Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Bleep Goes On - Land Ho! - 3

The fate of Florida beaches near Pensacola may be blowing in the wind.

The fate of the oil addiction is not so uncertain, however, because it seems that our government is bound and determined to keep oil addiction safe from extinction, but the same cannot be said for Earth life.

The winds are blowing on shore toward Florida from the Gulf of Mexico, meaning oil may foul Florida beaches over the weekend.

Meanwhile the federal government has approved new offshore drilling:
Federal regulators approved Wednesday the first new Gulf of Mexico oil well since President Barack Obama lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water, even while deepwater projects remain frozen after the massive BP spill.

The Minerals Management Service granted a new drilling permit sought by Bandon Oil and Gas for a site about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana and 115 feet below the ocean's surface. It's south of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge and Game Preserve, far to the west of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the BP spill.
(ABC News). It is as if they are doubling down on the oil addiction in the same area where the greatest ecological disaster in U.S. history still spews toxins and is still out of control.

Out of control addiction has a future right up to the end in Bullshitistan, because the toxic oil pushers keep giving federal officials a taste:
As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive spill.

The Texas-based oil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday — 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat. It was the busiest donation month for Halliburton’s PAC since September 2008.

Of the 10 current members of Congress who got money from Halliburton in May, seven are on committees with oversight of the oil spill and its aftermath.
(Politico, emphasis added). Flagrant and open bribery is their understanding of "open government" I suppose.

Open bribery for all to see.


  1. Open government = open bribery for all to see. I think they issued a press release a few months back explaining that; it didn't get a lot of attention since everyone pretty much assumed that was normal business anyway. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

    I wonder if Wall Street has dreamed up any exotic financial derivatives based on the oil spill yet? I'll bet they've already sold $Billions worth.

  2. Yep.

    Commodities broker language would go something like "go short on the environment, long on pollution" ...

  3. The death wish addiction the government has is like when a wacko parent murders their spouse, then their kids, then themselves.

  4. The capitol that BP sometimes calls home has the same attitude that BP has.

    Final Warning is Scorned

  5. Wonder how long it will take the "industrial revolution" to complete its meltdown? Its been what, 120 years or so since the dawn of the petroleum age, throw in another 100 or so for mass use of coal.

    Unfortunately/fortunately I think the meltdown's gonna progress quite a bit quicker, as the rate of use/depletion is now at full steam, and of course the environmental effects are just beginning to kick in. It's gonna be fun to watch, and we've got a front row seat for the first round.

  6. The industrial revolution was steam based, but it did not let off enough steam for the worshippers of Oilah Akbar, so the petroleum revolution began.

    Now we are into the status quo revolution, whose band was at the White House this week.

    You know, the guys who now sing:

    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know
    We don't want to change the world
    You tell me that it's evolution
    Well, you know
    We don't want to change the world

    One word can change things we can't believe in ...