While the Exxon Valdez spill was a very different spill than the Deepwater Horizon disaster, there are some striking similarities that suggest that we didn't learn our lessons from the Exxon Valdez disaster.
With the potential of billions of dollars flowing into the Gulf from the fines BP will have to pay, there is a realization that, if done right, the money could support local communities to restore the environment for the long-term.
It's been 21 years since the spill, and here is a place exposed to air, wave action, sun, wind, rain, and snow, and it still looks like the site of a horrible ecological disaster that could have happened yesterday.
Hurricane Katrina created a sense of both self-sufficiency and skepticism in Mobile, Alabama that still exists today. Down on this coast, locals hesitate to believe that any support from either the government or BP is on its way.