Even the supporters of Deep Sea Oil Drilling admit it is risky.
Like the two rats in the old advertisement discussing the odds of going for a cheezel set in a trap, Petrobras and the Herald editor discuss the advantages of Deep Sea Oil, in the columns of the Herald.
Echoing the rat called Nigel, the Herald says “If there is, as with virtually any activity, a risk, there is also the prospect of huge reward.”
The Brazilian company is keen to take a gamble with our environment: “Petrobras’ project head Marco Toledo speaking to the Herald, said his company was accustomed to high risk.”
Both the Herald and Petrobras conclude: ‘We should take the risk.’
Like Nigel the rat and his companion, they have decided it is worth a crack, to risk snatch this tempting morsel, but like Nigel the rat, they might find, that if this trap is tripped, the consequences will be horrific and there is no escape. Not for Nigel and not for us.
Worth a crack Nigel……. Nigel?
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The Greens have been running a very good line on this. They point out that the Yanks had tens of thousands people and has spent $39 billion on cleaning up the Deep Water Horizon spill so far. We have 400 people trained for an oil disaster and there would be no other deepsea rig nearby to drill a well like the one that eventually stopped the leak, after 800 million litres had been spilled. – Eddie