Two man-made disasters have hit the Gulf of Mexico in the last year and a half. One largely corrected itself through the miraculous forces of nature with some helpful assistance from government cleanup programs. The second disaster continues to fester and is only getting worse. Mother Nature is powerless to do anything about the second disaster and only fools expect Washington to fix that which Washington broke.
We are talking first about the oil spill caused by lax safety standards on the part of British Petroleum that led to an accidental oil spill, and then about the ill conceived drilling moratorium that followed it. The second disaster was no accident. It was wrong headed intentional action taken by Barack Obama against strong advice from the panel of engineers chosen by the President himself.
The engineers report was so clear and emphatic and contrary to the President’s agenda that the administration saw fit to falsify the report. We reported the fraudulent act here and here at the time.
As of now, ten rigs have left the Gulf of Mexico and gone to locations in Egypt, the Congo, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria and Brazil. Three more are expected to leave and eight new rigs that were slated for the Gulf have been re-directed elsewhere. Thousands of jobs have been sacrificed, millions of barrels of domestically produced oil have been forfeited, our dependence on foreign oil has increased, and there is less tax to collect. Correction: less revenue to be earned. The Democrats have done away with taxes.
Ken Arnold, speaking for the seven experts from The National Academy of Engineering, said the Obama administration changed their report to read support for a drilling moratorium when the actual recommendation was just the opposite.
Ken Salazar altered the signed report to convey the exact opposite advice than given. The report was then presented to the public as justification for a drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. The seven experts never saw the revised report. In a civil court the charges would be fraud, forgery and perhaps libel. But the sad fact is that politicians are de facto beyond the law.
The BP well was in the process of being shut down. This is a far more critical process than continued drilling. There is worldwide demand for rigs. They will not sit idle.
[The engineers report] also said that because the floating rigs are scarce and in high demand worldwide, they will not simply sit in the Gulf idle for six months. The rigs will go to the North Sea and West Africa, possibly preventing the U.S. from being able to resume drilling for years.
They also said the best and most advanced rigs will be the first to go, leaving the U.S. with the older and potentially less safe rights operating in the nation’s coastal waters.
And we thought Jimmy Carter was the worst President this nation ever had.
Week ending June 4, 2010
Monday, Memorial Day
Israelis board the activists ship Mari Marvarva
Here is a video of troops rapelling from a helicopter to the deck.
Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri, a.k.a. Mustafa al-Yazid reduced to dustArab world announces that al-Qaeda’s #3 leader’s death, confirming that this tiime he has really gone to his virgins.
President of Germany resigns
Here is a link to the news with comment from the Leftist UK Gaurdian
The Gores split up.
Poor Al. His home state cast their votes for Bush and cost him the election, the global warming business is faltering, Bill Clinton is ridiculing him, now Tipper is leaving the sinking ship. Speaking of ships, I wonder who is getting the house boat.
Sestak II surfaces in Colorado
Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says he was bribed with a job offer if he would not run for office.
Pennsylvania Democrats decline photo op with Obama
Obama goes to Pittsburgh to give a big speech and only the mayor shows up to greet him.
Washington blocks all new drilling in Gulf of Mexico
That’s good news for makers of candles and bicycles.
Joran van der Sloot caught in a taxi in Chile,
The deaths of Natalee Holloway and now Stephany Flores are not the only issues van der Sloot has had with the law. He made a deal to reveal the location of Natalee’s body and pocketed the $15,000 down payment. This guy is pure slime.
Beatle bashes Bush
Paul McCartney gushes over Obama and bashes bush. Video here.
Government calls on director of Titanic and Avatar to stop oil spill
Neither British Petroleum, the Federal Government, the U.S. Coast Guard nor even Obama himself have been able to stop the flow. Just when there seems to be no hope at all, the powers that guide us place their faith in a master movie maker. It’s Hollywood to the rescue.
It’s a stroke of genius. Anyone who knows how to tell someone else to photograph a ship under water should also know how to tell someone else to screw a cap on a pipe underwater. Modesty reigns in the White House so no one is taking credit for the idea. Some say it came from Biden, others claim it was Emmanuel who said “Never let a disaster go to waste. Let’s make a movie.”
We assume Obama would play himself in the saga. While the story would be based on real events it would need to be greatly modified. Actually that’s redundant; “based on” means “greatly modified” in Hollywoodspeak. Change is essential for there must be a hero, a villain, sex, tragedy and triumph. The hero, villain and tragedy are in place and triumph can be presumed. Sex is the challenge. Producers are considering changing the site to a land base rig where the explosive event could be filmed with shock and awe.
Obama making it perfectly clear.
Barack H. Obama, the current president of the United States, just held a press conference, his first in over a year. As you probably know, a foreign oil company has been spilling a lot of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It started more than a month ago (April 20) and apparently our current president thought it was time he said something about it.
Obama said his people ordered the company to drill two holes as part of the effort to control the spill instead of the single one that executives had proposed. “BP is operating at our direction,” Obama said. “Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance,” adding that, “if the Coast Guard ordered BP to do something, they are legally bound to do it. BP is not running around wherever it wants and nobody’s minding the store,” Obama said. “Our teams are authorized to direct BP, in the same way that they’d be authorized to direct those teams if they were technically being paid by the government.”
When a reporter asked about Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s comment that the administration has their “boots on the neck” of the oil company, Obama replied “We don’t need to use language like that. What we need are actions that make sure BP is held accountable.” It is unfortunate Salazar did not consult with the vice president about the use of language before making that statement.
Elizabeth Birnbaum was head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the federal agency that oversees offshore oil drilling. She just resigned. A reporter by the name of Chip Reid asked our current president about it. He replied that he knew she was gone, and added “I don’t know the circumstances in which this occurred.”
Presumably as a courtesy to clear Ms Birnbaum, lest she be blamed for the accident, Obama told the reporter that corrupt practices of the Bush administration are what led to the disaster.
The President announced he was running BP at about 1:16 pm. By 1:38 pm BP executives declared the flow had begun to slow and the oceans had started to clean. Obama will visit the Louisiana shoreline tomorrow to view the damage. It is presumed that from there, he will walk out to the sight of the spill and turn the remaining oil into wine.
The transcript of our current president’s more or less annual press conference is here.