Some say gas should be 5-10 dollars a gallon. I can't afford that, and I don't know anyone who can. At those prices, our economy would come to a standstill. The ramifications are pretty much incalculable. Until we have a viable alternative, we are screwed.
I think the real responsibility lays at the feet of the companies who make their profits on fossil fuels. And also with governments which should be regulating and overseeing. This current disaster has been in the making for a long time. We've been lucky until now. As with Wall Street, we've let these businesses pretty much run themselves, assuming that they would do what is right. Well, look how that's worked out for us. It's proven, time and again, that we cannot trust Big Businesses to put the welfare of the country, the environment, and its' people ahead of profits for shareholders and executives.
So what do we do? Do we wring our hands and Pray for God to intervene to save us? Lot of good that will do. Or, we can demand that companies doing business live up to their responsibilities, and demand that our Government start doing its' job. I know. I know. "Big Government" SCAREY!! Well, who else we got? A Government is the only entity with the power to do anything to these shitheels.
This crisis, at hand, requires big government to jump in with the resources available to it (unlike what it did during and after Katrina) and do something besides fly over and take a look. Yesterday. The Army and Navy should be mobilized and someone has to take charge.
The only thing I can do, right now, is call my Congresspersons and demand immediate measures be taken to mitigate this disaster. The people of the Southern coast deserve nothing less than the absolute best effort--no bullshitting, no finger pointing. Just. Get. It. Done.
We can sort out who pays and who fries later.
Then, finally, get serious-and I mean Manhattan Project serious, about a viable alternative to fossil fuels. And my vote is hydrogen fuel cells.