Monday, May 24, 2010

The Bleep Goes On - Land Ho! - 2

In the first of this series, we talked about voodoo environmental policy run amok in the federal agencies that grant offshore drilling permits.

Obama appeared to be against those policies and said so.

Who is listening to Obama?

Evidently his bi-partisan government is not, so is it the republican "moles" left behind by the bushies, or is it rogue and mavericky democrats, or is it just bloggers who don't get it?

He told both the republicans and the democrats in his administration, following his adoption of drill baby drill and the follow up disaster in the Gulf, that things would change for the better.

He clarified his intent by saying a hold was being placed on offshore drilling:
In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records.

The records also indicate that since the April 20 explosion on the rig, federal regulators have granted at least 19 environmental waivers for gulf drilling projects and at least 17 drilling permits, most of which were for types of work like that on the Deepwater Horizon shortly before it exploded, pouring a ceaseless current of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Asked about the permits and waivers, officials at the Department of the Interior and the Minerals Management Service, which regulates drilling, pointed to public statements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, reiterating that the agency had no intention of stopping all new oil and gas production in the gulf.

Department of the Interior officials said in a statement that the moratorium was meant only to halt permits for the drilling of new wells. It was not meant to stop permits for new work on existing drilling projects like the Deepwater Horizon.
(NY Times, emphasis added). Meanwhile, BP refuses to stop using the dispersant that EPA told it to stop using.

No doubt about it, the federal government suffers from heavy oil addiction and is criminally insane.


  1. Don't know what to say about Obama anymore.

    Was he a Republican plant from the start; groomed to win an election in the wake of the disastrous Bush regime, while implementing GOP policy under the guise of a "leftist Democratic" regime, knowing full well that the voting masses were too damned stupid to know the difference, and that the resulting hard right swing would yield a winning GOP candidate in 2012 that will be right of Hitler, Stalin, or any of Europe's best? That's my personal opinion at this point.

    Was he perhaps a legitimate Democratic candidate in the mold of Bill Clinton, who through the pseudo-intellectual triangulation/"third way" line of thinking sought to genuinely remake the world into some sort of liberal paradise, only to be fucked in the ass yet again by the hard realities of D.C. beltway politics once he gained office, his hardball Chicago-style political bonafides notwithstanding? This is the version the MSM would have you to believe.

    OR, is the conspiracy much deeper than any of that? Was he approached in the summer of 2008, just prior to McCain being forced to run with Caribou Barbie, and made an offer he couldn't refuse? One where he was offered the opportunity for greatness, unbelievable riches, and an immortal legacy in return for a somewhat narrowly defined "Presidency." All with a considerable, unspoken, but CLEARLY implied downside should he refuse?

    You know, my mind's not made up on this one afterall...

  2. disaffected,

    He is certainly caught up in a vortex of wanting to celebrate America's election of its first black to the Presidency, and celebrate that along with millions of others.

    America was desperate for some light, if you will, in the darkness of the aftermath of Bush II.

    But after a few weeks of sleep in the bed of the White House, a few cognitive trips to disaster scene after disaster scene, the barbed hatred from a thousand dark minds landing all around him, he became twisted by extremely powerful conflicting pressures.

    I am reminded of one of the terminators going through gyrations of sight and sound when thrown into the liquid metal by the other terminator, who then went down into the same depths of non-existence with a thumbs up sign.

    These events do not fit a rational or logical sequence from one premise into one conclusion produced by disciplined deduction.

    These are the daze of demize of an empire which make grown men cry and weak women like Palin bloviate like a gusher from the deep, deep depths of the hate infested poison oil pools of ignorance.

    MOMCOM will have her litter and eat it too.