Did environmentalists cause the Gulf oil spill?

Environmentalists are vocal in their desire to protect the earth from pollution. But in an ironic twist worth of its own Twilight Zone episode, they may be at least partly to blame for the gigantic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

At least that’s what The Washington Post thinks. Click the link below to read the article, and give me your take on the situation.

Charles Krauthammer – A disaster with many fathers.


5 Responses to Did environmentalists cause the Gulf oil spill?

  1. Ryan says:

    Thanks for this article. What I like is it doesn’t just point at environmentalists or Obama, or BP.

    The fact is though, oil drilling is taking place deep…so do it right. There was inadequate safeguards and disaster response. This really pinpoints who was to blame.

    Even if enviro’s forced deep drilling, don’t drill if you can’t do it right…or at least clean up your mess.

    I’ll go with higher prices over a ruined gulf any day.

    • David Wilson says:

      I agree 100%. There’s plenty of blame to go around. BP is at the head of the line, as far as I can tell.

      I just thought the article presented an interesting viewpoint. Drilling around the populated Gulf instead of the barren Arctic was a perspective I hadn’t considered before. In hindsight, maybe not a good approach.

  2. Ryan says:

    Not original but helpful:

    Is government the answer or the problem?

    Was this disaster caused by under-regulation or over-regulation?

    Who required the Oil company to drill off shore at 5,000 ft ?

    Why can’t they drill on land, where they can contain oil well fires?

    Is there any sane person that thinks we can survive without oil?

    Who was regulating the regulators while they were…ah…doing other things?

    How do we as Christians view this in light of living in a fallen world and total depravity?

  3. Derick says:

    Great article. I believe he’s right on:

    “Moreover, we’ve seen some of the theological and ideological fringes in the environmentalist movement, fringes that enabled us to see them as not “with us,” and, frankly, to enable us to make fun of the entire question as a silly enterprise. But perhaps the void is being filled by leftists and liberals and wannabe liberal evangelicals simply because those who ought to know better are off doing something else. Working with our secular progressive neighbors on, for instance, saving the Gulf no more compromises the evangelical witness than our working with feminists to combat pornography or with Latter-day Saints to protect marriage.”

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