Remembering what not to do

A whale explodes after a charge was set in Florence Oregon, 1970

With a variety of global environmental crises upon us, this old newscast casts doubt on our ability to deal with messes effectively. Often, our attempt to manage a scenario results in another, more dangerous, scenario.

I appreciate the reporter’s final remarks that, roughly, “should this happen again, the authorities will remember what to do… and what not to do.”

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Novel situations, of course, make it difficult to remember what to do. Global warming is a novel situation. Oil gushing into the gulf in the deep deep water, is a novel situation.1

That the Tories are choosing to remove the requirement for environmental assessments seems somehow related.

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