We Had An Opportunity Here, And We Blew It On An Insane Addiction

Opportunity blown by the wrong person.
Last week, federal District Court judge Martin Feldman ordered that the Department of the Interior’s six-month moratorium on deepwater offshore oil and gas drilling be lifted. Judge Feldman’s opinion put a lot of weight on the moratorium’s potential effect on the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

This emphasis on the oil industry, while understandable, is misplaced. The reason is simple: the number of workers affected by the moratorium is orders of magnitude smaller than the number that could be affected by another oil spill, the prevention of which is the point of the moratorium. A simple look at the data is all that is needed to put things in perspective….


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