The fate of the oil addiction is not so uncertain, however, because it seems that our government is bound and determined to keep oil addiction safe from extinction, but the same cannot be said for Earth life.
The winds are blowing on shore toward Florida from the Gulf of Mexico, meaning oil may foul Florida beaches over the weekend.
Meanwhile the federal government has approved new offshore drilling:
Federal regulators approved Wednesday the first new Gulf of Mexico oil well since President Barack Obama lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water, even while deepwater projects remain frozen after the massive BP spill.(ABC News). It is as if they are doubling down on the oil addiction in the same area where the greatest ecological disaster in U.S. history still spews toxins and is still out of control.
The Minerals Management Service granted a new drilling permit sought by Bandon Oil and Gas for a site about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana and 115 feet below the ocean's surface. It's south of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge and Game Preserve, far to the west of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the BP spill.
Out of control addiction has a future right up to the end in Bullshitistan, because the toxic oil pushers keep giving federal officials a taste:
As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive spill.(Politico, emphasis added). Flagrant and open bribery is their understanding of "open government" I suppose.
The Texas-based oil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday — 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat. It was the busiest donation month for Halliburton’s PAC since September 2008.
Of the 10 current members of Congress who got money from Halliburton in May, seven are on committees with oversight of the oil spill and its aftermath.
Open bribery for all to see.