What Would Jacques Think? June 15, 2010 : 1:26 PM

From the Washington Post's "Post Carbon" Blog:

“This would have been the 100th birthday of Jacques Cousteau, the 20th century's iconic explorer and explainer of the sea. The timing is either perfect, or terrible: it falls in the middle of the country's worst marine disaster in memory.”

“In a telephone interview from Venice, La.--the town closest to the site of the leak on the gulf floor--Cousteau's grandson Philippe Cousteau Jr. said his grandfather would have been astounded by what's happened over the past 53 days.”

He "would look at this oil spill as I do and be horrified by our continued willful ignorance and arrogance that we can exploit nature, that we can maintain our dependence on fossil fuels, and that there [will be] no consequences," Philippe Cousteau said. "It's a frustrating time right now, because you have to wonder, when is enough enough?"