"I would strongly encourage them to dramatically increase funding for both basic and applied science in the area of energy – both traditional and alternative options. So much of today's global problems and conflicts are rooted in this issue that will only continue to get worst if we do not initiate a major initiative now."
– Mark E. Zappi, Dean of Engineering at University of Louisiana
Hey...when one of those "wind cars" comes out...CALL ME!
Energy is the root cause of almost all conflicts now, and in the future.
We need to:
1) Divorce ourselves from foreign oil, ASAP.
2) Drill for every drop of American oil we can find. Expand our refining capability, big tme. It will take several years to get done, but we need to start now.
3) Convert as much of our energy needs today that we can to being derived from NUCLEAR POWER.
While doing the above, continue to research alternative sources of energy.
Therefore, I don't mind paying taxes for it. However, in the meantime, we should not limit the energy resources that we have available to us. Namely oil.
Also, many of the alternative energy research would be done in public universities. So, the states are already subsidizing some of that research.
I freely admit that oil exploration and drilling is an inherently risky business. I also would proudly put the oil and gas companies safety records up against any other company in the world. However last time there was a mistake many Human suffered. Not some rare piece of bio diversity. So the stakes have changed slightly. IMO.
However, I do think we should be drilling as much as possible when warranted.
I heard the amount of oil spilled from the Horizon in comparison to the amount of water in the Gulf was the equivalent of pouring a 16 ounce beer into a Superdome filled with water.
How could that possibly wipe out an entire fishing industry and all coastal life?
Damage to the wetlands, and coastal areas. Highly toxic OIL IS. Let's admit it, the Feds were lazy, and BP has a history of being a bad coporate citizen. No doubt we still need to be drilling, and companies like BP need to be punished, but more to the point the heads of companies like BP should be punished, not some poor Brit hoping for a little dividend to subsidize their paltry government pension.
The repercussions of any accident, even though the odds of them are infinitesimally small are more serious than an amoeba was my point. Look at the fishing industry in Alaska after the Valdez. It is almost not existent now.
Also, while the spill compared to the whole of the gulf of Mexico may be small, you have to admit that at the point of the spill where the oil was most concentrated more serious damage may occur. Oil is not like beer into a Superdome full of water where it will peacefully dissolve into the mass. By its character oil stays together and wildlife in the way are affected. While, I appreciate wildlife for wildlife, I understand that many are not as sensitive to the plight of animals as humans, and can respect that, but in coastal LA, many human livelihoods are tied to wildlife, that was my only point.