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Obama taps top scientific minds for oil spill probe
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/10 | AFP

Posted on 06/14/2010 5:19:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday named five of America's top scientists, environmentalists and conservation experts to his independent commission set up to probe the causes of the Gulf oil spill.

The five, mostly drawn from some of the nation's leading academic centers, will join the bipartisan body set up last month in the wake of an explosion that ripped through a BP-leased rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

"These individuals bring tremendous expertise and experience to the critical work of this commission," Obama said in a statement released as he toured stricken southern states on a two-day trip to the Gulf region.

"I am grateful they have agreed to serve as we work to determine the causes of this catastrophe and implement the safety and environmental protections we need to prevent a similar disaster from happening again."

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The seven-member body is chaired by two-term Florida governor and former senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William Reilly, a Republican.

Its main task is to provide recommendations on how the oil industry can prevent -- and mitigate the impact of -- any future spills that result from offshore drilling.

Obama has slapped a six-month moratorium on deepsea drilling in the Gulf, pending the results of the probe into what caused the Deepwater Horizon rig to blow out on April 20, and sink two days later.

Among those tapped to join the commission are Cherry Murray, who was appointed the dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and professor of engineering and applied sciences in July 2009.

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She will join two other women, among them Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit corporation working to push US and global environmental policy.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: nrdc; obama; oilspill; probe; scientific
Where's Prof. Irwin Corey when ya need him?

and NRDC??

1 posted on 06/14/2010 5:19:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Drill, baby drill and suck that reservoir dry ASAP.


2 posted on 06/14/2010 5:20:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NormsRevenge

Meanwhile, Obummer books another tee time and looks for some celebs to help him party down while ignoring international offers for assistance.


3 posted on 06/14/2010 5:21:09 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gee..weren’t the global warming scientists available?


4 posted on 06/14/2010 5:21:21 PM PDT by y6162
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To: NormsRevenge

Experts have been falling all over his ass to help for the past 60 days...who’s he waiting for, some “out of work” global warming scientists?


5 posted on 06/14/2010 5:21:58 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let me guess, the conclusion of the probe will involve some kind of massive tax on oil, natural gas, and coal (to save the children, or the Gulf of Mexico, or Michelle’s lettuce, or...).


6 posted on 06/14/2010 5:23:13 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: NormsRevenge

***Its main task is to provide recommendations on how the oil industry can prevent — and mitigate the impact of — any future spills that result from offshore drilling.***

Shouldn’t they be tasked with trying to stop THIS oil spill?


7 posted on 06/14/2010 5:24:17 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: NormsRevenge

Do any of them, or have any of them worked in the offshore oil industry?

If not, these ARE NOT experts. These are Leftist plants, positioned to take their pound of flesh out of not only BP, but the industry.

Obama’s commission is a bull ssss commission. It’s a farce, stacked with the people that hate the oil industry the most.

What even handed decisions will be made here? None...


8 posted on 06/14/2010 5:24:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let these guys handle it

9 posted on 06/14/2010 5:25:11 PM PDT by woofie
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To: NormsRevenge
This socialist is putting on a dog and pony show. BO/BS doesn't want the crisis to stop.

Bombshell expose'. The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

BP, feds could make millions from runaway well's oil
10 posted on 06/14/2010 5:25:44 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

As with any academic, when faced with a problem, they call MORE academics...

PS: I’m so sick of looking at John McCain every time I click on a thread......


11 posted on 06/14/2010 5:26:20 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: y6162

Yeah! Top US scientists headed by the world renowned scientist Bob Graham.

For this ‘international man’, ‘Man of the World’ our President ... he’s turning down a lot of help. Some of it might just be a bit more knowledgeable that the US minds assembled.


12 posted on 06/14/2010 5:26:32 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: NormsRevenge
Top people.


13 posted on 06/14/2010 5:28:51 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m surprised he hasn’t called in Batman.


14 posted on 06/14/2010 5:29:10 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: NormsRevenge

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What the heck does she know about the art of oil well drilling?


15 posted on 06/14/2010 5:30:08 PM PDT by kingcoal
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To: reagandemocrat
Shouldn’t they be tasked with trying to stop THIS oil spill?

Academia is probably not the place to look for immediate practical solutions to a very difficult problem.

16 posted on 06/14/2010 5:31:50 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: NormsRevenge
Odds are good that the very best mind in America to put on this problem otherwise dabbles in political beliefs that are JUST NOT PC, so he's not on the commission.

Obama doesn't care ~ just so long as he looks good.

17 posted on 06/14/2010 5:35:14 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: NormsRevenge

And what expertise are they bringing to the table?


18 posted on 06/14/2010 5:37:07 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: woofie

I bet they’d be a better president than what we have now!


19 posted on 06/14/2010 5:40:01 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Dear God, please rid our nation of the evil that is Zero and his administration!)
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To: reagandemocrat
"Shouldn’t they be tasked with trying to stop THIS oil spill?"

My thoughts exactly...we can do the postmortem later....geez....and he was elected to make good decisions...

20 posted on 06/14/2010 5:40:58 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: NormsRevenge

FIX THE F-ING PROBLEM

NOT the BLAME Idiot


21 posted on 06/14/2010 5:42:36 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?"

"I'm thinking about it."

22 posted on 06/14/2010 5:42:49 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Jobs Created??? Not so much. Jobs Offered?? NOW You're Talking!)
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To: NormsRevenge

A blue ribbon panel? That’s some pretty heady stuff. Obama’s pulling out all the stops on this oil spill now, using every tool at his disposal.

So, never fear, Fearless Leader has power in reserve. Between this illustrious bipartisan panel, the Sternly Worded Letter reaching consensus as we speak and the UN Resolution on carbon credits yet to come, we shall always be maximally Safe, Secure and Healthy.

All praises to you Fearless Leader, O benevolent Obama.


23 posted on 06/14/2010 5:45:06 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NormsRevenge

If these people are like him and his Czars we have problems.


24 posted on 06/14/2010 5:46:50 PM PDT by RocketRoland
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To: NormsRevenge
Good for him...Now find somebody who can do something.


25 posted on 06/14/2010 5:53:24 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama taps top scientific minds for oil spill probe

26 posted on 06/14/2010 5:59:33 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: NormsRevenge
Barack Obama on Monday named five of America's top scientists, environmentalists and conservation experts to his independent commission set up to probe the causes of the Gulf oil spill.

Yup, another global warming ring of idiots.

27 posted on 06/14/2010 6:02:28 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge

Scientists, My Aunt Gertrude: What we need are drilling experts. People who work on these things, people who have stopped spills in other places on other wells.

These people come from the oil companies, not some liberal scientist who teaches BS and doesnt know his head from his butt.


28 posted on 06/14/2010 6:06:43 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: K-oneTexas

It is like hiring a baker to put a new roof on your house.


29 posted on 06/14/2010 6:10:46 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Venturer

But this illustrious panel looks like America. It’s an objective good.


30 posted on 06/14/2010 6:11:28 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NormsRevenge

31 posted on 06/14/2010 6:14:42 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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He ought to be putting some pounds on by now.. 4th visit?

U.S. President Barack Obama greets patrons during a visit to Tacky Jack's restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young


32 posted on 06/14/2010 6:20:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a briefing on the BP oil spill at the Coast Guard Station Gulfport in Gulfport, Mississippi June 14, 2010. British energy giant BP unveiled a plan on Monday it hopes will vastly increase the amount of oil it is capturing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico as Obama arrived there to assert leadership in clean-up efforts. REUTERS/Jim Young


33 posted on 06/14/2010 6:25:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge
The article mentions that the commission includes three females (a fact which seems largely irrelevant to the problem at hand), but does not mention any petroleum engineers or petroleum geologists.

I am not (favorably) impressed.

34 posted on 06/14/2010 6:29:52 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: RegulatorCountry

When it comes to opil spills this panel is like the pResident. They dont know Chit from Chinola.


35 posted on 06/14/2010 6:34:23 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: NormsRevenge

Main job...covering Federal behind....and making sure the right people go down at BP....


36 posted on 06/14/2010 6:35:47 PM PDT by mo
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To: kingcoal

“What the heck does she know about the art of oil well drilling?”

Maybe she’s an expert on menopause?


37 posted on 06/14/2010 6:46:33 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: NormsRevenge

Barry has become very predictable. No matter what the issue, he can be counted on to set up a blue ribbon panel headed by a person from Harvard. They will spend countless amounts of money and months debating and parsing minutia before publishing a ten pound report. All that’s required is a cap on the well, not another panel.


38 posted on 06/14/2010 6:51:56 PM PDT by purplelobster
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To: NormsRevenge

Just from following these threads, to me, it looks like they failed to follow generally accepted engineering practice guidelines involving the amount of cement in the riser plugs, casing strength, number of well spacers, etc. Experienced people spoke up and were overruled due to time and financial considerations. I don’t know if these are matters of written standards, “rule of thumb” calculations, or legally binding regulations. Recommendation: Follow the standards and guidelines, and listen to experienced people.


39 posted on 06/14/2010 7:56:30 PM PDT by brianr10
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