“as a gulf coast resident, there is a slight silver lining to this man made tragedy... thousands of jobs have been created in the haz-mat clean up sector... I have several previously unemployed friends that have made the trip from FL to AL for jobs on a clean up crew. Maybe that's the answer to the dwindling job market... create a national disaster just to clean it up...it's the ole "Cool Hand Luke" dig the hole/fill the hole routine..”
Raccoon1 on May 15, 2010 at 10:30:32
“Do you think it will be enough an last long enough to make up for all the fishing and tourism that has been lost? Those industries and the sub-industries that support them may be many years recovering.
The people that worked to clean up Exxon-Valdez are suffering from various illnesses thought to be caused by contact with and breathing the vapors of the crude. I guess the medical profession can look forward to more employment in the coming years, also.
Take a look at your congresscritters and see whose best interests they've been representing. Vote accordingly.”
Aikaterina on May 15, 2010 at 10:20:59
“The problem is currently there's a $75-million liability limit for oil companies that cause major spills. The estimated cost of this clean-up could exceed 5-8 times that amount. This does not include the cost of fish will soar, fishing-tourism industries decimated, livelihoods lost, rising unemployment, depreciated property values, declining tax revenues, increased demand for public services (unemployment, health care, etc.), or increased damage resulting from storms (hurricanes) now that marshes & wetlands (natural barriers) are destroyed. Nor does this calculate future health concerns, those unwittingly consuming contaminated fish-fowl or well-water, or breathing in fumes from chemical dispersants. Those costs will be borne by the taxpayers.
Even after the spill is contained (which may not be for months), and oil is "cleaned-up," the residue will remain for decades. Santa Barbara (1969) and Prince William Sound (1989) still have visible signs of oil on their beaches and shorelines. There's still evidence of contamination in local wildlife and sea creatures (some in our food supply, like salmon).
Have a nice day!”
David Rozgonyi on May 15, 2010 at 09:49:33
“Americans destroy the broader environment and get to be paid by tax dollars to clean it right back up again...rinse and repeat... Sorry, but that ain't no silver lining in my book.”