Yell Louder, Yeah, that Will Cap the Oil Leak

By Al Giordano

I don’t know how to cap the big oil leak in the Gulf and truth is neither do you. And even if it is capped in five minutes from now, the damage is already done.

That said, as a longtime vocal opponent of off shore oil drilling, and proponent of renewable energy, I wish to publicly disassociate myself from all the newly concerned voices screaming at the top of their lungs that the government must “do something” if they don’t come with concrete suggestions for what exactly can be done. They do not represent me and please don't ever confuse me with them, okay?

Without an easy solution in sight, and with the knowledge sinking in of just how harmful this oil gusher will be to the Gulf of Mexico, its shores, its fishing and tourism and quality of life, a lot of people seem to be screaming that somebody should yell louder and point their fingers harder.

Okay, just this once, I will point fingers. You know who is to blame in addition to BP and the government that allowed this oil rig to be built? Every single one of us that ever drove a car, got in an airplane, or drank from a plastic bottle (they’re made from petroleum, too). The heavier our “carbon footprints” the greater each of us is to blame. Go yell at yourself now.

Yell at yourself especially if you live in the United States, because you use up twenty times the earth’s resources as people in other countries. You are, therefore, twenty times greater to blame for this civilization’s addiction to oil that created the market for which BP and others went drilling in the seas.

Yell louder if you are a parent. You, breeder, are twice as much to blame as the childless person because your little darling is also using up twenty times the earth’s resources as the child of other lands. The more kids you have had, the louder you must yell. That’s right, go yell at your children, too. Beat them, if you must. That’ll cap the leak!

Are you using a computer right now? You electricity slut! Turn it off immediately and go yell at the mirror instead. Make sure to turn off the bathroom light as you do so. Go take a sledgehammer to your car and smash it to bits in front of all the neighbors. That’ll make a real loud noise. (Make sure to include the “Save the Planet” bumpersticker in the rubble.) What? You can’t live without your car because you live in a rural area? You slob! Don’t you know that city dwellers use up far less energy per capita than you bumpkins? Go yell at your pigs, cows and chickens then, and at the people who eat their meat, because they have huge carbon hoofprints too.

Me? I don’t own a car. I walk everywhere I can. I don’t eat meat. I never bred or inflicted my spawn on the earth. I live in a city in a much poorer country where the per capita carbon footprint is a fraction of that of each person in the United States. I consume locally grown food all year long. My carbon footprint is a tiptoe compared to yours. So I actually am justified at yelling at the rest of you that did any of those things. You’re strangling this Eden more than I am. Hey here’s an idea. Save the Planet: Kill Yourself! Or at least refrain from yelling at others over this oil spill until you’ve checked your own carbon footprint at the door and wiped the sludge off your own hands.

But you know what? Even though I would be somewhat justified in yelling and pointing fingers at you, I’m only being tongue in cheek about it here to make a point. Yelling doesn’t solve anything. And it sure won’t plug the leak or make anyone else do it faster, because nobody has yet figured out a surefire way to do it. But they sure ain’t gonna think faster with you yelling in their ears.

Yelling is for panic, and panic is for losers. In the movies, you know, the scary ones where soldiers or zombies or aliens come and kill whomever they find in their path, don’t you remember who always gets eaten first? The idiot who screams hysterically! That’s who you are behaving like today. And if you keep thinking that screaming at others to yell louder and share your misery aloud is going to save the earth, you and the rest of your pestilent species are already doomed. The earth will carry on. It’s you who won’t. And at least it’ll be a lot quieter around here, then.

There. Glad I got that off my chest. Problem solved, now?

 

Comments

Crossposted to DKos

Here.

It's not easy being green..

In the spirit of green oneupsmanship, I offer the classic oily unctuousness of the:

Four Yorkshiremen

Keep it coming, Al

Given the football metaphors that came up a few threads back, the yelling reminds me of those hapless coaches who shout at their players "I don't care what you do, but I want you to go out there and hit somebody."

no, we're not all to blame

Al, you sound positively corporatist. People who've been opposing off-shore drilling for decades have no piece of the blame. We didn't make the decision to keep the US on a diet of oil. We didn't choose to be "business friendly" with businesses that rape the earth.

You can enjoy all the guilt if you want. I'll keep my focus on the capitalists.

hear, hear!

hear, hear!

the poutraged response

DKOS reads like a compendium of "memos from Dilbert's boss" these days.

 

@ Will Shetterly

Will - Today it's an offshore rig. In 1986 it was a nuke in Chernobyl. In 2003 it was a war in Iraq for foreign oil. For decades its been colonialism in Bolivia and elsewhere for natural gas. And every frickin' day to get the coal that provides fifty percent of electricity in the US, mountains are being shaved.

All those energy sources lead to disasters! And our consumption and behavior is a huge part of it.

My words above also blame BP and the government but add that others are to blame, too. So don't come around here all self-important and self-righteous pretending that you're the superior anti-capitalist and I'm somehow a corporatist. I've been struggling and reporting against capitalism for my entire adult life, and probably with more impact than those who run around pointing at themselves claiming to be more leftier-than-thou.

the comments in that diary

the comments in that diary are making me crave a cigarette. so many people seem to have associated 'activism' with typing angry words on the internet, that they can't even grasp your point.

"Shall we all whisper about how that would be nice? Ever hear "The squeaky wheel gets the grease?"

"but whispering so softly will cap it?"

"maybe it was not yelling enough that got us in this situation."

the *whoosh* nearly ripped my shirt off.

Empty Gestures

That's what the American public is used to. Grand-standing and hand-wringing. It's downright Pavlovian: in the experiment, a bell was rung and then the dogs were given a treat. Eventually, the researchers stopped giving them treats and the dogs were happy just to hear the bell ring, even though they didn't get anything. People have come to see the president merely acting like he has a solution as the solution to every problem. Including how to keep this particular disaster from getting worse. Let's hope the plug works out, and let's also hope that moratorium on drilling permits holds until oil companies can demonstrate they can actually prevent disasters like this one.

My modest proposal

No pundit/blogger/talking head should be allowed to whine about the government and/or Obama not doing something without making a specific suggestion what they should be doing.

Hereinafter this will be known as "Jim's Rule."

I'm guessing this rant has

I'm guessing this rant has something to do with the fact that some people are asking why Obama is still permitting offshore drilling.   Al gets a little touchy whenever his fellow community organizer is criticized.

 

I also doubt that a little shrieking about the corporations and politicians is preventing technical experts from thinking about solutions.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/opinion/25herbert.html

@ Donald

Donald - I've been writing against ineffective "activism" and about effective organizing for 30 years. I only learned who Obama was three years ago. He's not even mentioned in this essay. And I'll be saying what I've said here long after he is no longer president, too.

Crybaby activism doesn't work. People who claim to be doing good for the world need to walk their talk, and that means more walking and less talking. That's what this essay is about.

 

here, here

I write this as I am rigging my noose and finding a good balcony, being as how I live in energy-consumptive Australia, fly to get around the world and have spawned two little energy consumers myself.

 

I can do nothing to solve the leak and its cleanup. But I can get on the horn and start organizing for the Kerry/Lieberman bill. I can call the member of Parliament for my area here (since I'm not yet naturalized, voting isn't my cudgel yet) and talk about how walking away from an Emissions Trading System is short-sighted and against the community's wishes. I can make sure that my own footprint is as light as it can be (work my garden, continue making our clothes, compost and repeat). I can cry and get angry about the despoilage of the Gulf, I can rant and rave, but in the end, what does that do?

The screaming is drowning out some important needs

Instead of focusing on something the Federal Government can't do-cap the leak, why not focus on meeting the needs of all of the displaced fishermen and coastal businesses? I'ts clear that this year and season is a total loss, so why not cut these people a check so they can make it until they see what kind of damage is sustained? Indeed, we should be demanding that Congress have a special tax just for this from the oil companies right about now, instead of having them wait years for a court settlement, like the sufferers from the Exxon Valdez.

BTW, I hate the "Katrina" meme that's floating around now. Yes, it's a disaster involving the Gulf Coast and water, but that's about it. The Katrina outrage was about people who could have been rescued left to suffer and die because they weren't even allowed to walk out of New Orleans into the county. It was people left to starve and drown due to Bush's neglect and indifference.

So far, the only people who have died died (we hope) instantly and before anyone could rescue them, and those people have been searched for. Obama has not been indifferent, although some people are demanding that he give them useless show.

 

Unfortunate posts happen to everyone...

...including the indefatigable Al Giordano.  I put this post in the same category as the one about Obama sending in the "big guns" Hilda Solís and Ricardo Lagos to save the day in Honduras last summer--probably typed really quickly without thinking (or investigating!). The cynicism in this post, however, is particularly unfortunate. Such blogging appears to distract Al from effectively reporting on concrete solution based topics such as how the Obama administration continues to provide categorical exclusion from the National Environmental Policy Act for deep water offshore oil exploration proposals in the Golf, and is greasing (literally) the waters for similar exploration in the Arctic. Yelling won't help stop this leak, but it can help stop others. Though some say that "cyber activism" does not work, I recommend this page:

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/energy/dirty_en...

The denial in the comments at Kos is quite illuminating...

North Americans bending over backward to say it's not their fault. It is my fault as much as it is yours and everybody else here. Yes, BP is the bad actor this time, and is/will be punished financially, but we all need to find a new way forward for transportation.

As far as the President's responsibility, Obama saved more land from being spoiled by big oil/gas in his first three months in office (Recovery Act energy/conservation programs) than most of us will in a lifetime.

Time to take a break from the computer, and walk it off!

Well said...

...and good god what a downpour of poutrage over at DK.  It's so amusing to see the activists come out of the woodwork to defend their screaming.

One has to wonder, if they put that much effort into actually organizing, how effective they might be.  But instead we see hide-ratings and blahblahblah comments and response diaries that everyone so energetically recs up to the top in hopes that, somehow, that'll sure show you!

It'll fix the leak, too.  I'm sure of it.

LOL.

You go, Al

Thanks for that Al.

Don't Hate The Player Hate The Game

Yes I agree, don't hate the player, hate the game ... I said the same thing when Massey Energy was being so dickish about those coal miners they killed.

But we also must hate the player. BP could have stopped the oil leak after the explosion but they didn't because they didn't want to ruin the well, the $500 million well they had just drilled. In trying to salvage the well they ended up ruining the entire future of offshore oil drilling.

There is a very great benefit to yelling louder, at least here in the U.S. And that is the yelling and finger pointing and angry signs might just be the poke in the rear our Congress needs to pass some meaningful legislation that will finally--finally--get this country off the oil tit.

Hurrah

I am in self imposed exile from DK, some of the comments on your diary reminded me why. Too bad for those who were upset with the diary, we all need to take responsibility for our lifestyles.  Muchas gracias Al.

The feel good axiom

 

Oil is to American sociology what Drugs are to American psychology. Swap oil with drugs and drugs with oil, the axiom remains valid. Personal and collective Insecurity are the spills, oil and drugs are the dispersants; toxic but necessary well beyond their utilitarian or recreational aspects. They are exutories. They make rat races bearable and bad dreams wearable.

Ecological equilibrium, clean and renewable Energy, healthy habits, physical well-being are playing out in some other dimension. You're talking about celebrating Life here. Hello Eden, this is Arizona calling!

Pumping oil and weights feels real good! Now don't you ever try take that away from me, hear?

 

The Bush legacy is at the heart of this...

The yelling over the Gulf oil disaster that has been especially obnoxious is the attempt by some in the media and in the radical blogosphere to depict Obama as equally deserving of blame for the oil spill as Bush.  Apart from the aid and comfort that gives all of Obama's enemies on the right, it has no support in the facts.  For eight years, Bush stocked most of the federal regulatory and industry-oversight agencies with appointees drawn generously from the ranks of Republican party hacks and industry cronies, and that no doubt degraded the quality of those agencies' management, their zeal about defending the public interest, and the esprit in their civil service ranks. If you didn't notice, Senate Republicans have put "holds" on hundreds of Obama's appointees for positions throughout the federal government, in a deliberate attempt to damage his ability to govern properly.  The Obama administration is only now working its way out of those externally imposed delays to get competent people in place.  I don't know for a fact that specific Bush appointees are still in key positions in agencies that were asleep at the switch about regulating off-shore oil drilling.  But you can be sure that in one year, the eight-year long Bush culture of corporate enabling and avoidance of tough enforcement has not been fully cured.  In this respect it's not wrong to compare the Gulf oil disaster to the Katrina catastrophe:  they are both a manifestation of Bush's reign of incompetence and failure to defend the public interest.

Round and round we go

I for one blame the BP oil spill primarily on the dinosaurs, the original source of the oil.

Wait, that isn't true? Oil, according to popular theory, is a byproduct of algae compressed and heated over eons.

So I guess I should blame the plants, no? It's so hard to tell.

But in terms of the human tree, I most certainly blame the first caveman or cavewoman, whomever wants the credit, for building that first fire, because that act eventually led to the quest for oil.

Yeah, that fire is the origin of the carbon footprint we are now talking about trading in the market.

Well, technically, as carbon-based life forms, we are all, in substance, carbon footprints — renewable through reproduction and seemingly ruled by the ancestor of ancient algae also traded in the market — unless leaked into the sea, where it loses all value and eventually smothers the very algae that created it.

So, in the final analysis, the blame must be placed on the oil.

 

 

 

ivan illich in 2010

i'd just like to share a good piece by one of my favorite social thinkers. illich wrote 'energy and equity' in 1973. it's as true today as it was then. it begins thus:

 

"It has recently become fashionable to insist on an impending energy crisis. This euphemistic term conceals a contradiction and consecrates an illusion. It masks the contradiction implicit in the joint pursuit of equity and industrial growth. It safeguards the illusion that machine power can indefinitely take the place of manpower. To resolve this contradiction and dispel this illusion, it is urgent to clarify the reality that the language of crisis obscures: high quanta of energy degrade social relations just as inevitably as they destroy the physical milieu.

"The advocates of an energy crisis believe in and continue to propagate a peculiar vision of man. According to this notion, man is born into perpetual dependence on slaves which he must painfully learn to master. If he does not employ prisoners, then he needs machines to do most of his work. According to this doctrine, the well-being of a society can be measured by the number of years its members have gone to school and by the number of energy slaves they have thereby learned to command. This belief is common to the conflicting economic ideologies now in vogue. It is threatened by the obvious inequity, harriedness, and impotence that appear everywhere once the voracious hordes of energy slaves outnumber people by a certain proportion. The energy crisis focuses concern on the scarcity of fodder for these slaves. I prefer to ask whether free men need them."

 

>> https://clevercycles.com/energy_and_equity/

I resent

the fact that dkos and huffpo are like toxic landmines of stupid posturing right now. This completely needed to be said and real activism, the one of pressuring congress for focused alternative energy solutions, is what every concerned person needs to be doing.

I worked to elect a president, not a glorious magic dictator.

I just wanted to say that

I just wanted to say that you have some very funny turns of phrase and expressions: Eeyores, something about a glass-walled porta potty, tossing cookies, and a couple others. You definitely are good at keeping it real...and real funny...lol. I really enjoy your wit, humor, and direction. I also see now why some of the people over their were going nutso after you basically called them all poutraging Eeyores...lol...I love it.

Excellent posting, Al

I couldn't agree more. Dailykos has (once again) gone off the deep end.

They claim (as did one poster above) that we can't blame the consumer, only the corporations.

So, a consumer who buys an SUV or a Hummer shares no blame? Who in the right mind thinks this way?

If there was no demand for oil, BP wouldn't be drilling for oil. It is pretty selfish for us consumers to go about our behavior as if we share no blame whatsoever. We do.

Dailykos sound like redstate these days in their defense for the consumers and his/her right to consume whatever the heck they want, irregardless of their harm to environment.

 

 

comment on "save the planet, kill yourself"

In Feb 2003, I polled folks at a peace rally. I asked them the following; Would you give up your car for world peace? The answer was a resounding. "I can't. My car is my freedom." (Madison Ave. should be proud). At the time, Bush was saying we were fighting for Democracy and Freedom. Freedom to Drive! Freedom to Plug-in! Freedom to choose and consume! (A must, since our votes don't really matter) As a history buff I like the fact that I have a front row seat for another version of Decline of the Empire. (Sadly, very few history majors have attempted Toynbee's "A Study of History") Hope? Solutions? Might as well blame the entire Industrial Revolution. It would seem that we are only stirred from our slumber by catastrophes and unfortunately this is what it's going to take to really wake  folks up!!!!

I think I've heard this one before...

Isn't this just a more self-righteous version of the "Al Gore lives in a big house that uses a lot of electricity so he has no standing to preach about climate change" argument?

@ some other guy

Some Other Guy - Darn tootin' that Al Gore's credibility as the voice against climate change is lessened by his lifestyle. That's not saying he "has no standing to preach," but, rather, it is a political reality that he invites that critique every time he speaks on it and it drags against the effectiveness of his message for many people.

Do you think Gandhi or King would have succeeded in making successful mass movements if either had lived as Gore does? Leaders have a responsibility to walk their talk.

Where are the Authentic Journalists when the planet needs them?

This post is still lacking substance about responsibility for the spill, regardless of trite comments about how, of course, we are responsible. Anyone heard of an Obama appointee by the name of Salazar? I quote from the same page I cited above, encouraging authentic journalists that peruse this page to get to work on this issue.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/energy/dirty_en...

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

1. The Bush administration. The oil-drilling lease was sold to BP by the George W. Bush administration in 2007 under its 2007-2012 Five-Year Offshore Oil Drilling Plan.

2. The Obama administration. The actual exploratory drilling was approved by the Obama administration on April 6, 2009.

Within days of the 2009 approval, the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies won a court order vacating the Bush Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan. Rather than use the court order as a timeout on new offshore oil drilling to develop a new plan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar filed a special motion with the court to exempt approved oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He specifically identified BP’s operation as one that should be released from the vacature.

In July 2009, the court agreed to Salazar’s request, releasing all approved offshore oil drilling — including the BP operation — from the vacature.

3. BP. BP has the worst environmental and safety record of any oil company operating in America. Even after the 2005 Texas City Refinery blast that killed 15 people, BP has continued to rack up safety violations. Despite the dangerous nature of all offshore oil drilling and BP’s own egregious safety record, BP’s exploration plan downplayed possibility of a spill, repeatedly asserting that it was unlikely or virtually impossible. Amazingly, Secretary Salazar’s Minerals and Management Service approved BP’s exploration plan without any consideration of the environmental consequences of an oil spill.

4. The oil industry and its political backers. The Gulf crisis shows that the glib safety claims of the oil industry cannot be trusted.

There’s no way guarantee that a massive oil rupture will not occur. And if one does occur, there’s no way to contain it quickly and fully enough to avert unacceptable environmental damage. Ultimately, it’s the inherently dangerous nature of offshore oil drilling that led to this disaster. That’s why the Center is calling on the Obama administration to 1) revoke its 2010 decision to open up Alaska, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Coast to offshore oil drilling, 2) cancel Shell Oil’s permit to start oil drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea immediately, 3) not permit any new offshore drilling anywhere, and 3) transition the nation away from fossil fuel so the pressure to continue offshore oil drilling dissipates.

Time to get to work and stop being distracted by KOS and Facebook.

Ghandi

Do you think Gandhi or King would have succeeded in making successful mass movements if either had lived as Gore does? Leaders have a responsibility to walk their talk.

Ghandi treated his wife like shit. Fortunately, she was 'just' a woman, so that didn't impact the important point he was making. If he had smoked, now, that would have rendered him instantly unworthy of attention.

-fred

@ Gary

Gary - I don't disagree with your analysis of where the blame goes (I simply add that our own consumption patterns are also a big part of it) and as I say first off on this essay, I oppose offshore drilling.

But what do you mean by "get to work"? Your comment links to your own blog and since the time you posted your last entry on May 19, I've posted four major essays on four important news topics, one of them being the Gulf oil leak, plus a fund appeal, and edited many more stories that have appeared on Narco News during this same time.

This is work - as you ably demonstrate in your comment - that you could be doing, too. You could even do it here.

So the question is, if "the planet needs us," how does that need get filled? I would venture that it is much more filled by organizing around the climate change bill which (like hundreds of millions of Stimulus funds before it), addresses the US' urgent need to lessen its oil addiction, and also to organize (not yell or scream or run in circles shouting, but organize) for a federal ban on offshore drilling. Those are efforts I would eagerly support, including with my journalism. If you organize it, we will come.

But the inference of "where are the authentic journalists?" is kind of silly considering our output over the past week alone. Can you say the same, bro?

@ Fred Fnord

Fred - First, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a cigarette smoker. Did that make him "instantly unworthy of attention"?

I think being an asshole who does nothing but dish dirt without contributing anything real to a conversation is an even bigger impediment! But that's just my taste. Sounds like you really need a cigarette!

@ Al

I'm not knocking you, nor am I claiming to be a model of leftist purity. I'm saying the blame is not shared by many of us. It starts with the people who funded Reagan and tore down Jimmy Carter's solar panels. It belongs to everyone who supported off-shore drilling in any way, most definitely including our current president. But it doesn't belong to the average American. In the corporatist two-party system, we don't shape our government's policies, and therefore we're not to blame for them. We're the victims, and I never blame victims.

Not "Eveyone's" Fault (and a fix)

Excuse me but voters, activists and concerned citizens from the left side of the aisle have been both screaming AND trying to do something about this for literally decades. Recycling programs, CO2 capture, protected wilderness and so on are all a direct result of the money, effort, time and, yes, loud braying of environmentalists and progressives. Not a single iota of effort on these issues has come from the right. The last Repub to give a whit about preservation, the true core of conservatism, was Teddy Roosevelt.

So, no, I do NOT accept the premise that this is everyone's fault. I do NOT accept the premise that I am guilty because I have a driver's license. I, and people of my political persuasion, did NOT destroy public transit and force American's into cars to get to work, did NOT design a system that enslaves the entire global economy to ONE SECTOR, did NOT cynically manipulate a national tragedy to annex more oil claims in the middle east. This is NOT my fault and it's NOT Obama's fault. It's the GOP's fault, straight up. It's Cato Institute's fault, straight up. It's BP's blunder, but it's the right-wing's fault. Period.

As for solutions, yeah, I got one simple incentive plan: BP violated it's contract when it failed to stage the emergency spill response equipment and personnel that was called for in the claim, therefore, they no longer have a claim and the well can be seized by the federal government. Create a 48-hour contest awarding BP's well to the company that can create an actionable plan that staunches the flow and cleans up 80% of the discharged oil in the Gulf within 14 days of title transfer, at no cost to taxpayers. If the Obama administration had put out that message in week two, we'd be halfway over with this tragedy by now.

Thanks for stimulating the debate. ;-)

Yes.

Yes, actually, I do  know how to stop the oil gushing into the envrionment. Park a nuclear torpedo over the oil pipe and detonate it. Why hasn't the commander in chief of our military forces ordered this yet? Because, though it would shut the leak immediately and for good, it would endanger the ability of BP to pump out the rest of the oil out and sell it. Which it will do after August, when the tap wells finally start handling the problem. 'Til then, it will be half-measures and delay.

@ Christopher

I keep seeing this suggestion and it sounds horrifying to me. Explode a nuclear weapon in the ocean? Wouldn't that have devastating environmental consequences? I would be appalled if the Administration were to do any such thing.

@ Al

Hi Bro!

I think if you had put more thought into your post, you could have made the same encouraging points as you have in the comments.

You are receptive to other peoples efforts--but you are also extremely competitive--why should I have to air my resume to justify my points?

Perhaps you will be content, mi estimado profesor, with the fact that in these last days I have participated in programming at our local community radio (http://kmud.org)(as well as helping put on the Grassroots Radio Conference 2010 a few weekends ago), put in substantial time as a board member of our North Coast environmental watchdog the Environmental Protection Information Center (http://wildcalifornia.org), as well as carried out duties with the ONG International Rivers as a consultant on human rights and environmental issues surrounding mega-hydroelectric development in Latin America  (http://internationalrivers.org/patagonia). But hey, my personal blog only has a few occasional posts with fotos of my daughter, which I rarely share publicly but demonstrating irrevocably that I AM IN FACT the ONE responsible for the mess in el golfo because I am unproductive (or is that reproductive?).

Peace! And, btw, time to get (back) to work.

You saw "BP Fails Booming 101" at KOS? Vitally good

Here's an excerpt I made of what I found on the web. I cut the emphasis out of trying to get it to appear in the NYT. They bounced it. I've tried again:

------- http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/11/865387/-Fishgrease:-DKos-Booming...

Heckuva job, Kennie.

2. The Obama administration. The actual exploratory drilling was approved by the Obama administration on April 6, 2009.

Within days of the 2009 approval, the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies won a court order vacating the Bush Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan. Rather than use the court order as a timeout on new offshore oil drilling to develop a new plan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar filed a special motion with the court to exempt approved oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He specifically identified BP’s operation as one that should be released from the vacature.

In July 2009, the court agreed to Salazar’s request, releasing all approved offshore oil drilling — including the BP operation — from the vacature.

 

This is very, very troubling.  It makes me sick.  Salazar has to go, and Obama is clearly very responsible.

I assumed the drilling started before Obama.  That there was a vacature, and that it was circumvented by Obama's Admin. will not sit well with anyone when this hits the press in a big way, which it undoubtedly will.  I hadn't heard or read anything about this.

@ Christopher

Every expert I've heard from agrees that this would be a phenomenally stupid thing to do.

 

Every person I've seen suggesting detonating a nuke to stop the leak INVARIABLY turns out to know nothing whatsoever about deep-water oil wells or nukes or the actual physical geology of the Deepwater Horizon site.

 

And suddenly the tide shifts...

It looks like the Top Kill is working.  We'll see by how much shortly.  And almost immediately the turn around on Daily Kos has gone from "Obama should be doing more" to "the Media didn't tell us enough!".

 

Shifting from blaming one person to another.  It's quite easy to see why "progressives" really do get nothing done.  More interested in being seen to be doing something than actually doing something.

 

I wonder what tomorrow's "rage du-jour" is on the menu...

@ OzMike

I'm honestly starting to wonder if some of these people are bipolar. Balloon Juice has referred to them as "manic progressives", which I think is accurate.

Hmm.

Why can't I tweet this out directly via @addthis or another client?

 

Thank you

I was just getting ready to write a "We are ALL to blame" posting on my FB page but decided to Google it first.  Thank you for all you to to not be part of the problem and for pointing out that our insatiable demand for fossil fuels is what drives BP and others like them.  There is no "silver lining" here but I will leave my car behind at least a day a week.  My carbon footprint is already much lower than mostin the US which is to say, still unacceptably large. 

If the Feds "take over" the

If the Feds "take over" the well, they take over BP's liability, thereby bailing out BP.  I don't think that's the way to go!

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About Al Giordano

Biography

Publisher, Narco News.

Reporting on the United States at The Field.

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