I guess we just look at this differently Doc. To say "If that means rationing, so be it" is very cavalier of you. As you list people first oof the things to be saved and recovered I am surprised that you do not include the millions of people, small businesses, large businesses that will be under severe stress if we have a rationed fuel supply. But so be it....
It is funny though that every one of the gulf states that are most affected by this disaster wants moratorium lifted and the rigs back in operation ASAP. But what do they know about what is best for them?
I look at it more globally, Ken. More from a species stand point. Individuals are selfish, not willing to do what has to be done...decreasing consumption, raising the health and education of the lowliest, ending conspicuous consumption in favor or sustainability for all people. The people in the gulf area and their suffering does not elude me. However, just because that's how they prefer to live doesn't make it right. Is it right for anyone to live inflated existences while children elsewhere starve? I'm not advocating Communism. I am advocating a much fairer division of resources, and responsibility towards other humans.
That is quite the opposite of being "cavalier". Being cavalier would be (barring the use of less attractive terms) disregarding the suffering of immense masses of people on this planet starving and ill while bemoaning the terrible loss of fishing and oystering and "a way of life".
There has to be moderation. We can't go on using 90% of the world's resources without consideration. We are not 90% of the world's population, are we? Or is there some special entitlement we enjoy simply because of the American Industrialization? Isn't it ironic that the very forces which caused the careless drilling and over/unbalanced utilization of the earth's limited resources engendered this disaster?
I am not saying "YOU have to ration the folks in the Gulf states while I enjoy limitless consumption." That would be unconscionable, right?
But what you're saying is "The world can exist on 10% while America/the West get 90%". That isn't reverse rationing? That is unsustainable and indefensible....but then, "That's just the way it is...we can't do anything about it."
I am perfectly willing to be rationed, as long a EVERYONE, including the leaders are also rationed. No one is more entitled to healthy food, good health care, a job, shelter and clothing than anyone else. Does that sound cavalier to you?
As far as I'm concerned they can have their way of life back and drill....as long as it is made safe. They might know what's 'best' for themselves (if best=best money), but they do not have the right to do that under unsafe conditions. I won't suffer the illnesses nor pay my hard earned money to buy them that option.