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Oil Spills as Economic Stimulus?


Updating our vernacular

Before I get into the meat of this posting, allow me to update the vernacular that we use from Baby Boomer to Millennial. As a Baby Boomer, this is hard. As a Millennial, you might just go: 'Duh!'--or whatever the current equivalent is. I won't pretend that I can keep up. But I request your indulgence as I try my best.

So here is a resource that I am drawing from as I explain this topic. Yes, you have to click on the link. Yes, you will know much more about how to read things on your Facebook page after you do.

Stupidity on parade

Sorry. That's probably an editorial comment that precedes the evidence. So here's the evidence:

-- Washington State is considering a proposal to allow oil transportation by rail into Vancouver, Washington. There are economic benefits to this; there are downsides to this--particularly when we already can't control the damage that transportation systems cause.
-- Previous transportation systems have created some of the worst environmental disasters in the history of humankind. Look no further than the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon spills for confirmation.

The issue at hand

There is a proposal before the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to allow a terminal to be built in Vancouver.

A direct quote from the pre-filed testimony: “When a spill occurs, new economic activity occurs to clean-up contaminated areas, remediate affected properties, and supply equipment for cleanup activities. Anecdotal evidence from recent spills suggests that such activity can be potentially large.”


The testimony states that oil spills can be advantageous to the economy. So, honored millennial readers--would anyone object to to the following acronyms?

  • ABN
  • ALOL
  • HS
  • LMAO
  • NLS
  • OMG!
  • WTF?

What do you think? Did I miss anything?

Randall Cuthbert Dr. Randall Cuthbert is a retired APUS Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management. He has also worked as a Red Cross Shelter Supervisor, and spent a 20-year career as a US Air Force Civil Engineer Officer. His blogging interests include: protecting & enhancing the EDM profession in the areas of integrity, honorable public service, and social justice; education regarding the 'big picture' role of EDM in our society; educating our professionals and neighbors with regard to the greatest threat to our civilization--climate change; and in general terms, creating a better world for our children and grandchildren.