Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spill Baby Spill - 3

President Obama is ok with offshore drilling, caving in to the cave men who say "it is so easy with this new technology, even a caveman can do it".

When will people learn that if a neoCon's mouth is moving lies are spilling out?

Spill baby spill.

Sarah Palin, who knows that the Exxon Valdez oil poison is still stinking deep into the pristine Alaska wilderness, has been saying the same thing, causing a fever of ignorance to spread like a deadly oil spill in some southern states.

When the neoCons get excited enough to send poster bitches around running their mouths, you can be sure that some disaster is going to happen.

Over a year ago, near the date of the Exxon Valdez anniversary, we mentioned oil spill lies:
The native people had sold their land to the military oil complex for one dollar on the promise that the oilsters would be very careful and take care of the environment.

Well, forked man speaks with white tongue, so the oil company of course violated the agreement.

The Exxon Valdez's radar had not been working for a very long time, and was not even activated on that fateful day. The oil robber barons were not careful, so once again the native Americans were wronged by the oil crusaders.

To this day there is still oil on beaches in that vast pristine area. Since no one comes to look very much, the oil companies have gotten away with it.

And the judges of some of the courts, possibly beholding to the oil companies in "prior lifetimes" in some way, have cut the damages Exxon has to pay down to a small percentage of the original jury awards.

The addiction to oil continues like a plague.
(Spill Baby Spill). Then near enough to that anniversary this year, we had the oil spill that may surpass Exxon Valdez, so we posted:
Now we have another major disaster off the coast near New Orleans (where about 90% of the close-to-shore rigs were wiped out or shut down by hurricane Katrina and Rita, and many other rigs not close to shore were disrupted or destroyed by Katrina and Rita).

In the disaster this week, one of the Cadillacs of oil drilling rigs built in 2001, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded and sank (after about 20 years of what Obama called significant technological improvements to drilling rigs).

Those who are ignorant of the dangers facing humanity like to say drill baby drill, but the real story is Spill Baby Spill.
(Spill Baby Spill - 2). Now we are hearing that the "Sarah Palin Spill" (named in honor of Her Sarahness & Her Sarahness) is 500% worse than originally estimated:
Government officials said late Wednesday night that oil might be leaking from a well in the Gulf of Mexico at a rate five times that suggested by initial estimates.

In a hastily called news conference, Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry of the Coast Guard said a scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had concluded that oil is leaking at the rate of 5,000 barrels a day, not 1,000 as had been estimated.
(NY Times). They must be using the same computer programs that calculate the deficit?

One factor that has so far not emerged through the fog of Spill is the damage to state economies this could bring.

The Exxon Valdez spill was 10.8 million U.S. gallons (257,143 bbl) so this one has a ways to go if it is spilling 210,000 gallons (5,000 bbl) a day.

It would take maybe a couple of months to equal the Exxon Valdez spill, but their estimates may be low even after a second guess.

The thing is growing exponentially, and if it hits the beaches, good by tourism, a serious economic consideration there; good by fisheries, another serious economic threat.

It could hurt states already in trouble financially.

According to the NY Times article quoted above, the Department of Defense was put on notice to be prepared to help if BP can't handle it.

So here comes another bailout?

The previous post in this series is here.


  1. One incidental news item is that the first offshore wind farm has been approved to be constructed in the north east.

    Will oil companies support swift boat organizations to try to stop it?

  2. All excellent points today. It'll be very interesting to see how or if this affects GOP "drill baby drill" talking points. I'm betting they won't miss a beat.