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A Gulf Full Of Sadness

Speaking for myself, watching the horrific events unfolding in the Gulf produces a very personal feeling of helplessness and distress.

As an avid birder and overall lover of wildlife, pictures from the Gulf states, particularly of oil covered birds, both sadden and sicken me.

These poor creatures are at the mercy of fate. This is not something which they can understand, avoid, take some sort of protective measures, or reason with.

I've often said many times, I feel more grief toward the plight of animals than that of humans during tragic situations, especially when that plight is due to man-made actions, whether those actions were planned, accidental, or done with a wanton disregard for things around them.

Right or wrong in other's eyes, I can't help but feel that way.

Though that empathy is subject to the specific situation, it is just an honest feeling of mine, tempered by the type and seriousness of the hardship toward both people and wildlife.

This is a devastating situation for the citizens of this region. The familiarity of their daily lives, the place they have made home, and, in many cases, a way of life which has been a part of their families for generations is now either threatened or altered forever.

They will be helped. They are able to do what they believe is in their best interest, and they will be able to get financial restitution from the government and all responsible parties.

The unavoidable reality, however, is that wildlife has no such assistance.

It is a heart-wrenching, disturbing, depressing fact.

When the innocence of nature's creatures is harmed, it is, at least for me, a very sad thing.

Very sad.


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Comments (16)

Very well said Shawn. I bot... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Very well said Shawn. I both agree and appreciate you saying this. For a number of years I owned a beach house (cabin) in Gilchrist Texas. That is the little area that was totally wiped out in Hurricane Ike. I sold two years before Ike. But my wife and I loved being right on the beach. Watching the gulls, pelicans, turns, etc. go about their daily lives. It saddens me also to know they are in great danger. But I also know humans caused this crisis but not deliberately. I said in an earlier post that no one wants this oil leak stopped more then BP. Not just because of the damage and bad press but they are losing billions which will eventually trickle down to the blue collar guy's job being in peril. So, we shall be feeling the effects of this for some time to come even after the clean up. But I do appreciate knowing you have an appreciation for wildlife in this situation. Thanks. ww

Shawn, you sound like a lib... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Shawn, you sound like a liberal (not an insult). I'm curious about your views on environmentilism? Do you think stronger regulation is needed to the protect the environment?

I think we have no idea rig... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

I think we have no idea right now about how bad this situation really is. 58 days and the oil is still coming.

I believe that Barry has in... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

I believe that Barry has intentionally dragged his feet through partly incompetence and mostly to create a crisis in which he can continue to force his agenda down our throats.

Tina S., it is only in your... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Tina S., it is only in your prejudiced and ignorant mind would you think only liberals care about the environment. I find your comment insulting to Shawn. ww

Tina,I'm not a lib... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Tina,

I'm not a liberal.

However, I am adamant that caring about the environment and being a Conservative are NOT mutually exclusive.

That is a pure political fabrication which has been used so many times through the decades that it unfortunately has become fact in the eyes of many.

I don't necessarily believe we need stronger regulation, just better enforcement of the laws we currently have.

-Shawn

While I was watching BP chi... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

While I was watching BP chief executive Tony Hayward testify before a congressional committee today it became apparent why the Deepwater Horizon well is still not capped. Tony Hayward is a dunce! He was a bright guy in his younger years earning a PHD in his early 20's, but more than two decades exposure to fumes from crude oil has severely damaged his cognitive abilities.

Capping the well is too important to leave Hayward in charge. If BP won't remove him then Obama should. Dang near any plumber could come up with better solutions than anything BP has tried.

Is it just me or has there ... (Below threshold)
Rich:

Is it just me or has there been a real lack of the usual environmentalist screeching over this whole thing. I really would have expected lots of coverage of rallies and protests over this.

Rich

You sound like a liberal ? ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

You sound like a liberal ? wow, just wow ...

just a fyi ... no regulation in the world can prevent most accidents ... even if there could have been some sort of drilling regulation that would have prevented this disaster its likely that the HUMANS involved would have ignored those regulations as easily as they may have ignored standard industry drilling practices ...

the feds can certainly can be better prepared to deal with a onetime or continuous spill in the future ... they get paid billions in leases and royalties maybe a few booms and skimmers ready to go would be appropriate ... no regulation needed for that of course, just good sense ... something the feds are in short supply of ...

Tina S., it is only in y... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Tina S., it is only in your prejudiced and ignorant mind would you think only liberals care about the environment. I find your comment insulting to Shawn. ww


WildWillie, your taking it the wong way. It's how Shawn wrote the article that sounded very liberalish. Shawn showed a lot of sensitivity which I do see more of in liberals.

Shawn, I believe t... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Shawn,

I believe the core problem is that the techniques and technologies used to clean and stop an oil spill has not improved much over the past 30 years. All of the techniques tried by BP were tried in 1979 when Mexico had a blow out in the Gulf. Ultimately, Mexico had to drill a relief well, which took 10 months.

As Jeff pointed out in comment 9, "no regulation in the world can prevent most accidents". That's why until a technique can be developed for stopping a leak after a blow out, all new deep sea wells should be equiped with a relief well. It's currently not in the industries best interest to invest in this technology, so it's just not happening. A regulation is needed to spur the neccessary investment to make deep sea drilling safe. If anybody knows of a way to make this happen without creating a regulation than let me know.

Tina, I am a staunch conser... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

Tina, I am a staunch conservative and I support "drill, baby, drill."
I agree with Shawn's views in this column. I cannot watch the commercials with abused dogs and cats without crying, so I don't.
Liberals have pushed the lie that conservatives are selfish bastards who care nothing for the poor, children, animals, or the environment for so long I guess people like you actually believe it.
We are not heartless and without compassion. We want the best for everyone and that will be achieved by freedom and not government intervention. Government intervention always creates unexpected problems and raises costs. Regulations that require drilling so far off shore that it is below 5,000 feet water is the reason this leak cannot be repaired.

Liberals have pushed the... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Liberals have pushed the lie that conservatives are selfish bastards who care nothing for the poor, children, animals, or the environment for so long I guess people like you actually believe it.


You read to much into my comment. There are some liberals that do think conservatives are selfish. Thats not a view I agree with or tolerate.

A few month back a commentor called conservatives selfish for not beleiving in global warming. Below was one of my responses:

I see the dominant reason that Republicans oppose global warming is because it entails the government making decisions about which forms of energy our country will use in the future. Ultimately this done is done through some form of tax or expense of placed on the people. I do not believe it has anything to do with Republicans being selfish as stated in the original comment I was responding to. Most Republicans issues center around reducing the influence of government, which boils down to not liking to be told what to do.

I orginally included a link to my comment above but it would not publish, its the first link that appears when googling:

Snow is on the Ground in all Fifty States (Wizbang)


Most Republicans issues ... (Below threshold)
MjM:

Most Republicans issues center around reducing the influence of government, which boils down to not liking to be told what to do.

Good Lord. You really have no clue.

Which is probably why you "see more sensitivity in liberals" even while they subjugate you to their faux piety and insanity.

@Jeff: no regulation in the world can prevent most accidents

Perhaps. But as we see here regulation can be the cause of greater harm.

Why, just today we learn of the shutdown of oil-sucking barges by the Coast Guard because they might not have a fire extinguisher on them.

I am a strong advocate of "... (Below threshold)

I am a strong advocate of "Drill here, drill now, pay less," but I wholeheartedly agree with your post here, Shawn.

Tina, thank you for your co... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

Tina, thank you for your comments.
I would like to add that most conservatives, like me oppose government attempts to control global warming because we know that it is not caused by man.
The scam that is being pushed is an attempt to control what and how much energy we use and to impose more regulation and taxation of the people to further empower their liberal agenda.




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