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Massive Response To BP Oil Spill Dwarfed By Obama CYA Operation

Charles Krauthammer asks rhetorically: Whose blowout is it, anyway?

Here's my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?

Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there. As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep (1,000 feet and more) and ultra deep (5,000 feet and more), in part because environmentalists have succeeded in rendering the Pacific and nearly all the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil production. (President Obama's tentative, selective opening of some Atlantic and offshore Alaska sites is now dead.) And of course, in the safest of all places, on land, we've had a 30-year ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Krauthammer is zeroing in on what will be the main topic, front and center, when this disaster has ended (which may be August according this report). Why do politicians in Washington subject their constituents to greater hazard in the name of environmental activism? That may become a campaign slogan come August. (Sara Palin is already pushing it.) Democrats are slowly waking up to this reality, which is why Massachusetts uber Liberal Congressman Ed Markey was out on CBS today accusing BP of underestimating the initial reports of how much oil has polluted the Gulf.

(CBS) Rep. Bob (sic) Markey, D-Mass., said today that BP knew the initial estimates of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the site of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig were larger than what they were publicly stating was the flow.

In his appearance on CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday, Markey said that once video of the oil leak became public, independent scientists confirmed that the flow was much higher than the initial estimates made public by the company.

The Democrat, who is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, said that the amount of oil flowing is tied to any fee that may be imposed on the oil company resulting from the spill.

"BP has a stake in their own liability here," Market said. "That means that the fine which can be imposed upon them is dependent upon how many barrels per day is going out into the Gulf. If it's 1,000 barrels per day, it's a relatively low fine, but if it's 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 barrels per day, it could wind up billions of dollars in fines that BP executives have to pay to the federal government."

Allow me to decode what Congressman Markey is saying: "If we had known the spill was this bad in the beginning President Obama would not have been playing golf during the emergency".

The Democrats are furiously trying to reset and rearrange facts to better portray their President's stunningly poor performance to date because they know there will be political hell to pay when the BP well is capped and the cleanup bill (not just the financial bill but also the ever more important one for political damage) arrives. Markey can and will demagogue about civil and criminal liability on the part of BP, but make no mistake, his real goal is to protect President Obama. Look for more Markey type performances in the future as the Obama administration tries to mitigate the damage of their feeble response to this disaster.

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Comments (18)

Hugh You Just made... (Below threshold)
retired military:


You Just made the top Indiec's "people who want to kill the planet for their own enjoyment list"

You need to watch this


to be able to recognize him when he comes for you. I think he is either the guy with the hat or the wailing woman. I cant tell the difference between them.

The original plan was all s... (Below threshold)

The original plan was all so simple. Ignore it. Then AFTER it was shut down, rant and scream! Point fingers, step on necks Use the spill to push "Cap & Trade".

But that plan blew up. BP couldn't plug the hole. And people found out about that $1 million political donation from BP. We tried blaming Bush, but it turns out we appointed the person running the relevant government agency. And we granted wavers to existing environmental laws. Jindal is screaming for help and we're playing environmental dodge-ball with him.

It was such a simple plan.

It's all Bush's fault!

<a href="http://www.youtube... (Below threshold)


Afterward they'll all go down the trail head, get in their SUV's and drive home. Stopping at the store to pick up groceries which were grown and harvested using oil products. Then refined for consumption, using oil products. Then transported to stores, using oil products.

On arriving home, they'll enter a structure partially or completely built from FELLED trees.


RMSorry, I could o... (Below threshold)


Sorry, I could only watch about twenty seconds of that video. Had some old growth timber (now in the form of charcoal) in the grill that needed my attention.

Thanks for the heads up, though. I actually do run into some of those morons on logging roads when I travel in coal country. You should see the look on their faces when a CAT D-11 takes on a fifty year old poplar. But as GarandFan notes above, they have no problem when that tree (or oil) is made into furniture or something useful. Just another manifestation of the limousine liberal.

I wonder how many trees wen... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I wonder how many trees went into making AL Gore's $10+ million house.

Markey is one of the main f... (Below threshold)

Markey is one of the main fighters of any energy policy of this country. He is against all forms of energy development. That includes oil, natural gas, oil shale, coal, hydro-electric and especially nuclear. He wants to shut down and tear down all of the existing plants and plow them under. If he had his way, we would be living back in the stone age, while him and his butt algore live in the lap of luxury.

I wonder how many lies have... (Below threshold)

I wonder how many lies have gone into building this Presidency?

For a guy in a wheelchair, ... (Below threshold)

For a guy in a wheelchair, Krauthammer sure has the ability to kick Barry's ass.

"At the end of the day, the... (Below threshold)

"At the end of the day, the government tells BP what to do," [White House energy and climate adviser Carol] Browner said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Maybe Sean Penn can plug up... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Maybe Sean Penn can plug up the hole with his fat head.

When the going gets rough, ... (Below threshold)

When the going gets rough, the tough get going. Barry hears 'rough', and says "Oh good, time for another round of golf".

"The Democrats are furio... (Below threshold)

"The Democrats are furiously trying to reset and rearrange facts to better portray their President's stunningly poor performance to date"

They've got a hell of along ways to go to reset 21 million jobs, rearrange 22 trillion in debt and portray this clown as anything but the worst president evah!

The 'bamites can't fix it!... (Below threshold)

The 'bamites can't fix it!
The real answer is that we must wait until those with the expertise and equipment get it done. Sorry to say the "miracle tree died", and for those who follow Marx and Lenin, remember that idea was tried for many years and the "USSR" died with the "miracle tree".
You 'bamites might look at how well Greece is doing with your line of thought!

"Here's my question: Why... (Below threshold)

"Here's my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?"

The $64,000 question.

The answer is exactly right. There's infinite more danger. It's ridiculous.

Massive Response To BP Oil ... (Below threshold)

Massive Response To BP Oil Spill Dwarfed By Obama CYA Operation

There are 'priorities' and then there are PRIORITIES. All hail THE ONE!

As someone famous [who reme... (Below threshold)

As someone famous [who remembers who, anyway] once said "the [oil] stops here." Well, the contemporary post-modern Progressive Presidency version of that is: "the [oil] stops... at the corporate headquarters of those guys over there. Now let me get back to my golf game." Is total and complete incompetence a "high crime and misdemeanor?" It should be.

Hugh S, Suppose a ... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Hugh S,

Suppose a legal & more dangerous synthetic version of heroin was developed. The same argument you are making about environmentalists can be made about the FDA.

If only the FDA were to legalize heroin than drug dealers would not have to sell the more dangerous synthetic version.

Would you support the above argument or would you want the FDA to make both forms of heroin illegal.

Planetresource.net has a E... (Below threshold)

Planetresource.net has a Eco friendly solution to clean up the tragedy British Petroleum has created, please watch the video animation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60bdQQQ3iVw and pass this along to as many people as you know.

One person can still make a difference in this world, is that simple interactions have a rippling effect. Each time this gets pass along, the hope in cleaning our planet is passed on.






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