Monday, June 21, 2010

Haley Barbour: Moratorium Worse Than Spill

David Gregory: Governor, what's worse, the moratorium or the effects of this spill on the region?

Haley Barbour: Well, the moratorium... the spill's a terrible thing, but the moratorium is a terrible thing that's not only bad for the region, it's bad for America. 30% of the oil produced in the United States comes from the Gulf of Mexico, and 80% of that is from deepwater drilling. So that's a fourth of all our oil. This is gonna drive the price of energy up!"

I really wonder if there is any point at which these fuckwits would change which side of the scale they favor:

One Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and they're still favoring the $ over the PLANET ON WHICH THEY RELY FOR LIFE. Is this one of those things where if they, themselves, are waist deep in oil they're still going to argue in favor of drilling? Or is there a point at which their heads come out of their asses? Have we reached a point where industrialization and capitalism have literally won, and if the entirety of the world was paved, all species dead except for ourselves and shit we eat, then Haley Barbour is fine and dandy so long as the dollar has a value superior to that of the euro?

I'm genuinely curious at this point. Because some of these assholes seem to be entirely ok with a paved world. If we destroyed every single plant, ever, but created machines to convert CO2 to oxygen would they be fine with that world? Is that what they want?

I thought that we as a species were sort of begrudgingly giving up nature to accomodate our other desires, that the goal was to strike a balance. But...this shit isn't a balance. When Haley Barbour maintains that economic concerns are more important than environmental concerns? That shit is scary.

The moritorium makes energy more expensive. The oil spill kills millions of life forms. And what Haley Barbour cares about is the cost of energy.

That's like a gunner on the Death Star thinking the problem with the destruction of Alderaan is that it requirs a recharge of the fucking laser.


_J_ said...

Yes, a planet was destroyed, but think of our power bill!

Caleb said...

Who made that man a gunner?

_J_ said...

I did, sir. He's my cousin.