One of our loyal readers recently made an interesting comment on our recent BP article. Martinez, who made no attempt to conceal his political affiliations, focused not on the oil spill, but rather on the broader topic of oil exploration and ending our dependence on oil. He likened our current state to the 70s during the oil embargo and reminded us that “40 years later we are consuming much more oil today than they ever dreamed about back then”. Having provided these two focus points, he offered his thoughts:
… this oil crisis has me thinking that it might play out to be just another political game, where both sides will try to exploit the situation in order to sell a predetermined narrative.
I am sure that in the months leading up to the November elections, Democrats will have a so-called energy strategy that will promise to take us off oil. The Paliners on the other hand will maintain their Obama’s Katrina narrative in an attempt to undermine the current administration. After the elections, nothing will change and we will still have oil in the Gulf chocking the ecosystem. The bigger issue of ending our dependence on oil will once again be shoved to the bottom of the list.
Politics aside, Martinez does bring up a good point, one which appears to have been put off the table following the issue with BP and Advanced Fluid Dynamics. In light of the obvious and unforeseen environmental and economical impact resulting from the BP screw up, it is understandable that a critical look at the bigger picture might be a distraction; however, let us not ignore the 800 lb gorilla in the room. The Gorilla of course is now-evident discovery that the oil exploration industry is highly unregulated and our thirst for oil appears unquenchable.
So, can we really ever end our dependence on oil?