By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
While I’m gathering thoughts about a strange, allergic encounter with yellow food dye, which the European Union will be regulating with special labels starting this month — I’ve got to first share an unrelated item from Greenpeace. It’s a spoof on the BP oil spill.
When it’s so bad you can only cry, it can be therapeutic to laugh. Although I’ll admit that finding humor in this disaster feels wrong.
So get a chuckle over this — if you can. But then put your sober face back on, please, because not only are we talking about death and destruction in the gulf; we’re still witnessing mass resistance in Washington to aggressively turning the U.S. in a new energy direction. You’d think this catastrophe would have kicked us into gear.
At least BP has possibly… finally… maybe found a way to effectively cap its gusher. Testing is underway while the world awaits. As usual, the oil giant has urged us to keep expectations under control. (Not easy to do after three months of watching oil blast into an ecosystem that’s ecologically and economically vital.)
BP’s statement: “The sealing cap system never before has been deployed at these depths or under these conditions, and its efficiency and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured.”
Still, Kent Wells, a senior vice-president at BP, told The Guardian that the installation of the new permanent cap over the past few days has gone “incredibly well.”
Then the caveat: “It’s not simple stuff and what we don’t want to do is speculate around it. We just need to see what the data tells us and make the right decisions going forward.”
Sealing off the well continues to carry risks that the pressure could build up to uncontrollable levels, spurring another leak. There’s also the danger that the well cap could be sabotages by the subzero temperatures miles below the surface. The tricky conditions of dealing with a deep, deep undersea oil well have not changed.
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