Pipeline Spills

Almost every day in the news there is another pipeline or tanker spill. What is the problem? The problem is capitalism. The pipeline company makes all decisions based on maximising profitability. Spilling oil costs money. So does safety and reinforcing the pipeline. Economics requires them to spend not a penny more on reinforcing than it saves in lost oil and cleanup costs. They decide how much reinforcing to do based on making the most money, not protecting the environment. The only way to get them to behave better is to legislate better behaviour.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)