Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oil spill

The thing that really bothers me about the big oil spill, aside from the destruction and pollution, is that everyone who is upset about it seems to think there should have been better technology to deal with the spill. That if only they had thought about technology, if only government regulators had insisted on it, things would not be so bad. But maybe the honest truth is that there is no technology to deal with something like this. Sometimes I think we get in over our heads and we are blinded by a belief that with technology we can solve anything, control everything.

What makes me angriest, aside from the raw destruction of the natural world, is that big companies get to reap the profits while the rest of us have to eat all the risks. They privatize the gains and socialize the risk.

Nature, quietude and leaving things alone can never win in a world controlled by people who favor technology and profit above all else.

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