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

Remembering what not to do

What we ought to do in novel situations is not straight forward.

With a variety of global environmental crises upon us, this old newscast casts doubt on our ability to deal with messes effectively. Sometimes, 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.”

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.12

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

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