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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 06:22 AM
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July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Most Americans oppose President Barack Obamas ban on deepwater oil drilling in response to BP Plcs Gulf of Mexico spill, even as they hold the company primarily responsible for the incident.

Almost three-fourths, or 73 percent, say a ban is unnecessary, calling the worst oil spill in U.S. history a freak accident, according to a Bloomberg National Poll. Barely more than a third say they support drilling less than they did a few months ago. The BP rig sank in April. The administration issued a new moratorium this week after a court rejected a six-month one imposed in May.

A ban will destroy the economy in that area over nothing, said poll respondent Ron Smallcomb, 64, a used-car dealer in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. This is crazy. If theres a plane crash you dont ground all the airlines and stop flying completely.

Eight in 10 of those questioned in the July 9-12 poll say London-based BP should pay for all damage caused by the spill. Six in 10 say BP, not the federal government, should reimburse wages lost by oil workers laid off because of the moratorium, with 56 percent saying even the possibility of bankruptcy shouldnt allow the company to escape paying. .........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aR...



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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 06:24 AM
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1. I'd like to see comparison of the polling from when he promoted offshore drilling shortly before....
the spill.
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 06:28 AM
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2. This is why is so f'king difficult to govern this country..
this country is filled to the brim with idiots.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 08:10 AM
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3. The M$M has done its job for the corporations once again!
thepeople have been told what to think and and they have followed the commands.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 08:31 AM
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4. And the thing nobody says
It only took BP 2 months to drill that well.

2 months.

It's not like a moratorium is going to end all activity for years, like the wingnuts and idiots assume. They can get started again, with better oversight, immediately after the ban ends.
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 07:16 PM
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5. And just 1 well causing 2 decades of substantial damage, or more
Extinctions are forever.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 07:29 PM
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6. We are all going to pay for the depths of stupidity
of so much of our populace.

Julie
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 07:39 PM
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7. bullshit...notice we're not privy to how the question was worded
did 73% actually say 'freak accident' or are they portraying how the people resopnded

BULL SHIT
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 07:41 PM
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8. freak accidents happen, but why court them?
If you know you have a risk, a smart person tries to avoid it..
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Urban Prairie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 07:56 PM
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9. "Freak accident"
Seems like most of Bloomberg's antiquated phone poll respondents were comprised of people who are too far down the IQ totem pole to do any of their own research regarding the events that occurred prior to the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, or are just the usual ass-kissing RW corporate capitalist apologists who believe that business can do no wrong.
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yella_dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 08:05 PM
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10. 33 rigs affected by the ban.
Only 33. The claim is that there are 2500 jobs dependent on each of these rigs.

Insane on its face. I don't know what's going on, but I suspect that big oil spent nearly two decades getting the ban lifted, and barely a year after Bush lifted the ban, this happens.

The entire debate is bullshit.




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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 08:09 PM
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11. If you haven't figured it out by now, let me let you in on a little secret
These polls are crap. They are not true sampling of the people, they are loaded questions asked of people with particular leanings.

They keep saying that about the drilling here on the MS Gulf Coast and I can tell you that it is not accurate, most people don't want the drilling and are in favor of the moratorium.

Polls like this are pure bullshit.



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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 08:11 PM
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12. over nothing?!
Wow. Our priorities are so messed up. Like oil/energy is the only industry suffering through all this? I understand those wanting to save the jobs, especially the good jobs, but really this is about keeping the cash flow going to companies that do not deserve it and WILL cause another disaster like the current nightmare at some point in the future. It just isn't worth it.
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