The Prestige spill raises questions of accountability

Much can be said about the sinking on Nov. 19 of the Prestige tanker and consequent spill of fuel oil off northwestern Spain.And much can't be said with any justification—at least not yet—but has been and will continue to be said anyway.Environmental groups say spills such as this show that humanity should quit using oil. In fact, humanity won't quit using oil and shouldn't.A reversion to more-primitive sources of energy would harm the environment more than oil does. And favored alternatives, such as solar and wind, can't satisfy modern demand for energy.The spill off Galicia also is said to have been an environmental disaster. Maybe so. But the extent of lasti...

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