Worst Case Scenario

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Transocean Deepwater Horizon/BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. From Bloomberg:

“The worst-case scenario is Christmas time,” Dan Pickering, the head of research at energy investor Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in Houston, said. “This process is teaching us to be skeptical of deadlines.”

Actually, that “worst-case scenario” shows a dangerous lack of imagination. That’s not even close to the worst-case scenarios that I can dream up. For example:

  • The rig actually exploded because the drill struck the lair of Cthulhu, whose sleep is now disturbed. The Great Old Ones are rising, and the world is doomed.
  • The drill broke into the hollow center of the Earth. If the riser is successfully cut then the oceans will empty into the Earth’s core, leaving the surface an arid husk incapable of supporting life as we know it. All welcome our new lichen Overlords!
  • New Orleans is enduring a series of punishing biblical plagues. Until it renounces drunken bacchanalias and bead-bartering, the plagues will increase in their ferocity until, eventually, it will be struck by swarms of radioactive meteorites creating a race of super-powered mutant nutria, which will take over the continent and eventually the world.

And that’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure if I spent a little more time at it I could come up with even more frightening scenarios.

But this all begs the question: why is Obama ignoring the possible nightmare lichen/nutria scenario? By the time it ends up happening, once again it will be too little, too late from this President.

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