The Real Environmental Disaster

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Surely, the most shameful display of Obama’s eagerness to control all things was his mandate of a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. The New York Times May 27 reported his plan to stop new deepwater drilling for six months, suspend exploratory drilling scheduled off Alaska this summer, and cancel a lease sale off Virginia’s coast. The Interior Department used the flimsy excuse that a moratorium was necessary because of uncertainties about the cause of the oil blowout and the need to write new drilling rules.

The moratorium was first rejected by a U.S. District Court judge June 22. The administration appealed, asking the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to let the temporary ban stand until it ruled on the case. The federal Appeals Court July 8 rejected the administration’s request to keep the moratorium in place while it appealed the lower court’s rejection of the moratorium, saying the administration had failed to show “irreparable harm” if work resumed on approved well sites in the Gulf.

Having been thwarted in his efforts to mandate his six-month moratorium on new Gulf wells, on July 12 Obama had his Interior Secretary issue a new moratorium order. A statement from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar—grasping at any straw–said that “the May 28 moratorium proscribed drilling based on specific water depths; the new decision does not suspend activities based on water depth but on the basis of the drilling configurations and technologies.”

More than three months after the April oil blowout, “Gulf states and the oil industry are still howling” over unnecessary economic harm, the Christian Science Monitor said July 27. The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee listened to testimony forecasting financial losses of $2.8 billion and moratorium-caused job losses exceeding 10,000.

When the moratorium was first announced in May, within 48 hours the George Soros-backed Brazilian oil company, Petrobras, contacted Laborde Marine, a big New Orleans company, seeking to lease all its vessels. If the moratorium is not lifted, company officials wrote their Louisiana Senators, 33 rigs and/or drill ships “will simply go to other countries.” Could it have been more than a coincidence that Soros, a huge financial backer of Obama’s presidential campaign, would now profit from the moratorium and his ownership in Petrobras?

If that seems too cynical, there’s the long-standing goal of Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress to control our energy by replacing oil and gas with renewable sources of energy, no matter how costly in subsidies and impractical in implementation. This goal fits neatly into the plan to restrict drilling to the fullest extent. While Obama mouths concern about jobs, he turns a deaf ear to American Petroleum Institute forecasts that the industry has resources to generate 160,000 well-paying jobs.

The Bayoubuzz.com in Louisiana reported that before the oil spill and the moratorium, 56 rigs were operating in the Gulf. By the end of July “there are only 12 active rigs. Most have “departed for the Congo and Egypt and more rigs may be leaving very soon….The oil industry has had an impressive track record in the Gulf by drilling over 40,000 wells in the last four decades without a major spill….” But the needless job-killing moratorium continues.

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  • Michael Wilson

    "…as 11th Century English King Canute thought he could by holding back the sea’s tide."
    Not so! This is an incorrect hand-me-down. The real story:-
    "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey".

    So spoke King Canute the Great, the legend says, seated on his throne on the seashore, waves lapping round his feet. Canute had learned that his flattering courtiers claimed he was "So great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back". Now Canute was not only a religious man, but also a clever politician. He knew his limitations – even if his courtiers did not – so he had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. When they didn't, he had made his point that, though the deeds of kings might appear 'great' in the minds of men, they were as nothing in the face of God's power.

  • Sprinklerman

    Only one simple issue can explain this although others might know of other reasons.

    Prince William Sound is a very remote location. Everything that needed to be used there to clean up the spill had to be flown in or shipped. The logistical effort in the Exxon Valdez spill was very extensive and complex.

    Compare that to one of the most heavily populated coasts anywhere in the world with extensive spill response capability and that alone can explain most of the issues relative to the time taken to clean up a spill.

    Of course Mr. Bonds, you could continue to listen to the talking heads that spout what most enviro-nuts want you to believe or you could read Time and find that this isn't as bad as most first believed that it would be. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,20

  • Catherine51

    The record shows that Obama and his Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar—who has a record of criticizing the Bush administration from the right for being too restrictive on the oil industry—took numerous actions over the past 16 months to accelerate drilling in the Gulf.
    As the World Socialist Web Site noted on May 10 (“Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion”), the administration intervened in a federal court case in support of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and Salazar specifically cited BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation as one that should be allowed to go forward.
    An initial court decision—handed out only days after Obama gave BP an environmental waiver for its Deepwater Horizon rig—ruled that oil drilling in the Gulf was being carried out without sufficient study of its impact. Salazar praised a subsequent court decision, handed down in July 2009, which allowed the BP project to go forward and thus condemned much of the US Gulf coast to environmental catastrophe. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m2

  • courtnye

    "The Louisiana Coast Is Healing" What kinda stupid comment is that????? Apparently your just reading some headline somewhere!!! Get in your car and drive down here and look for yourself before making such a retarded comment. Trying being in business down here, try selling "Louisiana Fresh Seafood" I am so sick of hearing that the oil is gone, I am so sick of hearing Prezzzzz. Obama LIE. I am just really tired of people that don't have a glue, running their mouths about something that they read and believed then write something they really don't know a thing about. Wanna know, get in your car and visit a restaurant on the coast, go to a local seafood market, OH WAIT you can't they're CLOSED>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • winter gales coming

    The real enviromental disaster is right here on the east and west coasts. Way to many muslims move here, and they over pollute the sewer systems, energy systems, take all the new apts. /and other apts homes. They don't fit in, and say they do not ant to do so. They use only their own taxis, and new cars , and where do they get the money to do so? Federal housing should be for only those with no new cars, like the old welfare system. They are a drain on all systems.; use all he protestant churches to take food from the really low waged couples and one to three children. they have 10 and more, and they take all the food. They have dual passbooks, how about them leaving for arab lands . Europe doesn't want them either. They should be homesick by now… or do they have another agenda planned? I have heard they want Europe and America to rule them… own them .

    • George

      do you live on the east and west coasts? Where is "here" exactly. Muslims…especially arab muslims make up a tiny minority of immigrants to either coast. Then, what do you do…do you work in soup kitchens on both sides of the country? Maybe you just enjoy creative writing.

  • scum

    Remember the law stipulates that cleanup is the responsibility of BP. The disaster was due to the same type of shoddy oversight and outright criminality that led to the economic disaster of 08. As more information emerges we'll hopefully see criminal charges against those who destroy the earth. Too bad FPM is on the wrong side, AGAIN.

    • dgc

      And which Federal statutes are you referring to?

      Is it too much to ask for a real conversation in lieu of mindless vitriol? If not, begone troll…to Yahoo!

  • scum

    Actually, BP was desparate to make it look good. That's why they dumped chemicals in the water to make the large globs dissipate faster so you wouldn't see them on the aerial shots (BP basically used their 'freedom' as a corporation to stop photos being taken from land). Breaking up the globs meant that BP could claim the oil was gone, and the sea would now be victim to the far more insidious micro-blobs which are infecting the entire food chain faster. So no, we're not that stupid. But it's not the Govt/Media complex. Unless you want to blame Rush, who said that's it's all a natural occurence…

  • dgc

    Part 1:
    There actually appears to be several hypotheses that, if accurate, reasonably explain some of these seemingly baffling observations. In contrast to Prince Williams' Sound, the ambient temperature of the water and air in the gulf is significantly warmer. It also is the case that that the oil from the gulf is a lighter grade, without many of the heavier components found in heavy crude. These two factors have been suggested to result in both higher evaporation rates and the activity of biological degradation of the released oil in the gulf. It should also be considered that the Gulf is significantly larger than Prince Williams' sound, which translates into a much larger, effective dispersal area for the gulf spill for these processes to occur. At this point, the data isn't there to conclusively confirm that this is happening.

  • dgc

    Part 2:
    What is noteworthy, however, is that there have been several follow up studies on the recovery of Prince Williams’ Sound, and it is remarkable that those areas that were allowed to recover without any intervention actually did so more quickly than those areas that were cleaned, including the recovery of the natural fauna and flora in the area. Perhaps nature is more robust and resilient than some people have been led to believe?

  • badaboo

    It's already been more or less established that for the sake of GREED , BP IGNORED ALL WARNINGS , ENGINEER'S ADVICE , IT'S OWN EMPLOYEES ADVICE AND SCIENTIFIC DATA ,and caused this disaster . There is no one else to blame but BP , and the regulators who failed in their jobs to insure that safe operation was being followed .As to what followed ? and what effects of the spill ? BP , no one else . Obama's job is not stopping blown out wells , at this point it is making BP PAY for any and all damages to the Environment and the affected economy .

  • badaboo

    BTW Exxon NEVER did pay for all of the damage it did , which persists to this day .