The recent evacuation of the miners in Chile was an amazing feat of human ingenuity! The process was expedient and proceeded like clockwork. There was no politics involved which allowed the operation to be completed swiftly. The president of Chile promised the miners would be rescued before Christmas which was the original completion target. These heroes arrived topside from the underground on good physical spirits. An important point to consider is that the other mining operations were not shut down. Chile's President realized that production must continue, considering the cave in. The minors have been offered vacations, movie deals and all sorts of different incentives. And indeed, this was to be expected. No group of miners have been trapped undergound and have survived this long. It took a herculaen effort from a lot of proffesionals to successfully pull this feat off.
In contrast, when the explosion on the Deepwater Horizan occured, President Obama shut down all drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm sure the other rigs were safely drilling for precious oil that our contry needs. Through this careless political action, though it was later lifted, our dependence on foreign oil increased. Drilling should have continued for the resources this nation needs. If another tradedy ensues in the Gulf (And we hope that's not the case) we must act sooner to rectify the problem and fix it. The feds and the academics worked dilligently to alleviate the situation, but it should have been resolved in less time. Perhaps, if a event in the Gulf reoccurrs, a future president may recall the events in Chile and react sooner. "Viva Chile!"