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  • Defiant Obama Refuses to Visit Border: I'm 'Intimately Aware' of Everything Taking Place

    07/10/2014 6:03:01 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07-09-2014 | Tony Lee
    I'm posting this in chat as I don't consider it news and, frankly, though it didn't come up in a search, I'm not completely sure it's not posted prior with a different headline and I didn't see it. I think it's appropriate to prompt specific discussion about the meaning of this statement the Puppet made, "Nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of or briefed on." President Barack Obama
  • Photos: Colorado Flood damage aerial views

    09/14/2013 5:01:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 95 replies
    fort morgan times ^ | Sep 14, 2013
    Aerial photos of the flood damage caused by heavy rains along Colorados Front Range. A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this weeks historic flooding as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach the 230 people listed as unaccounted for in northern Colorado. Meanwhile, evacuation orders spread throughout the day to communities downstream as rivers continued to flow above flood stage.
  • Montara Oil Spill: "A failure of sensible oilfield practice" (Human error again???)

    12/12/2010 1:57:46 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | December 8,1012 | Phil Hart
    An inquiry was completed in August 2010, but the report has only now been released along with the Government's response. This post provides a summary of the incident and findings, primarily based on the Inquiry's Report. Despite the fact that the Halliburton cementing report clearly showed that the casing shoe could not be regarded as having barrier integrity, the report was ‘signed off’ by Mr Treasure (PTTEPAA’s senior on‐rig representative) later in the evening on 7 March 2009, with a handwritten annotation ‘good job well done’. The extraordinariness of this state of affairs need not be laboured. It suffices to...
  • Polling the spill: Majority say Bush Handled Katrina Better than Obama Handled Oil Spill

    08/28/2010 7:46:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The oil spill in the Gulf may be mostly out of the headlines now but Louisiana voters aren't getting any less mad at Barack Obama about his handling of it. Only 32% give Obama good marks for his actions in the aftermath of the spill, while 61% disapprove. Louisianans are feeling more and more that George W. Bush's leadership on Katrina was better than Obama's on the spill. 54% think Bush did the superior job of helping the state through a crisis to 33% who pick Obama. That 21 point margin represents a widening since PPP asked the same question...
  • 'Opportunistic' Bacteria Feasting Slowly on Underwater Oil in Gulf

    08/20/2010 11:15:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 20, 2010 | PAUL VOOSEN AND ALLISON WINTER of Greenwire
    A new study confirming the existence of a massive plume of oil trapped deep underwater in the Gulf of Mexico defies notions that bacteria, while they are degrading the oil, will make as quick work of petroleum lingering in the water's cold depths as they have on the surface. In a widely hailed study published today in the journal Science, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found there was no "appreciable" surge in bacteria growth and oil consumption around a plume they traced near the well that exploded earlier this summer. The first published peer-reviewed study of the subsurface...
  • BP Links Compensation to Continued Drilling In The Gulf

    08/12/2010 3:05:58 AM PDT · by BobP · 4 replies
    WKRG.com ^ | August 11, 2010 | WKRG.com
    The $20 billion victims' compensation fund established for the Gulf oil spill may use revenue from BP's oil and gas drilling as collateral, according to details released Wednesday by the White House.
  • Oil Spill Response is Stuck on Stupid

    07/12/2010 11:07:19 AM PDT · by antiobamacare · 12 replies
    Heritage Foundation via The Woodward Report ^ | July 12, 2010 | Rory Cooper
    If you only listened to President Obama, you wouldnt even know an oil spill is occurring in the Gulf. He hasnt spoken publicly about the oil spill since June 22 when he announced it was on a laundry list of items discussed at a cabinet meeting. Before that, on June 16, he spoke briefly after negotiating his secret liability deal with BP. Other than those two instances, the president hasnt spent another public moment focusing on the spill since he began fighting the battle against the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced from the Oval Office four weeks ago....
  • Green religion movement hopes oil spill wins converts

    07/10/2010 3:18:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NEW ORLEANS -- Where would Jesus drill? Religious leaders who consider environmental protection a godly mission are making the Gulf of Mexico oil spill a rallying cry, hoping it inspires people of faith to support cleaner energy while changing their personal lives to consume less and contemplate more. "This is one of those rare moments when you can really focus people's attention on what's happening to God's creation," said Walt Grazer, head of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.(continued)
  • Issa Report Highlights Government Incompetence and Double Talk in Gulf Oil Spill

    07/02/2010 3:34:18 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-02-10 | Mike's America
    Day 74 I also want to stress that we are working closely with the Gulf states and local communities to help every American affected by this crisis. Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak; BP will be paying the bill. But as President of the United States, I'm going to spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues. And we will spare no resource to clean up whatever damage is caused. And while there will be time to fully investigate what happened on that rig and hold responsible parties accountable, our...
  • Day 68: Why isnt the A-Whale in the Gulf yet?

    06/27/2010 11:58:29 AM PDT · by kara2008 · 64 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/27/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The A-Whale bills itself as the largest open-water oil skimmer in the world, and it’s at least very impressive. Originally an oil and ore tanker, the ship’s owners recently refitted the ship to do exactly the kind of work that the US so desperately needs in the Gulf of Mexico, and to do it on a vastly larger scale than current operations can handle. According to the ship’s project manager, the entire American effort in 66 days has skimmed off 600,000 barrels of oil. The ship’s owners claim that A-Whale can skim 500,000 barrels a day. So where is the...
  • Salazar's Ban Is Soros' Bonanza

    06/23/2010 4:22:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 23, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: Our interior secretary plans to reinstate the offshore drilling moratorium struck down by a federal judge. But if deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill nearly three times as deep? Maybe Secretary Ken Salazar can explain why Britain and others can safely drill in the North Sea and no other nation has suspended its offshore drilling. Yet there he was Tuesday saying he'll reissue a reworded moratorium that will make it clear to dunces like U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman why offshore drilling is unsafe. As with health care reform and other issues, the...
  • BP disaster started in February?

    06/19/2010 12:26:08 PM PDT · by kara2008 · 187 replies · 4,064+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 19, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    Until this week, the general impression of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf has been that the explosion took everyone by surprise, and that neither BP nor a dysfunctional MMS had any idea that the well had reached a critical stage. Two days ago, however, Bloomberg reported that both BP and MMS were well aware of the high risk of a blowout at that particular well. BP and its subcontractor Transocean had in fact been fighting against a blowout for over two months, and MMS was well aware of the situation:
  • Has Anyone Noticed that the Damn Hole Is Still Not Plugged?

    06/19/2010 11:41:16 AM PDT · by TruthHound · 43 replies · 942+ views
    The other day President Obama gave BP an ultimatum, he met with BP executives for the first time, and squeezed $20 billion from the company. He also made a prime-time bomb of a speech. Moreover, in that short period, Tony Hayward has been demoted, a part-time czar has been appointed, and it is now reported that claimants are being turned away. The success the Obama administration had in getting the oil spill live feeds off the front pages of websites and cable news stations and cause the change in the narrative from millions of gallons of oil gushing to a...
  • Most Foreign Offers to Help with Oil Spill Still Not Accepted

    06/19/2010 11:20:27 AM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Alabama Live ^ | 6/19/2010 | Sean Reilly
    WASHINGTON -- Some 28 foreign countries and international organizations have offered help in responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the bulk of those overtures remain "under consideration," according to a tally posted on the U.S. State Department's website. On May 10, for example, the United Arab Emirates offered to send oil skimmers, dispersant and containment boom, along with human and technical support, the website says. As of Friday, no decision had been made on any of those propositions, the site indicates. Also pending for more than a month are offers of containment boom and skimmers from the...
  • BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard

    06/17/2010 4:24:50 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 199 replies · 6,562+ views
    ABC ^ | 17 June 2010 | DAVID MUIR and BRADLEY BLACKBURN
    Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor's wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore. "It's the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. "Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges."Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and...
  • (Oprah) Winfrey on oil disaster: Obama's doing best he can

    06/17/2010 7:03:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 75 replies · 1,338+ views
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2010
    EXCERPT "I think the president is doing the best anybody can," said Winfrey, who campaigned for Obama when he ran for president. "I really don't understand what people want him to do? I think he's the president of the United States. "You're not supposed to be emotional, you're supposed to take action and get things done and make sure those things happen so I'm not sure what people want him to do," she said.
  • New RNC Ad: "What Took So Long?"

    06/17/2010 5:01:56 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 19 replies · 800+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 6/17/2010 | Moneyrunner
    In which Obama golfs, dates and parties. "Being President is hard." [Video at link]
  • BP was founder of Cap & Trade Lobby and is linked to John Podesta, The Apollo alliance and Obama

    06/16/2010 6:37:08 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 34 replies · 674+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 15, 2010 | Tim Carney
    Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool By: Timothy P. Carney Examiner Columnist June 9, 2010 In this May 30, 2010 file photo, BP PLC CEO Tony Hayward talks to reporters as he visits a Coast Guard command center in Venice, La. BP's inability to contain the worst oil spill in U.S. history has focused attention on CEO Tony Hayward's words and deeds over the past six weeks - and the scrutiny has not yielded a flattering image. (AP file photo) As BPs Deepwater Horizon oil rig was sinking on April 22, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was on...
  • Cap-And-Trick

    06/16/2010 4:27:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 511+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 16, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: President Obama says the oil disaster proves the need to get off fossil fuels. But before we save the planet, let's save the Gulf and stop exploiting crises to deny America the energy it needs. Saving the planet is nice, but just how do we plug the hole again? With an abundance of hand gestures, the president didn't really say in his speech Tuesday night. He did say fossil fuels were bad and green energy is good, but the people of the Gulf states don't need wind turbines right now. Contrary to Obama's assertions, our "addiction" to foreign...
  • Obama Officially Embraces the Lame-Duck Session Strategy

    06/16/2010 12:25:15 PM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 25 replies · 798+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 16, 2010 | Jim Geraghty
    The Politicos Mike Allen puts this in his morning newsletter: EXCLUSIVE: Phil Schiliro, the White House congressional liaison, has told the Senate to aim to take up an energy bill the week of July 12, after the July 4 break (and after the scheduled final passage of Wall Street reform). Kagan confirmation will follow, ahead of the summer break, scheduled to begin Aug. 9. The plan is to conference the new Senate bill with the already-passed House bill IN A LAME-DUCK SESSION AFTER THE ELECTION, so House members dont have to take another tough vote ahead of midterms.Every Republican challenger...
  • Al Gore's Weird Silence

    06/16/2010 11:58:30 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 22 replies · 1,058+ views
    Daily Beast ^ | June 14, 2010 | Dayo Olopade
    Yes, hes out of office, and splitting with his wife. But Dayo Olopade investigates why Americas leading environmentalist is conspicuously absent from the debate over the worst environmental disaster of our time. In the spring of 1989, weeks after the catastrophic sinking of an Exxon Valdez oil tanker in Alaskas Prince William Sound, then-Senator Albert Gore, Jr. was leading the outcry against the company responsible for the second-worst oil spill in United States history. From his position on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Gore demanded to know if Exxon was stonewalling the cleanup efforts. A flustered Coast Guard commandant,...
  • Katrina and BP, Two Sides of the Same Coin

    06/16/2010 10:25:31 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 18 replies · 525+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 16 June 2010 | W. R. Wansley
    Mississippi's Governor Haley Barbour, in the wake of hurricane Katrina, often blunted attempts of the media to goad him into criticizing the rescue efforts of President George W. Bush by stating, "Louisiana has the same president as Mississippi has." That is to say Bush's supposed inaction in the New Orleans' "come rescue me" fiasco was in sharp contrast to the boot-strap spirit of the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Now the Gulf oil spill has shed more light on the consequences of reliance on the federal government to a national disaster. In Katrina, a group of people relied on...
  • Obama's Legacy is cemented...

    06/16/2010 9:19:50 AM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 10 replies · 944+ views
  • Deep Horizon Well System May Collapse (Worst Disaster In Our Lifetimes)

    06/15/2010 5:56:32 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 105 replies · 2,790+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | 6/13/2010 | The Oil Drum
    OK let's get real about the GOM oil flow. There doesn't really seem to be much info on TOD that furthers more complete understanding of what's really happening in the GOM. As you have probably seen and maybe feel yourselves, there are several things that do not appear to make sense regarding the actions of attack against the well. Don't feel bad, there is much that doesn't make sense even to professionals unless you take into account some important variables that we are not being told about. There seems to me to be a reluctance to face what cannot be...
  • FReep This Poll! Do you approve of the president's handling of the Gulf oil spill?

    06/15/2010 6:21:56 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 56 replies · 1,167+ views
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | Fox 5 San Diego
    FReep This Poll! Gulf Oil Spill Do you approve of the president's handling of the Gulf oil spill? Yes No Go to the link provided here. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right hand side of the Fox 5 homepage (above Chrissy's Outfit of the Day). Vote your choice...
  • Obama's Gulf War: Lackluster response to oil spill exposes poor presidential leadership

    06/15/2010 6:18:39 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 27 replies · 621+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Five weeks into the Hurricane Katrina crisis, President George W. Bush's Gallup weekly public approval rating stood at 45 percent. Five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, the same survey pegged President Obama's approval rating at 46 percent. That is bad news for the White House. The worse news is that Mr. Bush's approval rating had increased five points since the Katrina crisis had started; Mr. Obama's has dropped four points. Katrina is sometimes seen as the breaking point for Mr. Bush's public approval ratings. Mr. Bush's general job approval did not plunge into the permanent...
  • Hannity: "President Has Been Criminally Negligent in Terms of Protecting Jobs and the Environment"

    06/15/2010 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 3 replies · 169+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 6/15/10 | HAP
    Video of Hannity and Dick Morris discussing Obama's response to the Gulf oil crisis...Fox news last night (Video)
  • Viedo--Obama to Peddle Energy Snakeoil Tomfoolery in Speech Tonight

    06/15/2010 8:34:37 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 17 replies · 275+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/15/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    Sticking to the game plan of 'never let a serious crisis go to waste,' Barack Obama intends to use the Gulf oil crisis as an excuse to push for his so-called 'cap-and-trade' tax-on-energy scheme in order to supposedly 'reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels.' Part of that game plan is to lie about the costs to average Americans. The scheme is nothing more than energy snakeoil tomfoolery. The Leftwing extremist proponents of this taxpayer-robbing trickery, such as Henry Waxman, D-California, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, grossly underestimate the costs of the plan, just as they have with...
  • A President engulfed: Obama has not shown the leadership the oil spill requires

    06/15/2010 8:58:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 718+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | June 15, 2010 | The Editors
    On the 54th day of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama projected that the transformational impacts of the oil spill will be as fundamentally world-changing as those of 9/11. He's overreaching on that one. The jets that sliced into the World Trade Center pushed America, indeed the globe, into recognizing that the U.S. was a nation upon which a maniacal enemy had declared war. There could have been no greater shock, no deeper sorrow, no more searing anger and no more steely resolve than flowered in an awakening to a clash of civilizations. However differently Americans came...
  • BP to defend spill as Obama pitches greener U.S.

    06/15/2010 8:55:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 527+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/10 | Ayesha Rascoe and Chris Baltimore
    WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) President Barack Obama will outline a plan to reduce the country's addiction to oil on Tuesday after U.S. lawmakers say BP's cost-cutting culture caused the worst spill in U.S. history. A day after BP shares fell 9 percent in London and New York, U.S. lawmakers will ask its U.S. boss Lamar McKay why the company made repeated choices that appeared to favor cost savings over safety before its rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico. The accusations come as BP, a listed company which has lost about half it's market value since the spill began almost...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Tuesday, June 15

    06/15/2010 8:24:45 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 351 replies · 5,690+ views
    Can someone please ping - trapped in traffic
  • BP gets OK to burn off captured oil, gas at sea

    06/15/2010 7:02:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 626+ views
    AP ^ | 6/15/2010 | RAY HENRY and BRIAN SKOLOFF
    PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. BP won permission to start burning oil and gas piped up from its broken seafloor well as part of a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Federal authorities gave permission late Monday for BP PLC to use a new method that involves pumping oil from the busted wellhead to a special ship on the surface, were it would be burned off rather than collected.
  • Video Shows Federal Officials Knew Quickly of Potential for Massive Oil Flow in Gulf Spill

    06/14/2010 6:46:10 PM PDT · by unspun · 78 replies · 3,064+ views
    AL.com / Birmingham Press-Register ^ | 5/1/2010 - Yes, MAY 1st | Ben Raines
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration video, shot as officials coordinated response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, shows that federal officials almost immediately worried that the oil well could leak up to 110,000 barrels per day, or 4.6 million gallons. The video appears on a federal Web site. It was filmed in Seattle, at NOAA's Western Regional Center, as scientists and federal officials in Seattle, Houston and New Orleans engaged in telephone conferences, according to a companion document on the Web site. View full size (NOAA video still)Federal officials discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill soon after the...
  • The Last Straw

    06/14/2010 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies · 1,525+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 14, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Leadership: FDR said we had nothing to fear but fear itself. JFK asked what we could do for our country. Now we can add Obama's whine about the disaster in the Gulf: "I can't suck it up with a straw." 'Even though I'm president of the United States, my power is not limitless," the president told Grand Isle, La., locals in a video released Friday. "So I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw. All I can do is make sure that I put honest, hardworking, smart people in place ....
  • Video--U.S. gov't, environmentalists to blame for Gulf oil disaster

    06/14/2010 11:41:10 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies · 634+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6-14-2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    BP is a convenient scapegoat for those in the U.S. government and the environmentalist movement who are attempting to avoid any blame for the mega-disaster in the Gulf. The U.S. government and environmentalists are actually the ones to blame for the disaster. Over the past 30 years the environmentalist movement has gained enormous influence over public policy and Left-leaning politicians at the state and federal levels. No greater example of this lunacy can be found than the opposition to oil drilling in ANWR. Snip A team of scientists are now saying that due to the drilling in that particular part...
  • Jones Act of 1920 hinders best response to gulf oil spill in 2010

    06/12/2010 9:25:40 AM PDT · by balls · 42 replies · 852+ views
    Personalmoneystore.com ^ | June 11th, 2010 | Thomas Hart
    The Jones Act, a federal law passed in 1920, is making headlines in 2010 thanks to (what else?) the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. The Jones Act was passed 90 years ago to give U.S. shipping companies an advantage over the rest of the world in U.S. waters. Today the Jones Act which requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S. ships that were constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens and crewed by U.S. citizens is preventing the rest of the world from helping the U.S....
  • This job, too, is beneath Obama[THE UNSTOPPABLE GUSH]

    06/11/2010 10:57:24 PM PDT · by JLS · 24 replies · 1,190+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 11 June 2010 | Mark Steyn
    So a man swept into office on an unprecedented tide of delirious fawning is now watching his presidency sink in an unstoppable gush. That's almost too apt. Unfortunately, in the real world, a disastrous president has consequences. So let me begin by citing the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in Canada. Whoa, whoa, don't stampede for the exits!
  • Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen in hot seat over Gulf oil spill

    06/11/2010 10:11:19 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 67 replies · 1,651+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 11, 2010 | AP
    The Gulf oil spill spoiling the teeming marshes and white-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast is also threatening the pristine image of the burly, take-charge leader who has become the federal government's go-to guy in a disaster. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, one of the few federal officials whose reputation survived Hurricane Katrina intact, is facing growing criticism that he and his agency are overwhelmed by the catastrophe. It's unfamiliar territory for a former Coast Guard Academy football captain who has managed responses to crises that include the earthquake in Haiti, Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "It's very...
  • A Ban On Truth

    06/10/2010 6:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 976+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: The advisory board on offshore drilling says it never endorsed a moratorium, which was added later by the interior secretary. The only thing transparent about this administration is its lies. Experts brought together by the Obama administration to review offshore drilling safety were asked to review recommendations in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. They did not give their blessing to the six-month drilling moratorium announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and have accused him of deliberately appending their report to make it seem like they did. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Salazar's May 27...
  • Drilling Bits of Fiction (Obama Admin lied about drilling moritorium)

    06/10/2010 1:58:35 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 16 replies · 800+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6-10-10 | The Editors
    The Obama Administration is under political pressure to reverse its ill-considered deep water drilling moratorium, and the latest blowback comes from seven angry experts from the National Academy of Engineering who say their views were distorted to justify the ban. In the wake of the oil spill, President Obama asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to produce a report on new drilling safety recommendations. Then on May 27 Mr. Obama announced a six-month deep water drilling ban, justifying it on the basis of Mr. Salazar's report, a top recommendation of which was the moratorium. To lend an air of technical authority,...
  • Oil rigs leaving Gulf of Mexico over ban, says official

    06/10/2010 12:27:19 PM PDT · by thackney · 37 replies · 1,311+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | June 10, 2010 | Agence France-Presse
    A Louisiana official said oil firms have begun pulling rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico since U.S. President Barack Obama declared a six-month halt to deepwater drilling after an accident prompted the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Already, three rigs have left or are in the process of leaving the Gulf of Mexico, Chett Chiasson, executive director of the port commission for the town of Port Fourchon, which services 90 per cent of deepwater activity in the Gulf, told AFP. If this moratorium goes for six months, these rig operators and these oil companies will have no choice...
  • BP buys 'oil spill,' related Internet search terms to manage message

    06/10/2010 9:27:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 95+ views
    Christian Science Monitor (via Yahoo) ^ | 6/10/2010 | Gloria Goodale
    Whether its a $50 million TV commercial blitz or BP CEO Tony Hayward snapping to a reporter that he wanted his life back, the company behind the nations worst oil disaster in history cant seem to get its message right. Now, the latest media misstep, according to media watchdogs and industry experts: the company has been buying up the top Internet search terms such as oil spill or BP a move that places its corporate website at the top of search results pages. At minimum, this is in extremely poor taste in the midst of such a disaster, says...
  • Maine oil spill team, others wait in frustration

    06/10/2010 6:57:34 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 5 replies · 50+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 6/10/10 | John Richardson jrichardson@mainetoday.com
    PORTLAND State officials and other Mainers are eager for a chance to help fight and clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has more than two miles of absorbent boom ready to go. It also wants to send oil-skimming barges and a team of trained responders. Were waiting. Weve got trained people, weve got equipment, said Barbara Parker, director of response services for the DEP. Ive talked to people in other New England states. Were all waiting. We cant just go. We have to be asked....
  • Naked Bike Ride in Miami Protests Gulf Oil Spill

    06/09/2010 5:20:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 257+ views
    The Miami New Times ^ | June 9, 2010 | Amanda McCorquodale
    If you're like us, the first impulse you had after seeing your first oil-soaked seagull was to rip off your clothes and hop on a bike. This Saturday, you can do just that in the company of strangers at the Miami World Naked Bike Ride to protest our nation's dependence on that gooey, wildlife-killing, black gold. OK, so the organizers put an asterisk next to the word nudity, encouraging imaginative costumes and well-placed body paint. In other words, bare as much as you dare. World Naked Bike Ride is an international movement, practiced in cities like Vancouver, British Columbia and...
  • Antiquated Law Preventing Foreign Naval Aid for Oil Spill Says CNBCs Santelli, Heritage Foundation

    06/09/2010 2:20:33 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 7 replies · 47+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | June 9, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    When a protectionist law is enacted and nearly a century later it is inhibiting a recovery from major ecological catastrophe, it's probably time to scrap it or at least temporarily waive it. But instead a nearly century old provision known as the Jones Act of 1920 is wielding the wrath of unintended consequences. According to the Heritage Foundation, this protectionist measure was put in place to defend the American maritime industry, but is endangering far more jobs than it is protecting. "The Jones Act, which is supposedly about protecting jobs, is actually killing jobs," Heritage co-authors James Dean and Claude...
  • Rolling Stone: Deepwater blew and Obama knew

    06/09/2010 1:18:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 54+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 9, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    So far, Barack Obamas new Captain Kickass persona seems to be as big a flop as the movie itself. No one is buying Obamas outrage, especially not the Left, where anger over his mismanagement and inaction has finally landed in the featured pages of the Rolling Stone, one of the magazines shouting hosannas to Obama in 2007-8. Tim Dickinson takes his shots at the Bush administration, but mainly hammers Obama and his laughable attempts to feign shock over the Deepwater Horizon blowout and Gulf disaster: Like the attacks by Al Qaeda, the disaster in the Gulf was preceded by ample...
  • Butt Stops Here

    06/08/2010 4:45:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 194+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Leadership: The president says he went to the Gulf to find out whose derriere to kick. After he gets his foot out of his own mouth, perhaps he can talk to us about that Coast Guard memo. Scapegoating has become a hallmark of this administration. Certainly BP was responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of Deepwater Horizon. But after an accident in federal waters the federal government, which has a plan to save the entire planet from greenhouse gases, had no plan to save the Gulf from a single gushing well, with the possible exception of finger-pointing. In this...
  • ABC News--Most Americans Say Gov't Response to Oil Spill Worse Than Katrina (video)

    06/07/2010 6:29:47 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 8 replies · 17+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/7/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In an ABC News poll that was released Monday evening, most Americans indicate that the government's response to the Gulf oil disaster is worse than that of Hurricane Katrina. 69% rate the Obama Administration's handling of the crisis negatively, while the Bush Administration's negatives on its handling of Katrina rose to only 62%. The poll also says that by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans believe that those responsible for the oil disaster should face criminal charges. BP's negatives are even worse.
  • (Obama's) Killing The Drilling

    06/04/2010 7:08:42 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 63 replies · 1,353+ views
    Investors.com ^ | June 4, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily staff
    The Economy: As if the latest measly numbers on our jobless recovery weren't bad enough, along comes the administration to pile disaster upon disaster by slapping a six-month ban on deep-water drilling. When President Obama visited Louisiana on May 1, he talked about the possibility that the oil gushing from BP's Deepwater Horizon well could "jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home." Now the administration's response could jeopardize the livelihoods of tens of thousands more. In a letter sent to Obama on Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal challenged the president's decision to suspend deepwater drilling...
  • Obama Slips Up On Oil Spill Panel

    06/02/2010 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,004+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 2, 2010 | HENRY I. MILLER
    I dislike President Obama's style and substance. A whiner and left-wing ideologue, he is remarkably slow-witted when out of range of speechwriters and teleprompters. I'll say one thing for him, though: He brings a sense of irony to government. The latest example is the incomprehensible choice of William Reilly, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to co-chair the presidential commission to investigate the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During Reilly's tenure, the EPA implemented policies that prevented the development of a high-tech method to mitigate the effects of the oil washing onto the magnificent beaches...