Something terrible is supposed to happen on my birthday in 2012. I don’t put much stock in the predictions of the Mayan calendar, but the world oil shortfall that’s predicted to occur in 2012 probably won’t have many good consequences. We are completely unprepared to transition to a non-fossil fuel based economy, so I can understand why Obama opened so many new areas to offshore drilling.
I still think it was a bad decision. The rig that sank in the Gulf of Mexico last week is just one of many environmental disasters caused by offshore drilling. Considering all of the other problems the oceans are facing because of climate change, we should be working frantically to keep the ocean from dying, not doing more to destroy one of our most valuable natural resources.