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  • Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf (Obama has turned the oil spill into an ongoing economic calamity)

    01/26/2011 7:14:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2011 | George Scaggs
    While the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Obama administration's subsequent six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico are common knowledge, the fact that the federal government has turned the tragic accident into an ongoing economic calamity seems to be drawing scant attention. Though the drilling moratorium was officially lifted three months ago, it has been replaced with an ongoing de facto ban.  But the full scope and damaging consequences of the federal government's reactions to the gulf spill go well beyond deep-water drilling. While the moratorium was limited to deep-water rigs, the work stoppage...
  • U.S. Oil Output Down to a Trickle? (Gulf's contribution is dwindling)

    01/20/2011 7:39:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Kiplinger ^ | 1/12/11 | Jim Patterson
    U.S. Oil Output Down to a Trickle?With permits to drill slowed down or in limbo, the Gulf's contribution is dwindling. By Jim Patterson, Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter January 12, 2011 Domestic oil production faces a long-term decline in the wake of curtailed offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, stemming from the BP oil spill last year. In four to five years, a loss of several hundred thousand barrels a day from the Gulf is likely, enough to significantly boost U.S. reliance on imported oil. It's no surprise, really. New deepwater drilling has largely come to a standstill in...
  • Elder Bush brings team together 20 years after Gulf War

    01/20/2011 7:25:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/20/11
    Elder Bush brings team together 20 years after Gulf WarBy the CNN Wire Staff January 20, 2011 7:23 a.m. EST Baghdad (CNN) -- Former President George H.W. Bush is getting his old foreign policy team back together on the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War. The reunion is being held on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, where the Bush presidential library is located. A roundtable discussion by the Bush team is expected to include the 41st president, former vice presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, who was secretary of the defense at the time, and former secretaries...
  • Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

    01/10/2011 9:09:44 PM PST · by brityank · 51 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET | John Ryden
    Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill A study by researchers from Texas A&M and University of California in Santa Barbara have found that all of the methane gas released from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been consumed by tiny microbes. Methane gas amounts 100,000 times higher than normal at the time of their release have completely disappeared after only 120 days. Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not...
  • Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels

    01/06/2011 5:43:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 1/06/11
    Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels, Surprising Researchers ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2011) — Calling the results "extremely surprising," researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Findings from the research study, led by oceanographers John Kessler of Texas A&M and David Valentine of UCSB, were recently published in the journal Science. The findings show that Mother Nature...
  • Official: Preserving Gulf Coast a big undertaking

    01/06/2011 11:57:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    miami herald ^ | 1/6/11 | ap, CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS -- A White House appointee says preserving a Gulf Coast ecosystem damaged by decades of erosion and months of crude oil that gushed from a deep-sea well off Louisiana will be an enormous undertaking, the "grandaddy" of restoration projects. "I have been involved in many ecosystem restoration projects, but this is the grandaddy of them all," said John Hankinson, a veteran of restoration projects in Florida. Hankinson was appointed in October as executive director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, a group that will recommend how to use the heavy fines likely to confront energy company...
  • Panel challenges Gulf seafood safety all-clear

    12/28/2010 12:38:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 3+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/28/10 | Kari Huus
    A New Orleans law firm is challenging government assurances that Gulf Coast seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the BP oil spill, saying it poses “a significant danger to public health.” It’s a high-stakes tug-of-war that will almost certainly end up in the courts, with two armies of scientists arguing over technical findings that could have real-world impact for seafood consumers and producers. Citing what the law firm calls a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, toxicologists, chemists and marine biologists retained by the firm of environmental attorney Stuart Smith contend that the government seafood testing program, which has focused...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • Rigs in Gulf Ready to Drill, but There’s Little Work

    12/08/2010 9:20:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/8/10 | Clifford Krauss
    ABOARD SEAHAWK 2007, Gulf of Mexico — For the 31 workers on this jackup oil rig, the waiting is finally over. In recent weeks, they have been doing basic chores like painting handrails and scrubbing the deck while the federal government reviewed Castex Energy’s application to drill a natural gas well in 150 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico — a normally quick process that turned glacial after the BP oil spill on April 20 prompted regulators to shut down almost all new drilling in the region.
  • Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood

    12/08/2010 6:07:19 AM PST · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Jonathan Tilove
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible. Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood." In a meeting Monday with Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood...
  • Obama Administration Surrenders Gulf Oil Leak Estimate E-Mails

    11/24/2010 5:54:57 PM PST · by apoliticalone · 5 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 11-24-2010 | CBS
    Obama Administration Turns Over Internal E-mails by Government Scientists Concerning Estimates Now Acknowledged as Too Low (AP) The Obama administration late Wednesday defended the integrity of its estimates - which turned out to be inaccurate - during the summer of how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, turning over thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists who worked on the project. In the e-mails, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jane Lubchenco, cautioned a colleague about how to present the government's findings: "I believe we owe it to everyone to provide the...
  • 3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

    11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling. The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration. The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol...
  • Russia's Gazprom plunges into Cuba's offshore oil business

    Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Russian energy firm Gazprom has joined a growing list of foreign companies searching for oil off Cuba's coast. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Gazprom, announced in a news release that it had bought a 30 percent stake in four offshore oil exploration blocks from Malaysia's state-owned oil company Petronas. No financial details were provided. The Cuban government says it has up to 20 billion barrels of oil in its portion of the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico, but the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated a smaller 4.6 billion barrels. Cuba has divided its share of the...
  • The White House vs. science

    11/13/2010 2:14:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2010 | Editorial
    Congressional Republicans say a whole lot of questions "need to be an swered" about an inspector general's report detailing how the White House altered a scientific paper that it used to justify a controversial drilling moratorium after the BP oil spill last spring. They're right. Almost from the moment the report was first made public, most of the scientists involved said it had been deceitfully edited to make it look like they'd endorsed the ban, which Gulf-state elected officials immediately denounced as a job-killer. Now the Interior Department's inspector general, Mary Kendall, has determined that those allegations are correct --...
  • Energy policy will change under GOP House [Dr. Daniel Fine]

    11/11/2010 1:55:21 AM PST · by Sanhedran67 · 19 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 11/08/10 | Daniel Fine
    advertisement With the Republican Party's newly won control of the House of Representatives, national energy policy could be rolled back to 2005, with all legislative advances under a Democratic Party majority at risk. Republicans could adopt a dual-track strategy that attacks energy regulation through budget reductions of the Environmental Protection Agency that de-fund efforts to impose carbon emissions on industrial infrastructure, at a minimum coal-burning utilities and the gas and oil complex of extraction and refining.
  • Report: White House altered drilling ban report

    11/10/2010 7:46:15 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 52 replies ^ | Wednesday, November 10, 2010; 9:07 AM | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON -- An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling.
  • Salazar says his post in Obama's cabinet safe after BP spill

    10/22/2010 12:59:24 PM PDT · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Bloomberg News Service ^ | 10/22/2010 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, once criticized by President Barack Obama for taking too long to toughen regulation of offshore oil and natural-gas drilling, said he expects to keep his job after the mid-term elections. "I absolutely believe that I will stay on," Salazar said today in a phone interview. "The president and I talk about what I do here at Interior. I think he's pleased with the work I've done. He's told me so." Salazar's performance drew criticism in the months after a BP well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, setting off the worst U.S....
  • Gulf corals in oil spill zone appear healthy

    10/22/2010 7:16:12 AM PDT · by tellw · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/22/10 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    ON THE FLOOR OF THE GULF OF MEXICO -- On the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, just 20 miles north of BP's blown-out well, life appears bountiful despite initial fears that crude could have wiped out many of these delicate deepwater habitats. Scientists are currently in the early stages of studying what effects, if any, BP ( BP - news - people )'s oil spill in April had on the habitats of plankton, fish, crabs and corals. So far, it appears they dodged a bullet - at least in this area. Researchers have not found any immediate damage, but...
  • U.S. Ends Deep-Water Drilling Ban

    10/12/2010 10:36:00 AM PDT · by epithermal · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2010 | Stephen Power
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said Tuesday it will end a controversial moratorium on deep-water oil drilling, but it's unclear how quickly idled oil rigs can go back to work in the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in a statement, said drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet can resume, so long as rig operators can demonstrate they comply with new safety regulations imposed since the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion that began the three-month Gulf oil spill.
  • Drill, North Dakota, Drill

    10/11/2010 5:16:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Recovery: While states like Nevada wallow in recession, tiny North Dakota becomes the first state rated as expanding by a leading service. Could it be the state's burgeoning energy industry? The recession — induced by Democrats and activists meddling in the housing market through the Community Reinvestment Act and then whistling past the bad-loan graveyard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — officially ended in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. For much of the country, mired in a jobless recovery with job losses so great and prospects so bleak that it will take decades just...
  • An Oil-Thirsty America Dived Into 'Dead Sea' (GoM vs Alaska, etc)

    10/11/2010 6:29:35 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 2 replies
    Congress was still convulsed over the Exxon-Valdez oil spill on Dec. 6, 1989, when Shell Oil flashed an announcement that would revolutionize American energy policy: The Anglo-Dutch giant had hit oil—a lot of oil—nearly 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The bulletin on the Auger Field discovery marked the start of a rush into the Gulf's deep waters. At the time it looked as if the Gulf might be a magic-bullet solution to America's energy and national-security needs. It made nearly everyone giddy. Politicians in both parties offered incentives to boost offshore production. Regulators—especially under President...
  • Dept. of Interior's Figures Belie Obama - Another Case of Understatement

    10/11/2010 11:39:15 AM PDT · by epithermal · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Rigzone ^ | October 08, 2010 | Staff
    Only fitting on the day that we get employment data for September (that shows the US still has a long way to go to mend the economic fissures of the most recent recession) that we revisit the impacts that both the actual moratorium on deepwater and the de facto one on shallow-water drilling are having on Gulf-states jobs. The table below summarizes three different studies that provide their assessments of the slowed permitting process for shallow-water operations and the suspension of new drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Department of Interior's...
  • Interior Department toughens regulation of offshore drilling

    10/02/2010 8:10:05 AM PDT · by epithermal · 12 replies
    Oil and Gas Journal ^ | Sep 30, 2010 | Nick Snow
    WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 30 -- The US Department of the Interior announced two rules that toughen regulation of oil and gas drilling practices and equipment performance. The rules, which industry groups greeted with warnings about further drilling delays, join other DOI reforms since the Apr. 20 Macondo well blowout and rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. -snip- Karen A. Harbert, president of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the new regulations will effectively keep the moratorium in place once it expires on Nov. 30. “While the ongoing important investigations into...
  • Democratic senator blocks Obama budget chief pick (Does Hussein really need one?)

    09/30/2010 4:42:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/29/10
    Democratic senator blocks Obama budget chief pickWed Sep 29, 8:24 pm ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama's pick for budget chief has been blocked in the U.S. Senate by a member of his own party to protest the administration's ban on offshore oil drilling. The action by Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, means the Senate will not be able to approve Jack Lew as White House budget chief until at least mid-November, when it returns from a six-week break. Obama could temporarily appoint Lew to head the Office of Management and Budget while the Senate is out...
  • Inept Team Obama Underestimated Oil Spill by 6000%, Sabotaged Cleanup Efforts

    09/29/2010 1:53:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 29, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    "...Custer underestimating the number of Indians on the other side of the hill and paying a price for that" In a scathing critique of this administration's thoroughly-botched handling of the Gulf oil spill, the two co-chairs of a special White House commission said Team Obama underestimated the oil spill in spectacular fashion... with estimates of the spill that were about 60 times too low, thereby crippling the federal -and BP's own- response: _______________________________________ The Obama administration lost the public trust and may have sabotaged clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico by grossly underestimating the amount of oil gushing from...
  • Conservatives denounce GOP 'Pledge' as sellout, inside job

    09/26/2010 9:19:11 AM PDT · by GOPavenger33 · 244 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/25/10 | Jon Ward
    House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups, that has managed to keep deep dissatisfaction over several key issues largely under wraps. Still, interviews with Republican aides reveal that many in the GOP caucus are unhappy that there was no earmark ban and no promise to pass a balanced budget amendment in the proposal, which was unveiled Thursday by House Minority Leader John Boehner. The inclusion of a health insurance provision considered to be mandate angered many...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) fights deepwater drilling moratorium with hold on Obama nominee

    09/24/2010 11:50:44 AM PDT · by epithermal · 12 replies ^ | September 24, 2010 | Bruce Albert
    In a move sure to anger the White House and her Democratic colleagues, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu announced Thursday that she will block President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget until the administration eliminates or significantly modifies the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling.
  • US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal

    09/23/2010 8:24:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 141 replies ^ | 9-22-2010 | Carmen Reynolds, Paul McKain and Karen Schoen
    Piece by piece, America being given away “It’s too late; it’ll just have to be stopped in the Senate,” Tom, the young male answering the phone in U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio)Washington D.C. office, said about HR 3534 (CLEAR Act). This is the globalist bill designed to give away our land, oceans, adjacent land masses and Great Lakes to an international body, and makes us pay $900 million per year until 2040. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil, implements...
  • Gulf Well Declared Dead

    09/19/2010 8:55:34 AM PDT · by illiac · 49 replies ^ | 9/19/10 |
    No further details
  • The Obama Science Worshipers are not so much afterall

    09/18/2010 1:57:49 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 6 replies
    WLL Channel 4 ^ | 9/16/10 | news reporter
    Don't eat the seafood and stay out of the Gulf! This is one of many independent testing reports on the Gulf's condition as it relates to human life.
  • Engineers: 1 more pressure test needed on BP well (Sorry, but Prime Rib, really?)

    09/18/2010 10:14:45 AM PDT · by devane617 · 30 replies
    AP via ^ | 09/18/2010 | Harry Weber
    Crews working to seal BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico once and for all need to finish one more pressure test on a cement plug before declaring the well permanently dead, officials said Saturday. The crew plans to celebrate once the well is officially killed. "We're going to have a good meal together - prime rib," Robson said.
  • Report Reveals Questionable Federal Spending After Oil Spill

    09/14/2010 1:02:03 AM PDT · by excopconservative · 4 replies ^ | 9-13-2010 | Keitha Nelson
    A series of expensive contracts approved by the federal government following the gulf oil spill were brought to light by the Associated Press. But are those contracts cause for concern?........ ...One of the biggest expenses outlined in the AP report is an environmental group being awarded a hefty $216,625 no-bid contract for a survey of seabirds. That group has been critical of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a political opponent of the President. "Getting almost a quarter million dollars it makes it look a little fishy," said Young
  • The prez's new 150,000-jobs killer

    09/13/2010 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 | JOSEPH R. MASON
    The president and many in Congress are using this year's catastrophe in the Gulf to push for sweeping, unrelated measures that would punish not only the US oil and gas industry but the American economy as a whole. Just last week, President Obama explicitly targeted the industry for two massive tax hikes. First, he'd ban oil and gas companies from using the "Section 199" tax credit, a measure for domestic manufacturers enacted in 2004 to boost US employment. (The Senate is set to vote this week on its version of the ban.) Second, he wants to end "dual capacity" protection...
  • U.S. Loaning Mexico $1B for Gulf Drilling

    09/13/2010 9:40:12 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 09/13/2010 | Chris Bounds
    President Obama has a drilling moratorium preventing U.S. companies from deepwater drilling. At the same time the U.S. is loaning money to PEMEX, the Mexican state owned oil company, to help boost its drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. From Fox News: "Despite President Obama's moratorium on U.S. deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Export-Import Bank intends to guarantee $1 billion in loans to PEMEX, the Mexican state oil company, to bolster the company's oil drilling in the region." "The bank, which is the official American export credit agency, loaned more than $1 billion to PEMEX in...
  • Gulf compensation chief retreats from promises to speed claims process

    09/11/2010 8:08:59 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Sep 9, 10:45 pm ET | By SASHA CHAVKIN,
    Just over two weeks ago, Kenneth Feinberg took over the process for handling damage claims from the Gulf oil spill, pledging to cut down the response time from BP’s widely criticized system to two days for individuals and seven days for businesses that file fully documented claims. After a rocky start in which claimants have reported chronic delays and confusion, Feinberg is now retreating from his targets and acknowledging that the process will take longer than he had pledged. “The announced 48-hour claim determination rule for individual claims, and the seven-day claim determination rule for business claims will be extended...
  • Government Scientists Say Microbes Eating BP Oil Without Using Up Oxygen

    09/10/2010 9:16:13 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9-7-2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating "dead zones" where fish cannot survive. Outside scientists said this so far vindicates the difficult and much-debated decision by BP and the government to use massive amounts of chemical dispersants deep underwater to break up the oil before it reached the surface. Oxygen levels in some places where the BP oil spilled are down by 20 percent, but that is not nearly low enough to create dead zones, according...
  • Rowan to move two Gulf of Mexico rigs to Middle East

    09/08/2010 1:19:47 PM PDT · by epithermal · 7 replies
    Oil and Gas Journal ^ | Sep 3, 2010 | Paula Dittrick
    HOUSTON, Sept. 3 -- Rowan Cos. Inc. said two of its jack up drilling rigs are expected to leave the Gulf of Mexico late this year for work in the Middle East under contract with Saudi Aramco. The plans were outlined in a recent document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Bob Palmer independent leg cantilever jack up worked in the gulf under contract with Houston independent Apache Corp. until Apache declared force majeure, Rowan said in an earlier SEC report (OGJ Online, July 29, 2010). Idle for 13 days during July, the Bob Palmer now works...
  • Second Gulf Oil Platform Explosion a Stunning Coincidence?

    09/06/2010 5:14:40 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 21 replies ^ | 09/06/2010 | Gina Miller
    I don't believe in coincidences, and this latest event is really just too much. Back on May 1st, I wrote an article detailing my suspicion that the Deepwater Horizon explosion was no ordinary accident and possibly was even a deliberate attack by forces unknown. Of course I was drilled over it (no pun) and called every name under the sun for stating my thoughts. We still don't know the cause of that explosion, and we may never know the actual truth, but at least the oil flowing into the Gulf has been stopped. Now this. Last Wednesday, a federal judge...
  • FDA's standards for Gulf seafood may be lower than those in past oil spills

    09/05/2010 7:30:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Press-Register [Mobile, AL] ^ | 9/5/10 | Ben Raines
    A Press-Register examination of the process used to reopen state waters around the Gulf to commercial fishing suggests that the Food and Drug Administration used an imprecise testing method, less protective standards than after past oil spills, and seafood consumption estimates that may not account for the dietary habits of Gulf Coast residents. (Snip) For the Gulf spill, the FDA assumed an adult eats about 3 pounds of fish per month, and about 1.6 pounds total of shrimp, crabs and oysters. Such consumption rates offer a built in-safety net, the FDA says, because the agency believes only 10 percent
  • No sign of oil spill after Gulf platform fire (zero disappointed)

    09/02/2010 3:07:24 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 26 replies via AP ^ | 9/2/10 | ALAN SAYRE
  • UPDATE: Oil sheen spreading from Gulf platform explosion

    09/02/2010 11:26:38 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09-02-2010 | Alan Sayre
    NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.
  • The next Ronald Reagan? Sarah Palin follows in the Gipper's large footsteps

    08/31/2010 4:04:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 163 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2010 | James T. Hackett
    Ronald Reagan was an American original and a unique political phenomenon. He combined unusual charm and personality and showed common sense that connected with the average American. He was attacked viciously by the political elites, who saw his popular appeal - and his opposition to big government and high taxes - as a threat to their domination of the nation's politics. Conservatives have been searching for a new Ronald Reagan, so far without success. But perhaps the Gipper's heir is in sight. Sarah Palin is remarkably similar to the late president. The Mama Grizzly from Alaska is certainly an American...
  • Editorial: Waiting for Mr.Obama (Barf Alert)

    08/29/2010 12:10:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    New York TImes ^ | 08/28/2010
    If President Obama has a big economic initiative up his sleeve, as he hinted recently, now would be a good time to let the rest of us in on it. News on Friday confirmed that the economy was far weaker in the second quarter than originally believed, growing at 1.6 percent versus an initial reading of 2.4 percent. Grim reports on housing sales indicate that the slowdown has continued. In a normal recession, housing would lead the way up from the depths. Today, it appears to be leading the way back down.
  • Poll: By Whopping 54%-33% Margin LA Voters Think Bush Did Better Job w/Katrina Than BHO w/Oil Spill

    08/28/2010 3:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 27, 2010
    If you went by MSM coverage you’d never in a million years know it… Raleigh, N.C. – While support for oil exploration off the coasts of various states sharply decreased in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, support in Louisiana remained very high, measuring at 77% support, to only 12% opposition, in PPP’s last poll of the state in June. While support has nearly returned to previous levels elsewhere, support in Louisiana has, if it were possible, also increased, to 81%, with only 9% not in favor. By a 32-21 margin, voters say the spill has actually made them...
  • Spill Commission Should Lift Moratorium Which Has Cost Gulf Residents 12,000 Jobs and $2.1 Billion

    08/27/2010 1:58:03 PM PDT · by Andrea19
    ATR ^ | 8/26/10 | Christopher Prandoni
    With the spill off the Gulf largely contained, the Administration has launched a commission to investigate the root cause of the tragedy. Now that the heated emotions surrounding the spill are beginning to subside, the presidential commission has an enormous opportunity to objectively access the failures that led up to the spill—and just as importantly—to chart a sustainable, cheap, and safe course for America’s energy production. Given the Administration’s antagonistic track record with America’s oil and natural gas producers, many Republican Members looked at the commission with weary eyes. Addressing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Senator Barrasso (R-Wyo) highlighted many of...
  • White House, Critics Reach Stalemate in Dispute Over Oil Budget in Gulf

    08/23/2010 11:39:36 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | Katie Howell of Greenwire
    Neither the White House nor critics of an Obama administration report is crying uncle in a dispute over a government report suggesting that three-fourths of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is "gone." After being blasted by lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists in recent weeks, the administration is standing behind its claims that all but 26 percent of the oil is accounted for, despite widespread criticism that such a claim paints too rosy a picture of the situation in the Gulf. At issue is the Aug. 4 interagency report that accounts for the spilled oil, indicating the amounts that have...
  • People Have Noticed [The Epic Fail Administration]

    08/20/2010 7:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Borderfire Report ^ | August 20, 2010 | Alan Caruba
    "Apres moi le deluge”, “After me, the flood” and though attributed to the French King Louis XV, historians believe it was actually said by Jeanne Poisson, Madame de Pompadour. The last members of the monarchy spent France into the poorhouse until they had their heads separated from their bodies via the guillotine. People have noticed the same eerie disconnect from the suffering of the populace as Barack and Michelle Obama party on. There has been a succession of vacations topped off by Michelle in Spain on the U.S. dime. Keeping track of the vacations, about seventeen this year, has become...
  • After Plugging the Oil Leak and Ending War in Iraq, Obama Feels He Needs a Break

    08/20/2010 7:46:01 AM PDT · by toma29 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 8/20/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    At least that's what AP is feeling. But what about the economy? And jobs? From AP via Yahoo!: Oil spill and Iraq combat over, Obama takes breakLike Barry had anything to do with "plugging the damn well". It's amazing how these reporters who keep showing their Journolistic talents keep thinking they're being taken seriously. Finally, President Barack Obama can relax on vacation. The Gulf oil leak is plugged. The last combat troops are out of Iraq. And Congress is on its own summer break. Still, doubts remain about the strength of the U.S. economy, and Obama tried to tamp them...
  • NOAA Scientist: Release of Oil Spill Report done by White House, Not NOAA

    08/19/2010 6:18:36 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Darrell Issa
    WASHINGTON, DC – A NOAA scientist, Dr. Bill Lehr, yesterday told a group of Congressional staff investigators on a conference call that a controversial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming that nearly three-quarters of the oil from the Gulf oil spill has already been addressed was released by White House officials and not scientists at NOAA.
  • Nearly 80% of Gulf spill oil still in water: Experts

    08/18/2010 12:11:56 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 62 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 18 August, 2010 | AFP
    WASHINGTON: Nearly 80 per cent of the oil spilled from a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico is still in the gulf, US scientists have estimated, challenging a more optimistic assessment by the US government earlier in the month. In its August 4 report, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration found that half the 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled by the April 20 blowout had been evaporated, burned, skimmed or dispersed. A team of five scientists from the University of Georgia did their own analysis of the government data and came to a different conclusion. "We just reanalysed...