Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Solving The Problem

Those funny little people inside my TV have been telling me all morning that "there is concern" about "a potential environmental catastrophe" if fuel spills from the Costa Concordia ocean liner, which hit the curb a reef and flipped capsized after the Captain went off course. They weren't all that clear about exactly who was being concerned -- everyone, maybe -- or what was to be done about it.

I immediately had an answer (glib much?) -- hang up a sign reading FREE FUEL and wait for an onslaught of salvagers -- but decided I'd better dig.

Funny; read past the first paragraph and you find out the worried guy is one Corrado Clini, Italian Environmental Minister -- as in, that worry is his job -- and that the company that operates the ship has already hired a top firm to refloat (or at least salvage) the ship and take care of the fuel.

So relax. Yes, it would be very bad indeed if the fuel spilled but you, me and the networks are not the only ones who know that.

4 comments:

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Refloating might be problematic now that they've started blowing holes in it to facilitate SAR Ops. Though the salvage companies may have a way around that - I know enough to know I don't really know enough to say for sure.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Sigh! EVERYTHING is an Environmental Disaster to the Greens! I mean, if a Penguin passes Gas in Antarctica, there must be an Environmental Study done to see how the escaped Methane is widening the Ozone Hole!

Wayne Conrad said...

In reporting, the passive tense is always suspect.

Robin said...

Its not like the Med isn't a toilet bowl of pollution already ...