Today is the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which saw 10.8 million gallons of oil in the precious Prince William ecosystem off the coast of Alaska. Even today according to the fishermen who work there, the effects are still seen. This spill helped show the idea that regulations aren't important, is an utter lie, at least when it comes to big corporations.
In 1989, the time of the spill of course, Alaska Pipeline Services Co. had 13 oil skimmers, five miles of boom and storage capacity for only 220,000 gallons of spilled oil, which of course was grossly overwhelmed by the 10.8 million oil spill. Now there are over 100 oil skimmers, almost 50 miles of boom and storage capacity for 38 million gallons of oil.
Earlier this year, the West Virginia chemical spill caused millions of dollars in costs from water pollution. Even today those in cities like Charleston, W.V. are wary of how clean the drinking water might be.
Remember the Deep Horizon explosion a few years back in the Gulf of Mexico, another disaster that destroyed fishing communities and businesses, was a product, in part, of lack of proper governmental regulation.
Regulations might be tough and some of them shouldn't exist. Especially ones propped up to push out new competition in an industry, such as taxis through a cap given on taxi licenses.
The Koch brothers, big supporters of Republicans like Scott Walker, want us to have less regulations in order to further their financial interests. But what do we sell in the process, our clean air, water and safe workplaces? I don't think so.