And ye shall reap what you sow. After hearing the oil lobby prattle on about how we need to drill anywhere and everywhere there’s a chance to find oil…
The oil leak triggered by a deadly rig blast off the coast of Louisiana has the potential to cause more environmental damage than the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, one of the largest ecological disasters ever recorded, some observers say.
And since environmental arguments have always had very little traction with the rabid business lobby let’s hear about how this is going to hurt small business owners. You know, the ‘engine of our economy’.
Experts said the spill could also destroy the livelihood of commercial fishermen and shrimp catchers and impact recreational fishermen. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the state’s fishing industry is worth $265 billion at dockside and has a total economic impact of $2.3 trillion.Tourism also could take a blow if beaches are fouled.
Virginia’s governor seems intent on not letting this little detail get in the way of lowering gas prices a few pennies a decade from now (maybe). He’s just reaffirmed his support for drilling off his coast.