Just wondering, but does anyone but me find it ironic that in an industry that is needlessly made more dangerous every year because of inane and increasingly misguided, activist-driven policies sending them further and further offshore, a company that spends $ billions every year and risks much more in an effort to help meet the world’s demand for petroleum—a company staffed by folks who risk their lives every single day while enduring extended separations from their families and loved ones—has to endure criticism from uninformed ingrates who could never fathom the courage, commitment, and responsibility required to do the job that BP employees have to do?
The childish and oblivious people behind things like these re-imagined BP logos and countless other public commentaries and observations will never in their lives have to commit to the sorts of risks that BP employees and others in the petroleum industry make every day. These folks do these things and risk all because the world demands that someone do this dangerous and thankless job. If they didn’t, our lives would be turned upside down. Oil isn’t just for fuel and gasoline; nearly every industry on earth requires petroleum products for its materials and processes.
When the job is incredibly dangerous and difficult, mistakes will have consequences of the same magnitude. In this case, some BP people, government people, and manufacturing people made bad mistakes. Mistakes will happen, but in the face of mistakes only monumental idiocy can maintain that the work must cease.
If not for the feeble minds and malevolent morons that have forced misguided policies driving drilling rigs beyond safe working depths, this very same drilling leak would have been stopped within hours. But while we demand the lifestyle, convenience, and energy that petroleum brings, too many have made it their mission to turn a relatively easy process and safe industry into one of the world’s most difficult and dangerous ones. Then, when as a result of terrible mistakes (which will always occur) bad things happen, the industry receives venom and criticism from the very ones who directly caused the magnitude of the result. It’s a shame that too many are too uninformed or just too stupid to grasp these facts and the excruciating ironies that accompany them.
This recent event was a terrible tragedy for the fact that 11 men lost their lives, but there the tragedy ends. The economic results will take time for us to weather, but we will. The environmental results are bad now, but will be inconsequential in 10 year’s time. In any event, the world needs the product that BP and their industrial brethren collect. But when bad things happen, make sure that the right people are receiving the right criticism. And before you opt to criticize and become a victim of your own irony, you might check to see if you even have the balls to do for one day what they do every day; what they do for you.