Public opinion may be less affected than that here in Australia, it seems, but the trogs have been very effective nonetheless. The image is linked to source.
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VIRGIL’S an oil man. Moved to Louisiana from Texas 20 years back. Believes our Lord put oil on Earth (and underwater) as a boon to Christians – and that oil isn’t a fossil fuel at all, but something constantly created deep inside the planet by mysterious chemical processes. Peak oil?
Nope. We can keep drilling forever. An odd mixture of religious fundamentalism and avant-garde scientific theory…
New Orleans, or what’s left of it five years after Katrina, groans beneath the bulk of its citizenry. As well as topping the homicide tables the city tips the scales as the US capital of obesity. But the US itself is obese – thanks to its appetite for oil. There are 50,000 wells in the Gulf alone. 50,000! Of which 25,000 have been capped, at least until oil prices go even higher. On the day the most famous of Gulf wells is capped (something viewed with great scepticism in New Orleans) we’re told that no laws exist requiring the other 24,999 capped wells to be inspected.
No one seems to care how many of them are leaking oil, gas or both. No trade unions, no regulations. And no will to stop the drilling. Even unemployed fishermen oppose the moratorium. Boat people were welcomed, giving the state the biggest Vietnamese population – and echo Virgil’s words “we’re in oil and fi shing”. And Virgil warns that the moratorium will soon force the rigs overseas. Yep, a lot will go to Australia.
He sounds like a representative of the Australian mining industry. As the vast, ungainly armada of US oil rigs head for West Australian waters they’ll pass Rio Tinto’s ships taking their giant bulldozers to dig holes in low-taxing countries. While neither threat convinces, Obama is faced with a potentially fatal political problem. As was Rudd.
There’s an annual Petroleum and Prawn festival here. Almost as big as Mardi Gras. A simultaneous celebration of oil and fish sounds surreal but there’s no intention of cancelling it because of the crisis. Even though the fishing industry seems doomed for a decade. Along with the beaches and the bayous. As well as no unions and no regulations, Louisiana has no Plan B.