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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:50 AM
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The Rude Pundit: Why Is BP Still in Charge in the Gulf?
So the little ramshackle bayou town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana has canceled its annual Seafood Festival because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You might think they're overreacting, since the festival's not until July 30. Except that Lafitte's less than a 100 miles from this:



That's dark, thick oil in the marshes near Pass-a-Loutre in Plaquemines Parish, which is about 20 miles further north from where the initial reports of oil making landfall about a week ago. That small area of the marsh will be dead in another week, so you can't really fault the town of Jean Lafitte for thinking that, by the end of July, Bayou Barataria will become a viscous, awful dead zone. Damn, the Rude Pundit remembers that being a good festival when he was a kid. Of course, the 2100 people who live in Jean Lafitte will probably miss the tourist dollars a great deal more. You think BP is gonna pay for the loss of income?

The Rude Pundit can't get his mind around the fact that the well is still pouring out oil a month later. He can't grasp how BP executives haven't been arrested for, at the minimum, criminal negligence, if not manslaughter, and the well blown up and sealed. He can't understand why BP is even involved in any decision-making here, why any notion of protecting profits and shareholders has had any effect on the solution, why the Obama administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, fucking NOAA hasn't told BP to go fuck itself, that the well's not theirs anymore. And then order the Coast Guard to shoot on sight anyone from BP who gets near it.

BP has wasted so much time on efforts to save the oil and its investment in the well that it is just now getting around to attempting to seal the well. It's pretty simple. Fuck BP. Fucking blow it up. Fucking collapse the earth around it. And be fucking done with the spill and get to the clean up.

Why the desperate sound? Because everything we have been told by anyone in supposed authority on this crisis has been proven wrong, and the spill has turned out to be far worse than BP or the Obama administration has been admitting. BP CEO Tony Heyward, who should be set adrift on a flaming raft in the middle of the spill, had assured Louisiana officials that the dark crude wouldn't hit the marshes, that it would be chemically dispersed. That was wrong. The chemical dispersants were supposed to help, but they've turned out to be too toxic to the environment and, by extension, to people. What's next? The methane released in the ocean accelerating global warming? The oil becoming a sentient blob that eats boats?

Meanwhile, the coral reefs are fucked. The deep water is fucked. The fishing industry has already had a fifth of its area closed. Governor Bobby Jindal is trying to get the Corps to approve a plan to dredge near the marshes and create barrier islands to protect the wetlands. It's a plan from the Dutch. Why not? They actually seem competent when it comes to dealing with protecting their wetlands and their nation.

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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:52 AM
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1. And how is this NOT the front page story in every newspaper???n/t
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 11:01 AM
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9. It will be, when it's way too late to do anything like that.
Edited on Thu May-20-10 11:02 AM by Amonester
Today's "media$" only look to profit from disastrous drama. Although it already is one so, you're right, they're way passed MIA on this. :cry:
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:52 AM
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2. K & R nt
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rudy23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:53 AM
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3. BP is in charge because Obama doesn't want to get his hands dirty by getting the Feds involved.
So the good news is: while the Gulf of Mexico is filling up with tar and oil rolls into our marshes, at least the President's hands are clean.

See, that's called GOOD CHESS.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 11:03 AM
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10. How are the Feds supposed to do the clean-up? It's the oil companies
that made this mess and should have the resources to clean it up.
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rudy23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 11:09 AM
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11. I don't care who does it as long as it's somebody. BP isn't doing it, and the Feds seem
more interested in protecting BP than in helping out, or putting pressure on them to do the right thing (i.e. not use toxic chemicals that were banned in Britain to disperse the slick for the cameras)
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:54 AM
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4. "...should be set adrift on a flaming raft..."
classic.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-10 03:06 AM
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15. ...
:thumbsup:
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:56 AM
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5. BP has tried covering up
...and minimizing the reality of what has happened. It is obvious that they have no intention of doing the 'right thing,' yet they are allowed to run the show. K&R
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:57 AM
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6. Excellent fucking question.
K&R
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:58 AM
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7. Have "they" addressed this at all? I'd like to be sitting next to Helen Thomas
and ask Robert Gibbs.

We don't know what's going on behind the scenes, and often I've blamed Obama for doing nothing when in fact he was doing something (just hadn't advised me :7), but this is obvious that the bottom line here is that BP is still in charge.

I can understand him initially saying let them take care of it because they're the experts and know what to do, but after one failed attempt, maybe two, I would have sent in the muscle and taken over.

What's he waiting for?
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 11:00 AM
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8. Government of, by and for the corporations,
Edited on Thu May-20-10 11:02 AM by Individualist
always giving precedence to the will of the corporations rather than the will of the people.

:grr:
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 11:11 AM
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12. A-FUCKIN'-MEN!!!
That the attempt to shut down this gusher hasn't been taken over by now is unconscionable. BP has had plenty of time time care care of business -- it has failed miserably. Time to bring in the big guns.
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 11:40 AM
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13. kick
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 02:43 PM
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14. again
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1955doubledie Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-10 09:10 AM
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16. K&R
:kick:
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