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BP Oil Spill: A Looming Disaster
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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.
BP Biggest Donor to Obama
- Obama biggest recipient of BP cash | Reuters
POLITICO (Washington) - While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign
NY Times Criticizes Obama
- Editorial - Unanswered Questions on the Oil Spill - NYTimes.com
Swifter action by BP and Washington might have minimized the consequences of what is almost sure to be the worst oil spill in this countrys history.
House Repubs Critical of Obama on BP Oil Spill
- House Republicans Criticize Response to Oil Spill - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
But Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, rejected the G.O.P. leaders' claims.
BP Oil Spill: A Looming Disaster
- BP Oil Spill: A Looming 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...