Allowing BP to handle the Oil Leak disaster makes about as much sense as awarding the building contract to rebuild the Twin Towers to Al Qaeda.
So, we just over a month now into the largest environmental disaster in history, and the criminally negligent corporate structure that earned BP $7.7 Billion in first quarter profits in part because laws on the books that limit their liability for environmental disasters such as this to a paltry $75 Million is still in charge of their own crime scene.
Because the White House knows that this is a no win situation, kind of like being Andy Dick’s AA sponsor, and if they roll their sleeves up and take charge the news cycle during the 2010 midterm election will be populated with variations of the headline OBAMA’S KATRINA.
So, we are now over a month into the largest environmental disaster in history and we have no idea how to plug the leak. It will continue to gush through August (plus or minus 12 months) and never was there a meeting; not in Obama’s White House, and all of the agencies staffed with Nobel laureates in the worlds most powerful country; not in a BP corporate culture that knew, from their own interior sources, that a catastrophe like this was not an if, but a when; never did any of the kings horses nor any of the kinds men sit down and have a brainstorm session the end result of which produced anything like a contingency plan for this eventuality. And what do we, the American public do?
Listen: Shrugging your shoulders and rolling over to go to sleep, while an understandable response if you had the exhausting task of serving as Andy Dicks AA sponsor, when you get that phone call- again- that Andy is passed out in a hotel room under a pile of empty Meister Brau cans and a gaggle of barely legal employees of rent boy dot com, is not an acceptable response coming from a nation addicted to the that oil that is quite literally killing us when confronted with such a powerful reminder of the destructiveness of said addiction.
So, we are now just over a month into the largest environmental disaster in history as it unfolds in slow motion before our eyes; the geyser spewing anywhere between 5 and 110 millions gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico (depending on what estimates you believe) and we, as only Americans can, care less and less and less as time drips on like a an ancient form of Chinese torture, just another chapter in our Christian Nation’s favorite book: The End of Fucken Days. Because in America if you don’t believe somewhere in your heart of hearts that the Jesus is going to come down on a white horse and whisk you away to a “better place” you can count yourself in a minority, and if you are not a Jesus freak odds are you’ve got a Mayan calendar hanging on your bathroom wall in your trailer home somewhere so who cares about the effects of BP chemical dispersants on sub sea level ecosystems and the long term environmental impacts that might have, or a whole generation of people who make their living in the fishing industry from the area that accounts for 20% of the nations commercial seafood production Cuz the planet earth, like those unsuspecting crash test dummies in those old school Volvo commercials, is on a crash course with the immovable force called the END, so why bother getting in a tizzy about BP when we have our own private Andy Dick-weeds to tend and the metaphysical implications of the series finale of LOST to talk about?
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A common spin in the right wing coverage of BP’s oil spill is a gleeful suggestion that the gulf blowout is Obama’s Katrina.
In truth, culpability for the disaster can more accurately be laid at the Bush Administration’s doorstep. For eight years, George Bush’s presidency infected the oil industry’s oversight agency, the Minerals Management Service, with a septic culture of corruption from which it has yet to recover. Oil patch alumnae in the White House encouraged agency personnel to engineer weakened safeguards that directly contributed to the gulf catastrophe.
In insisting that the blowout at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig should not deter off-shore oil drilling, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said on the Senate floor Friday: “I don’t believe we should retreat.”
Ten days before the blowout occurred and, as she spoke, it was threatening massive environmental and economic damage including to her home state.
She gave the huge oil slick in the Gulf a rainbow hue. “What’s important about this sheen is that 97% of it is a rainbow sheen,” she said in the Senate. “Only 3% contains emulsified crude…So it is important to understand that, while this is an unprecedented disaster—the oil slick is wide and covers a large section of ocean—97% of it is an extremely thin sheen of relatively light oil on the surface.”
She repeated her call that there be no “retreat” on offshore oil drilling in media appearances including, on Sunday, on CBS’s Face the Nation.
(AP/Huffington Post) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the potential environmental outlook for the Gulf Coast oil spill is “a very grave scenario.”
He tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it could take three months before workers attain what he calls the “ultimate solution” to stopping the leak — drilling a relief well more than 3 miles below the ocean floor.
Until that’s accomplished, he says, “a lot of oil could spread.”
Salazar says President Barack Obama has directed him to protect all of the assets in the region, including the communities that will be affected by the spill.
Salazar also appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” telling host Candy Crowley that the Gulf Coast disaster was “indeed, a massive oil spill.”
“It potentially is very catastrophic. And I think we have to prepare for the worst, as we have from day one,” he said. “If this thing continues to spew out, the ultimate relief here is going to be a relief well that may be 90 days out. And so we have to be prepared to make sure that we’re protecting the American public, the American environment, our treasured coastlines on the Gulf Coast. So we are ready to do everything humanly possible to get that done.”
The secretary also pointed out that BP, which operated the rig that caused the spill, would be held accountable.
“Our job is to keep the boot on the neck of” BP Salazar said of the company’s responsibility to clean up the spill.