oil companies, like all large companies, only care about the bottom line–money. i use to think they were morally neutral. but i now have a more intimate knowledge of how they cut corners and lie to regulators to make more money. it’s a good thing we have the freedom to ask difficult questions like how are you going to clean up a significant oil spill with multi-year ice that can move 100 km in 24hrs. we need strong regulation to protect the public.
in alaska, we have a natural gas shortage yet the companies offer no assistance. they make billions of dollars of profit in this state yearly. we may have rolling blackouts because we lack the storage for the increased demand for natural gas. they claim that it’s not profitable enough for them to drill for more gas in the cook inlet. it’s pathetic. we have more natural resources than any other state yet we have blackouts on the coldest day of the winter. sounds like a third world country.
they need to prove that they can clean up an oil spill under difficult conditions of the arctic. ironically, the arctic is less sensitive to oil spills than the gulf of mexico. this is because extreme northern latitudes have much less biological diversity. the cold and ice covered waters may in fact contain an oil spill more effectively than tempreate waters.
it’s clear that lobbyist run our country. we have the best government money can buy. we wasted 500 million on a gas pipeline dream that has no economic viability but we are subject to rolling blackouts during the bitter cold winter.