History repeats its self

The year is 1989 and there is an oil spill of mass proportions. Millions of gallons of oil gush into the Alaskan water ways out of the Exxon Valdez tanker. The response to the oil spill starts off slow. There is confusion over who exactly is in charge of the clean up–the oil companies or the federal government.  Throughout this catastrophe it is found that the government, who are supposed to regulate the oil industry, are in “bed” with the oil companies. So a commission was created, an investigation takes place, and improvements are recommended so a catastrophe of this magnitude won’t happen again.

Well that was in 1989. Let us fast forward 21 years to 2010, and move to a warmer climate in the Gulf Coast region. Now it is time to copy and paste what I just wrote. The year is 1989 2010 and there is an oil spill of mass proportions that actually surpasses the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill. Millions of gallons of oil gush out of the Exxon Valdez tanker Deepwater Horizon blowout after it exploded and killed 12 crew members working on the rig. The response to the oil spill starts off slow. There is confusion over who exactly is in charge of the clean up–the oil companies or the federal government. Throughout this catastrophe it is found that the government, who are supposed to regulate the oil industry, are in “bed” with the oil companies. So a commission is created, an investigation takes place, and improvements were will be recommended so that a catastrophe of this magnitude won’t happen again.

Funny how history repeats its self.

A great article in the Washington Post written by Joe Stephens goes into a lot more detail concerning the similarities between the two oil spills.

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