Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Oil spill an "act of God" ??????

Oh, I wish I were kidding. But I'm not. Look at what the Republican (of course) governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has said:

I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.” Perry questioned whether the spill was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril. “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.


Here's what the term actually means:

The legal definition is: "Natural causes directly and exclusively without human intervention and that could not have been prevented by any amount of foresight and pains and care reasonably to have been expected".

Now here's something you should know:

BP cut corners by violating numerous safety regulations and refused to install “a remote-control shutoff switch that two other major oil producers, Norway and Brazil, require.” In fact, the Chamber, which is one of BP’s many trade associations and lobbying fronts, has worked aggressively to oppose regulations and fight for more offshore oil drilling.

The above passages were found right here.

1 comment:

  1. Well, Ellie, I guess if you are the Gov. of Texas, petroleum IS god!


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