Politicians show they’re worried about oil on the Great Barrier Reef by burning oil above it:
And who are these media tarts and poseurs, keen to pretend they’re Doing Something about the Shen Neng’s tiny oil slick?
I’m not sure what’s worse - that we’re led by such pretenders, or that such pretences actually work.
I'd have to say that the same thing worries me. That people are gullible enough to be suckered by these meaningless gestures by politicians which achieve nothing except the illusion that something is being done. Oh, and to get their faces on the TV news and thus 'manage' the 24 hour news cycle.
People keep saying that the public is waking up to this manipulation of the media, (and if there is a bigger media tart than Kevin Rudd, then it's Bob Brown), but I don't know.
Are we still being fooled by the manufactured images of pollies in fluro-vests and hard hats? I see that Queensland premier Anna Bligh now has a lovely white hard hat with her name on it.
But let's put this into context. The absolute worst case scenario here was that the ship broke up and released just under a thousand tonnes of fuel oil and its cargo of coal.
Sounds bad, and it would have been if it had happened. But the reality is that that amount of oil would only do limited damage to the small section of the reef and some coastline, while the coal would float away.
Nature would begin repairing whatever damage had been done. We always seem to forget that nature has faced cataclysms and catastrophes almost beyond our imagining, and survived and healed.
This wouldn't even rate as an itch for the Earth.