Jun 30 2010
Update: Reader Tarpon has some excellent observations regarding EPA rules to oil spills, which someone should have been reading in the White House months ago:
Yep, Obowma should have read the EPA oil spill emergency plan â€” Contain the spill at the well, time is of the utmost urgency. And they further state, â€˜at all costs keep the oil off the beaches and out of the estuariesâ€™.
EPA and NOAA â€” First line of defense â€˜fire booms; which the government was supposed to have on hand for just such an emergency â€” But had none, zip, zero, nada one fire boom.
And now the EPA is turning away skimmers that cannot meet the 15 ppm water discharge, as if the pelicans wouldnâ€™t be happy with 99.9% filtration.
Yep, all there in black & white – end update
Our young and inexperienced President has failed America – and this planet. His community organizing skills are no match for a massive international business conglomerate (who was also one of his biggest campaign donators) and their tragic string of mistakes and cover ups in the now infamous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Harsh? Maybe – but factually accurate.
Mr. Obama let his ‘big oil’ donator try and cover up their mistake instead of pushing them aside and taking control of the disaster when it was manageable. And now there is a swath of ecosystem death in the Â waters of the Gulf of Mexico and along its shores. Community after community is in financial ruin from a mess that now cannot be contained, nor corrected for years to come.
On day 71 of the spill, the bloated and lethargic Obama administration has finally got around to determining we need help from our international brethren in dealing with this catastrophe:
The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that’s been accepted.
The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement — Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.
More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn’t indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.
This should have happened 65 days ago, when the oil spill was still localized and much more manageable than it is today. Here are the latest pictures from NASA showing the extent of the oil’s travels in those 71 wasted days. The first picture is from June 7th and shows how far the oil had dispersed by that date, now three weeks past (click to enlarge).
The 2nd picture is from June 27th and shows the oil now attacking the barrier islands of Mississippi:
Once the oil dispersed hundreds of miles form the well site and began attacking the coastline the surface area required to address in attacking this beast became mind boggling enormous. Once the oil got into the marshes it was too late to save the life there.
It really never had to be this way. If not for the inaction of President Obama (except all his motion on the golf course)Â this oil spill should have been dealt with as many others like spills have been dealt with in the past (this example is from 1979!).
The 3rd picture shows how localized the problem was on April 29th, over a week after the spill, when a rapid response could have avoided much of the damage we now face.
NASA also has a film showing the growth of the oil spill while team Obama fiddled in DC.
It is criminal what has happened here. Why the US government did not take charge from BP and call in all available resources from around America and the world is just unconscionable. The imbeciles at EPA dawdled and debated whether burning the oil at the surface, or dispersing chemicals, or sand berms would be more of an ecological disaster than this reeking pool of death. The EPA has been stuck on stupid for months with their obsession over naturally occurring carbon dioxide and is potential for unlimited tax revenues. Too busy counting their gold to be bothered by the real damage of the oil spill.
The entire administration is lost in a liberal fantasy, completely unaware of the real life issues surrounding them.
If stupidity was a high crime and misdemeanor the entire lot of bloviating and pompous fools in DC would be standing in the unemployment line instead of millions of hard working, decent Americans. We now see what happens when the aging JDs (Juvenile Delinquents) of the liberal movement are put in charge of important matters.
Disaster on an epoch scale.