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  1. #11
    Even though it's not definite this will happen, it's still possible. This is really messed up.

    All these people are still for offshore drilling too. After the spill happened, they say it's not that bad and it's only a little bit of oil even though most of us knew that the amount of oil being spilled was far greater than we were being told. They say we still need offshore drilling because we are dependent on foreign oil. They actually want to build more rigs. Then, they say it's rare for a spill to happen and it's still not much oil that spilled to date. Now look where we are today. They are slowly turning against off shore drilling, but will still defend it. These people are clueless, brainwashed, morons.

    The statement they make about oil accidents being rare is a joke. Hey morons, it only takes one spill to ruin beaches and the ocean in that area for a lifetime! It all comes down to money including the dispersants used. They are salvaging the well for future profits and also profiting off using the dispersants. This is ridiculous and BP executives have to go to jail. They are so against imploding the well which was suggested 48 hours after the spill happened and this method is highly successful. Impodling a well will make it unusable and BP won't make any profits. It's always about money even when it comes to stopping an environment disaster. They always weigh money over everyone and everything else.

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    If anything future drilling will be more safe since all the lessons learned will be applied to new rigs. Plus had this happened off our coast, it should have been much easier to contain since the depths aren't as great (no robots to fix it. use divers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    If anything future drilling will be more safe since all the lessons learned will be applied to new rigs.
    I'm sure this statement has been said after past oils spills

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    Such as?

    I'll give you a good example...Three Mile Island. After that accident, numerous safety protocols were put in place based on the lessons learned. How many accidents like that have happened since??? 0

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    There have been numerous oil spills just not this large. As I said before, it only takes one. Any environmental disaster including plants which pollute drinking water also never learn their lesson. They didn't learn a thing after giving entire communities cancer. Money is the name of the game.

    Do you really think the oil companies will learn? They haven't learned anything about safety regulations in 30 years after the other large oil spill in the Gulf. It was still the blowout preventer that failed and they are even trying the exact same solutions now for capping the well. You really need to get your head out of big oil's ass. Lobbyists for big oil run the show, not the government. They think they own that area of ocean now. They will give more money to governement to prevent futher regulations and inspections. They use a very simple caculcation which is similiar to the insurance industry. If new equipment from safety regulations and inspections cost more than cleaning a spill up every 20 years, then they will give money to Washington to not impose harsher safety regulations and then we can all expect to see another oil spill.

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    I can agree that this is a bad thing, but what are the alternatives? There are always going to be accidents and things that happen in life. What other solutions than drilling do we have right now? I see these BP boycotts and I can understand the sentiment to a point, but what does BP have to gain by this happening? It's definitely not helping them in any way. Not to mention that all of their stations are privately owned, so the boycott isn't hurting the company much if at all. Plus, if they stop making money or go bankrupt, they won't be able to pay reparations, fines, etc. I really think we need real world ideas on dealing with situations like this, not knee-jerk reactions and finger pointing. There will be plenty of time for determining criminal guilt after the fact if there is any. Don't forget that industries such as off shore drilling are made up of a lot of "little people" just trying to make their way in life, not all CEOs getting rich by screwing everyone else (as seems to be the popular notion these days).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    Such as?

    I'll give you a good example...Three Mile Island. After that accident, numerous safety protocols were put in place based on the lessons learned. How many accidents like that have happened since??? 0
    They stopped building nuclear power plants after 3 mile island....that kinda helps keep the accidents down...plus drilling 2 or 3 miles underwater is more like operating in space. We don't even have a clue what's down there. We're killing an ecosystem we know nothing about

  8. #18
    Here's a solution. Solar Power. I have it installed on my house and it generates all my electricity. I have no electric bill and it will pay itself off in another 4 years. I also had someone convert my car engine to electric. I recharge my car using my house power. So my car is running on solar too.

    Offshore drilling is not necessary regardless if we use solar power or not. It only supplies a small percentage of oil and the cons outway the pros. Solar will help us move away from oil almost completely.

    People do need cars for commuting to work, but they use them for everything. Get off your fat ass and ride a bike sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrels4liam View Post
    Here's a solution. Solar Power. I have it installed on my house and it generates all my electricity. I have no electric bill and it will pay itself off in another 4 years. I also had someone convert my car engine to electric. I recharge my car using my house power. So my car is running on solar too.

    Offshore drilling is not necessary regardless if we use solar power or not. It only supplies a small percentage of oil and the cons outway the pros. Solar will help us move away from oil almost completely.

    People do need cars for commuting to work, but they use them for everything. Get off your fat ass and ride a bike sometimes.
    I'm interested in solar power - what is the Square Foot of your house ? I know people who use solar power but it is in no way their primary electrical source. Also, how was your car engine converted to electric and what was the cost ? If you are generating all your own power you are far ahead of most solar power users.

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    A little conservation would go a long way. We don't really have to drive around in 6,000 lb. trucks. We don't have to drive 65 mph on the interstates. We don't have to live in 3,000 sq. foot McMansions. This country has taken wasting energy to new highs over the past 20 years or so. The lessons learned during the Arab Oil Embargo of 1974 have long been forgotten, and it's time we learned to conserve again.