Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Fine Mess


All the news about the gulf oil spill brings to mind a signature line from old Laurel & Hardy routines, "It's a fine mess you've gotten us into, Ollie."

Stan Laurel would say that to Oliver Hardy when they had blundered into something totally ridiculous and the audience would roar with laughter.

But "It's a fine mess you've gotten us into, BP" draws no laughter.

The massive oil spill in the gulf that is now coming ashore along the coast of Louisiana and pushing into the marshland is a catastrophe that just seems to be getting worse and worse. It has shut down the fishing industry all along the coastal area, and it is now killing birds and other wildlife.

Meanwhile, BP and the federal government appear to be spending too much time talking and thinking and talking and thinking about what to do in between futile attempts to stop the leak. While they are doing that, any other efforts to clean up the oil or plug the leak -- that continues to pour thousands of gallons of oil into the water a day -- are put on hold.

A fisherman from Louisina said on the evening news last night that there are boats equipped for cleanup that are just sitting out there.

Last week Kevin Costner offered the use of equipment he developed for his film Waterworld that can clean the water of oil.

People who have ideas on how to stop the leak or clean up the oil, call BP with their ideas and they can't talk to anyone in charge. They have to go through a process of paperwork that can take several days.

Okay, I understand that there needs to be a chain of command, that people need to respect certain boundaries when it comes to the impulse to jump into a mess and try to do something. But in this case, I think a month is long enough for the chain of command to do its thing. And it hasn't.

So my suggestion is that anyone with an idea of how to clean up this mess and stop the leak should just, well, do it. Go down to the gulf with your idea and your equipment and get to work. After all, the ocean waters do not belong to BP or to the federal government.

6 comments:

Maribeth said...

Golf balls didn't work so someone suggested plugging the hole with bureaucrats. Sounds like a plan to me -- heaven knows we've got enough of them. Only drawback. If it doesn't work they'll wash up on the beach along with the balls!
Maribeth
Giggles and Guns

Dany said...
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Dany said...

The news announced today that the American government will be raising tax on gasoline to help with situations such as leaks. Give me a break! When all else fails, let's raise taxes!

I think that just like after Katrina, folks should be able to "drive their bus" on down and lend a hand!

Maribeth - too bad we cannot stuff the bureaucrats in the hole!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Yes! It's such an awful mess, isn't it? Makes me sick to think about it. I fear we'll be living with the aftermath of this thing for a long time to come.

Maryann Miller said...

LOL, Maribeth. That is so funny. I guess it is good to be able to laugh even though the situation is so dire. If I don't laugh, I'll scream.

Laura Eno said...

Yes! They need to stop talking and just do!