In response to a piece I wrote last week about the oil prohibitionists on the left, a liberal directed me to Wikipedia’s comprehensive “List of pipeline accidents in the United States in the 21st century” to justify banning drilling for oil.
It is a quite expansive list. If the list is to be believed—and I, for one, do believe it—there have been over 200 oil-pipeline accidents in the United States since the year 2000, the causes of which ranged from natural disasters to negligence. And, being that the list is specific to pipeline accidents, oil-rig accidents such as occurred on April 20, 2010, at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico are not included.
I’d bet that most everybody looking at that list, including environmentalists themselves, would be shocked to see how frequently there have been incidents that resulted in oil spilling out into the natural landscape of America. So frequent that, based on how we’re told to feel and what we’re told to think about oil spills, it is worth noting that we’ve gotten along just fine being ignorant of those 200-plus accidents. We’re alive. We’re healthy. Our food isn’t oozing with oil.
Oil prohibitionists have done an impressive job getting the world to think of oil spills with much the same dread it once felt about the bubonic plague. Even we conservatives (or at least this one) stare agape when we’re presented with a list of all the oil-pipeline spills from the last decade alone.
We are made to forget that oil is natural. We are made to forget that oil is created by the Earth (or, if you prefer, gestated in the womb of Gaia). The Earth has survived through and thrived after countless disasters, natural and man-made (though far more natural), and will certainly continue to survive and thrive no matter how much oil we take out and no matter how much of that oil is spilled. And we, too, will survive those future oil spills just as we’ve survived the hundreds (when counting oil-rig accidents as well) of oil spills just this past decade, as evidenced by the fact that we’re still alive.
The reason nobody was even aware of all those oil spills in that list is because no great disasters have come about from those spills. There is the misconception that the spills themselves are the disasters, but that is incorrect. If oil spills and a few animals die from it, that does not constitute a disaster.
I really do love animals, but humans are more valuable, not just from my Christian perspective, but from the atheistic evolutionary perspective that I don’t believe in and that is mostly adhered to by environmentalists and liberals. According to their own teachings, humans have earned their position at the top of the food chain by virtue of the fact that they are at the top of the food chain. If a species of moth cannot survive the progression and evolution of humans, then the moth deserved to go extinct. Isn’t that survival of the fittest? Humans are the fittest, so we run the show. If some plants get covered in oil temporarily before Earth naturally washes the oil away, or if some animals get killed, how does that compare to the well-being of we who are at the top of the food chain?
Regarding the Wikipedia list again, after coming to the above realization, I now respond: So?