I hate to say “I told you so,” but……..
At Monday’s White House Briefing, I asked Robert Gibbs whether the oil spill in the Gulf would cause the White House to rethink its plan for offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast, all the way from New Jersey to Florida. Gibbs described the spill as a “rare event,” but one the administration was monitoring carefully.
At yesterday’s White House Briefing, Gibbs trotted out officials from Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, the Interior Department, NOAA, EPA, and the White House to say: This spill is a BFD, a spill of “national significance,” maybe bigger than Exxon Valdez – and could hit the shoreline in a matter of hours.
Again, I hate to say it, but “I told you so.”
Now, the big question is: Will the Obama administration learn the important lesson of spill. Which is this: Offshore drilling is still dangerous. Despite advanced technology, oil spills can still occur. And even with all the fancy new equipment, there’s no way to prevent offshore oil from reaching land – and causing monumental environmental and economic damages.
Bottom line: Offshore oil drilling is not worth the risk. Any and all plans for more offshore drilling should be cancelled immediately.
That’s my parting shot for today.