Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Solution To The Oil Leak?

The oil spill continues to spread, wreaking havoc on marine life and human livelihood and enterprise. I can barely stomach seeing the photos of the birds soaked in oil. And after a quick trip to the beach 10 minutes away from my house, the thought of the oil making its way to my neck of the woods, with its loggerhead nesting sites is unnerving to say the very least.

Did you know that Obama pretty much knew from the get-go how bad this spill was going to be? Oh, yes - and this is from one of his most sycophantic supporters, Richard Wolffe:
Critics have bashed President Obama for being slow to seize the political initiative in combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The White House has battled back, releasing a timeline of events showing that Obama was briefed—and deploying the Coast Guard—within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

What has not been previously disclosed: The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama's team from the start.

Little that has happened since has changed their mind-set. Now six weeks later, the president’s top advisers expect the oil spill—and the negative stories—to continue through August. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Good grief. So add this to the list of Obama's duplicity and incompetence. The more we learn the worse it gets.

It is hard to make this oil spill a laughing matter, but econsmed provided me with the following video. I think this woman should be in Obama's cabinet:

Hey, if it will work, go for it. SOMETHING has to be done and pronto.

All joking aside, this cannot continue until August. The marine life cannot stand it. Those who rely on the ocean fro their livelihood cannot stand it. The planet cannot stand it. We need all hands on deck, and that includes our president who has known from the beginning how bad, how very bad, this can be. Stop with the BS, the blaming, the side-stepping, and get with creating solutions. THAT is what we need, what the planet needs, now.


Mary Ellen said...

LOL! I love Ruthie's idea, she's a gem!

I heard the oil is working its way up the Atlantic coast. Obama isn't concerned about plugging the leak because of the environmental damage, though. The only damage that he's concerned about are his poll numbers. His guys are working on how to turn this around to blame Sarah Palin.

I was watching Candy Crowley on CNN this morning and she downplayed Obama's poll numbers with, "He's just having a "horrible very very bad week" (referencing the children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"). In other words, the media is just making light about Obama's failing to convince the public that he gives a rats ass about what is happening to the coastline.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

I know, right? Brilliant idea!

Yes, that is what I was afraid was going to happen, that it would get in the Gulf Stream, and work its way up here. I admit, I was almost in tears looking out at the ocean yesterday...

Oh, good grief - Candy Crowley is another person I just cannot stand watching anymore. And now I know I shouldn't start anytime soon.

What is WRONG with these people, Mary Ellen?? Sheesh...