The Brits and the BP Spill
It’s BP, not British Petroleum, ever since Maggie Thatcher privatized the government’s stake in the energy giant back in the 1980s. But the stakes involve a large chunk of the UK’s national wealth, not to mention their national pride. From Foreign Policy: Has the BP Bashing Gone Too Far? There has been extensive coverage in Britain of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. | Read More »
This is Leadership?
“We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.” – President Obama “He [BP CEO] wouldn’t be working for me.” – President Obama “Bring those responsible to justice on behalf of the victims of this catastrophe.” – President Obama I could go on, but instead, I ask: how are these comments by the President helping | Read More »
Today in Washington – June 9, 2010
All eyes in Washington are on the Tuesday tea leaves to see if the Tea Party movement is here to stay. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) may have scored a Pyrrhic victory in squeaking out a win over lefty Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, yet she is going into this fall as the most endangered incumbent member of the United States Senate. Also, Washingtonians are taking note that Sarah | Read More »
Obama Tries Tough Guy Act on for Size.
Today, President Obama decided to try to inherit something else from Bush: a spine and fortitude. However, in true incompetent Obama form, he failed, as always. Via Allahpundit: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Obama cannot pull off that whole cowboy image. Hey, remember when being a cowboy was a bad thing? I never thought it was, because I | Read More »
Open Thread in a Handbasket
Via Gizmodo: . (Click thumbnail for full view.) Dude. What a hell-hole! Apparently Jim Joyce* REALLY should have called Donald “out”. Incidentally I hear Joyce recently endorsed Guatemala as the most “Gates of Hell-free nation on Earth.” When asked what he thought about the hole, he replied “looks safe to me.” I’m just kidding around. In all seriousness, BP could not be reached for comment. | Read More »
Oil Drilling Moratorium Blues
Thursday: Confusion was the order of the day. On Wednesday, the first new shallow-water well drilling permit was issued, to the consternation of the environmental community: “I’m outraged,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director for the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity. “How is it that shallow water drilling suddenly became safe again?” Never mind that shallow water drilling has no demonstrated problems. Since the Deepwater | Read More »
Never Let A Good Crisis, etc. (Oil Spill Edition)
In his two most recent appointments to his presidential commission on the BP oil spill, President Obama reveals that he’s got waaaay bigger fish to fry than finding out what went wrong of the Deepwater Horizon, and fixing it. Obama’s Oil Panel May Tackle Energy, Environment The new presidential commission investigating the Gulf oil spill will include two experts who have been active on the | Read More »
NBC anchor to Obama: ‘That ain’t the way this is going to play out.’
Via Ed Morrissey: I got a kick out of President Obama saying that even when the cameras go away we’ll still be there for you. That ain’t the way this is going to play out. If anything, the cameras being here have compelled outside interests – government, BP – to kick this into another gear. With all due respect, the President might have had his | Read More »
BP/Obama Karma Watch: June 2, 2010.
(Via Drudge) The saw is stuck. The risky effort to contain the nation’s worst oil spill hit a snag Wednesday when a diamond-edged saw became stuck in a thick pipe on a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the goal was to free the saw and finish the cut later in the day. This is | Read More »
The EPA, Starring In James Cameron’s ‘The Oil Spill’
What to do when you are totally inept and in way over your heads? Call in Hollywood and turn a disaster into a disaster film! At least, that’s what our illustrious federal government does now, under the king of all things scripted and illusionary, President Obama. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse than Shakira interjecting herself in Arizona’s illegal immigration policy, the feds | Read More »
Obama’s Damage to Louisiana Will Easily Top BP’s
In one of the bigger ‘duh!’ headlines of the year, the Times-Picayune observes: Offshore drilling ban could be a blow to Louisiana economy The president and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement late last week to halt all deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico “at the first safe stopping point” while the Interior Department figures out what regulatory changes are necessary for offshore oil prospecting | Read More »
Reading is not a strength for the Robin Carnahan campaign
This past week, the campaign for Democrat Senate candidate Robin Carnahan released a hit video criticizing Republican Senate candidate Rep. Roy Blunt about his response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The video claims that “BP’s Bill for Cleanup is only $75M” and that supposedly, Blunt is OK with that. One problem: current law does NOT cap cleanup costs at $75M. | Read More »
Obama’s Oil Spill Dilemma
For the last fifteen years, I’ve been the operations manager for a small Gulf of Mexico oil and gas company. I’ve had more than a few sleepless nights in that time, whether it be worrying about a problem well, a reported accident or an impending hurricane. Since Barack Obama has assumed full accountability for the outcome of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of | Read More »
BP Spill Update: Top Kill Working?
This is certainly good news. There are signs that the “top kill” operations may be effective, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told NPR. He is in Houma, Louisiana, meeting with local officials and residents. “Since yesterday afternoon, British Petroleum and their subcontractors have been pumping a heavy mud down into the well bore below the blowout preventer, and over the course of the last 12 | Read More »
Acoustic Switches, Oil Spills and Wikipedia Experts
The Daily Beast’s Rick Outzen is like a dog with a bone. Rick (along with a legion of other self-imagined experts on the ‘net) is getting a lot of mileage out of the notion that an acoustic switch (see diagram below the fold) might have averted disaster on the Deepwater Horizon: We know that the Deepwater well lacked the remote-control, acoustical valve [sic] that experts | Read More »