On Wednesday August 4 during a joint press conference with officials from the NOAA, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said…
I think it is fairly safe to say that because of the environmental effects of Mother Nature, the warm waters of the Gulf and the federal response that many of the doomsday scenarios that were talking about and repeated a lot have not and will not come to fruition because of that.
Without realizing it Gibbs summed up the sensationalized Gulf Oil Spill crisis when he said the doomsday scenarios “will not come to fruition.” The word “fruition” has a positive meaning to bear fruit or an enjoyable outcome. I can’t say for sure but I think there were a few chuckles in the press room, likely from people who knew the definition of fruition.
From the outset of the oil spill many people in government, the press, the public seem to treat British Petroleum’s oil spill catastrophe as a good thing. It’s as if those people waited for a crisis to come along so they can say “I told you so” and then use it to somehow profit from it.
Even now when by all reliable accounts the “crisis” is over many people continue to stoke the fires of hysteria. There wasn’t widespread killing of fish and birds. There wasn’t massive contamination to beaches and marshes. There isn’t a giant Gulf Stream of oil making its way to other coasts all the while gobbling everything in its path. The truth is there never was much danger of the occurrence of any “doomsday scenarios.”
My cousin operates a large charter fishing boat out of Biloxi Mississippi. He could have continued operating except for the fact the government shut down large areas of the Gulf; areas that weren’t affected by the oil. It turned out to be a windfall for him because he and his crew were paid good money to cruise the area and “look for oil.” They didn’t find any.
Of course oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico; there’s always oil in the Gulf. Oil companies and government agencies do their best to keep it at a minimum. Even now British Petroleum is completing sealing the damaged well, MC252. In all probability and hopefully MC252 will no longer be a cause of concern and alarm.
So what’s next? When a car crashes the government doesn’t stop people from driving. When an airliner crashes the government doesn’t ground all airliners and in most cases all the planes of the type that crashed aren’t even grounded. Sure; the cause of the crashes are determined and if possible fixes are implemented. The same should be true of drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It ought to continue.
As of August 5, 2010 British Petroleum has paid $303 million in compensation to individuals and small businesses on the Gulf Coast. That’s in addition to the billions spent for cleanup.
The White House
British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico Response