It is far from over.
BP has the Alaska pipeline to deal with, already past its ability and too old to take the amount of oil being pumped through it, ready to blow a wad at any moment.
This, along with any number of other outdated, poorly run rigs the possibility is very high for another disaster before this one is ever cleaned up.
As I see it, the truth is simply put; blame.
Really, gasoline is easily worth more, to the point; $6.00 US per gallon. Or even possibly more, if we want responsible drilling, real safety for workers and same goes for coal.
Why isn't this already so? Why are we going the easy route, making lives expendable and putting our very food supply at risk?
Its obvious isn't it?
If gasoline and coal were responsibly managed, the price would be responsibly high, and driving to work would be a luxury most could not afford. This would then jump-start the need we all knew in the 70's. No one would want to afford a job that takes hours to drive to. Why we think our time is expendable doing so is another matter.
If the oil companies do what they should, they would in essence start the clean energy revolution. All of this technology has been available, just never put into the mass production needed to make it affordable, worth investing in or produced by manufacturing locally. All I see is the SOS of trying to produce eco-tech by slave labor in other countries which do not stop the problems of slave labor, pollution and such. We will need to just as importantly produce our clean energy alternatives, as well as fuels, with full responsibility to the environment.
What does this mean?
Work. You know, that exercise that makes us healthy, a balance to our comforts like electrical appliances. We fail to work in = balance to what energy we consume.
The food we eat, sucks oil to get, is grown in gerrymandered farms, shipped and canned, underpricing our own ability to farm. And don't start pointing fingers just yet....
Those countries which are allowing this are taking the cream and feeding the workers the slop. Such a failed impression we may have on our "advanced culture" indeed.
So very few could survive if the lights went out...
What little sustainable life is available would end if given a reality check..
Low gasoline prices... is really the culprit in disguise, ready to blow a wad any day.
The banks propped up on consumables, know too well there is really nothing behind that printed money.
And grabbing a wad of money will only last a short while, as things progress.
If we really paid the price for our technology, electricity, food and such it would become very clear what we need to do.
But the wool over the eyes continues, while more and more become linked to the grid, sprawling masses of homes and lives supported by a system of false energy, while it saps the very skills and ability we need to survive.
By the time the poop hits the fan, most will be left in the dark, and the poor countries will also have been sapped by international companies which simply vanish when the day comes. Could you and yours survive on the land you have, if any? Where does an apartment dweller plant his crop, hunt for meat or use skills to support family?
All local relationships and community have been reaped into the larger oppressive governmental systems which know too well just exactly how much tax and revenue is needed to make a farm fail, stop anyone from being able to switch to free solar, wind or even just produce a product to make a living. Instead the governments reap by supporting outsourcing to prop up their immense budgets and free style political lives to the tune of $800,000.00 a year or more, with full benefits to complement it all.
The puppets dance on the hands of the banks, on one hand a democrat, the other a republican, having a party all the while.
So who is to blame? BP?