- Offshore drilling had an impressive record of success and safety prior to this event. This includes so-called deep-water drilling.
- The 5000-foot depth of the BP Deepwater Horizon well was deep but hardly the deepest around.
- The well's failure fits well the usual human pattern of complacency bred by success.
For that reason, we applaud loudly the President's lifting of his moratorium on offshore drilling. We sincerely hope that this means the crisis will "go to waste" for those who want to use it to "transform our oil-based economy."