A couple of years after leaving the GoM I came to a conclusion about most of the southern gentleman who work there. Many, perhaps a majority are environmentalists. At crewchange after coming back to work we always asked each what we did when we were off. The Cajuns always said the same thing. Went fishing, went hunting, went out on my boat, seeded a field to prep for hunting season, worked on my camp, stayed in my 5th wheel, dug a pond & all other sorts of outdoor activities. When I started working in NY Harbor the answer was mostly, “Nothing” or stayed around my house. Never heard a Cajun brag about beating a video game when they were off.
I think the people who work in the GoM love & enjoy the environment as much as anyone else. I don’t think cutting US oil production & laying mariners off will affect the amount of oil consumed & produced on the planet by a single barrel. The price of oil will go up a little more, Russia & OPEC will be thrilled because they will pickup the slack boosting their economies & ours will suffer. Global oil demand & supply are almost guaranteed to increase with or without American mariners defaulting on their mortgages. I feel bad for those guy & our industry, less maritime jobs for news graduates too.