Climate Hawks – Evening Roundup for 11/9/10


With all the reading I do trying to keep up with current events, I thought it might be good to share some of the articles that strike me as important in some way.  So, without further ado…

1. Oil spill probe finds no ‘conscious decision’ to cut corners | CNN.com

The title of the article begs the question, “How many unconscious decisions were made?”  (I love it when they put it on a tee for you.)  The article quotes the commission’s co-chairman Bob Graham as saying,  “There seemed to be a compulsion to get this rig completed in that April 19th-April 20th time period.”  Later in the article they drop the little nugget that the operation was around 45 days behind and that their operating costs were about $1.5 million per day.  So what we’re saying here is that BP was $60-$70 million in the hole and blowing another $10 million each week that this ran behind, but that there were no ‘conscious decisions’ to cut corners.  Of course there weren’t conscious decisions.  What fool would make an order to do something illegal when they could just apply pressure on the lower ranks and let them figure out how to cut corners for them?  Or as Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, more eloquently stated, “When the culture of a company favors risk-taking and cutting corners above other concerns, systemic failures like this oil spill disaster result without direct decisions being made or tradeoffs being considered.”  For that comment, I salute the honorable representative.  There is definitely room on the perch for that fine climate hawk!

2. Deepwater Horizon crew lost focus, suggests Gulf oil spill panel | Christian Science Monitor

Here’s another take which blames the crew’s collective case of Attention Deficit Disorder.  There might have been something about not getting enough attention from their parents at a critical stage of adolescence as well…

The article does state that “scheduling, financial, and even cultural pressures – including millions in cost overruns due to delays – were clearly bearing down on the crew and the on-board BP company men, investigators say.”

From there, the author throws in the real meat of the article:

“We are aware of what appeared to be a rush to completion,” commission co-chairman Bill Reilly, a former Bush administration Environmental Protection Agency administrator, said. What’s not clear, he added, is what exactly motivated drillers to go ahead with the procedure instead of waiting for equipment and materials that could have made the operation safer.

“The system depends on the right person watching the information at the right time and having enough knowledge above all other activities to interpret it the right way, and act very rapidly,” said Fred Bartlit, the oil spill panel’s chief counsel, on Monday. “It depends on one person doing everything right at the time when you have to move fast.”

In other words, we are rolling the dice each and every time we drill a hole of this nature and the quest to maximize profits will continue to push those performing critical tasks in the wrong direction.  Fantastic!  At least we have a newly minted congress with a mandate to crank up regulation… oh, right.  Nevermind.

3.  Resistance to Wind Development – Really? Not in My Back Yard…Climate Denial Crock of the Week

This post came via our Climate Hawks Daily. (which I highly recommend checking signing up for!)  In this post, Peter Sinclair takes on the wind farm NIMBY fallacy claiming that aside from a few isolated instances, most areas have welcomed wind farms with open arms.

4. Keepin’ Carbon Underground | BuryCoal.org

Here’s another one I found through our twitter rag, the title of the article and the graphic below say it all, but the brief article is well worth your time as the message is absolutely on point.  Check it out!

Image By: Emily Horn

5. Nation Waist-Deep In Soybeans After $30 Trillion Farm Subsidy Bill Accidentally Passed | The Onion

Thought I’d end on a giggle.  Hoping to see this story stay in The Onion and out of the WSJ. 🙂

Let me know what you think of this format.  Did the commentary come off as witty banter, or am I turning Shakespeare into Shake-n-Bake?  It’s up to you dear readers.  If you’d like me to keep pointing out the interesting reads I find, I’d be happy to do so a couple of times a week, but don’t want to put forth the effort for naught.  I see myself eventually being more of a curator for this site anyways, which brings me to my next point.

I’m still looking for contributors to join in the fun.  The blog is set up for multiple content types, so you could simply share a link with a brief comment, write full posts, or even give Facebook style status updates.  Come on and join the fun!  I’d like this site to be a more-the-merrier place, so post a comment if you’re interested in entering the fray and I’ll get access out to you in short order.

Have a great day tomorrow and thanks for stopping by!

-Chris

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