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Obama: Federal Government ‘In Charge’ Of Oil Spill Recovery Efforts

June 1, 2010 by  

Obama: Federal government 'in charge' of oil spill recovery efforts President Obama has aggressively defended the administration’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, rejecting critics’ claims that the Federal government has been sitting on the "sidelines" during the recovery period.

"The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the Federal government has been in charge of the response effort," he said. "BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance."

Obama indicated that BP will be held fully accountable for the cleanup efforts, noting that the oil giant will pay "every dime" for the devastation that the spill has caused local communities. He also confirmed that he will extend the moratorium on offshore drilling for another six months.

Meanwhile, a scientific team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported last week that the initial oil flow into the Gulf is now being estimated at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day, according to ABC News. Earlier BP and the United States Coast Guard approximated a 5,000 barrel-per-day loss.
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  • JC

    Wow! Obama is in charge? I think he should leave it to engineers and innovators and stick to posturing and lying, something he’s equipped for.

  • Peter

    Oh really? Since when has any politician, President or otherwise, truly been in charge of anything? Especially when you consider that corporate America has had successive Presidents in their pockets no matter whether they’re red or blue, for decades now. And please don’t insult my intelligence with platitudes about Presidential independence if you’re one color and not the other, because that’s just ignorant BS!
    Truth is, BP have held off the government’s direct actions, telling them they can fix it, when they know they can’t and they’re just guessing. BP should be fined $1 billion dollars per day from now until the mess is cleaned up, and if they go broke, all I can say is “rigid faesces!” If they go broke because they screwed up, so be it, That’s the perils of playing in the big boys pool. Companies have to learn that there are consequences if you screw up. Just like children have to learn the same. Don’t like it? Don’t play the game!

    • JC

      So, Kill the company and its resources with no fix in sight and no one to step in? I guess The Kenyan is just being polite and waiting before he parts the ocean and waves his magic wand at it.

      • Kinetic1

        Why does it always come back to “the Kenyan” with you? Look, everyone understands (or should) that this mess is new ground. No one knows how to fix this clean and quick. So what would you have the government do? Should they jump in and take responsibility for BPs mistakes? The Government is at fault for not keeping tabs on BP, and BP is responsible for cutting corners to turn a bigger profit. In my book BP is the real criminal here, while the government needs to learn a lesson.

        • http://www.helpawhiteguy.com Reggie Brian

          When you say “BP is the real criminal here, while the government needs to learn a lesson” I think you meant to say that “Obama needs to learn a lesson.” The government is “of, by, and for the People”. We are already learning a lesson, thank you very much.

          It’s Obama who is getting his on-the-job training right now. We the people already know that we made a mistake.

          As far as what you call “criminal”, please show the criminal statute that you allege that BP has violated. And when you do, I’ll show you the ones that the Kenyan has violated. Here is the link: [US Constitution]

          • denniso

            You and J C want to call our president, ‘the Kenyan’…so should we call Bush, ‘the honky’, or ‘hillbilly’? Why can’t you be adult and not call your president childish names and show your foolishness at the same time? How about debating the issues on their merits and show some civility?

          • JC

            denniso…the Kenyan IS a Kenyan, And you can call Bush what ever you want, I couldn’t care any less.

          • JC

            here denniso….watch the Kenyan tell 7 lies in less than two minutes.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UErR7i2onW0

          • denniso

            Are you a broken record or what?? He was born in Hawaii,to an American
            mother and a Kenyan father. How can you possibly still be stuck on this as an issue? Dumb,dumb,dumb…

          • JC

            denniso, because he can not prove with anything other than one (newly minted) flimsy piece of paper. If he is American why does he have injunctions in place to keep people from looking into his past? Why has he spent millions to hide his history? Because he is a fraud.
            Which reinforces the idea that he is a liar…everytime he opens his mouth.

          • denniso

            You’ve been suckered by extremist and often racist propaganda from people on the fringe and total loons. You’re wasting your time and energy,not that I care about that. How would you explain that he was an Illinois senator,than a federal senator,in a city known for hardball politics,and no one used his ostensible lack of citizenship
            against him? Not to mention a professor at Harvard…I guess he’s a real genius after all,for being able to fool all the people along the way… I guess you’re right,you better be afraid that he’s an evil genius who is going to take over the world.

          • JC

            denniso, I’ve been suckered by no one. You are the one who has been fooled into believeing the Kenyan is our President. He is not MY President, that’s for damned sure. I have more respect for communists who will at least have the stones admit what they are.
            And racism is your tool, and ane of the only ones you have since logic and morality are never on your side.
            Keep worshipping your Liar in Chief. It’s all you’ve got.

          • Denniso

            J C…are you a citizen of this country? If so,then Obama is your president unless you renounce your citizenship. You have been suckered
            and fooled into your extremist believes that will get you nowhere and nothing but grief and heartburn. As much as I detested Shrub,he was still my president,even if he basically stole the first election,because the country and courts named him president. You can whine all you want about Obama,but you can’t change the fact that he is the president of the United States.

        • JeffH

          Kinetic1, government is incapable of lesson learning…history proves that.
          BP and government are equally guilty of corruption here…who regulates and does the safety inspections and is corupt and who is feeding the corruption? Both!

          The lesson here is that both can’t be trusted to do the right thing, so I suggest we create an independent Safety Inspection program, which will generate non-government jobs and do REAL saftey inspections. That is the simple scenario.

        • s c

          Comrade Kinetic, INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENT is THE culprit in this matter. Using Oboob’s logic, we should go back to the moon and look for oil there. Maybe “WE CAN” will work better there.
          At least we wouldn’t have to play games with deep-water pressure. Of course, we might have to compensate for getting mired in green cheese, but I’m sure Oflimflam has solutions for that problem, too. He sure is one talented dude.
          Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for him to turn water into wine, raise the dead, balance the budget and be tranparent at least once a year.

          • JeffH

            s c…”Oflimflam” that’s a new one…still laughing…

          • Rob Alexander

            My bets are on turning water into wine long before transparency or a balanced budget.

          • denniso

            You guys are the joke…

        • jazztrpt

          “The Kenyan” is just as guilty for this disaster as you and the rest of your leftists claimed (ad nauseam) that GW Bush was guilty of the Katrina disaster. The only difference is, it only took GW a few days to get the ball rolling and FIX it. Where is the Kenyan?? Playing golf??? Campaigning?? Making more un-Constitutional laws with the help of his tax cheats?? He shows his INEXPERIENCE daily!!

        • JC

          Kinetic…it never comes down to “the Kenyan”. It starts and ends there, he is always Kenyan. And he’s not my President based on the fact that he “is” Kenyan, not a natural born American eleigible to hold the office of President.
          If he is your deity that’s fine, you have the right to worship any way you want to and I respect that.
          But I will give no credence whatever to an imposter.

          As to your question: The government should offer every assistance it is asked for. Not shout about being in charge and having their boot on everyone’s neck. They’re turning whatever serious efforts there are into a freaking circus, just so the Kenyan can “look” pro-active. it’s a joke and that should just back off until asked for soemthing.

        • Allan

          Kinetic1:

          YOU have no facts to say whether BP did anything wrong, or would willfully risk the lives of its eleven dead workers or anyone else.

          The “government” has no ability to fix the problem. The best it could have done is to ASK what it can do…like a guy named JFK once suggested.

          Obama deserves every criticism for his juvenile response to the problem. He could have been positive, helpful, responsive, and above politics. But no, not this man.

          His first reaction…getting mad at BP, was childish, but typical for him. The phrase “don’t cry over spilled milk” means focus on the problem. Go there immmediately. Ask local government what you can do instead of running your mouth about alledged wrongdoing and lawsuits. Gather engineering experts. Fast track the needs of officials trying to defend their lands and constituents instead of burying them in environmental red tape. This is not hindsight. It’s OBVIOUS.

          No one thinks Obama is personally responsible or should be able to fix the problem. Once again, his penchant for blaming others, for politicizing everything, is on display. Can this thin-skinned man do anything without axe-grinding? He is no leader. He is an immature, inexperienced person faced with real life, unfortunately at our expense.

          • JSmith

            Remember Obama is a community organizer and a poor one by his own admission. Did not get the results he “hoped” for. So do you think he is capable of managing or being in charge of this clean up. I think not. Look at our economy, our immigration problems, our national debt etc. etc. Yeh I know Bush did it. This guy Obama promised the moon and can’t deliver. As far as cleaning up the mess in the gulf the only way O can do it is to raise taxes and borrow more money. BP is responsible and they have so stated. The problem at hand is to stop the oil flow into the gulf. If you have read the reports Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell and numerous other oil companies with the best personnel and equipment to get this done are working around the clock. These companies have never been faced with a situation as complex and dire as this. Every action has to be evaluated as to the results expected and unintended consequences before you charge forward blind. Persistence, patience and tenacity are required, along with a lot of engineering to get this done. What they do not need is an adversarial relationship with the government second guessing the process and the slipping of deadlines. No one hates to see those milestones/deadlines slip more than BP does, not even O. Lets give them the benefit of the doubt until shown otherwise by facts and pray that it is stopped soon. Also we need to see a strong BP going forward to generate the revenue they will need to pay the costs they are facing.

    • Deb09

      BP is the penultimate in blatant imperialist capitalism. I guess we, the taxpayer, should pay for the cleanup and plugging of the well, according to the logic of most of these posts. I’m with you Peter. Make the SOBs pay for their greedy avoidance tactics.

      • JeffH

        Deb09, your Imperialist Capitalism wreaks of the “socialists” rhetoric.
        Perhaps you should consider that both the government and BP are equally to blame for this catastrophe in the gulf. We don’t even know the reason for the “blow-up”. Could it be sabotage or could it be the result of “safety” measures overlooked by the regulators who’s laziness or corruptness trumped the safety of the overall operation at the rig. Remember, this particular oil rig recieved a “safety award” from the federal Minerals Manegement Service.

        ” The federal agency responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that the rig be inspected at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows.
        In fact, the agency’s inspection frequency on the Deepwater Horizon fell dramatically over the past five years, according to federal Minerals Management Service records. The rig blew up April 20, killing 11 people before sinking and triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
        Since January 2005, inspectors issued just one minor infraction for the rig. That strong track record led the agency last year to herald the Deepwater Horizon as an industry model for safety.”

        The inspection gaps are the latest in a series of questions raised about the agency’s oversight of the oil drilling industry.
        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100516/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill_inspections

      • JC

        That’s quite the hate filled rhetoric Comrade. Got a picture of Che on the garage wall?

        Yes, BP is on the hook for this, and believe me, they know it. I shook hands with BP’s CFO last week. He’s one very worried man aging very quickly. And as near as I can tell, no one wants this fixed and an inquiry into the events more than he does.

        And if you want a more appropriate view of self serving greed…turn to the Beltway.

        • JC

          BTW…I don’t actually know these people. Just a contractor standing in the right place at the right time.

      • Allan

        Wow. Imperialist capitalism. Is that a new Marxist slogan?

        • JC

          It’s about one step from “Imperialist Running Dogs” isn’t it?

    • TIME

      Peter,
      I agree with you on much of yoru post, BUT – and thats a big BUT.

      I don’t believe in accidents, everything happens for a reason be it a {man made reason,} or be it “natural spiritual reason.”

      With what I know of how things work in the “real world,” and not the Voyeur world,> nor the make believe world of the medias wheels of spin. What happened was in my humble opinion was a man based, that was planed and carried out by a SOU.
      This has nothing to do with reason nor logic that we may try and apply to it.
      Everyone here should read the works of “Edward Bernays”, then you will better understand the hows and whys.

      • Claire

        TIME– This oil spill could very well be a wake-up call for all of us, for all of America.

  • Jim

    WOW! It’s wonderful to have mental giants like Peter who have all the answers to everything. I feel so blessed just knowing that he is here.

    ( I’ll bet that he voted for The Messiah and still supports him.)

    • http://personalliberty PFFFF

      stupid reply – IQ 5

    • JC

      Sardonic reply. Obama and his disciples deserve more like it.

  • dr jon

    thats why the spill is still broken–obummer is in charge..maybe he can throw billions of quarters into the gulf and cover it up..what a disgrace to America obummer and his cronies are

    • Al Sieber

      They’ve printed enough money in the last year and a half to cover it up.

  • Dan Burke

    I wonder what our President’s position on the oil spill will be now? Now that he’s stood up and said he’s in charge. The ironic bit for me is that the administration seemed to be distancing themselves from the whole effort until it started to look like the “top kill” method was working. Then, when it was apparent that it failed, the President had some harsh words of disappointment in BP. If the President is in charge, then shouldn’t he be taking responsibility instead of “passing the buck?” Oh, well. I don’t expect the President to take personal accountability unless it serves his greater agenda (which doesn’t seem to be often at all). I didn’t vote for the guy because I didn’t like his campaign promises, either I thought they were the wrong thing for America or I believed they were lies that even the best intentions could not implement. Now that he has been in office for a while, I am hoping America wakes up to what they voted for. Unfortunately with his actions around issues like this oil spill, I am afraid that Americans will only see the personal faults in our Commander in Chief rather than the deeper issues that as a people we did not listen and ponder the consequences of his campaign promises and willfully ignored his associations. When a candidate denounces his pastor of twenty some years declaring he never knew what was being preached, that doesn’t tell me that the candidate has changed his ways. It tells me that he is doing the politically expedient thing to appear politically correct, especially when the whole thing goes down after the controversial nature of his pastor becomes public knowledge. And if he was truly just attending the church to build his status in the local community, then that also speaks to his character and values…. Anyways back to BP, I wonder what happens in the end? Will the President seize assetts of BP as payment? I really figure government is letting BP handle the whole mess so they keep BP as the target to blame should the methods attempted continue to fail. See if government stepped in and their attempts failed, it would be far more difficult for the President to blame capitalism and tear it down like he seems to be determined to do.

    • Deb09

      BP IS to blame. Do you research current events at all? The current state of “Capitalism” is you grease my palm I’ll look the other way.

      • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Bruce D.

        If you have $5,000 and it is making interest in the bank you are a capitalist. Without capitalism and the free market you end up with Cuba. Even China knows that and moved towards capitalism. There is no incentive in socialism so it leads to a stagnet and digressive society.

      • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Bruce D.

        I would like to add that socialist greese each others palm also. Capitalism and the free market is not perfect but it brings more prosperity than any the system. The trickle up system of socialism has never worked. Greece is the latest country to prove that. It takes four people to do the work of one.

        • TIME

          Bruce, Strong points of Logic dude, Great Post!

      • TIME

        Deb,
        Please forgive me but where do you get your info from if you don’t mind my asking?

        • Claire

          All politicians live by the “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” mentality. They all grease palms.
          Obama has suddenly “taken charge” because he didn’t do anything in the very beginning. Now he realizes he should have been on the ball right from the get go. Well, as far as I am concerned it is a little too late to make amends now. He only looks more incompetent at this stage of the game. I wonder who is the person that tells him what to do and when? He is listening to someone. Is he going to be the scapegoat for someone? Something is going on here and I can’t put my finger on it. I have a bad feeling and it is growing.

          • eddie47d

            Cauliflower Claire, Your doing a mighty fine job of defending YOUR voter block. I want government regulators to be tough and you want weak rules or no rules to govern private business. BP didn’t want to abide by the international rules of safety and chose to ignore them in U.S. waters. BP knew regulations went out the window years ago in America. Now all Americans will have to pay in many ways(damaged environment,higher seafood prices,shrimpers out of work and the tourist industry). Our financial giants played that game and we lost. So did Big Pharma,banks and mortgage scammers and you duck and cover for these big boys and lay it all on Obama.How far down does this nation have to fall before you take responsibility for what the capitalists have done? Too much socialism can drain an economy but so can the wicked boys of Wall Street. So how about putting all the truths on the table to get this nation moving again. That includes the shenanagins at Mineral Management (Govt.)

          • marvin

            claire an,t no way obama could look any more incompetent a pig is a pig even with lip stick

          • JeffH

            fast eddie47d returns with his “socialist” banter. I’m quite sure Claire can handle your “name calling” fast eddie, just another anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist.

          • Claire

            eddie47d—Calling me “cauliflower” doesn’t quite cut it. Especially since I am not on the “phone” very much.
            Apparently you have not read my posts concerning the oil spill. I am not for deregulation. Never have been. You want government regulators to be tough? Why weren’t they? The Dems are equally as guilty concerning regulations on offshore/onshore drilling. They all looked the other way, especially since big oil companies donated to their campaigns. BP is guilty as sin, but remember the government let them get by with it. No one was doing their job correctly, if they had been, maybe this oil spill would not have happened. Obama should have traveled down to the Gulf immediately. He should have made it a priority especially in light of the fact this is a catastrophic oil spill that will wreak havoc for decades. It was almost like he had other things to do that were more important? It took him over a month before he went there. To me, that does not indicate very much concern or respect for the families of the men that were killed, for the residents of the Gulf coast, for the fishermen who earn their living from the ocean, for the environmental destruction and the death of marine life. I say shame on him. Shame on the current administration. Shame on them for not having the decency to conduct themselves accordingly in this time of crisis. And it IS a crisis. Now he has come forward too late to assume the role of the “Presidency.”
            I am already aware of the fleecing of America. You are not telling me anything new. The Dems played a big part in the downfall of the economy just as much as any other administration. So don’t tell me that everything is wine and roses with the Democratic party. I don’t want to hear it. The Demsocratic party leaves a lot to be desired, honesty is one virtue that comes to mind immediately.
            So, before you go off on a tangent and call me names, remember I am a person that basically does not pay any attention to the name-calling. I simply consider the source. But if I get mad you may hear things out of my mouth that will literally shrivel you.

          • JeffH

            Claire, excuse me while I roar because I had great faith in and knew you wouldn’t allow fast eddie a free pass.
            That being said, you certainly have expressed yourself well despite the name caller.

      • s c

        D, resist your programming. You made the same mistake Herr Obummer made long ago. Socialists, communists and fascists think they can tinker with a formula, and bastardize it any way they want.
        It’s like trying to make a cake with a flawed formula (and a scheming baker). When tampering with the system is more important than getting positive, constructive results, it’s the MANIPULATING CHEF who’s to blame (not the ‘cake’).
        And so it is with real capitalism. We haven’t had it for many years. It’s central bankers, criminal politicians and their many levels of useful idiots who’ve created this mess that you ASSUME is the fault of capitalism. It’s NOT. Capitalism works, when it’s not being manipulated by those who want to control and destroy it.
        By the way, Al ‘duh’ Gore did the same thing with global warming. In his case, MONEY is his god and he can’t do anything without braindead followers and criminals in Washington who try to (but can’t) give him a nickel’s worth of ‘gravitas.’

        • eddie47d

          Your comments are as useful as a used lollipop. Was there too much arsenic in your latest meal? If Capitalism is so grand at this point in American history then why didn’t the “good guys” save it? Instead of standing around and doing nothing. Letting these bankers exploit us, Charging us up the Kazoo for medicine, Manipulating the mortgage business,not allowing regulations even on BP. If there aren’t enough decent Capitalists who are willing to guard the hen house then they too are useless and the system s broken beyond repair. If you believe in America then you would look at both sides and not your one-sided Orgy against Obama!

          • JC

            We have a system of fascism…not capitalism. Unless of course you recognize that the Government itself is the only one doing any “capitalizing”, that’s how economic fascism works.

          • Robin, Arcadia, IN

            eddie47d… If you are not for Capitalism, what are you for? Do you sit back and collect from the government? Why are you an Obama follower?

      • hopeful American

        Can we not get the truth into our heads? Capitalism isn’t the problem . . . Greed is the problem. Capitalism made this the greatest nation on Earth. Greed and lack of personal responsibility are tearing it down. Get back to accountability and being responsible for your own actions, and we may save this great exercise in liberty and freedom.

        • JC

          Price fixing, embezzlement, buying politicians etc…should be put before courts of justice as crimes…not “innapropriate behaviour” when caught. Then you might see some honesty in industry again.

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        Deb09,

        So…in your way of thinking….ALL companies in business are there to “just” make money for the CEO’s and…are in the “palm greasing” business first and foremost…and in the let’s “look the other way” business close behind? Is that it?

        Just wondering….do you have any relatives that work off-shore? Do you have any thought as to what happens to those workers (and their families) when their companies are put out of business?

        Also wondering why your comments do not seem to display concern for the workers who died or were injured in the horrible blast?

        Seems you and Peter are more concerned with putting out your anti-capitalism rhetoric. Hmmmmm…wonder why Obama is not willing to bailout (the costs of the spill) for Deep Water Horizon, Transoceanic and BP….but couldn’t wait to bail out the car companies, Fannie Mae, ACORN and the like? Just wondering why the disparity in treatment?

      • Allan

        Why bother to serve on a jury? You could just get your info from Google.

  • http://gmail i41

    Omoron and his radical socialists need to have a communist manfesto to get a plan together, just like the socialist UN does. Only we have a overeducated simple minded ass and his domistic terrorist thugs in dream land, destroying the USA. We can thank all the retards, that vote for the purple lipped, muslim phony Prez, who is an avowed socialist, any of you defenders of the fradulant Prez, why don’t you admit, this over educted pee brained professor couldn’t put toilet paper on a roll in a bathroom. It is all labor and he will get Jose, the illegal to do the dirty work. Omoron is such a flaming eleit socialist. The stupid voters that voted for this fraud, must really be proud of their dstupidity! All the dems favorite unelected EPA Administration is also to blame, for dragging their feet on approving a burm, until they masticated it for months on the studies on putting up a earth barrier. It would of saved a lot of senitive land that is now fu. So you socialist, marxist loving dumbasses get your rears in the air for a good kicking!

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Bruce D.

    I saw the CEO of BP on tv. I though he sounded competent and would handle the proplem but he hasn’t. It is not very comforting that Obama says he is charge. The only thing he does really well is blame others so we are in big trouble.

  • http://gmail i41

    deb09, just get your carcuss on down to some other socialist country like venuzala, because capitism is what makes the USA go. Socialism and marxism , every one gets paid the same crap, doesn’t cut it. Also teachers unions and all unions are have a lot of money in oil stocks,in oil companies, hoping for a great return, so whack them also you communist airhead!

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    i.e., Obama: Federal Government ‘In Charge’ Of Oil Spill Recovery Efforts: These are just the beginnings of birth pains because America is of Joseph’s seed and given the name Israel, but lost this knowledge because they broke the identifying sign of keeping the Sabbaths! Judah, was given the promise of “grace,” not “race”(irony here)! I say this because Israel was absolutely forbidden from ever putting a “foreigner”(non-Israelite)over them as their leader and did so anyway! Again, like 6,000 years ago, women were the deciding vote to do so! We have seen nothing yet! It’s not the “foreigner” himself that will do us in, but the same disobedience shown 6,000 years ago in the Garden of Eden! I’m thinking strongly that this last disobedient act of Israel will bring on the two-witnesses to punish us for 3 1/2 years! That certainly would explain why Israel hates them, wouldn’t it? By the way, Do you know the name of the Father and Son? It’s not Jehovah and Jesus! Even the Roman Catholic Church(who started Christianity in 1522 now acknowledges that Petrus Galatinus made a mistranslation when he came up with Jehovah and it should have been Yahweh! However, they didn’t touch Jesus, because they knew that Pope Leo 10th I believe told Petrus to change the Jewish Messiah’s name to honor the highest Greek Deity Zeus and he gave the Pope Jesus! Forget the 3rd Commandment or the daughters that came out of this Babylonian Religion! Thus, Yahshua, coming in the Name of his father, Yahweh, became Jesus to honor Zeus! It’s real history folks! Look up Petrus Galatinus on your own search engine! Watch!

    • http://www.helpawhiteguy.com Reggie Brian

      @Victor, thanks for staying on topic. This is helpful. Now turn your paper over for the answers.

      ˙ɔıʇsɐɔɹɐs ƃuıǝq ɯɐ ı
      ˙ɯooɹ ɹǝqqnɹ ǝɥʇ oʇ ʞɔɐq oƃ plnoɥs noʎ puɐ lnɟdlǝɥ ʇou sı ƃuıʇsod ɹnoʎ

  • s c

    If O#@^&*% is ‘in charge’ of this spill, I’m a rocket scientist. He’s proof that Washington is far worse than broken. The power-brokers in Washington demand that we see every prez as someone who’s a world-class expert on every topic. In the real world, what we usually get is someone who has to learn how to delegate authority (and does it poorly) – and tends to be a putz who couldn’t boil water using a tech manual.
    In Obummer’s case, his chief skill is in sucking up to foreign LOSERS and proving that he hates us on a daily basis. He belongs in Chicago, where his organizing ‘skills’ might result in a book every other year (as long as he could afford a ghost writer).
    All this circus will do is to let Herr Obummer keep a death grip on drilling (off-shore or land). So how can he justify it when his ‘energy schemes’ are doing NOTHING to create jobs or get America oil independent?
    It’s smoke-and-mirrors, folks. It’s hope for the best. It’s another chapter in a grade-B Hollywood movie. It’s Plane 9 from Outer Space. It’s Saul Alinsky Goes to Washington. It’s INSANITY on steroids. How can anyone NOT see through this PRETENDER?

  • Harry Cauley

    Obama is in charge because he says so LOL. He passes the blame around with name calling and is good at that. Before the Gulf oil spill he wanted unlimited drilling, now he wants responsibile drilling,HA. He does not know what responsibile drilling is. I believe the real culprit is the inspectors who falsified reports. They are not held responsibile for thier actions nor is Halliburton or the drilling company that drilled the well. Obama just wants BP to be responsible alone. I do not know what company is in control of the periodic inspections on these deep water wells, but that company needs to face up to its responsibility and the inspector(s) need to be prosecuted. Obama needs to butt out with his mouth and take action in that direction along with the Coast Guard’s duty to make sure everything is cleaned up. Cleaning up will never happen as it never was completed in Alaska so why would we think it will happen here?

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Barry now feigning interest and responsibility for this oil mess is a little late. He should have been down to Louisiana where Bobby Jindal was, making his presence known and gathering information from those from BP. This is unchartered issues and Barry didn’t seem too concerned in the beginning. Why the press hasn’t crucified him for this is crazy. Bush would have been tarred and feathered by now! Why does he continue to get a pass on every frigging thing! I am so sick of the press double standard!

    • eddie47d

      No double standards! YOU all want government out of private business. (including Beck,Limbaugh,Palin,ect.)No regulations and those who do away with regulations are your heros. You reap what you sow. Bush had ample warning of the Katrina situation and the levees.Obama was told to stay out of private business (remember the stimulus the Republicans voted against). BP also said they would fix the problem. So can you believe or trust private business? Even Jindal who didn’t want to take stimulus money said earlier he didn’t want the government to interfere. Another question could be. Why didn’t Jindal use that stimulus money to build those berms?

      • Robin, Arcadia, IN

        eddie47d…
        Are you agreeing with me or disagreeing? I honestly can’t tell!

        • eddie47d

          I haven’t seen Obama get a free pass on anything and I believe he has been tared and feathered already. THE DOUBLE STANDARD would be Jindal and company who talk about big government as evil and then come begging at the trough

          • JC

            We’ll forego the tar and feathering if he’ll accept the free pass back to what his wife calls his “homeland”…that would be Kenya!

        • s c

          Robin, zero in on that airhead’s words about private business. He’s an Oscummer robot. He’s probably PAID to send in feedback.
          He HATES private business. He HATES freedom. He HATES anyone who loves freedom. He’s a wannabe loser who won’t be happy until America is in chains.
          Now, what does THAT tell you about Oscummy and every one of his PAID, braindead robots who try to manipulate this website?

      • Allan

        My answer is YES, business is generally is more trustworthy than government. Politicians are people who make their living by lying. What makes you think government is working for you? Its priorities are to increase its authority, decrease its accountability, and increase its compensation. You come last.

    • JeffH

      Robin from Arcadia, IN , Obama, just like most “politicians”, is more concerned about playing politics than solving problems. I’ll add that BO isn’t a politician, he’s a professional organizer and therein lies his biggest negative. All of the real organizing came to an abrubt halt once America realized he was all talk with very little action, other than the campaigning and organizing. He’s surrounded himself with more of the same brand.

  • J.M.R.

    HEY EVERYONE THINGS ARE IN CONTROL NOW .HE’S SENDING THE OTHER DUMMY HOLDER DOWN TO CHECK THINGS OUT…

  • George E

    I have some questions for some of the oil industry experts who read this site. I understand this well did not have a blow-out preventor installed. If that’s the case, 1) would a BOP have prevented this spill, or allowed it to be contained sooner? 2) Did current government regulations require a BOP to be installed? If not, why? 3) In your opinio, were the regulators paying attention to their job of oversight? If not why? 4) Are we at high risk of experiencing other such well disasters off-shore? Why? Thanks.

    • JohnM

      George E:

      There was and still is a BOP stack on the well head. It failed to function for whatever reason. It had been tested and passed the test only days before the incident. Speculation only but I think that when the explosion happened components used to actuate the BOP were damaged or everyone who could have activated it were either dead or diving for the ocean. Disclaimer: I am not an expert, have just been reading a lot about this.

      • George E

        John,

        Thanks for the input. What you say makes sense to me. I’ve heard many times that BP cut corners to save the expense of putting a blow-out preventor (BOP) on this well, and that Dick Cheney had led an effort during the Bush administration to relax regulations so oil companies no longer had to install BOPs on offshore wellheads. I’d just like to know how much truth there is to these charges by the left. I’d also like to know if BP did cut corners, if they did so because they felt they could rely on the Obama administration to back them up since they contributed so much money to his political campaign and have been “sucking up” to the environmental crowd with their “Beyond Petroleum” (green and alternative fuels) marketing campaign? Another charge I’ve heard that makes sense to me is that our government regulators spend the bulk of their time making sure every drop of oil that comes out of the ground is accounted for so the government gets every penny of taxes that it’s due instead of making sure the oil companies are abiding by the operational regulations that are already in place. Apparently, some European countries that have North Sea leases found this to be a problem and separated these two functions into two separate groups so that neither becomes subordinated to the other. Maybe that’s something we ought to do as well.

      • JC

        I’m presently working on a BP site and the folks here are hearing a lot of speculation as to cause as well.
        One theory goes that the BOP has in its composition a large rubber
        ring critical to the function of the BOP, and that this ring actually fragmented and was sucked, in chunks, up the pipe and that they were aware it had disintegrated. “Someone” made the decision to keep drilling, and there enlies the issue of responsibility. BP owns the oil, but the operation was contracted. Who made the decision and by what authority?
        Ultimately of course BP is responsible and is saying so.

  • JohnM

    You ALL are showing your ignorance. BP is a capitalist corperation where and when they can be. were kicked out of Venzuela after they spent billions building an infrastructure. It is not in their interest to have a major blowout and an uncontained spill in the GOM. The cause of this blowout (regardless of what the fingerpointers officially “find”) is most likely not the result of cutting corners. Drilling for oil is inherently risky. Blowouts happen. Equipment built by man can and will fail. Its a lot safer than it used to be but these guys were drilling in the most challenging field in the world. They are the one’s taking the risk, and they are going to pay the price. This spill is very unfortunate but lets all quit trying to burn someone at the stake and look at the unbelievable mobilization and effort taking place from both government, BP, locals etc. The top minds in industry (from multiple oil companies and science) are working on this. Villianize the oil companies, run them out of here and when we are importing ALL of our oil, (some drilled in the GOM by Mexico by the way) see how much a carton of eggs costs you, a gallon of fuel, etc.

    • Robin, Arcadia, IN

      John M…
      I am not disagreeing with what you said, but I still can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t the result of sabotage against BP and US. That isn’t such a far-fetched idea to wonder about.

  • JohnM

    George E:

    There was and still is a BOP stack on the well head. It failed to function for whatever reason. It had been tested and passed the test only days before the incident. Speculation only but I think that when the explosion happened components used to actuate the BOP were damaged or everyone who could have activated it were either dead or diving for the ocean. Disclaimer: I am not an expert, have just been reading a lot about this.

  • Airangel

    Ya know, if the activists would have let them drill closer to shore, this would have been plugged and stopped but because they made them drill farther out, 5,000 feet down, it’s a challenge never dealt with in the past, the fault is not being proactive with the barricades for the “when” it hit the marshlands and beaches. Still seems to me the technology we have should be able to throw a big “oil sucking sponge” or something to that effect to mop it up…can’t those big tanker ships siphon it up continuously for “control damage” and to prevent it getting in the currents and spreading farther until they figure out a fix?

    • marvin

      airangel read my post i been there done that the supertanker and pump boats should have been used from day one

      • Claire

        marvin–I agree with you, but I also heard the oil tankers were too big to fit in the area? That is what I heard on TV. These big oil tankers do not have the maneuverability or something like that. I agree with you, they should have used them anyway.

  • http://stenn150@mindspring.com Harold .O.Tennant

    Obama canot administer (sp?) his own White House office, how then can you exspect him handle a national disaster ? Huh >

  • Robert Pgh Pa

    all you who vote for green get what you vote for. the left liberals and the green people fight and block any effort to build nuclear power plants which could litterly eliminate oil. but France has 100 nuclear power plants and have no problems with them. it supplies 80% of its power needs. all efforts to drill on land in colorado and alaska are blocked by all the enviromentalists. now you get what you deserve.

    • eddie47d

      I love it when a conservative defends Socialist France. Could it be all the anti-Europe talk that we heard for the last decade that has kept us from developing Nuclear. (we can’t do what they do).Not all land in Colorado and Alaska is off limits so where do you get your foolish information? There are 120,000 wells (mostly natural gas) that are being drilled across the West.Several hundred new wells have just gone into operation in Colorado. 44 million acres of Federal land in the West are leased to oil and gas companies and they are drilling. The environmental damage is also spreading but don’t you worry your pretty little head off about that just kick it back to the “greenies”.

      • JC

        Comparing natural gas to the situtaion is irrelevant. What you are avoiding is the idea that if we used nuclear power we would eliminate a large portion of what we now consume in oil and coal. But the greens don’t want “new” drilling in Colorado or Alaska, let alone the Bakken field all across the NW US. There is more oil on the continental US than all of the middle east combined. So why are we risking shipping it across the ocean? Why are we drilling in the ocean?
        Profits! That’s why.

        • JC

          BTW…I have nothing against honest profit and capitalism.
          But there is a lot of coersion going on in this scenario.

  • marvin

    WITH OVER 20 YEARS IN the oil field from drilling to pluging oil and gas wells things happen that are not expected you do ever thing by the book and something goes wrong do i work for bp no have i ever no, as far as obama being in charge i would say there an,t 5 people if that in all of goverment that has a clue as to what is going on, were mistakes made most likely, was it on purpose i do not think so,when you have a billion dollar pices of equipment and hundreds of lives at stake short cut get you killed i have saw people hurt and killed in the oil field some were from short cut some were accidents, if it is a pices of equipment it will break, what should have been done is send supertanker,s and big pumps to suck up the oil and water,salt water is about12 lbs per gal oil is 4 to 5 lbs pump water and oil in tanker pump out water from the bottom of tanker oil on top stays in tanker if this had been done when it first happened the blow out,would it get all the oil no would it get alot or most yes but that is just an oil field worker that has skimed oil of off water

    • Meteorlady

      While I agree – there were safeguards that could have been added that were not. These safeguards affected the bean counter’s bottom line so they were deemed as not needed.

      • JC

        Actually ML, there was a malfunction during routine drilling that should have caused a shutdown. Someone on board made the decision to keep drilling, and that someone will have much to answer for.

  • Meteorlady

    Oh how scary – the federal government is in charge. BP wanted to do something first thing and obama said no – to risky. Now they are going to try it. If it works where will he be? He’ll probably blame Bush.

  • eddie47d

    i41; Republicans voted down all new funding and have for 3-4 years now. Finding tax dollars to build a berm would have been just another waste in their eyes. In case you don’t comprehend that;IT WON’T BE BUILT. Just like the Corp of Engineers wanted to repair the levees on Lake Ponchatrain and the Republicans voted that down. The collaspe of the levees was worse than Katrina. You all think you are penny wise but are pound foolish. Response to 8:30am

    • JC

      Qualify that. The Republicans voted what down and when?

      • eddie47d

        The repairs on the levees,couldn’t find the money to authorize it.

        • JC

          Ok, I see. So you’re talking about the levees in Louisiana prior to Katrina? Was that under the Dem controlled house or a GOP controlled house…like exactly when?

          Either way, it was foolish to the point of criminal and symptomatic of why our whole system sucks rocks. We need a major house cleaning on both sides of the aisle.

          • Claire

            JC– Ditto

      • JeffH

        JC, all fast eddie is doing is playing the game of “change the subject”.

        • eddie47d

          Another clown heard from and I did answer his question so you win no points today grumpy.

          • JC

            You’ve answered nothing. All you did was throw out some conjecture and try and back it up with more conjecture.

        • JC

          I get it Jeff,
          No worries though. We’ll be taking out the trash in November and I doubt we’ll hear much from the socialists after that.

        • JeffH

          fast eddie, be careful what you ask for. Ole grumpy might just have another piece for breakfast, lunch and dinner…and I don’t mean cauliflower. Your pantry is getting pretty empty.

    • George E

      Eddie,

      Check out this NPR article on why the levees in New Orleans failed (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5418521). As you will see, the cause appears to have been a poorly designed wall by the Corps of Engineers. By the way, this wall was designed and built many years before Katrina occurred. You will note that the Corps wanted to build emergency storm surge gates at the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain which they thought would keep water from rising high during an event like Katrina, but environmentalist didn’t want it and used their legal and political clout to keep the Corps from building it. Also, you will note that the Corps wanted to build storm surge gates at the mouth of some of the canals running into New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain, but New Orleans city officials didn’t want them, so they didn’t get built. Either of these storm surge gates might have protected the poorly designed walls sufficiently from failing after Katrina. Given this, I don’t see how you can place the blame for these walls failing on the Republican Party, or lack of funding.

  • http://gmail i41

    edyee, if you were any dumber, sunshine would have to pumper up your lower orfice to make you suck air in. The Republicans voted down what funding for what, green energy and the farcical climate change crap? Glad they did, you apparently beleive that b–l s–t of Gore and all socialist worms dems like you suck up. Did you see how damn much energy is in just two pools of oil on shore contain. Read the Stansbury Report on the Rocky Mts, over 2 trillion barrels of crude, that is less than a 1000 feet down, some of it in a park that no one uses but it is where the bears s–t literaly, you simple minded socialist democrat beleive. Which the dumb whore hound democrats will not let us use, it is sooo senic there, that all pee brained enviors think is off limits. There is over 503 billion barrels of oil in the Williston Basin, a lot of it les than a mile down, check it out you simple minded anal minded green moron. I know that over a 100o wells are waiting for a pipeline to be put in so USA can use it. A burm sure would have saved the marsh lands and could have been put in, if the paper shufflers in the EPA, had got off their sorry rears and moved things along, but OH my, there has to be enviormental studies for the dung minded dip wads like you, to waste time on. Dems and the muslim phony, own this screw up all the way, HAHA, not the Republicans.

    • denniso

      I and others might actually read your comment if you didn’t start out w/ vulgar and childish terms…as it is I read part of the first sentence and stop. You can almost certainly do better.

  • eddie47d

    i41; Does anyone take your tantrums seriously? I sure hope you are not married. You need money to build the Berms to save the coasts. How far are you reaching into your pocket? Didn’t think so your just another tight wad who wants things done but not on your dime. Not everyone wants every mile of every National Park to be covered in oil wells. I think most Americans appreciate these Parks and the legacy and land we will be saving for future generations. Why are you in such a hurry to use it all up right now? Even good farmers know about about proper land use and to leave some land fallow and to replenish what you use. I haven’t seen a comment yet that you don’t come across as a Mongol hoard.Take everything you can get and leave nothing but waste. That’s not the way we should be doing business in America and I do know about the oil in North Dakota.

  • http://espionageaction-actionadventure.blogger.com Stephen Russell

    & Lets do Nothing for BP Game.
    Makes Katrina look better planned than this BP & both times LA State suffers.
    More so Now vs Katrina since Obama could have acted sooner.
    OK so he loses LA to the Tea Party/GOP.
    Thanks Obama.

  • http://gmail i41

    edyee , you have to be 47 times more stupid everytime you pee brains drains out. There is over 2000 years 0f oil in one oil feild pool which is the Williston Basin ,still with the facts needle head? USA uses only 11.8 million barrels of oil a day, the oil consunption is boosted to 15 million barrels and there is still 2000 years of oil use.

  • Jim H.

    The accident happened, get the engineers from who ever has them. Private or Public sector, Who ever can get the job done. First priority, stop the leak and figure out how to contain and clean up the spill. If it can be skimmed or siphoned up and refined do it. Get the barriers up. As in La. where they want to build the barrier islands to stop it before the marshes but need federal permits,don’t move at normal bureaucrat snail speed, time is short. what ever consultants or equipment is needed, expedite getting it there from whoever has it. BP gets the bill. Find out what went wrong, and how it can be prevented in the future. Find out what equipment and supplies should be stockpiled and on hand for a faster response if it should happen again. When all that is done we may have time for the silly blame game.

    • denniso

      You’re right, first things first…but, it’s not a silly blame game. We need to know what went wrong and why and whose fault it is so we can learn from the worst environmental/economic disaster in our history. One finger of blame is already obvious and that’s lax regulation and an overly cozy relationship between the oil industry and the regulators. We also should be examining our dependence on oil and our pig like overconsumption of energy in general. Everyone who is willfully wasteful of energy and actively works to ease regulations on the industry is culpable to some degree. This is not just ‘an accident’. We allowed the stage to be set for it,and here it is.

      It’s a little like saying that a car crash involving a speeding car or drunk driver is an ‘accident’. We’re gluttons for oil and energy in general and then we back off on regulations and inspections,so what
      would we expect to happen? You don’t need to be Nostrodamus to have seen the future w/ this…anymore than you needed a crystal ball to see the financial collapse comming.

      • Jim H.

        Blame game silly or not is not a priority, I’m sure it will be in everybody’s interest to find out what went wrong and why. Then more importantly what steps to take so it doesn’t happen again, and if it does what equipment and supplies are needed. We need to make sure that equipment is on hand close by and it’s available for who ever needs it.

        • Claire

          Jim H — Thank you again for common sense.

  • subee

    This oil spill is a goof up and is being covered up. This company is one of Obama’s big campaign contributers

  • James

    First, the BP oil rig in the Gulf did not ‘spill’ any oil, that expression came from the Exxon Valdeez’s spill. Second, the BP oil rig is owned by foreigners and is in international waters, it’s 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Thus, the only jurisdiction the U.S. has is because of the damages caused by the oil eruption. The President has no power to order BP to do anything, anymore than he has power to order France to stop building those nuclear power plants. The President’s order to stop all drilling in the Gulf until the present eruption is stopped was honored by foreign drillers because it made sense.

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Bruce D.

      I do not believe you that the President does not have the power to order BP to do anything. Obama admits himself that he is responsibly and is in charge for what is happening.

      • JC

        Obama admits?
        Don’t you mean Obama “claims” he is in charge?
        He isn’t, he’s just grandstanding and that’s all he can can do.

  • Jim H.

    James, Interesting post, Thanks for the insight.

  • Anne K.

    Re: Obama in charge. He is doing a very poor job, as usual.

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