While there is no doubt truth to the idea of striking while the iron is hot, this comment today by one of the leaders of the Sierra Club is one of the dumbest things I’ve heard said about the Gulf Spill. The New York Times today included this comment:
“You don’t want to let a good crisis get away,” said Athan Manuel, the director of lands protection for the Sierra Club’s legislative office, which is pushing for a permanent moratorium on new offshore drilling.
I’ve been struck by the stories coming out of the Gulf region of the many families devastated by this horrible event. To think that anyone would consider a tragedy of this nature to be a “good crisis” is just unthinkable. I guess it shows the “true believer” mentality that says anything is good that supports their goals or agenda. Certainly the environmental leaders and organizations will take full advantage of the failure of this well to push their agenda. But to be exultant in this tragedy because of how it supports their goals is, well, unconscionable to me.