Those who remember the 2008 GOP convention surely remember the chant of "Drill, baby, drill," led by then VP candidate Sarah Palin. As money seemingly always trumps the environment, high oil prices were making Americans think about more offshore oil drilling, despite the fact that any oil extracted that way would be a drop in the ocean of oil the U.S. needs.
It was also based on the fact that for two decades there had not been any large-scale accidents. That has radically changed, with the vast oil spill from the BP oil rig explosion begins to hit U.S. coastlines.
Bill Maher said it best in a tweet:
Every a**hole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup dutyThose who think technology is infallible are fools. It was 100 percent certain we would have another oil accident. The question was not if, but when.
Sarah Palin, head over to the Gulf Coast today, will ya?