The Greasy, Oily Gulf

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On April 20, 2010, a semi-submersible exploratory offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded after a blowout and sank two days later, killing eleven people and causing a massive oil spill threatening the entire Gulf coast from South Texas to southwest Florida.  The rig is owned and operated by Transocean Ltd. on behalf of BP, which is the majority owner of the oil field.

The company originally estimated the size of the leak at about a thousand barrels a day but later accepted government estimates of a leak of at least five-thousand barrels per day.  On April 30, BP stated that it would harness all of its resources to battle the oil spill, spending $7 million a day with its partners to try to contain the disaster.

But that hasn’t happened.

What is happening in the Gulf is an absolute mess, in more ways than one.   It’s effect is tentacled and wreaking havoc with every crab trapper, shrimper, oyster shucker, fisherman, fisherwoman, gumbo cook, surfer, restaurant owner, shell enthusiast, pelican and some guy who’s now only ‘temporarily’ calling 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home for the next year and a half.  In fact, many have said Obama’s response to the oil spill, or the lack thereof, will end up being his Katrina.   

Obama’s response to the situation in the Gulf reminds me in many ways of Jimmy Carter and the extremely ineffective political lassitude he demonstrated during the Iranian hostage crisis in ’79.   That didn’t end well for Carter and I think the spill, plus a few other misfires and miscues will guarantee Obama’s one term presidency, as well.   I would probably feel this way even if I were a Democrat, which I’m not.   The reality is this spill and attempts at containment are not being handled well.   That’s my opinion and it is one that in this case, isn’t negotiable.

And to those who say cut Obama some slack;  he’s doing it all away from the glare and behind the scenes—okay, let’s pretend for one minute that this is absolutely a true statement.   Governmentally speaking, many things are done without a network camera crew, but where was that argument when the Right tried to convince the Left of the same thing post Katrina?  Post 9/11?  In the fact that this country hasn’t seen another terror attack since that fateful September morning?   Funny how we can’t possibly be fair or balanced or willing to budge an inch when our side isn’t manipulating the puppet.   By the same token, as long as our guy is slacking off, it’s OK.  We’ll defend his nonchalance vehemently.   

Sadly, this is true of both parties. 

But politics aside, the environmental disaster of the BP spill  will affect far more than Katrina…and for far longer.   True, thousands of people didn’t die as they did in the 2005 storm, but hundreds of thousands livelihoods will be egregiously affected.   We’re talking five states being directly impacted and the 45 other seafood lovin’, oil burnin’ states suffering peripherally.  You can say pish posh, I’m a thousand miles away from the spill; what do I care?  Well, griddle cakes, you should care.  See, it doesn’t matter if you live in Spokane, as long as you drive, wear rubber sole shoes, use Vaseline, stuff trash bags with your refuse or store your leftovers in Tupperware, this spill will affect you.  You’re going to feel the affects and they will be far reaching.

And as for BP?   The worst job in the world has got to be Director of Corporate PR for that energy giant.   Man, I think BP should just hang a “Closed” shingle on the front door and deal with all the billions of dollar worth of laws suits and ecological remediation cases it will be facing quietly and at some place far, far away from the glare of so much global animus.

And then BP isn’t exactly helping itself.   There are horrendous things that BP’s loose cannon/CEO, Tony Hayward has been saying.  Among them:   the calamity of the spill in the Gulf has been oh so exacting and suppressive for him and that he’d really like his life back.  But after a few days, this walking nightmare apologized for the statement, saying  that he was “appalled” to read his own words and singled out the families of the 11 rig workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that “I wanted my life back.” When I read that recently, I was appalled. I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Those words don’t represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don’t represent the hearts of the people of BP — many of whom live and work in the Gulf — who are doing everything they can to make things right. My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families — to restore their lives, not mine.

The apple, they say, never falls far from the tree.  Well, then the old adage must be true in this case because everything I’ve ever heard come out of this man’s mouth in the past three months indicates he’s just as spoiled, petulant and arrogantly bloated as the company he oversees.  

I don’t know why he’s so smug.  He represents a corporation that has a reprehensible past.  If it were a country, the United Nations would’ve condemned it for a multitude of civil rights violations.   BP has been found guilty of numerous infractions that have literally cost life and limb and a whole assload of money.  

Look at their rap sheet:

1993–1995: Hazardous substance dumping

In September 1999, one of BP’s US subsidiaries, BP Exploration Alaska agreed to resolve charges related to the illegal dumping of hazardous wastes on the Alaskan North Slope, for $22 million. The settlement included the maximum $500,000 criminal fine, $6.5 million in civil penalties, and BP’s establishment of a $15 million environmental management system at all of BP facilities in the US and Gulf of Mexico that are engaged in oil exploration, drilling or production.  The firm illegally discharged waste oil, paint thinner and other toxic and hazardous substances by injecting them down the outer rim, or annuli, of the oil wells.

2005: Texas City Refinery explosion

In March 2005, BP’s Texas City refinery, one of its largest refineries, exploded causing 15 deaths, injuring 180 people and forcing thousands of nearby residents to remain sheltered in their homes. A large column filled with hydrocarbon overflowed to form a vapour cloud, which ignited.  The explosion caused all the casualties and substantial damage to the rest of the plant. The incident came as the culmination of a series of less serious accidents at the refinery, and the engineering problems were not addressed by the management. Maintenance and safety at the plant had been cut as a cost-saving measure, the responsibility ultimately resting with executives in London

The fall-out from the accident continues to cloud BP’s corporate image because of the mismanagement at the plant.  The company pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Clean Air Act was fined $50 million, and sentenced to three years probation. 

2006–2007: Prudhoe Bay

In August 2006, BP shut down oil operations in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, due to corrosion in pipelines leading up to the Alaska Pipeline. The wells were leaking insulating agent called Arctic pack, consisting of crude oil and diesel fuel between the wells and ice. BP spilled over one million litres of oil in Alaska’s North Slope.  

2006-2008: Texas City refinery fatalities

From January 2006 to January 2008, three workers were killed at the company’s Texas City refinery in three separate accidents. In July 2006 a worker was crushed between a pipe stack and mechanical lift, in June 2007, a worker was electrocuted, and in January 2008, a worker was killed by a 500-pound piece of metal that came loose under high pressure and hit him.

2007: Propane price manipulation

Four BP energy traders in here in Houston were charged with manipulating prices of propane in October 2007. As part of the settlement of the case, BP paid the US government a $303 million fine, the largest commodity market settlement ever in the US.   

2009: North Sea helicopter accident

On April 1 2009, a helicopter ferrying workers from BP’s platform in the Miller Oil Field in the North Sea off Scotland crashed in good weather killing all 16 on board.
 

Big company equals big problems, right?   I get that, but come on!   And as for this latest calamity?  The legit question here is “What’s being done?”  Lots of things or so it would appear, but nothing is working and oil continues to hemorrhage from the earth.   People from all over have sent in ideas for ways of either stopping the deepwater gusher or at least cleaning up the oil.  Emotionless actor,  Kevin Costner proposed some new take on a centrifuge vacuum device to separate the oil from the sea water. 

BP said thanks, but stick to movie acting.

Oscar wining director and serial narcissist, James Cameron offered BP and the feds his expertise in monitoring the situation close up and personally.   Cameron is considered something of a master when it comes to underwater filming and in the use of remote vehicle technologies.  He even claims to have designed pressure-resistant camera housings, lighting towers that could be dropped to the seafloor two miles down and other high-end deep-sea gear themselves.  

BP told him thanks, but stick to movie making.

He then promptly called everyone at BP “morons”.

Other suggestions have included oil-eating bacteria, bombs of various kinds and a device that resembles a giant shower curtain.  These are just a few of the 10-thousand fixes people have proposed to counter the growing environmental threat. BP is taking a closer look at roughly 700 of them, but the oil giant has yet to use any of them in any real sense in the nearly three months after the deadly explosion that caused the leak.

Well, you know me.  I have no background in oil spill containment or reclamation of an area engulfed by a spill, especially one this massive or politically hot buttoned, but I like being part of the ‘in crowd’, so I’ve also given the BP situation a great deal of thought.  I’ve come up with what I think is a superb way to plug the massive undersea gusher, but I’m afraid my idea will go unnoticed and unappreciated and like Kevin and his Costner, will ultimately be deemed inapplicable, as well. 

Here ’tis:

It’s a pity too because I do believe my solution would solve two problems in one..

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58 comments on “The Greasy, Oily Gulf

  1. Honestly, so much has been said on this topic, but NOTHING of value has been done to help. I think it’s time for the dumb-asses who caused this to just ACT and not sit around and promise solutions. That being said, I really hope that irreversible damage hasn’t been done to our environment… oh wait, too late for that.

  2. sparklingbytheway says:

    While I disagree with the whole Obama part, I really enjoyed your writing and what you are saying overall…and I really really like the word assload. I heard recently that BP had over 700 violations in tha past three years and the second leader in violations had 7. So, sure BP saw this comming. It’s is their incompetence and stupidity that has lead to death and destruction. Very sad that the innocent have to suffer.

  3. I’m sure some people respect your opinion on this but the simple fact is we are dependant. The cases against BP are useless. They are greedy and even if BP was to put more time and effort into a better name and better ways it wouldn’t matter. Their greed would never disipate and if they spent money on that they would just find an alternative and unhonorable way to make it.

    Just by the way the fact that they made a profit of approximetly 14 billion in 2009 and plan on spending around 7 million a day is absurd and shows their neglegance.

  4. JCM. says:

    Well written article! It angers me, as I’m sure it angers others, including yourself, to see President Obama kinda just sit back and let BP virtually everything. It really angered my to see BP using harmful chemicals to disperse the oil, when there is very much less harmful ways of doing it..What did the government do? Waited until they had sprayed large areas, then told them to stop. I support the “Seize BP” movement. I think the government should take over the companies plug/cleanup effort..That way you’ll have all of BP’s great resources, along with the governments leadership..At least I hope that’s what we’d have.

  5. Brilliant article, love your advice but unfortunately for us all your advice will go unheeded which is shame really because it would solve a lot of problems. Great picture too.

  6. essentialsimplicity says:

    Sure BP may not appear to be doing a great deal, but behind the scenes you would be amazed at how much is actually being done. And as for the history of incidents, look at any large corporation and you will of course find a long list of incidents. The larger the company becomes the more difficult it becomes for the leaders to control those that are below them on the chain of command. In saying that this is a disaster of epic proportions that needs to be solved quickly.

  7. Justin says:

    Wow, someone really needs to do something, thats how we can get things done. People need to start thinking logically, and instead of working for themselves, work for others.

  8. Raul says:

    It is very sad what happened…I hope it is cleaned up soon!

  9. itzexodus says:

    Haha, that last picture had me dying. Yeah, things don’t look really good for BP or Obama right now.

  10. As an American Teen, I’m really concerned about this. I heard last night that the number has increased to 80,000 barrels worth of oil leakage each day. Is that correct?

  11. The BP oil spill is a disaster! It affects everyone whether some realize it or not. My question is, How do we as citizens help? There are no band aid solutions. It seems like a helpless situation.

  12. AMY says:

    I am just curious…WHY HASN’T THE CELEBRITIES DONATED MONEY TO HELP WITH THE GULF??!! Angelina Jolie is always ready and willing to help across seas…what about here?! Oprah? Where is she?..She’s all about “nature”, she even did the documentaries on nature! It’s just very upsetting that these celebrities, who makes lots of money thanks to us supporting their movies and songs, aren’t even helping! I’m sure if we all had their kind of money, we would be able to help financially support the cleaning of the spill.

  13. Busy Dogs says:

    I just wanted to write to clarify something. You wrote that Obama’s “lack of response” will cause this to be Obama’s Katrina. I’m curious as to what Obama should have done.

    You see in a situation like this a company calls on the technical experts. These experts work for Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSRO’s). BP isn’t actually doing much in this clean up I imagine. They have hired OSRO’s to provide the cameras, the boom and oil skimming equipment. The US Coast Guard is on site supervising the clean up and deciding if the company should be doing more.

    Had the US Federal Government immediately taken charge they would have had to prove that BP was not doing everything it could. Even if they had done this it would have open the door for BP to fight the cost by arguing that certain procedures were unnecessary or that they would have needed so many workers etc. And remember that the gov’t does have technical experts either. they would have more than likely called the same OSRO’s as BP and have tried the same solutions.

    Given the legality and reality of the situation there’s not much else the gov’t could have done. I wish President Obama would get angrier but thats not the president that was elected.

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    Then going by your argument, are you then willing to absolve Bush for his perceived lassitude during Katrina?

    Obama was a man who made an incredible amount of promise and change to get elected. I’ve seen none of that. As best I can tell, he’s done an excellent job of sitting on his laurels and blaming the previous adminstration whenever he can.

    He needs to get tough and damned mad and he needed to do that three months ago. We don’t elect people to the highest position in the land to molly coddle. We want effective action when warranted. We expect him (or her) to make decision based on the information at hand. And if he/she needs to, to take the reigns and move mountains if need be. But I guess that only works if the man you voted for is in office. Because if aggressive action is taken and if doesn’t represent YOUR party, he’s villified and regarded as a blow hard and a maverick gunslinger with a wild west mentality.

  14. TheBlueMorpho says:

    This is just terrible. Its one crisis after another. I blame BP for all of this, and the government’s lack of help in this situation. Lol, that picture was cool! I like that idea, in fact, I’m sure all of our problems would be solved if we did that. :) But sadly, we cant. I feel so helpless as a human being because I cant do anything about the oil spill in any way, except to boycott BP. Thousands of animals are dying, and all of the states along the gulf are going to be severely inpacted by this is numerous ways, including tourism and fishing industries. I’m always a believer that whatever happens is meant to be and that it’s a test to see how well we can handle the situation. Well, this is a terrible test, and we’re handling it terribly! If this was supposed to happen, then I wonder what the outcome will be down the road. Could we assume that this oil spill that is killing everything is similar to that of a forest fire, where, everything burns down and dies and yet because of that new life sprouts and grows? Perhaps this oil spill will create new life, and perhaps, change the way people view our government, and their local gas stations. Or, maybe we’ll just kill everything, and still hate our government anyways.

  15. Lisa Kasper says:

    *Love that pic! Now that is a plan I can get behind! I have to wonder…WHY is no one acting? Because there is always a why. :(

  16. Busy Dogs says:

    Apples and Oranges. False Equivalency. Etc Etc

    The aftermath of Katrina was by law and tradition a governmental responsibility. Who else would we turn to in order to save our own citizens from a natural disaster? In addition the response to Katrina was a logistical problem. The federal government with all her resources and personnel is well equipped to deal with logistical problems (just ask the Haitians).

    The BP Oil Leak on the other hand is by law and tradition a responsibility of the spiller. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) calls for the designated “responsible party (RP)” to lead clean up efforts. The BP Oil Leak is not a logistical problem it is a technical one. The federal government is ill equipped to plug leaks 5,000 feet under water but BP should have been and the OSRO’s are sure as hell equipped for the job.

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    I see your points but I don’t see how ANYONE can give Obama a pass for a lassitudinous response that teeters on a very irresponsible “wait and see kind” of thing. It’s still the government responsibility is it not when the the populace is in danger? When the water they drink, the land they live on and where the Gulf Coast is concerned, the very body of water itself that they depend upon is in gross jeapordy? This may be in your words, apples and oranges, but they’re both still fruit, sweetheart.

    And furthermore, the calamity that is this spill will actually have far reaching implications that will exceed anything Katrina bestowed upon the Gulf coast, which was if you remember, quite a remarkably confined area. This is far more egregious, especially where livlihoods are concerned. We’re talking a massive amount of land and people.

    If you’re a true Democratic bretheren and based on your response I’m assuming you are, are you really willing to let the government “stand down” just because this isn’t a “natural disaster”???

    I’m sorry, but I think you’re picking and choosing what’s suitable accountability here. You’re absolving Obama from the responsibility of acting forcefully to fix a serious problem that’s affecting a great number of Americans. Now is NOT the time to sit back and pick and choose blame. It’s got to stop somewhere and the initial spill is BP’s fault. That it’s not happening fast enough and that this delay further endangers an eco system that can ill afford any other problems lies squarely on Obama’s shoulders. The buck stops there. It has to.

    Penalize BP. Fine their asses off. JUST DO SOMETHING!! To sit back and let BP fix a problem they created at their leisure is abjectly irresponsible and dangerous.

  17. gregw89 says:

    haha killing two birds with one stone. love it.

  18. greenteeth says:

    Obama has described the current spill as America’s worst ever environmental disaster. As usual he goes into political hyperbole before checking his facts.

    The current spill is as yet nowhere near as big as the In 1979 the Pemex well Ixtoc 1 hit a gas pocket and spilled an estimate 3.5 million gallons of crude into the gulf (Chris Cragg – Contributing Editor, European Energy Review Top letter under the heading BP and Corporate Responsibility) That leak took nine months to cap.

    Where Obama has fallen downn is in displaying a lack of leadership and a total absence of most of the qualities he possessed in abundance that were going to make him such a great President. As He stares into his Deepwater Abyss his supporters seem to be making excuses for him rather than celebrating his triumphs.

  19. izziedarling says:

    This is a great post and I agree with you 100%. Watching Obama walk on the beach, then kneel in his Beatle boots to touch the oil/sand did not inspire a morsel of confidence that much more would happen from his end. Your photo is excellent – and sounds like a plan – if, and only if, you promise James Cameron is inside.

  20. seventhsister26 says:

    I’m going to branch out of my comfort zone here and comment on this article…..
    I’ve been shaking my head ever since I got word of this spill. Now I say “when I got word”…they did a pretty good job of covering up the fact that this was even happening here in New Mexico. No news coverage to speak of. Not anything I found in the paper.
    I stepped out of political talk when Bush got re-elected and all that was being said was he said, she said, nobody did anything BS.
    The longer we sit around and blame our political leaders for the woes of our country, the longer we will be on that lonely road to nowheresville. As long as I (the average American) can go on living my personal life without interuption, the better. I mean really, do I really need the stress of some oil spilling out into an ocean I can’t afford to go see anyway? Maybe if there are no fish at the market, my pinion nuts will sell better. Rice and beans are good for you anyway, right? Forget the corn totillas….that’s fuel for someone’s SUV with a wanna be hybrid label on the side of it. As long as it’s not my living that is being slicked over by greedy oil mongers what do I have to worry about. Besides, with gas the gas prices and low employment rate that just means there will be more room on the open road this summer for my land yaht.
    Ya gotta love a capitalist society;)
    Seriously, I wish my kids would stop having grandkids so that I don’t have to think about what a crappy place we’ve turned this planet into for them.

  21. Robert says:

    Unbolt the damaged section and replace it with a new one!

  22. Franco says:

    My hope is that the criminals responsible for this will be brought to justice. BP’s only concern is mitigating this from a PR perspective and the all important bottom line. They do not care about the health and environmental repercussions their inaction and incompetence will have on generations of people.

  23. mbconsulting says:

    What a calamity for USA, Mexico and BP. Well written article. Thanks for posting it.

  24. [...] . On April 20, 2010, a semi-submersible exploratory offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded after a blowout and sank two days later, killing eleven people and causing a massive oil spill threatening the entire Gulf coast from South Texas to southwest Florida.  The rig is owned and operated by Transocean Ltd. on behalf of BP, which is the majority owner of the oil field. The company originally estimated the size of the leak at about a … Read More [...]

  25. alanfriday55 says:

    President Obama was right when he said he did not need to talk to the CEO of BP, because actions speak louder than words. However if he thinks this will spur them into action, he is unfortunatley wrong. With companies like BP, money speaks louder than both.

    Alan

  26. Goodie Girl says:

    This is SO incredibly tragic. Words cannot express how horrible this is or will be for years to come.

  27. alanfriday55 says:

    If the Bhopal Gas Disaster is anything to go by we find out who is to blame in 50 years time. In the meantime Preident Obama is right – Listen to his words Mr BP “ACTION speaks louder than words” Ignore your bean counters and throw some more resources at the job. Redirect some of your profits(god forbid!!!) Your company and the environment as we know it (habitats and all) depend on it!!!!

  28. Mel says:

    The tail is wagging the dog everyone and yes BP’s problem but our country. If Obama wants to control every aspect of our lifes and tell us when grandma and grandpa can be taken off life support then why cant he control how this is played out? Why cant we send military or nationa guard to help. Yes, we do not have expertise as a government entity but we can take into our hands and ownership to act a little quicker for this clean up instead of leaving it to the corporate giant meeting more with their attorneys than anyone else to figure out how to minimize liablitity (I MEAN REALLY FOLKS) people are still drinking Obamas koolaid? He has power and control to get involved and take control of clean up and send BP the bill.THIS IS OUR CONUTRY GUYS ……….we do everything for those all over the world what about our fellow Americans being affected by this, or our wildlife?
    / FREE pass as alwasy for Obama so sad……didnt you see on CNN his first trip I think he was bending over to pick up a nickel size ball of oil and the fake photo op of workers scraping clean sand like they are in a big sand box for theraphy? I mean really he did not get in the boat and see the death already manifesting itself in the marsh. I agree, where are the celebrities standing up knocking on the whitehouse door? I guarntee you Bush would have put a coilition together from other countries and welcomed their help. Saudi Aramco sparees no expense in oil clean up and knowledge. In fact they are way ahead of American clean up efforts and drills with this sort of thing. But I guess if we let them help then the democrats would say we are supporting terrorists BS. The rest of the oil companies are mad as hell too……….bring them on to start a team OBAMA…this big guy needs to take control instead of acting like a kid in the corner giving lip service but no concrete plans….CLEAN UP CLEAN CLEAN UP just as important as stopping the leak. One more thing, this company is asking Americans signed on to help, not to speak to the media. They asked the contract wildlife man that cleans the birds to take off his website how many birds are dead and continue to die. Do you really think we have close to the numbers? NO Is this communism, this company BP is controlling our way of life and freedom of speech where are the democrats now sitting in a corner with their fingers crossed Obama does not blow it, sorry to say he already has………….what is happening to this country ?? I guess the Whitehouse has even manage to shut James Carville up… a die hard democrat that has almost been in tears and in shock at the lack of response from the Whitehouse, why do we not see him any more telling us the truth, who shut him up?

  29. DiniSohbet says:

    The longer we sit around and blame our political leaders for the woes of our country, the longer we will be on that lonely road to nowheresville. As long as I (the average American) can go on living my personal life without interuption, the better.

  30. A very informative source of info about BP and the situation in the Mexican Gulf. Please keep me posted.

  31. Thanks for all teh continuing coverage of what it is BP is, and more imprtantly is not doing, as they have not been doing for some time to come and it finally came up to bite…unfortunately…that bite mark is the entire Gulf of Mexico…keep it up…

  32. neurotype says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to blame the government for anything beyond holding BP accountable–do we blame the government for all the fat kids turned out from a fast food lifestyle? it’s corporate, not public–but I totally agree with the end of this. Why is BP refusing to take third-party advice?

  33. Chinmayee Rindani says:

    I believe this had to happen otherwise no one would realize the implications of the oil industry’s actions.
    Yes, there is oil down there- very very deep,
    but as you can see now, our technology and advancements are not good enough for it, causing more damage than good.

    I feel Obama needs to step up and be authoritative instead of all democratic in times like this.

    America needed a slap in the face in order to get the ball rolling.

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  35. Tree huggin Sam says:

    WTF? What is with all the Obama bashing? Big oil has been whining like little bitches for deregulation since forever and the Bush administration said, “Drill, baby, drill.” Then, when things go to hell it is suddenly Obama’s ineptitude. You cannot have it both ways! First it was the financial institutions and now this. Let’s go ahead and deregulate nuclear energy and what the hell, let’s invade Iran while we’re at it. WHat a fucked up world the Neocons have created.

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    The “Neocons” are merely doing what the Democrats did during Bush’s entire eight year admininstration–fingerpointing, assessing blame and whining beyond reproach. Your last sentence only continues to exacerbate the well define slackjawed mentality of your party. The Democrats invented political deflection and soft palate politics. As a former card carrying Democrat, I’m embarassed for what the party has become. There’s no substance there anymore–just floppy, completely maleable sinew and viscera that moves with the breeze created by party blowhards .

    The anger we’re hearing from the Left and the defensive posture it’s taking ONLY means they hate having to reap what they’ve helped sew. Reality is a bitch, isn’t it?

  36. I believe we should raise this to the level of international concern, I mean the world all over ought to have something in solving the crises the soonest possible time

  37. Keile says:

    After skimming through this post, I’ve come to the educated opinion that you, Laurie, are grossly misinformed as to the wholesale extent of the government’s response to the oil spill has really been. If I may, I would like to clearly point out that Obama’s government was on the scene and acting on the spill literally within hours of the initial spill. Within a period of two to six weeks thereafter, a multitude of organizations, ranging from the NOAA to NASA to Nobel prize winning scientists, were assembled under the leadership of Obama’s administration and charged with working alongside BP, which still maintains its gratuitous amounts of experience and expertise, to come to a solution to this problem.

    BP, although frequently labeled the ultimate villain by the comical commentators, has been receiving unprecedented amounts of guidance, technical assistance, and increasingly frustrated oversight from the public (i.e: The National Academy of Engineers) and private (i.e: other oil companies). This has been the case since day one, and your massive fits of unshackled and unreasonable hysteria will not do anything to change the fact that despite a timely government effort that has ranged from technical assistance to spill cleanup, the hole at the bottom of the ocean is still gushing forth black ooze of death.

    Contrary to popular belief, the government didn’t fail; it effectively mobilized its vast resources, trying everything reasonably possible to devise a solution to what is ultimately a failure of regulation policy. If you must place blame squarely on anyone’ shoulders, let it not be BP, but the GOP, whose policy of self-regulation has led to the poisoning of America’s waters for years to come and the further ruination of what is effectively Obama’s presidency. America failed itself.

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    Perhaps I am missing the boat in some areas–I’ll give you that. I’m hardly an expert, and I’ve never claimed to be one in any area of reclammation. I’m merely opining, as is my perogative in my own blog and while I respect your reasoned ‘arguments’ and can even to a degree, appreciate your gilded insults, I happen to disagree with you and your educated opinion whole heartedly.

    I feel Obama’s leadership has been anemic at best. He can surround himself with Nobel Laureates until the cows come home but until something is done, nothing gets done. I’m not hearing about any real muscle being imposed on BP; no real pressure. I’m not seeing enough done in terms of reclammation which is as vital as stopping the damn gusher. I’m seeing exactly what I wrote–a response that can only be described as lethargic.

    And by stating that something be done, Keile, I personally want Obama to get mad..real mad. Talking about kicking ass to Matt Lauer on The Today Show is lip service for the masses. Actions speak louder than words. He needs to emote in some real, genuine way that hasn’t been conveniently pre-scripted and placed on a teleprompter at a predetermined White House sanctioned photo op. And it needs to be in the form of action.

    As for the histrionics, frankly all I’m seeing here is the same polarization that the Left help manifest during Bush’s presidency. If you’re not with him, you’re against him. I happen to think Obama is failing and failing miserably. You can wear a uniform that gives you are the perceived ranking of a full bird Colonel or a four star general, but until you’ve genuinely worked your way up to the top with undeniable experience; until you’ve amassed the troops, strategized, fought a real by God battle and yes, walked away the victor in at least one…ONE strategic conflict, then you’re just an imposter donning pretty, shiny and impressive epelets.

    Costuming.

    At this juncture, all I see is a presidency courtesy of Edith Head.

  38. Keile says:

    And for all the talking heads yabbering, “CLEAN UP CLEAN UP”; I’m ashamed because it seems to me the typical American is so dullard that they cannot even find the relevant sources on which to base their outlandish and preposterous claims. Below is information found on the White House Page. People like Mel, particularly, may find it fascinating that the National Guard has been notified and has been working on cleanup.

    Here is your friggin’ clean up:

    * The administration has authorized 17,500 National Guard troops from Gulf Coast states to participate in the response to the BP oil spill.
    * More than 20,000 personnel are currently responding to protect the shoreline and wildlife and cleanup vital coastlines.
    * More than 1,900 vessels are responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist in containment and cleanup efforts—in addition to dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units.
    * Approximately 2 million feet of containment boom and 2.3 million feet of sorbent boom have been deployed to contain the spill—and approximately 745,000 feet of containment boom and 2.1 million feet of sorbent boom are available.
    * Approximately 15 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been recovered.
    * Approximately 1.02 million gallons of total dispersant have been deployed—765,000 on the surface and 255,000 subsea. More than 450,000 gallons are available.
    * 125 controlled burns have been conducted, efficiently removing a total of more than 3.2 million gallons of oil from the open water in an effort to protect shoreline and wildlife.
    * 17 staging areas are in place and ready to protect sensitive shorelines, including: Dauphin Island, Ala., Orange Beach, Ala., Theodore, Ala., Panama City, Fla., Pensacola, Fla., Port St. Joe, Fla., St. Marks, Fla., Amelia, La., Cocodrie, La., Grand Isle, La., Shell Beach, La., Slidell, La., St. Mary, La.; Venice, La., Biloxi, Miss., Pascagoula, Miss., and Pass Christian, Miss.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/04/ongoing-administration-wide-response-deepwater-bp-oil-spill-june-4-2010

  39. shabinatdubai says:

    where is the huge profit these guys are making

  40. mojokabobo says:

    BP isn’t trying to stop the spill… they’re just trying to capture whatever crude they can.

  41. another mess… what a poor earth….

  42. Vishvesh says:

    Reading things like this and Bhopal gas tragedy you get the feeling that these big companies care only about making profits. They have utter disregard for the people who effected by them.

  43. fdaray says:

    It was totally the worst event that ever happened beyond control of man.
    How tragic was this calamity!

  44. home jobs says:

    They people are ridiculous.

  45. michele says:

    if we don’t fuck up our planet with oil spills first ( on top of the increasing green house gases ) just maybe….. volcanoes spewing out ash, landslides, flooding tornadoes and cyclones are just the preparation for us parasites to ‘wake up’…….. the planet is biting back.

    emptying big spaces of oil must mean empty big spaces under heavy weights of water, which might just sink like the guatemala hole in the centre of town, creating tsunamis like boxing day in thailand.

    everything has an equal and opposite reaction,

    maybe and this isn’t official, a whole chunk of the earth could just explode off and set our wonderful rotation around the sun off kilter and chuck us into the path of some oncoming planet? wow that would be just the whole bigger picture.

  46. fdaray says:

    Awesome sea disaster pollution!

  47. Mel says:

    TO KEIL cleanup cleanup was about 35 days late because BP ws too busy with lawyers and our government with their finger somewhere …………….great what they are doing now why a month later and we had the nerve to complain of BUSH>>>>>>>>>>now my dear watch CNN Anderson 360 and james Carville and you will hear the truth if you are still drinking the koolaid

  48. Mel says:

    Kiel a true democrat blaming everyone else but their own party in 100 years..we are not blaming Obama but rather he could kick some butt if he wants to lead us to a controlled country then he can control BP WAKE UP. Let’s see Bush worked across lines and gave demos alot of what they wanted…………………..is Bush to blame because he lives in Texas I am sure ya’ll with think of someway?

    Is it Bush’s fault people are afraid to talk to the media to tell us the truth…I am sure you will have a BS answer for this also.

  49. Keile says:

    “I feel Obama’s leadership has been anemic at best. He can surround himself with Nobel Laureates until the cows come home but until something is done, nothing gets done.”

    This statement implies a deep misunderstanding of the capabilities of those Obama has surrounded himself with, and more importantly, the extent towards which the government can solve the catastrophe that is the gulf. Essentially, this calamity has always been about bringing in the experienced minds necessary to devise a quick and satisfactory scientific solution. Unfortunately, what has been tried has failed, and you cannot blame Obama for that anymore than you can blame a machine for having faulty parts.

    He can lead all you want but the blind leading the blind

    ” I’m not hearing about any real muscle being imposed on BP; no real pressure. I’m not seeing enough done in terms of reclammation which is as vital as stopping the damn gusher. I’m seeing exactly what I wrote–a response that can only be described as lethargic.”

    The Obama administration has put immense pressure on BP, Britian itself lodging complaints with his fiery rhetoric. He has scolded and threatened the responsible CEOs of BP with legal action, and has repeatedly said that his administration is bearing down on the oil industry as a whole. Obama has made it clarion that BP will pay for the damage they’ve caused and his response to this spill has not only included action on the ground, but action in Congress as well. He has been nowhere near lethargic.

    If anything, it can be said to have been ultimately ineffective in working to plug the hole and that’s it. Some things can’t be solved in two weeks, others can. Boohoo. Cry me a river. It’ll be fixed by August with the relief wells.

    ‘And by stating that something be done, Keile, I personally want Obama to get mad..real mad. Talking about kicking ass to Matt Lauer on The Today Show is lip service for the masses. Actions speak louder than words. He needs to emote in some real, genuine way that hasn’t been conveniently pre-scripted and placed on a teleprompter at a predetermined White House sanctioned photo op. And it needs to be in the form of action.”

    This is a contradiction. You want Obama to “get mad”, but when he “gets mad”, you say it is lip service to the masses. Of course it is. That’s what YOU want, right? It’s hard to quantify just what it will take to satisfy crazies like you. You want him to “emote”. What will that do? Will that solve the problem faster? Will that “whip” BP into action? What will whining and crying and seeming really genuine, in a t-shirt and jeans, do for America if not be another photo op?

    As you said, actions speak louder than words. Obama isn’t bothering to cry for America; he’s just doing what he’s been doing for Day 1, which is the minimize the impact of the spill and work alongside BP to come to a quick solution. That’s it. I’m sorry you have a calm and collected guy for president, who doesn’t care much for your sobby histrionics.

    “As for the histrionics, frankly all I’m seeing here is the same polarization that the Left help manifest during Bush’s presidency. If you’re not with him, you’re against him. I happen to think Obama is failing and failing miserably. You can wear a uniform that gives you are the perceived ranking of a full bird Colonel or a four star general, but until you’ve genuinely worked your way up to the top with undeniable experience; until you’ve amassed the troops, strategized, fought a real by God battle and yes, walked away the victor in at least one…ONE strategic conflict, then you’re just an imposter donning pretty, shiny and impressive epelets.”

    Well, I’ll just say you’re a nut because you seem to admit in the above post that your entire opinion of Obama stems from unusual notion of what you think is necessary experience for one to become president. The army, battles, troops, God, etc. All of this is bible thumping bullshit. There have been are truckloads of head of states that have never seen any of what you described and they’ve been incredible at their jobs.

    To be honest, this spill is beyond the government’s control, and right wing nuts like you understand that, yet still insist on blaming Obama to further your own misguided agenda. He is a “talking suit” to you, and has been since 2008, so anything he does is the “wrong way” of doing it.

    “Costuming.

    At this juncture, all I see is a presidency courtesy of Edith Head. ”

    Well, you’re wrong.

    *

    Wow, that was pretty audacious. Your opinion is right? Because why? Because it’s what YOU think? And who are you? Other than someone brazen enough to admit before God and man that you have misplaced political myopia? But that makes me wrong? Well, here’s news for you, YOU’RE wrong. In my world, you even excel at being grossly incorrect and frankly, you come across as an obnoxious blowhard who argues for the sake of seeing your own shit in print. And one more thing–have you never heard of metaphor? I wasn’t insinuuating that he needed to be in the military. That was an allegory, Son and it dealt with leadership, a quality I’m not seeing anywhere in the Obama White House and to be honest, I’m rather embarrased for you and your self professed educated opinion that you took that literally. Gee, I wonder if leptonian thinking is something in the genetic coding or just an infused party favor one gets for mindlessly voting Democrat over and over again???

    Look, we’ll never agree, OK, and this..you..has become tedius and boring, so let’s stop before this becomes even more personal. You’re a liberal and I’m not. We both can’t stand each other’s ideals and principles. Fine, I get it. Now, lets move on.

    This ends now. So,I will take the high road here and be gracious enough to say thanks for your input–skewed as it is.

  50. I said we’re done, Keile and I meant it.

  51. Keile, give it up. Seriously. Or get your own blog. I have been fair. I’ve let you have your say. You’ve spewed your vitriol, now enough. You will not change my mind. I won’t change yours. And changing your name won’t fool me. We will never agree and no bitter fueled salvos aimed at each other will help the situation in the Gulf. I’ve asked you nicely.

    This exchange has ended.

  52. Anthony says:

    Too bad we can’t turn Congress upside down so all the frauds tumble out. I suppose then we’d have no more politicians!

  53. [...] . On April 20, 2010, a semi-submersible exploratory offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded after a blowout and sank two days later, killing eleven people and causing a massive oil spill threatening the entire Gulf coast from South Texas to southwest Florida.  The rig is owned and operated by Transocean Ltd. on behalf of BP, which is the majority owner of the oil field. The company originally estimated the size of the leak at about a … Read More [...]

  54. MJ says:

    Great post, Laurie! I happen to like your solution very much!

  55. st3ve007 says:

    This story interests me and I do believe that both BP and Barrack Obama could do more to try and stem the leak but nothing has ever been done on this size scale and also at this depth ever before. They have been drilling a release for weeks now it just takes time.

    BP will survive this im sure.

  56. jrwatson1976 says:

    I am glad someone else is highlighting the problems with this industry and the lack of global accountability they have, given that their disasters tend to have wide reaching environmental impact. I have written on this myself highlighting the fact that this is not just BP but a range of organisations who are lax in their safety procedures. Great Post!!

  57. IDESS says:

    IDESS is an independent organisation providing training services to the maritime and offshore industries.

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