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People Are Starting To Get It

The libertarian Local Puppy Trainer has had it with “Drill, Baby, Drill”: Another oil myth evaporates

First to go, there was the myth that offshore oil drilling is reliably safe.

Then there was the myth — often cited by local drilling supporters — that oil rigs don’t cause spills, only tankers do.

Do a little research and you can watch another myth vanish beneath the waves. This is the myth that today’s spill is difficult to stop because it’s so far under water; the leaking well is about 5,000 feet down. If it were in shallow water, we’re told, it could’ve been plugged in a jiffy.

And they look at Ixtoc I to take out that myth. This is what the Republicans have been selling in Florida to open the coast to drilling, hoping to plug the huge hole in the state budget with drilling leases. Well the hole is a hell of a lot bigger because of the impact of this spill on property values and tourism, and if they think BP is going to come to the rescue, they haven’t been paying attention.

The LPT also noted that Ankle-deep mousse-like oil on beach at Alabama-Florida line, which is not the real lead. The lead should have been that oil has gotten by the booms and through Perdido Pass to the wetlands beyond.

Escambia County. Florida officials are annoyed that Baldwin County, Alabama officials told the “Unified Command”, but didn’t tell them. The Unified Command is supposed to be coordinating, but it doesn’t seem to have the necessary resources to do its job. Somebody needs to fix the problems quickly because people are getting really tired of all of the red tape and delays. Things are not working smoothly.

Take a break and watch Mark Fiore’s latest.


1 Kryten42 { 06.11.10 at 12:55 am }

Oh yeah… It’s easy to see that ‘people are starting to get it’. That is, so long as you discount everyone who actually *SHOULD* be getting it, from Prez Cowardly Lion on down!

Obama to Reopen Drilling

Britain to Continue Deepwater Drilling

So, maybe the people at the bottom of the ladder are getting it, but the ones who really need to get it, obviously don’t. And s… What’s new? *shrug*

BTW, I did find one useful site about the disaster, at Rutgers of all places! 🙂

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Portal

he Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a massive tragedy for the Gulf of Mexico that started on April 20, 2010. Currently a large community of partners are working together to mitigate/manage the response to the spill.

As part of those efforts, our team, which includes partners from several federal agencies, companies, many universities and non- profits are developing a portal that will consolidate many data streams to help response efforts. This portal is a team effort and is open to all partners.

Maybe the DH Unified Command could learn a thing or three!

2 Kryten42 { 06.11.10 at 12:59 am }

This “Testimony of Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, “Deep Impact: Assessing the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on States, Localities and the Private Sector”” might shed a little more light on who’s doing what (of course, seeing as it’s by a Politician, the usual barge of salt will be required!) Anyway… FWIW:

DHS Testimony

3 Kryten42 { 06.11.10 at 1:15 am }

Well, after reading this briefing transcript, I think you can add Adm. Allen to the list of those who ‘don’t get it’, particularly after this Q&A (on McClatchy):

Q: Admiral, there are reports from near the region talks about a second plume (inaudible) and I guess (inaudible) for about a month—much smaller spill (inaudible) Saratoga, deep water Saratoga. Do you know anything about this spill? Is it impacting (inaudible) the deep water (inaudible)?

ADMIRAL ALLEN: I haven’t heard anything recently, but we will get some information and we’ll make a release. Captain [Ronald] LaBrec will follow up on that.

Q: And a follow up question. There was a poll saying that the—many Americans believe that the federal response to hurricane Katrina actually slightly better than the federal response to this disaster. What’s your response to that?

ADMIRAL ALLEN: My response was I was part of both of them, and they’re not comparable for a lot of different reasons. There was not a lot of assets present at Katrina. There was not a forward federal presence for quite a while.

We were involved in this thing from the start. I can give you an exhaustive list of what’s alike and what’s not alike between the two of them. I really don’t believe they’re comparable.

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen’s Tuesday BP oil leak briefing

Well, at least the Press are asking questions. Too bad they are not getting any answers, or being more aggressive with followups!

4 paintedjaguar { 06.11.10 at 5:13 pm }

You might get a wry grin out of this —


5 Bryan { 06.11.10 at 5:30 pm }

The people at the top are still spinning the news like crazy trying not to admit what a total cock up this has been. It is really getting on my nerves, especially watching video of Admiral Allen, because his mannerisms are yelling “I’m lying”. I have no idea what the Obama administration thinks it is accomplishing with these charades, because the truth is going to come out – these clowns aren’t the Nixon administration when it comes to concealment, and even Tricky Dick got caught.

Actually, PJ, I’m going to include that in my post today. What people who haven’t been following things closely may not realize is that everything in that video points to specific events in this mess. I admit that instead of using the paper towel to soak up the coffee, using it to design the “containment structure” was an excellent touch.

6 paintedjaguar { 06.11.10 at 7:55 pm }

DEVOLUTION: a comedy in 3 acts

1782 – “E Pluribus Unum”

1956 – “In God We Trust”

2001 – “No one could have anticipated…”

7 Bryan { 06.11.10 at 10:57 pm }

In too many ways, PJ, that concept is too black to be a comedy. Seeing it laid out like that is a very uncomfortable feeling.