Seth McKeel pleads for reason in The Ledger now that the hideous reality of what may become the worst environmental disaster in American history has met his cheery abstraction of “energy exploration” and complains that a recent editorial headline Spill, Seth, Spill was “unfortunately personal.”
Well, let me be the first to say, “Tough.” This isn’t some crony funding deal or teacher union busting bill to laugh off. This is an appalling catastrophe – likely to ruin livelihoods that we can’t even enumerate yet. And it’s “unfortunately personal” for every one of them. All for a tiny puddle of oil that has zero impact on our energy independence. And it very well could have occurred off our coast in a few years — in large part because of you. Own it. You are an elected official. You advocate positions; and you attach your name to them. And you roll the dice. In this case you rolled stupidly. And there are consequences. This ain’t Boys’ State. You’re not at summer camp.
If you can’t deal with someone calling you out by name for a public policy you led the way on, then go home and sell real estate. Your political career means nothing in comparison to the smelly morass in the gulf. This isn’t a game. You work for us until you don’t.
In any event, don’t retreat into bland abstractions like this:
There are no easy answers. It is vital for our national economy, for our security and for the future of our country that we achieve energy independence. I remain determined to work toward this goal.
Right, let’s see if we remember you having enough guts to say, you know, “there are no easy answers,” when your party was chanting “Drill, baby, drill”, like they were at a football game. I don’t remember if you cautioned them not to get overly personal about how they dealt with people who disagreed.
There is no way to ensure oil will not spill from oil rigs. Period. If you were naive enough to think there was, well…I got some swampland.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but McKeel could take some lessons from Sarah Palin.
I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.
Now, she’s stark-raving bonkers when she writes “increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.” It won’t. But that’s still a legitimate position we can debate. Alaska has much more oil, and she’s more than happy to expect us Floridians to live with the “devastation” of oil spills for the sake of her drill, baby, drilling. But at least she doesn’t duck the reality of what oil can do. There is no safe drilling, and she’s gutsy enough to acknowledge it. She’s not hiding. Good for her.
Seth, take some manliness lessons from Palin. The only honest positions for you at this time are, “This spill is worth it to drill for oil in the gulf.” Because there is no such thing as safe drilling. Or, “Boy did I screw up. And I’m sorry.”
Whining in the middle is lame.