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Obama's Remarks To Nation On Oil Spill [Full Text]
NPR ^ | Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | President Obama

Posted on 06/15/2010 5:50:01 PM PDT by Star Traveler

Obama's Remarks To Nation On Oil Spill

June 15, 2010

Good evening. As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges. At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American. Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it exists. And tonight, I've returned from a trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with you about the battle we're waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.

On April 20th, an explosion ripped through BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven workers lost their lives. Seventeen others were injured. And soon, nearly a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, oil began spewing into the water.

Because there has never been a leak this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology. That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation's best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge — a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation's Secretary of Energy. Scientists at our national labs and experts from academia and other oil companies have also provided ideas and advice.

As a result of these efforts, we have directed BP to mobilize additional equipment and technology. In the coming weeks and days, these efforts should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well. This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later in the summer that is expected to stop the leak completely.

Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years.

But make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever's necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

Tonight I'd like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going forward: what we're doing to clean up the oil, what we're doing to help our neighbors in the Gulf, and what we're doing to make sure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.

First, the cleanup. From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge of the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation's history — an effort led by Admiral Thad Allen, who has almost 40 years of experience responding to disasters. We now have nearly 30,000 personnel who are working across four states to contain and cleanup the oil. Thousands of ships and other vessels are responding in the Gulf. And I have authorized the deployment of over 17,000 National Guard members along the coast. These servicemen and women are ready to help stop the oil from coming ashore, they're ready to clean beaches, train response workers, or even help with processing claims — and I urge the governors in the affected states to activate these troops as soon as possible.

Because of our efforts, millions of gallons of oil have already been removed from the water through burning, skimming and other collection methods. Over five and a half million feet of boom has been laid across the water to block and absorb the approaching oil. We have approved the construction of new barrier islands in Louisiana to try and stop the oil before it reaches the shore, and we are working with Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to implement creative approaches to their unique coastlines.

As the clean up continues, we will offer whatever additional resources and assistance our coastal states may need. Now, a mobilization of this speed and magnitude will never be perfect, and new challenges will always arise. I saw and heard evidence of that during this trip. So if something isn't working, we want to hear about it. If there are problems in the operation, we will fix them.

But we have to recognize that despite our best efforts, oil has already caused damage to our coastline and its wildlife. And sadly, no matter how effective our response is, there will be more oil and more damage before this siege is done. That's why the second thing we're focused on is the recovery and restoration of the Gulf Coast.

You know, for generations, men and women who call this region home have made their living from the water. That living is now in jeopardy. I've talked to shrimpers and fishermen who don't know how they're going to support their families this year. I've seen empty docks and restaurants with fewer customers — even in areas where the beaches are not yet affected. I've talked to owners of shops and hotels who wonder when the tourists might start coming back. The sadness and anger they feel is not just about the money they've lost. It's about a wrenching anxiety that their way of life may be lost.

I refuse to let that happen. Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company's recklessness. And this fund will not be controlled by BP. In order to ensure that all legitimate claims are paid out in a fair and timely manner, the account must and will be administered by an independent, third party.

Beyond compensating the people of the Gulf in the short-term, it's also clear we need a long-term plan to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region. The oil spill represents just the latest blow to a place that has already suffered multiple economic disasters and decades of environmental degradation that has led to disappearing wetlands and habitats. And the region still hasn't recovered from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That's why we must make a commitment to the Gulf Coast that goes beyond responding to the crisis of the moment.

I make that commitment tonight. Earlier, I asked Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy who's also a former governor of Mississippi and a son of the Gulf, to develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan as soon as possible. The plan will be designed by states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, businesses, conservationists, and other Gulf residents. And BP will pay for the impact this spill has had on the region.

The third part of our response plan is the steps we're taking to ensure that a disaster like this does not happen again. A few months ago, I approved a proposal to consider new, limited offshore drilling under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe — that the proper technology would be in place and the necessary precautions would be taken.

That was obviously not the case on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and I want to know why. The American people deserve to know why. The families I met with last week who lost their loved ones in the explosion — these families deserve to know why. And so I have established a National Commission to understand the causes of this disaster and offer recommendations on what additional safety and environmental standards we need to put in place. Already, I have issued a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. I know this creates difficulty for the people who work on these rigs, but for the sake of their safety, and for the sake of the entire region, we need to know the facts before we allow deepwater drilling to continue. And while I urge the commission to complete its work as quickly as possible, I expect them to do that work thoroughly and impartially.

One place we have already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility — a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves. At this agency, industry insiders were put in charge of industry oversight. Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations.

When Ken Salazar became my Secretary of the Interior, one of his very first acts was to clean up the worst of the corruption at this agency. But it's now clear that the problems there ran much deeper, and the pace of reform was just too slow. And so Secretary Salazar and I are bringing in new leadership at the agency — Michael Bromwich, who was a tough federal prosecutor and Inspector General. His charge over the next few months is to build an organization that acts as the oil industry's watchdog — not its partner.

So one of the lessons we've learned from this spill is that we need better regulations, better safety standards, and better enforcement when it comes to offshore drilling. But a larger lesson is that no matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk. After all, oil is a finite resource. We consume more than 20 percent of the world's oil, but have less than 2 percent of the world's oil reserves. And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean — because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

For decades, we have known the days of cheap and easily accessible oil were numbered. For decades, we have talked and talked about the need to end America's century-long addiction to fossil fuels. And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires. Time and again, the path forward has been blocked — not only by oil industry lobbyists, but also by a lack of political courage and candor.

The consequences of our inaction are now in plain sight. Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America. Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil. And today, as we look to the Gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude.

We cannot consign our children to this future. The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny.

This is not some distant vision for America. The transition away from fossil fuels is going to take some time, but over the last year and a half, we have already taken unprecedented action to jumpstart the clean energy industry. As we speak, old factories are reopening to produce wind turbines, people are going back to work installing energy-efficient windows, and small businesses are making solar panels. Consumers are buying more efficient cars and trucks, and families are making their homes more energy-efficient. Scientists and researchers are discovering clean energy technologies that will someday lead to entire new industries.

Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of good, middle-class jobs — but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. And only if we rally together and act as one nation — workers and entrepreneurs; scientists and citizens; the public and private sectors.

You know, when I was a candidate for this office, I laid out a set of principles that would move our country towards energy independence. Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill — a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses.

Now, there are costs associated with this transition. And some believe we can't afford those costs right now. I say we can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy — because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.

So I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party — as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels. Some have suggested raising efficiency standards in our buildings like we did in our cars and trucks. Some believe we should set standards to ensure that more of our electricity comes from wind and solar power. Others wonder why the energy industry only spends a fraction of what the high-tech industry does on research and development — and want to rapidly boost our investments in such research and development.

All of these approaches have merit, and deserve a fear hearing in the months ahead. But the one approach I will not accept is inaction. The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is somehow too big and too difficult to meet. You know, the same thing was said about our ability to produce enough planes and tanks in World War II. The same thing was said about our ability to harness the science and technology to land a man safely on the surface of the moon. And yet, time and again, we have refused to settle for the paltry limits of conventional wisdom. Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny — our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don't yet know precisely how to get there. We know we'll get there.

It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.

Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region's fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It's called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” and today it's a celebration where clergy from different religions gather to say a prayer for the safety and success of the men and women who will soon head out to sea — some for weeks at a time.

The ceremony goes on in good times and in bad. It took place after Katrina, and it took place a few weeks ago — at the beginning of the most difficult season these fishermen have ever faced.

And still, they came and they prayed. For as a priest and former fisherman once said of the tradition, "The blessing is not that God has promised to remove all obstacles and dangers. The blessing is that He is with us always," a blessing that's granted "...even in the midst of the storm."

The oil spill is not the last crisis America will face. This nation has known hard times before and we will surely know them again. What sees us through — what has always seen us through — is our strength, our resilience, and our unyielding faith that something better awaits us if we summon the courage to reach for it. Tonight, we pray for that courage. We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day. Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless the United States of America


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This is the full text of this evening's speech ...
1 posted on 06/15/2010 5:50:01 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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Here are BP's violations... and it sure seems like they are a criminal company ... from a referenced article, in this post -- Post #4 ...

BP's Horrible Safety Record: It's Got 760 OSHA Fines, Exxon Has Just 1

It definitely shows "how BP operates" ... :-)

2 posted on 06/15/2010 5:51:53 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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From another FReeper's post in the following thread ...

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

His post is Post #183 ...



The following information comes from recent measurements from the EPS and NOAA:

The Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deep well, meaning that the well itself drilled down to as far as 18, to 25,000 feet, nearly throw the Earths crust, we could every well have hit a strata of oil or a Bathetic of oil. Oil at those depths can reach levels of pressure of 70,000lbs psi. There is no technology known that can handle that pressure. Normal psi for a well is 1,500psi.

What this is doing is eroding the pipe and the surrounding area and digging a bigger fissure, much like if you stick a high-pressure hose in the ground, only in this case from the bottom up. This is causing other streams to open up, hence why we're seeing plumbs appearing miles away from the original rupture.

But that isn't the worst part. As bad as the oil is it is biodegradable. Along with the oil, deadly gases are escaping at the following unprecedented levels (from resent EPA measurements).

Hydrogen Sulfide - safe level = 5-10 parts per billion.
What's been measured: 1,200 parts per billion.

Benzine - safe level = 0-4 parts per billion.
What's been measured: 3,000 parts per billion.

Metholine Chloride - safe level = 61 parts per billion.
What's been measured: 3,400 parts per billion.

These gases can cause massive health effects ranging from shortness of breath to cancer to death. In fact, we've seen some surface workers hospitalized.

Insiders are now saying that there now may be only one way to stop this monster: Nuke it. However there is no guarantee that this wouldn't make matters even worse by opening up even a bigger rupture or creating multiple fissures in the sea floor.

If nothing at all is done, there is reason to believe this rupture will go on for years, possibly decades.

And if this isn't bad enough, Corexit 9500, the dispersant being used, is many times more damaging than the oil itself. Its highly toxic. At the temperatures in the Gulf waters this toxicity is magnified and turns into a gas that can be picked up by clouds and return to Earth as a toxic rain. This "death from above" precipitation may have the ability to destroy life from micro organisms up through the entire entire ecosystem. So the chemical "solution" to the hydrocarbon Extinction Level Event may turn out to be a localized environmental holocaust.

I really wish I had been wrong about this.



Formatted a slight bit differently than in the post, itself ...

3 posted on 06/15/2010 5:52:49 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

The speech was a disaster. He is politically finished.


4 posted on 06/15/2010 5:53:24 PM PDT by mpeters
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To: mpeters

It was the limpest of limp wrists.


5 posted on 06/15/2010 5:54:38 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Star Traveler

No wonder they bought a chunk of the Obama regime.


6 posted on 06/15/2010 5:55:58 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Star Traveler

Dumbest speach from a President I’ve ever heard..


7 posted on 06/15/2010 5:56:05 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: mpeters

Dream on. I wish you were right. You know the media and the ignorance of the sheeple will allow this puke to continue on his agenda of turning this country into a third world communist state.


8 posted on 06/15/2010 5:56:47 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: mpeters

I don’t know how anyone could bear to watch him. I come close to stroking out just thinking about that ant-American, Israel hating, radical marxist, muslim, incompetant bastard sitting in the Oval Office!


9 posted on 06/15/2010 5:56:50 PM PDT by pgkdan (I Miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Star Traveler
Gawd..Thanks but...I couldn't bear to read the text as I fell asleep at the very beginning of the speech and woke up for The blessing of fleets, another disaster coming and God Blesses all over the place.


10 posted on 06/15/2010 5:57:46 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Star Traveler

He is a liar the Saudi’s had a deep well do this more than a decade ago.


11 posted on 06/15/2010 5:58:23 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: mpeters
No sh*t. His response was to blame someone else, expand the bureaucracy & raise our cost of living in the worst recession since the thirties. After all, we can't afford NOT to.

The man exists in another world.

12 posted on 06/15/2010 5:58:54 PM PDT by skeeter
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..or did I dream that? Surreal!
13 posted on 06/15/2010 5:59:15 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: chris_bdba

Lies. There were a half-dozen doozies in that speech.


14 posted on 06/15/2010 5:59:46 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Star Traveler

First thoughts: I seem to recall reading just recently that under the Obama administration, BP was just granted several safety waivers for the Deepwater Horizons and other rigs. So that would put the lie to his desire to know how it was that BP experienced this failure.

Also, is he taking credit for the LA barrier islands? I thought Jindal got tired of waiting while the fedgov sat on its collective (pun intended) ass and started building them on his own.


15 posted on 06/15/2010 6:00:00 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Star Traveler

I don’t ever remember a speech so full of lies as this one.


16 posted on 06/15/2010 6:03:17 PM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: Star Traveler

17 posted on 06/15/2010 6:05:02 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Star Traveler

18 posted on 06/15/2010 6:05:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Star Traveler
BP may be the most evil company on Earth...

REGARDLESS, focus should remain on the idiots now running our government...

Demonizing BP is but diversion by the leftists...

19 posted on 06/15/2010 6:05:23 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Star Traveler

When Ken Salazar became my Secretary of the Interior, one of his very first acts was to clean up the worst of the corruption at this agency. But it’s now clear that the problems there ran much deeper, and the pace of reform was just too slow.

So Salazar wasn’t up to the job.....FIRE him!

But Noooooooo, Obama will bring ANOTHER lawyer on board
who knows nothing about the industry and conditions to
bring about “change”. Well, change is washing up on our
beaches while we “Hope” it gets cleaned up.

Obama should resign and let Biden take over, could it

be any worse?


20 posted on 06/15/2010 6:05:27 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

His hissing S’s were especially evident tonight.


21 posted on 06/15/2010 6:05:36 PM PDT by tractorman
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To: Star Traveler
From Drudge:

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BARACK PETROLEUM

22 posted on 06/15/2010 6:06:21 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: chris_bdba
As I was half awake (said earlier) that I did note he used his words recklessly on "being the biggest oil spill disaster"..then I jump to Shep's 4 Olympic size swimming pools scenario. Obama lying through his teeth about bringing together the best team to clean up..bs. [Now I remember wasn't a dream was a nightmare- this whole Presidency has been too much drama..drama..threats..then God Blesses]
23 posted on 06/15/2010 6:06:42 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Star Traveler

pure unadulterated BS!


24 posted on 06/15/2010 6:07:13 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I think he was referring to the blessing of the fleet
enemas, cause we all are constipated by his sluggardly
administration and he knows it’s the only thing that
will work.


25 posted on 06/15/2010 6:08:10 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mpeters
I hope you're right - why do you think so?

I didn't watch him myself because I can't stand to.

26 posted on 06/15/2010 6:10:16 PM PDT by OKSooner ("Give 'em another play.")
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To: Star Traveler
I choose to use the "N" word.....

Nazi

27 posted on 06/15/2010 6:10:25 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Star Traveler

Thank you for posting.

I was up to post #173 when I was into my 3rd beer. Don’t think I’d have lasted to the +672 post thread at this point.
(I’m such a lightweight!)


28 posted on 06/15/2010 6:10:37 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Star Traveler

Never let a crisis go to waste.


29 posted on 06/15/2010 6:10:59 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: mpeters

Fusion - mentioned zero times.

Nuclear - mentioned zero times.

“I” mentioned 22 times.

Pres_ _ent Obama has destroyed all present energy production
systems; and even future energy systems such as cold fusion.
Obama’s operatives work in the US patent office throwing
out all useful patent applications.


30 posted on 06/15/2010 6:12:00 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

31 posted on 06/15/2010 6:12:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Star Traveler

Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness.”

OK, bho mofo, what gives you the authority to do this?

THIS IS NOT A FREAKING MONARCHY, YOU LEFTIST TURD!


32 posted on 06/15/2010 6:12:22 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: Star Traveler; cogitator

Nuclear not mentioned at all? In the camps we will all be freezing our asses (yes I can use that word) off. Even our resident greenies here realize we are dead without nuclear if we get rid of fossil. Where is that idiot cogitator anyway? I hope he is happy.


33 posted on 06/15/2010 6:12:43 PM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: Star Traveler; Armaggedon; MestaMachine; Yosemitest; Yehuda; null and void; sheik yerbouty; ...
The oil spill is not the last crisis America will face. This nation has known hard times before and we will surely know them again. What sees us through — what has always seen us through — is our strength, our resilience, and our unyielding faith that something better awaits us if we summon the courage to reach for it. Tonight, we pray for that courage. We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day. Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless the United States of America.

WOW. Threats, faith healing and unicorns. "Touchdown Jesus", personified!

For those of you who missed it:

Before:

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Jesus Christ

The frame remains of the six-story-tall 'King of King's' statue of Jesus Christ stand on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 outside the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, after it was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Nick Graham) MANDATORY CREDIT

King of King's (?)

**CORRECTS DATE** In this June 14, 2010 photo released by Vincent Rush, smoke rises from the remains of the six-story-tall 'King of King's' statue of JesusChrist outside the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, after it was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night around 11:15 p.m. and burned to the ground, police said. (AP Photo/Vincent Rush) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

Lightning strike believed to have started fire that destroyed King of Kings statue

34 posted on 06/15/2010 6:13:43 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Just saw a young black woman who was on a Frank Luntz panel say that Obambi inherited the oil spill!!!!

WHAT????


35 posted on 06/15/2010 6:14:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JamesA

I am glad I didn’t waste my time.


36 posted on 06/15/2010 6:14:47 PM PDT by Shady (No more LAWS based on LIES!!!!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I think they’re running from 2 to 4 Valdez-sized spills each and every week ... depending on who you take as telling the truth on the amount of oil gushing out ... yeeeooow!


37 posted on 06/15/2010 6:14:49 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Little Pig

Your first thoughts are right on.

Since the Bureau of Mining and whatever missed 16 inspections and granted, I forget was it 14, wavers...

How can Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, escape the fact that the US government was equally to blame?

If BP is to pay for everything that happens for the next 10 years in the many states bordering the Gulf, how can the US government escape equal liability?

If this were to be a lawsuit between two corporations, the first thing the lawyers for BP would claim is that the corporation named US Government was guilty of contributory negligence, which is an adequate defense in many states.

So in the real world, Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, is a fool.

BP should fix the well. BP should pay damages.

But the US government in the form of Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, should look upon the oil flowing towards US shores with the same vigor as it would an invasion. The US government should get every ship and every crew experienced in this kind of emergency in action in the Gulf.

If BP should pay for some of that, fine. Send them a bill AFTER the oil is prevented from hitting the shore.

Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, demonstrates at this point that he is a great politician but an abysmally poor manager.


38 posted on 06/15/2010 6:15:35 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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"So one of the lessons we've learned from this spill is that we need better regulations,..."

Noooo,....what we NEED is to ENFORCE the regulations we already have.

"And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean — because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water."

What an absolutely, oh, what's the word, blatant lie!!! I can't believe he has the audacity to say that! Or, maybe I can believe it. Can't wait for the response from Sarah!

39 posted on 06/15/2010 6:17:58 PM PDT by jackibutterfly ( Palin is so under obama's skin, he hears 'Hail to the Chief' when he sees her.)
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To: mpeters

Couldn’t watch more than a few minutes. What makes you say this? I hope you’re right.


40 posted on 06/15/2010 6:19:55 PM PDT by a.c.t.32
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To: skeeter

I wish they would load him up on a spaceship and send him through that stargate in the Gulf of Aden back to his home planet.


41 posted on 06/15/2010 6:20:39 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: Ezekiel

What the heck was it made of - paper????


42 posted on 06/15/2010 6:21:33 PM PDT by jackibutterfly ( Palin is so under obama's skin, he hears 'Hail to the Chief' when he sees her.)
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To: Star Traveler

I’m going to need an airsickness bag, aren’t I?


43 posted on 06/15/2010 6:21:41 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Star Traveler
Yep.

He had me from the first line:

As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.

Dang, that par 5 hole must have been a doozy, eh Obummer.

44 posted on 06/15/2010 6:22:09 PM PDT by chemicalman (Fed Gov only good for one thing. Building monuments.)
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To: Star Traveler

That Oval Office chair was WAY too big for him—in more ways than one.


45 posted on 06/15/2010 6:24:20 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("The first Caucasian President left a nation destined to be the greatest ever.")
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To: Star Traveler; LucyT; ExTexasRedhead; blackie
Snips with emphasis placed:

Some believe we should set standards to ensure that more of our electricity comes from wind and solar power.

Putting stipulations on oil usage - as long as "they" seriously tackle our addition to fossil fuels.

The mysterious "some" and "they" could be his czars, people he's attempting to appease over at whacko liberal websites or media outlets, foreigners to whom he bows, or democrats meeting behind closed doors at midnight to ratify what additional bills, amnesties, restraints, taxes and impositions they can ram through.

This damage is now officially on Obama's plate and those under him who should have been monitoring and shutting down the operation when they saw potential disaster looming. Anyone else besides me who's ever been to an OSHA hearing? ?WHERE are the most recent incident reports for the inspecting agency for this rig? Here's an example for OSHA:

OSHA Safety Citations Update - USPS charged with seven violations in Pittsburgh

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the USPS its sixth set of workplace safety citations on June 8, charging the Postal Service with seven “willful” and “serious” violations related to electrical hazards at the Pittsburgh, PA mail processing facility.

The proposed penalties at the Pittsburgh facility are nearly $299,500, which brings the Postal Service’s total OSHA fines to nearly $1.8 million. The latest citations [PDF] were issued less than a week after similar violations were found at the Philadelphia Bulk Mail Center and the Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center.

OSHA cited the Postal Service with four “willful” violations, one repeat

46 posted on 06/15/2010 6:24:45 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Star Traveler

Needs sto stop talking about ‘Fighting this spill” and stopping and cleaning this spill. This isn’t a fight.


47 posted on 06/15/2010 6:27:24 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Red_Devil 232

She was an uninformed Obamazoombie as were about 3 of them. I believe they plant far leftist in his panel to argue with everything anyone else says. I thought all 3 of them were getting quite mean by the end they just couldn’t handle their idol having any critism at all.


48 posted on 06/15/2010 6:28:01 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Star Traveler

CYA, KMA, lies, and more B.S.

I could have saved this prick a lot of air time.


49 posted on 06/15/2010 6:28:48 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: Red_Devil 232

I also saw a black man on that panel point out that he refused to waive the Jones Act to please his union co-enablers.Luntz said he’s never had a panel so rancorous-wait until November.


50 posted on 06/15/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT by pistolpetestoys (Outside of a dog a book is a mans best friend;inside a dog it's too dark to read.)
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