Skip to comments.Carville, Matthews rip W.H. BP response
Posted on 05/22/2010 3:29:05 AM PDT by Scanian
At first, it was Rush Limbaugh who tagged the gusher in the Gulf "Obama's Katrina" -- but now two lions of the left are warning the White House that the administration's handing of the environmental catastrophe is inflicting long-term political damage.
James Carville, a stalwart Obama defender -- and Louisiana native -- and MSNBC's Chris Mathews both voiced concerns about the president's handling of the spill, and Obama's decision to allow BP to take the lead on plugging the pipe, which has been pouring oil into the sea for a month.
Their statements came on a day when the press corps spent the better part of an hour grilling White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the administration's response to the Deepwater Horizons disaster -- and the cloud of confusion over the amount of oil spilling from the severed exploration pipe and BP's efforts to staunch the flow.
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The Obama Administration does not look like it is on top of the situation...but it is certainly critical of those working on the problem (as usual). What is the government doing to HELP without criticism?
MEMO TO WHITE HOUSE: Cannot blame Bush for this mess. It’s yours baby.
BP is certainly not guilt free but it serves their best interests to take care of this situation as quickly as possible.
It serves Obama’s best interests to make sure it hurts as many people as possible, as badly as possible, for as long as possible.
One of the parish presidents had suggested that a sand berm be built outside the barrier islands to stop the oil from getting in the marshes. The Corp of Engineers and the EPA are ‘studying the enviornemental impact’ of the plan. Duh!! What is a worse impact? Millions of gallons of oil in the fragile marshes or dredging the sea floor to block the oil?
Reagan was right; all too often government is the problem.
One of the scientists that was on the team to figure out the best way of dealing with this was kicked off the team due to his feelings opposing homosexuality.
The feds have also forced BP to stop spreading a certain dispersant.
For goodness sake.. this leak has been poisoining the gulf for over a month now. The effects on ocean life will be devastasting and all anyone cares about is not fixing the problem but making sure the blame properly laid at someone’s doorstep. Lets stop the leak then then worry about whose fault it is.
C'mon! Go ahead and say it. It fits here.
Then I'll do it for you: Obama, this is your TAR BABY!
Relax, since race now determine limits on speech, I'm in the clear :-)
“Obama’s decision to allow BP to take the lead on plugging the pipe”
What do they want? A Department of Pipe Plugging?
* Insert Barney Frank joke *
The feds have also forced BP to stop spreading a certain dispersant.
Right there is the whole story of Zero and Congress the hypocrite finger wagging dictatorship. They would not go there with their boots to get dirty. They would not fudge pack each other in public, yet want people to fudge pack each other by government fiat force, all as to create backlash, hate and division.
This is a pedophile, child labor, people enslavement program of the hypocrite fascist communist intellectual class: oh, the peasants should be forced to fudge pack each other and care for Gaia by leacking the ground for us, while we all sit in our ivory towers of puritanisticoid intellectualism, cowards, and devoid of courage.
The only reason Christians reject homosexuality and Earth cults is verily because they are willing to sacrifice their bodies before they would ever have to burden anyone with their decaying bodies. But that is not so with current fudge packing enforcing clean hands intellectual class of DC. They want their stem cell research and their exploitation without having the devotions themselves.
Liberals are going to have to wake up and realize that they are about to be "desegragated" by force in a very nasty way. It's good to hear that Matthews and Carville are realizing it.
The Carvile’s have relocated to New Orleans. I suspect they have a monetary interest there and that is the basis for their bashing of Obama.
If they didn’t live there they would never be blaming anyone other than Bush.
I still don’t understand exactly what the federal government can really “do” here with BP doing everything it has been doing?
Oh, trust me, they can blame Bush. Why? Because Halburton is involved.
My sister and I were discussing this earlier this week.
This is why the MSM has backed off this story a LOT!
I’d love to see this bring O down, but I’d rather this spill never have happened to begin with.
After the oil has completely rolled in, they will give permission to dredge!
Are you serious? As a south Louisiana native, I know exactly how Carville feels on this issue. This isn’t really about New Orleans as it is about Cajun culture. The fact that he is getting pizzed at zer0 shows just how inept that fool is in handling a real crisis.
For starters, the feds can get off their duffs and allow the dredging and building sand berms on the barrier islands instead of telling the governor that they have to do an environmental study first.
If only Carvile and his ilk cared so much about America.
Things like this can change people’s minds. You made the comment that he was only upset over the monetary loss he was facing, yet that isn’t the truth.
It could get interesting next week.
"U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study
The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico
drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year.."
"Obama admin exempted BPs Gulf drilling from environmental impact study
Obama was the top recipient of donations from BP in 2008,
... He let BPs gulf drilling be exempt from an environmental study last year.
The decision by the departments Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BPs lease at Deepwater Horizon a categorical exclusion
from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009
and BPs lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion"
"The Cover-up: BP's Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster
WMR has been informed by sources in the US Army Corps of Engineers,
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection
that the Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign
more than John McCain or Hillary Clinton,
are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
and working together to limit BP's liability for damage caused by what can be called a "mega-disaster."
"Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement
Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption
from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study
on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico,
Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a "categorical exclusion" on April 6, 2009 "
"Red Flags Were Ignored Aboard Doomed Rig
Managers at oil giant BP PLC decided to forge ahead in finishing work
on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig
despite some tests suggesting that highly combustible gas had seeped into the well"
"US allowed drilling 'without required permits'
Oil spill scandal: an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico,
with a complaint claims the Department of Interior has approved
over 300 drilling operations,
three large lease sales and over 100 seismic surveys
without the required permits
The approvals by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) included greenlighting
the well drilled by the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded on April 20"
"U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits
The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies
to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits "
I suspect it isn’t that he needs the money. Carville is a Looseyanna native, went to school there, worked there, and is teaching at Tulane there...
It’s a shot across the bow - Democratic primary wars are on ! The perfect Clintonista to go after Obama !
I find it interesting that Christingles is sounding rational.
Trashed Blumenthal big time and bashed anyone who would help get him elected. Where did that come from???
And then to agree that this administration bares some blame for the lack of response to the oil spill.
We are in strange times.
looks like the community organizer needs a cleanup organizer...grab that mop, Barry.