Friday, July 23, 2010

Anyhoo, What's The Worst That Could Happen?

Apparently, a Permian-era style great extinction event overnight. So it's not like it's the end of the world or anything. After all, it has happened before and we're all descended from the 2% of life on Earth that did not bite it. Obviously, much overrated. There's nothing worse than people trying to inflate a crisis with apocalyptic scenarios ... like this one. Which apparently happened before exactly in the same place from the same methane hydrate reservoir. So it is not as if it is plausible or anything.

What sort of fees should be imposed by a court on BP for causing the extinction of most of the life on Earth and the complete collapse of civilization as we know it? Would that be computed per head or as a group action?

First of all, the plaintiff has to prove they have suffered damages as a result of the defendant's behaviour. Opening arguments might be lengthy, even sufficient to declare a mistrial. Either way, BP wins. They would probably just drag the case out for millennia until all parties agree to a settlement.


Anonymous said...

I've learned a lot from watching movies and I'm not worried about a methane explosion.

All we need to do is to gather Wil Smith, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and selected other cultural enrichers and they will save the world.

andyboots37 said...

251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive
explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent
of all life on Earth. [1] Experts agree that what is known as the
Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the
history of the world.

Anytime I read a statement like the one above the wheels completely fall off for me. No matter how interesting the article might be it loses all credibility when it speaks authoritatively on astronomical figures -251 million years ago??? yuh sure it was not 252 million years ago???

They can not even enter into comprehending, much less verifying, an unfathomable and unprovable era.

Experts? C´mon.


Anonymous said...

That's got to be at least a couple of thousand dollars in fines. Maybe a ban from drilling for a few years.

They can build the next rig out of the bones of the people who didn't make it.