So things are getting bad. Instead of taking care of this oil spill in the Gulf last week, when it could have been done quickly and safely, here it is, over a week later, and the oil is very close to reaching the Louisiana coast. I don't want to blame specific entity or company, since I really don't know who's responsibility it is, but regardless, this is ridiculous. THIS is just another reason why so many people hate Big Oil, and Big Oil doesn't seem very concerned with that.
There are two groups of people, and I'm not sure which I hate more. There are the "DRILL BABY DRILL" people, who think under every square foot of land/water, there are trillions of barrels of oil to be found, if only those dagnabit "enviro nuts" would get over themselves and let us get to it, the way Jesus in heaven wants us to. Then there are the "STOP ALL DRILLING RIGHT NOW" people, who want all drilling to cease immediately, despite the fact that there isn't a viable alternative energy source that can be implemented immediately, or at all in some cases (mass amounts of plastic anyone?). Both groups of people see things only in black and white, and for the life of me, I cannot understand that. We all know that oil will not be around forever, so it's important that we find alternatives NOW, and not later. But when those alternative forms of energy are available, it's important to USE them. Why are so many of the people I hear screaming "STOP ALL DRILLING" not riding a bike as their main form of transportation, or at least buying hybrid cars? Why are the people screaming "DRILL BABY DRILL" not offering their own backyards? I try so hard not to judge the people in my life that are on both sides, but it's difficult not to scream at them to take a look at things from both angles. So I ignore them and curse the creators of Face Book and twitter.
Discussion: How do you deal with people of differing political opinions (something that is such a hot bed for debate) when those people are close friends or family?
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