Friday, April 30, 2010

"Drill, Baby, Drill!"

Yeah, right. Bunch of assholes.


oldswede said...

I was stunned by the NYT lead story that the Obama administration had dropped the ball on responding to the leak and was now facing its own Katrina debacle. What has happened to that paper? It just gets worse and worse.
Total lack of facts, yet again. The reality is that the Coast Guard was on the scene BEFORE the rig went down. It was BP telling lies all the way that led to this mess. The CG is not equipped to do underwater well damage investigation. Only the oil companies can do it, apparently.

Charles said...

Didn't Obama propose more offshore drilling last month?

CT Bob said...

He did, Charles, and it was a misguided attempt to appeal to the conservatives. Then this happened, which goes to show what happens when you compromise your beliefs.

America will have to face the fact that oil isn't our future. When that idea finally sinks in, we'll see real progress in the area of renewable energy. Oil is so 19th century, and we need 21st century thinking to meet our energy needs.

Charles said...

Read somewhere that US rigs don't require a shutoff valve, offshore rigs in other countries do. If true, that is incomprehensible.

oldswede said...

No, the US regulators decided against the requirement back in 2003. Guess who was in the White House? The Wall Street Journal Online has good coverage here: Leaking Oil Well Lacked Safeguard Device
Incidentally, the Bush family was previously involved in off-shore drilling when Poppy G.H.W. Bush ran Zapata Offshore, an oil drilling company, you know, off shore.

vagabondblogger said...

BP changed their logo and slogan back around 1999 or so, with the Greek god Helios symbol, and the slogan, "Beyond Petroleum." They're selling their solar operations in Maryland. Let's not forget the explosion at the refinery in Texas a few years back either. BP have been able to whitewash all of their problems through the years, while Exxon have been made out to be the bad boys of the oil industry. BP are the Eddie Haskell of oil production. (I'm using plurals, just like the Brits do when they reference companies, since companies are not individuals.) So of course, I couldn't believe the NYT article either. What are they drinking? Haven't they done their homework?

CT Bob said...

This one is gonna soil their squeaky clean image. And it'll cost them a few bucks in the process, since they're reportedly on the hook for all damages caused by the spill. Let's hope our gov't presses them to pay up

Oh, and according to a recent Supreme Court decision, corporations ARE individual people, with constitutionally guaranteed free speech rights which includes no limit on using their own money for political ads.

So, as far as I'm concerned, British Petroleum IS an asshole!


vagabondblogger said...

I beg to disagree. BP are assholes!

CT Bob said...

We'll just have to agree to disagree then.

At least we can both agree that there definitely IS an element of assholishness at play within the BP corporation. On that point, we stand united!

Anonymous said...

This disaster reminds many of us who sit on the fence that there is no such thing as a safe oil rig, safe nuclear energy plant, safe coal mine.
All it takes is an equipment malfunction or a careless worker to precipitate an environmental catastrophe.
The Republicans got it wrong when they wrapped their energy policy in the "Drill, baby, drill" mantra of Sarah Palin.
It made for great TV theater.
But in the end it showed how shortsighted some people were in trusting a technology which is not well thought out and for which there is no emergency plans in place.

Perhaps the silver lining is that this catastrophe has caused people to rethink the concept of "Drill, Baby, Drill" and to question the assurances of oil executives and Republicans that "modern oil drilling is safe"