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BP Oil Spill: A Looming Disaster

Updated on January 27, 2012

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Environmental Disaster

I've always been a supporter of off-shore drilling. I have viewed it as a necessary evil in order to wean this nation off oil from countries that, for the most part, despise us. I still feel that way even with what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico. I live on the gulf. I saw a little of what is to come today by going to a nearby island. We are just getting the first few puddles of oil that are hitting our beaches. Two dead sea turtles washed up on the shore yesterday. I don't think people fully realize what is about to happen to the gulf coast. I am talking all the way from the southeastern part of Texas to as far away as Miami, FL could be affected by this oil spill. People's livelihood is being destroyed. Commercial fishermen are considering another line of work because the effects of this could last up to five years...or more. Tourism is going to be hit hard. There are many great, white sandy beaches along the gulf coast. They will eventually be hit with oil. The cleanup could surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska.

I am curious how it is the federal government didn't have the necessary equipment to combat a disaster such as this. I know some Obama Zombie is going to blame it on "W." I pose the following question to the adults with common sense. How could the Obama Administration not have the equipment in this country to combat a monumental oil spill of this nature? The federal government had a plan in place to fight an oil spill of this magnitude. Yet, they did not see fit to have the "fire booms " that would have minimized this ecological disaster. The fire booms could have burned over 75K gallons per tow (two boats)! The oil spill was leaking an estimated 40K gallons an day initially. Do the math. It is now leaking over 250K gallons a day. This could have been stopped in about a hundred mile area from the oil rig explosion! So, what did our government do when they finally realized this just might be a problem? The federal government had to call around to other countries to borrow their fire booms. This is the efficient federal government that we are all going to depend upon to run health care for us. The same inefficient bureaucrats who don't have the common sense to have equipment on hand to fight a disaster such as out in the gulf right now. If Obama was waiting for an oil disaster to halt all off shore drilling, he got his opportunity. Don't look for any oil leases to be granted anytime soon.

Warning: Obama Zombies, you better stop reading now . Even the New York Times (which I hate and is linked below) criticized President Obama for his administration's "slow response." I quote this directly from the editorial of the New York Times:

"The timetable is damning. The blowout occurred on April 20. In short order, fire broke out on the rig, taking 11 lives, the rig collapsed and oil began leaking at a rate of 40,000 gallons a day. BP tried but failed to plug the well. Even so, BP appears to have remained confident that it could handle the situation with private resources (as did the administration) until Wednesday night, when, at a hastily called news conference, the Coast Guard quintupled its estimate of the leak to 5,000 barrels, or more than 200,000 gallons a day.

Only then did the administration move into high gear."

Again, that little thing called common sense comes into play. Anytime there is an oil spill in or near coastal waters, you don't piss around and depend on what the OIL COMPANY is telling you. Well, no, I take that back. You DO take their word if, just as an example, you are the biggest recipient of donations from British Petroleum (BP). Like Ricky Ricardo would say to Lucy (I Love Lucy), "Lucy, you've got some 'splainin' to do! So does our beloved President, Barack Obama.


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    BMG 7 years ago from timor laste

    nowadays, issues relating to the oil spills more famous but there is still no effective methods that really could decrease this problem continuously occurs.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Ah yes, the amendment 16, the so-called Holy Grail for liberals. Tell me this, why is it the IRS is refusing to provide the exact statute or law that requires Americans to file an income tax return if this amendment really intended as you good folks interpret it? "The New York Times in a January 25, 1916 article:

    "In substance, the court holds that the Sixteenth Amendment did not empower the Federal Government to levy a new tax." I got all this at

    Joe Biden? The same guy that told the Ice Cream Manager he was a smart ass because he was wanting lower taxes? I'd pick someone else to quote if I were you. That guy is the laughingstock of D.C.

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    nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

    amendment 16 - Status of Income Tax Clarified. Ratified 2/3/1913.

    "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

    As Joe Biden says, paying taxes is patriotic!

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    nicomp, the federal government designated themselves to do the cleanup via MMS. They have no constitutional authority for that or to impose taxes on citizens of this nation. Lack of constitutional authority has never stopped the federal government from enacting what they wish. I agree, they can't even manage travel trailers correctly without endangering lives.

    It is tough living here right now. But, I suppose things could be worse for me personally. At least I am not a commercial fisherman. Those people are on edge as you can imagine.

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    nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

    I'm unclear as to why the federal government is charged with being prepared for a disaster such as this. What's the constitutional authority?

    FEMA can't even manage thousands of travel trailers; why should we expect the Minerals Management Service to be prepared for an oil leak 1 mile under the sea?

    On a different note, I have no clue regarding the level of suffering that is being endured by Gulf Coast residents. I can't possibly relate the stress they must be under. My prayers go out to all of them.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Ashton, apparently you read and convince yourself of exactly what you want to believe. If you are of the ilk that believe Obama can do no wrong and it is all the fault of a man out of office for over 18 months, then you are definitely an Obama zombie. As for respecting me; honestly how can you respect or not respect someone you have never met? You might want to step away from the internet for a while.

    911 was blamed on Bush. Do you recall anyone blaming Bill Clinton in the MSM? I don't. I detested Bush. But, at least he would own up to mistakes made. Sure, Bush had his hand in the preparedness for an oil spill disaster. But, what I see you overlooking in your comment is any mention of Obama being at fault. It happened during HIS presidency, not that of Bush, Clinton or Bush Sr. He has to be held accountable for this disaster. I also agree with you this country has been going straight to hell. Obama has simply greased the tracks for us.

    A self-thinker? Seems I have seen this same set of excuses for the past 18 months from people.

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    Ashton C 7 years ago

    Apparently the only comment that is not going to grant an insult back from the writer is: Yes sir you are right Obama is the root of all evil. I personally hate Obama, from the first time I ever saw him on TV till to day and most likely for the rest of my life but even I am not stupid enough to put the whole blame of this fiasco on him. It would be like blaming the whole 991 preparedness fiasco on Bush. This country has been going to hell in a hand basket for a very long time now, and unfortunately TV and media has most of us believing that we are as indestructible in real life as it we are in the movies. We have all been brainwashed to believe the government will take care of us and has our best interest in mind when in reality all those pigs care is about making as much money for themselves as possible. A sad statement but a true one.

    Obama has a much blame in this mess as every single president before him. It's time we all started reading the fine print ourselves and stopped blaming anyone for ourselves for what it's happening out there. And sir with all due respect, there should never be such thing as a necessary evil. I lost respect for you and your article after I read that.

    Now please go ahead, call me a closet zombie because I dont agree with you, that's what you people always do, name call to divert the fact that if its not your way its no way.

    Much respect:

    Ashton C.

    (a self thinker )

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    Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

    This seems to be an attack ongovernment from those people who want government to get out of pour lives and cetainly out of being involved with Big Business. Sure BP is one of the worlds biggest oil producers like shell. Oil spillis if you have done your homework have been going on for years around the globe you can read my hub on this if you want. Look i know they are wrong but it is only now the the American Media have put it on the front page of the news it has been happening in places like the Niger Delta in Africa for decades. Except they dont hav e agovenment as strong and as powerfiu l as the United States to assert their rights so there is advertisement for big government if ever there was one. Lokk BP has had a monumental accident I guess they take a risk with all exploration but you cannot tell me from day one they have emplyed all they could to plug the technology because they have.

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    Nan Mynatt 7 years ago from Illinois

    They never should have drilled so close to land in the first place, and the company should not have been approved by the last administration. They did not adhere to the required safety set forth to operate the oil drilling!

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    John, when your focus is entirely on the author of the post (well, ok, maybe NOT entirely) then one wonders just what is your point. I have a pretty thick skin. Notice I did not deny your post as others have done me. My point to you was that your initial focus seemed to be on me, rather than the post. You made up for it in the latter part of your comment. I don't even mind if people are critical of me. All I ask is that you substantiate your remarks about me. That is all.

    No need to apologize. We both agree the most important thing is that this oil flow stops and the sooner, the better. Thanks for your post.

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    JohnTaper 7 years ago from BizarroLand

    A poor analogy it may be, but where do you get the idea that I am attacking you? That seems a little overly defensive to me, which also points directly to a weak argument. You are right that what matters is stopping the flow. I apologize, and I too will be passively aggressive as I say that I'm sorry for not sticking as closely to your points as you would have preferred.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    John, it always baffles me when people decide to attack the messenger rather than the message. It usually indicates a pretty weak argument on their part.

    Since you are not an Obama zombie, as I enjoying saying for those who view Obama can do no wrong (which are fewer and fewer people these days), then you should not be offended. Yes, it is an opinion. Just as your comment is an opinion (the part that actually addressed my points) Except the focus of your argument should have been with the New York Times since that liberal bastion of all that is holy, blasted Obama with his slow response to this crisis. If you would have bothered to hit the link I provided, you would have seen that.

    If that asteroid would be heading for earth, I can assure you the first thing Obama and his zombies would do is blame it on George W. Bush, a man who has been out of office for 1 1/2 years now. And, I have to say that is a poor analogy of my post. The oil spill is not a natural disaster as the asteroid would be. This is a man-made disaster exacerbated by those who should be prepared for such an event. BP and the Obama administration were not prepared. It is that simple. BP should have had equipment to prepare for this disaster. But, so should the U.S. government. In fact, it was the U.S. government asking for fire booms from other countries when it was already too late!

    But, right now, none of this blame game really matters. What really matters right now is stopping the oil flow. The blame game can begin in the media when this "oil spill" is at last plugged permanently. The ecological disaster will last for years, if not decades.

    I saw a documentary last night on the BP spill. The blowout valves did not work for whatever reason. BP still doesn't understand why they didn't perform. BP has a lot to answer for in relation to this disaster. But, so does the U.S. Government.

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    JohnTaper 7 years ago from BizarroLand

    It's nice to have an opinion. But an opinion is just that. I don't like the idea that you are basically insinuating that anybody who doesn't totally blame The obama organization is a zombie. That sounds like many people that I know who feel that what they think is right. Which is fine, but what are you then? An anti Obama zombie. You can't group people into these types of labels... OK, some you can, but from what I have read you are pretty much taking blame away from the people that are actually responsible for this in the first place and putting it on Obama.

    The way I see it, with your logic, if an asteroid was to crash into the earth it would pretty much be Obama's fault for not dealing with it in a timely manner.

    I also think that the real question you need to ask is why did BP not have the necessary safety equipment on hand, not our government. Now maybe there are some precautions that the government should have mandated and enforced strongly, that I can agree on.

    What does BP make in profit every quarter? Billions of dollars I am sure, but clearly they knew that a disaster like this would be cheaper to deal with than prevent, otherwise why would they not have had the valves installed? Unless there is some other underlying sinister reason that we may never know of. They don't care about ecological disaster as long as it's cost effective. This is what you should really be angry about... Keep in mind that I am no Obama zombie, or any other type of zombie for that matter, just somebody on the outside looking in with supposed info from supposed sources.

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    lightning john 8 years ago from Florida

    Hi there David, have you seen the movie called Who Killed The Electric Car? The events of a General Motors research and development branch that was ordered to be snuffed out by the big boys. It's really screwed up!

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    djmist, I agree you can't blame one single administration for the oil spill. Bush is responsible also. However, I felt it was disingenuous that all the blame was pushed on Bush (who I could not stand). I do, however, blame the response time on Obama. If the NY Times blames a liberal Democrat, then there must be substance to that charge, in my opinion.

    Your statement that the fire booms would not have made a difference flies in the face of all Emergency Plans and Coordination for Environmental Matters statements. Here in Mobile, they continue to reiterate that at the outset of the spill, the fire booms could have brought the slick under control within 72 hours. I think it may well be ridiculous to speculate we can't stop a disaster, such as this BP oil spill, when the equipment wasn't in place to at least try. That I pin on Obama and no one else.

    Here, in Mobile, we are daily getting dead sea turtles washing up on shore. Shrimpers, commercial fisherman of all sorts, are docked now for the most part. Tourism is not on par here as it is in New Orleans. But, even that industry will be hit hard. Thanks for the comment.

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    djmist 8 years ago

    David, anyone who blames a single presidential administration for this catastrophe is disingenuous. 'Big Oil' has contributed heavily to candidates on both sides of the aisle, as do most companies that successfully negotiate the ever-shifting political winds. There is no meaningful environmental party (no one takes the Green Party seriously). They ALL take 'Big Oil' money and they ALL protect 'Big Oil' interests. Did you notice that the effort to raise the cap on damages for which BP will be responsible has failed? Not because of political ideology but because of financial self-interests.

    Furthermore, it is naive to think that fire boom would have made a real impact on this disaster. The slick was at nearly 2200 sq. mi. after 5 days. Boom can't collect sub surface oil of which the percentage of this spill is thought to be substantial. The are up- and down-welling currents that make this spill nearly unmanageable no matter how quick the response. Also note that oil companies have far more expertise, technology, and equipment than the federal government in this area (a fact that a conservative such as yourself should appreciate). Federalized response simply hasn't brought much more to the table. The law since Valdez says the rig owner is liable; therefore, you think they would taken the precautions necessary to protect themselves... but why when the cap on damages are so low and they can count on greedy politicians to protect them from tougher regulations or increased penalties.

    For the record, I live on the gulf coast as well. I can smell (and even taste) the oil in the air. I'm devastated for the local seafood industry (it is much much more than just fishermen) and fearing for lost tourism dollars in this time when the area has just emerged from hurricane losses over the last 5-6 years. I desperately hope that this event brings about an increased impetus to develop alternative energy sources - but I seriously doubt it. I just hope the next spill is somewhere else.

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Mike **I** drank the kool aid??? LOL! Read your comment again without the rose colored glasses, my friend. Sure, I did. Using your logic, then we can certainly blame Obama for a 10% unemployment rate, the housing crisis, Lehman Brothers and Fannie and Freddie. It is now Obama's 20 trillion debt. Scratch off about 6 for W and the rest is Obama. Is the extra 115 billion dollar price tag on the HCR bill the fault of W also? Obama has had 18 months to have fixed things that W allegedly did wrong in the offshore oil drilling industry. There is no excuse for not having FIRE BOOMS in the country that would have stopped this disaster within a 100 mile radius. It is time for the Obama Zombies (which, if you think about it, is a nicer name than the teabagger connotation you people have for the Tea party people) to face facts about their fearless leader. He responded slowly to this "Katrina" on his watch. He was not prepared. You people can talk about deregulation all you want. But, there is no excuse for not being prepared for a disaster.

    I don't hate Obama. I hate his socialist agenda. He seems like a nice, personable guy. But, you know what? People said the same thing for a number of dictators in the past. Just one more question; at what point is it Obama's fault in your estimation? On what day within the next 1000 days does the buck stop at his desk? Let me answer it for you; NEVER. "Great logic, man."

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    Mike P 8 years ago

    David people blame bush for the things that he did wrong. Does that not make sense to you? If he deregulated the HE should be blamed. If Obama was slow to respond then blame him for that. You saying Obama zombie alot makes you sound like some sort of Hannity rip off. Obamas 20 trillion dollar debt? So he came into office with a balanced deficit and spent 20trillion? Is that your accusation?

    It's clear you hate him no matter what he does. My friend you have drank the Kool aid. Why is it always so black and white to either side? Obama's president now blame him for all problems we have no matter who caused them Bush, Cheney, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, George Washington nope Obama! Great Logic man.

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    florenceguide 8 years ago from Florence, Italy

    Hi David, I did not mean to offend anyone by my comment of "American lifestyle." I was born and educated in the USA, but my parents (and all my ancestors) are from Europe. I have dual citizenship (US/EU) and have lived in USA, Brazil and now in Italy. I travel a lot, too, so I have see quite a bit.

    What I meant by my comment is this: In my personal (and humble) experience, many Americans (not all, of course) are "wasteful" and have a "throw away" mentality in comparison with other nations. In Brazil, I saw countless children starving and living in the streets...there is so much tragic poverty in this world. When I visit the USA, it pains me to see how people live so extravagantly (even more so than in Europe). I see from your photo that you are a mature gentleman and you know what I am talking about. The constant TV advertisements for new and better stuff- even if the stuff you already have is just FINE. People throw things out before they need to, just to keep up with the latest trends! Landfills are overflowing. Big, gas-guzzling SUVs are being driven not because people live in rocky terrain, but because it is "cool" to do so. The list goes on and on. Too much WASTE.

    My parents left Europe during a dictatorship and they knew poverty. They went to USA, became citizens and have worked very hard to make a good life for themselves. They are honest, tax-paying, God-fearing people and they taught their children to be respectful and grateful of what they have, never to throw away food, conserve energy, not be wasteful, etc. They knew what it was like to go without and I am afraid that many Americans are not aware of how lucky they are to have been born in the "land of opportunity." Even so, there is responsibility with being a supreme nation...Once again, in my humble opinion, the USA should really set the example and consume what they NEED, rather than consume what they CAN (there is a big difference). Just imagine if China consumed as much as the USA does! They have already started doing so and this can be catastrophic to the environment.

    We can run cars on electricity and solar power. More and more people are getting off the grid. Here in Italy, they are tapping into geothermal energy. Clean energy is the future...I cringe every time I read the news about this terrible BP oil spill. The Gulf beaches (and all the beautiful wild life) now face possible extinction. Nobody that lives on the coast should have to deal with this sort of thing! Oh, and let us not forget that the citizens of Mexico and Cuba will also be affected by this disaster (so not only Americans will suffer). There really has to be a better way to provide energy to Americans than drilling off the coast of the USA.

    I do not mean to offend anyone, I just would like people to be aware. Education is key to solving many problems- including energy. Have a great day, Dave! Come visit Italy again soon. Baci

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    antigov, you say you are no supporter of barack obama. Yet, you spend your entire comment defending him. I didn't just swim across the Rio Grande. I can at least respect (somewhat) the Obama Zombies. They freely admit what they are about.

    You people have to tell me something; how long will you continue to blame "W" for the mistakes of Obama? He has been in office nearly 18 months. He has had time to rectify whatever mistakes that "W" made. But, the much needed fire booms that would have ended this disaster within a 100 mile radius were nowhere to be found. Yet, you blame that on "W." That is totally asinine.

    You speak about the children of future generations. How are we going to explain to those children about the nearly 20 trillion dollar debt that the Obamas inflicted upon them? I know what we can do. In the year 2016, when the interest payments will be more than we can bear, we'll just blame it on "W." I consider Obama only slightly worse than W. But, Obama is the one I blame now. I'm not going to blame someone who has been out of office for a year and a half.

    1. Wild, completely wild speculation on your part that doesn't even deserve an answer. I'm going to blame W in any case.

    2. Going a bit into hyperdrive aren't we? This spill is bad. But, it's not going to destroy the earth.

    3. Don't have a clue what you are talking about. I'm sure BP wishes it was only 5000 gallons a day.


    Blame it on "W" partisan

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    antigov 8 years ago

    David, it is unfortunate that your grasp of reality has completely gone awry. Although, I am no fan of Barak Obama and believe that the administration acted far too slowly with this crisis, it is an absurd notion that the crisis itself is the Obama administrations sole responsibility. It is quite obvious that the lack of regulations related to this crisis, the financial crisis and every other crisis occuring at this time (including the housing crisis) are grossly negligent and irresponsible and the result of former administrations (that includes far more than the Bush-Cheyney administration). Clearly, the Obama administration is only uncovering these criminal hazards as they spin out of control. If anything, one might blame the Obama administration for being the unluckiest administration in history. However, if we were to begin to place blame, let's start with oursevles (we the American people) and look at the erroneouos statement that you started with - "offshore drilling is a necessary evil". Offshore drilling is not necessary it is simply evil, which supports an evil lifestyle of consumerism and greed. Interestingly enough, devastation always causes us to take a very good look at ourselves and after the fishing jobs are lost, the tourism industry is completely destroyed, the air is toxic, all ocean life destroyed, it will be our children that turn to us all and ask us all (repulbicans, democrats and all others) how could we be so selfish as to forget about them! Let's not forget David we still haven't plugged the spill!

    Questions for you:

    1. How long will it take this spill to destroy not only the Gulf of Mexico but the entire ocean?

    2. How long can humanity survive without the Ocean?

    3. How do you know that it's really only 5000 per day? Why do you trust the Oil company that caused it - they're not independent are they?


    A non-bought republican

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    florenceguide, there isn't a whole lot I can argue with in your comment. In the late 70s, after the 1973 embargo, we went to building manufacturing plants which would extract oil from shale rock. It proved to be too costly at the time. Now, I can't help but wonder. I'm not sure wind or solar power will ever replace a combustible engine. But, I agree with yuou this is clean and free energy. I'm not sure what you mean by the "American lifestyle." It seems that we get tagged a lot about our use of energy. It seems we are not alone in this regard any longer. I appreciate your comment.

    I lived in Naples, Italy during the early 70s. I was in the U.S. Navy during that time. I had the honor of visiting beautiful Florencia during my time there.

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    florenceguide 8 years ago from Florence, Italy

    Nice article, but here are some more facts for you, David: The USA has had the resources and the technology to provide alternate energy sources like solar, wind and wave energy to its citizens for DECADES. There is NO REASON to depend on oil as much as you do. Period. Do you know WHY the US govt. has NOT provided its people with these CLEAN and FREE sources of energy? MONEY!!! That's right. The sun is free. Wind is free. Waves are free. And "free" is not profitable. The US govt. has been in bed with big oil corporations for too long. WAKE UP! This is not a democratic/republican debate, it goes far deeper than that (as most of the intelligent people reading this comment know). People should be demanding clean, alternate energy sources to prevent tragedies such as what is happening to the Gulf of Mexico. Also, the "American lifestyle" is in desperate need of an overhaul. The USA is the biggest consumer of energy on the planet, using up way more than their fair share. Learn to live intelligently and responsibly and do not be wasteful...Trust me, your future generations will thank you for it.

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Vince, I'd like an answer from you since the other Obama...uh..."supporters" won't answer. At what point do you people stop blaming everything on Bush-Cheney? They have been out of office for almost 18 months now. I'm curious when the "buck stops at Obama." Or is this going to be a continual excuse for the zombies? Whatever excuse you want to make for the anointed one, this happened on his watch. If you bothered to read the editorial from that bastion of liberalism, the New York Times, you will see that even THEY agree the Obamas responded slowly. BP probably thought they had a pass due to the fact the man they have donated politically to most would give them a pass. And he did until the Coast Guard sounded the alarm the "leak" was in excess of 200K gallons a day. By that time, of course, the fire booms would do no good.

    Government sector creating more jobs than the private in...forever? 9.7% unemployment. How's that "hopey, changy" thing working out for ya?

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    Vince 8 years ago

    Government was first responder as Coast Guard sent about 40 ships to help rescue BP's human victims. The disaster is a direct result of Cheney deregulation resulting from dealmaking with Fossil Fuel Corporations. A $500,000 remote "acoustic" failsafe device was among the waivers given to Private polluters that EU offshore drillers are required to have. Obama slow to respond? It took days before BP even admitted the true extent of their crime. I hope some of those Bible-carriers can pray this disaster to their region away, but don't count on it. How's that "drill baby drill" thingy workin' out for ya?

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Sheila, it appears at least the common people, the people that cling to their bibles, guns and leery of illegals in this country, are all coming together to combat this ecological disaster. There are thousands of people from everywhere who are showing up to clean up the beaches and rescue wildlife. It is an amazing sight.

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    sheila b. 8 years ago

    I believe most of us do know what a disaster this is for the people who live on the Gulf and for the rest of us. But what I see happening is everyone pointing fingers and ducking for cover and no one addressing the plight of the fishermen and others in the Gulf area. And wouldn't it be nice if we, as Americans, could depend on our government to do whatever is necessary to keep us provided with the fuel we need.

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    Writer David 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Yeah, I don't mind the snide remarks. But, when they start getting personal (like liberals are prone to do), then I have to take action against them. If I have to, I will moderate all comments before they are posted.

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    SheriSapp 8 years ago from West Virginia

    Another great hub. You have only stated cold, hard facts. However, WE ALL KNOW those brainless BO kool-aid drinkers will be stopping to poke at you on this one!


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