O’Reilly promised then that his firm [Chevron], like the other energy giants, would do whatever it took to secure this “difficult energy” to satisfy rising global demand. And he proved a man of his word. As a result, BP, Chevron, Exxon, and the rest of the energy giants launched a drive to obtain traditional fuels from hazardous locations, setting the stage for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and those sure to follow. As long as the industry stays on this course, rather than undertaking the transition to an alternative energy future, more such catastrophes are inevitable, no matter how sophisticated the technology or scrupulous the oversight.But, you see, capitalist regimes have no choice. Their system is built upon fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources cannot provide the every increasing energy needs of this system.
It's the goddam system, stupid!