Skip to comments.Obama Poses as Chief Executive; Regime Fails to Act on Oil Disaster (Do we have an EPA?)
Posted on 05/04/2010 9:56:14 AM PDT by opentalk
It's all posing. They're not getting anything done here. They're just hopscotching from event to event to event saying, "Look what we're saying about it. We're going to go to New Orleans." Yeah, 12 days after the spill happened. "Oh, yeah, and we care, we really care." Meanwhile, Robert Gibbs is out there saying about British Petroleum, "We're gonna keep the boot on their throat." So BP is an adversary. No crisis is too good to waste. A crisis is the playground of a tyrant.
....And, meanwhile, a tyrant loves a crisis, and here's an enemy, British Petroleum, made to order, Big Oil. Rather than work with British Petroleum to try to solve this and fix it, they are the enemy. This is Obama yesterday afternoon, Venice, Louisiana.
OBAMA: Let me be clear. BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill. But as president of the United States, I'm going to spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues, and we will spare no resource to clean up whatever damage is caused.
....RUSH: They're not getting anything done, folks, they're just saying things like this. It's all posing. Obama racing around doing what he thinks people want to see. Not actually accomplishing anything, from topic to topic, jumping all over the place. It's almost beginning now to look like slapstick, as if saying something means anything, and of course it did. Saying something is how he got elected. But it's all brainwashing, it's all storyline, working day and night on the problem, will not rest, justice will be done. Meanwhile, nothing is being done about this. You just go from one bogeyman to the next: The banks, Wall Street, the insurance companies. Now the oil companies. And then doctors. Repeat. The banks, insurance companies, Wall Street, the oil companies, doctors. Repeat. The banks, insurance companies, the oil companies. Don't do anything. Don't solve anything. Say you're going to. Blame everybody else for the problems going on and then try to get credit here for caring so greatly and so deeply about all of this.
...Very easy, folks: Experience. If President Obama is as successful controlling the oil slick as he has been with creating jobs, the Gulf of Mexico is screwed. It's just that simple. Did not Obama pledge a "laser-like focus" creating jobs? Yes, he did. (You don't need to answer. I just did it for you.) Did he say that with the Porkulus money, that unemployment would never get up to 8%? Yes, he did. All right. Here's what he said about the slick after it was too late to do anything meaningful about it. "President Obama warned Sunday that the vast oil spill nearing the Gulf coastline is a 'potentially unprecedented' disaster," an opportunity for him, "as he and other top administration officials defended their response and pledged a 'relentless' government effort to clean up the slick." That is not, folks, a comforting thought considering what Obama has pledged in the past that has not happened.
...He said on February 11th of this year, "Until jobs are being created to replace those that we've lost, until America is back to work, my administration will not rest and this recovery will not be finished." Well, he's resting. He's playing golf. He waited 12 days to head down to Louisiana. I don't know how many rounds of golf, how many pickup basketball games he's played since then. Do we have an EPA? We do. It's the Environmental Protection Agency. I've looked into what the director, the administrator has been doing during these 12 days, and the answer is "not much," I mean to do with the slick. I'll just ask you point-blank: What has the EPA been doing after a BP rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico? What have they been doing? What has the EPA done? What have they done? I'll tell you what the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is.
So on April 22nd, not one word from the EPA administrator about the Gulf oil rig explosion. She's out bragging about Earth Day, EPA, super funds, climate change, the coal mine disaster. Nothing about the Gulf. "April 23rd, 1:30 to two p.m. Meet and greet with winners of the Goldman environmental prize, EPA headquarters." This is day two after the rig blew up. "3:15 to four o'clock, meeting with Norwegian Minister of the Environment Erik Solheim, EPA headquarters, closed press." April 24th... Still not a word from Lisa Jackson on the oil rig three days after the rig blew. "12:15, 12 o'clock, remarks to Earth Day attendees National Mall EPA tent between 4th and 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC. 12:30 to one p.m., meeting with Marina Silva, former environmental secretary of Brazil, National Mall, Washington, DC."
Three days, not one mention. April 25th, four days after the rig blew: "Five to six p.m., remarks at an Earth Day concert. National Mall Earth Day, network stage, 8th Street Northwest between Independence and Constitution Avenue." April 26th, five days after the rig: Lisa Jackson's schedule, 9 to 9:45 a.m., "EPA NASA MOU signing, Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, Washington, DC. Five to seven p.m., Daily Show taping, Daily Show studios, New York, New York." There is a YouTube video available of her performance on The Daily Show. Not one word was mentioned about the environmental disaster that was going on in the Gulf, but she had a great time yukking it up about Earth Day and other things with Jon Stewart. That's April 26th, five days after the rig.
Oh: 1:40 to 2:30 p.m., meeting with Archer Daniels Midland chairman and CEO Pat Woertz, EPA headquarters. " April 28th, seven days. Lisa Jackson of the EPA's schedule: "9:30 to noon, House Energy and Commerce Committee, subcommittee on energy and environmental hearing." Not a word about the rig. "Twelve to one p.m., Congressional Club First Ladies Luncheon, Hilton Washington hotel. 2:00 to 2:45 meeting with health organization leaders to discuss TSCA reform, EPA headquarters. Five to 6 p.m. meeting with members of the Connecticut delegation, Hart Office Building, closed press." This is April the 28th, seven days after the rig blew, not yet a word from Lisa Jackson. April 29th: "8:45 to 11 a.m., memorial service, Dr. Dorothy Height, National Cathedral, Washington. Twelve to 12:45 White House press conference, the White House. Two to three, meeting with administration officials, the White House." May 1st, Saturday: "White House Correspondents Dinner, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
...May 1st: "Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson flew over the gulf oil spill Saturday, later telling people at a meeting in New Orleans that 'it's like all five of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes are oil sheen.' Jackson spent much of her time dealing with residents' memories about Hurricane Katrina and the slow federal response to that disaster." That's what they say on their own website. So May 1st or 2nd. Today is the 3rd. May 1st or 2nd she flies over the oil slick, lands, and "spent much of her time dealing with residents' memories about Hurricane Katrina and the slow federal response to that disaster." A good nine days after the rig blew up. We have all kinds of stories in this stack here. "Video shows federal officials..." This is from a Mobile, bam, newspaper. "Video shows federal officials knew quickly of potential for massive oil flow in Gulf spill." But, remember, my friends: A crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant. From the Washington Examiner: "Former NOAA Oil Spill Clean Up Boss Says Obama Waited Too Long in Gulf Disaster."
Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner: "Former NOAA Oil Spill Cleanup Boss Says Obama Waited Too Long in Gulf Disaster -- Why didn't federal officials implement an oil spill clean up plan they've had on the books since 1994 as soon as possible after crude began pumping into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform 53 miles south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico? The Mobile Register reports that Ron Gouguet, who formerly managed the oil spill cleanup department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as a similar unit for the state of Louisiana, is criticizing the Obama White House's failure to act according to existing government plans in the event of a spill in the area now being deluged with thousands of barrels of crude oil every day. Gouguet said when he was at NOAA, the agency created a plan that required burning off an oil spill in the region in its earliest stage, if the prevailing winds would not push the smoke and soot from the operation inland. The plan is still in effect, but was not activated last week by NOAA. 'They had pre-approval. The whole reason the plan was created was so we could pull the trigger right away instead of waiting ten days to get permission,' Gouguet told the Register." Ten days waiting to get permission.
"This isn't like Katrina. With Katrina, we had FEMA show up almost immediately, handing out funds so that we could get by. Then we had the SBA on the scene and they helped businesses create plans for the months ahead so that we could rebuild our local businesses. This time it's different. We've seen nothing. No money. No help. It's like we don't exist."
The slow approach of the oil slick may be a bit different from a powerful storm tearing houses apart, but a lot of preparatory work could be done. I don't see Obama handling this well, but I don't guess that the media will have much to say about that.
Rush had the schedule of the EPA head Lisa Jackson after the oil spill. No comments or action from EPA after the spill. This helps highlight How EPA is not concerned about the environment. Political agenda and spread the wealth (IMO)
There is a YouTube video available of her performance on The Daily Show. Not one word was mentioned about the environmental disaster that was going on in the Gulf, but she had a great time yukking it up about Earth Day and other things with Jon Stewart. That's April 26th, five days after the rig.
Don’t expect the EPA to actually do anything. They only know how to harass, complain and fine.
Yes we do! They are just busy in the process of trying to find a way to tax every breath we take for our carbon output!
Remember. It is all about taxing and taking as much money from people so they can put it in their own pockets and create more wealth and power for themselves. The environment is only important when conservatives are leading the country.
But the Drive-Bys are looking at this, and they're saying, "Jeez, FEMA and Bush actually did more than what Obama's done, what do we do, what do we do, what do we do?" They keep using the phrase Obama ordered this and Obama ordered that as though he's leading a nonexistent effort.
.. So now the EPA's got something on their website, EPA responds to Gulf crisis 12 days after the fact.
Remember the water issues in CA. they shut it down to save a small fish and hurt the whole economy and farmers in the area. .. The impact on sea life of this spill is sooo much bigger than one small fish, no response.
Whoops! There has been a federal government plan in place since 1968 to deal with major oil spills. The info is on the EPA website. Someone should've told Barack Obama and Carol Browner to check the EPA site two weeks ago!!
Yep. I do not think more than a handful of leftists really care one iota about that fish. They want the farmers to go out of business and for people to starve to death.
The true intent of the left environmentalists is to eliminate most of the world's population because they think they will be able to enjoy doing anything they want to because the total human input to pollution will then be acceptable.
They just want theirs with a supposedly clear conscience.
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