Regulating by emergency orders gives the distinct impression that the government is wholly unprepared to deal with safe handling of ultra-hazardous oils. Maybe it's time to take a good look at what we are doing and where we are heading before creating an energy future that may be slowing national productivity, not building it.
The quarter-century anniversary of the tragic Exxon Valdez event comes as my film Noah is about to be released, and I cannot help but reflect upon the relationship between that terrible spill and the story about how God nearly annihilated the human race because our behavior in this world grieved Him to His heart.
At the Macondo spill trial, number crunching or quantification of the oil flow started Monday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, with Judge Carl Barbier presiding. The U.S. is on one side with a figure of about 5 million barrels for the disaster that commenced in 2010, versus BP and Anadarko on the other with 3.26 million barrels.