Friday, April 30, 2010
Last night I stepped out for a smoke at about two AM. I could smell the odor of crude oil in the air wafting in from the Gulf. To make things worse, the past few days have been above average tides and rough surf. Oil booms have been useless due to the 3 to 4 foot swells. People down here are angry. Angry at BP Oil for being careless and downplaying the initial scale of the crude oil leak. Residents are pissed at the Government for not watching over the oil companies like was promised when off shore drilling was passed through. Rage over the lack of plan B.
Louisiana WAS one of the strongest economies in the U.S. a few days ago. Now not only are they looking at an ecological crisis, but an economic disaster. Seafood and tourism are the staple crops of this state, now both are in certain jeopardy. Many believe this will be the worst ecological catastrophe in world history. Unlike the Exxon Valdez which had only a limited amount of crude oil on board the ship, this will be non stop for possibly months to come. Meantime there are pods of whales caught in this mess. Ironically the state bird of the pelican was just taken off of the endangered species list. Next month it may be back on it.