Seriously, after this non-response to Macondo, what type of “wake up call” would actually make us alter the terms of the state’s abusive, perhaps lethal deal with Big Oil? What will it take for Louisiana’s leaders to truly embrace risk reduction and environmental safety as the top priority for our coast?
Last year an oil disaster occurred off the shores of a slow-motion coastal loss disaster, and a year later our Congressional leaders have decided their top political priority is railing about gas prices and the lack of oil drilling in the gulf. It’s madness, I say.
Really, at this point, I can't imagine a "wake up call" we couldn't snooze on through. If oil industry leaders decided to walk into every home in Louisiana and kick the family dog for three hours a day, the inevitable political response would be a demand that we furnish them harder or spikier shoes with which to do it.