So, why don’t we just ban mankind’s existence?
The offshore explosion that occurred a few days ago was a tragedy and my heart goes out to the families of the eleven remaining individuals who have yet to be found. That being said, oil drilling is not only an expensive but dangerous endeavor and no amount of regulation will prevent the latter from occurring. That won’t stop the regulators from trying to regulate “human error”:
NEW ORLEANS – Federal regulators did not need this week’s explosion aboard a state-of-the-art rig to know the offshore drilling industry needed new safety rules: Dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries over the last several years had already convinced them that changes were needed.
The U.S. Minerals and Management Service is developing regulations aimed at preventing human error, which it identified as a factor in many of the more than 1,400 offshore oil drilling accidents between 2001 and 2007.
One wonders how “human error” will be prevented, but the regulators, who must be more involved in our lives, will try to do it. Indeed, in a twist of irony, an environmentalist states that to try and outlaw “human error” is impossible:
Environmentalists say that while new technology touted by oil industry executives continues to improve, people still have to oversee those devices and human error remains a widespread problem.
“You can’t outlaw human error,” Richard Charter, a senior policy adviser with Defenders of Wildlife, who has been involved in drilling issues for 30 years, said of Tuesday’s explosion. “It’s one of the sidebar issues now emerging for the Horizon incident — these are common incidents and this was just a bigger one.”
And, in a rare moment where I agree with the administration, they will continue with their “offshore drilling” plan because, hey! accidents happen:
Obama showed no sign of budging Friday. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president still believes increasing domestic oil production can be done safely, securely and without harming the environment.
“I don’t honestly think it opens up a whole new series of questions, because, you know, in all honesty I doubt this is the first accident that has happened and I doubt it will be the last,” Gibbs said.
One would only wish they used this short and simple logical explanation in other areas, such as healthcare, the environment and in the financial sector. To do that, however, would be to admit that regulators can’t regulate everything.