Thursday, July 15, 2010

Raise Your Hand If You Notice A Pattern

In the last couple of days I have stumbled across Washington's Blog, where some actual expert reporting is going on about the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Today an interesting point has been made.

The banks went through a "stress test" that was nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to lull a gullible populace into thinking everything was okay. Now a possibly critically damaged well is going to be put through a stress test designed to lull a dullible populace into thinking everything is okay.


Except that in the case of the well, success means Max. Working Pressure of some of the pipes is exceeded by half-again. For days. This, while the permanent solution (relief well) is single-digits of yards from possible total success and it has been put on hold for the duration of the stress test.

Why? So you can stop bothering about looking at live camera shots of spewing oil. Not because it is going to stop the oil, but because it stops you seeing the oil.

No comments: