Things like the Gulf oil spill, that is.
Yes, it is an incredibly awful spill–a combination of greed, cut corners, broken rules, missed inspections, indifferent inspectors, out-of-control regulations, and sheer bad luck, among other things. A “perfect storm” of all that could go bad, if you will.
And yes, it’s going to take lots of time and lots of money and lots of patience and lots of work before things start to resemble anything near normal on the Gulf coast any time soon.
But consider this: we’ve been lucky. Other regions have not been nearly so fortunate.
Not to make light of the lives lost on the Deepwater Horizon, or to diminish the sheer awfulness of what is happening. But it could be worse. Much worse.
Image from Gavin Potenza infographics