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Today's letter to the editor titled “Stopping all drilling is wrong" is just another justification for “drill baby drill" because the administration is not calling for a moratorium on all oil drilling. The catastrophe in the Gulf may be just a human error but I suspect it's much more, because by now, it should be obvious to everyone that they didn't have a plan for the worst case scenario. They said they did... That's the reason we should not continue deep oil shore drilling. We need to investigate, litigate, clean up the oil, correct all existing permits, and put a plan in place for the worst case scenario. That could mean, requiring all deep offshore drilling rigs to drill an accompanying relief well and having a mandated $500,000 acoustics switch. For about the last 30 years, oil companies invested all their profits in drilling deeper holes but not for one red cent for research and development, in preparing for the worst case scenario.

The letter writer asked “Do we stop all driving because there was a vehicle accident?" We did stop all commercial flights for a few days after 9/11. This oil spill it a lot closer to the devastation 9/11 caused than a simple automobile accident. Who would take the blame if we had another deep shore oil rig explosion?

British Petroleum has not learned from their disasters in the past; but the emphasis should be on the 14 million people that live along the coast, the wild life, the wetlands, and not necessarily the benefit from lessons learned. British Petroleum has lied from day one, so only the gullible, would believe anything they say or do.

I wholeheartedly agree that we cannot continue to rely on foreign oil but we need to take it a step further and start finding ways to get off fossil fuels. I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time, so blaming the executives should not be a distraction, it should be the catalyst. Americans seem to have a short memory, so keeping this catastrophe at the forefront, might just make us angry enough to demand alternative fuels. We've had this problem since the 1970s.

On a side note, I'm not an activist and I usually don't pay much attention to them, but for some reason, I admire Diane Wilson for what she did. She was not threatening and she made her point that no legislator should be against making the oil companies pay for their mistakes, in full. She will pay the price, but I bet she sleeps better at night, knowing she did all she could.