.  It should be a warning about the possibility of mistakes, but it probably won’t be.  What will probably happen is that in this case there will be large scale environmental damage.  And, then there will be finger-pointing and blame and a political tempest that will cloud the larger issue: mankind doesn’t know enough about the operations of our planet to interfere with the operations of our planet. 

Murphy’s Law: “That anything can go wrong and will go wrong at the worst possible moment.”  It isn’t about “I told you so.”  It’s about acting responsibly as we continue to grow and desire more energy.  When we act out of desperation, as drilling for energy when the possibility of large-scale disaster or adopt energy sources like nuclear that allows no margin or error, we are putting our existence on a hair trigger.  Rather, we should move towards renewable energy, get our population growth down, and think about what our way of life is demanding of a planet disinclined to care.  How many disaster web sites like this will the future hold, where we have to observe us reacting to a crisis?

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