Environmentalists and Government Destroy Gulf
Like a petulant child, Obama commands, "Plug the damn hole." It's his solution to the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill. He's given the order, why hasn't it happened?
This method has always worked before. But this is different, and it is that difference those
who are used to getting their way by means of threats, intimidation, shouting orders, or sending a gang with guns cannot understand. Those tactics work against people, they do not work against reality.
So they rail against a reality that refuses to be what they want it to be. At least that is the show they put on, because there is something very phony about all this.
The Blame Show
The first phony thing is all the blather in the news, which provides almost no facts at all about the actual cause of the explosion and leak, or even what is actually being done about it. Mostly what the MSM is providing is an endless parade of
those supposedly to blame for this "environmental" disaster, first and foremost of course are the greedy oil men, then big oil business, then capitalism, and finally not enough regulation and government oversight, although no one is actually blaming the government itself.
The Real Culprits
Mark Steyn gets it right, it is government itself that is the culprit.
"Why has BP got oil wells 5,000 feet underwater in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico? Because government regulated them off-land, off-coast, and ever deeper into the briny."
And he makes the other all important connection:
"True, BP went along. Its initials stand for 'British Petroleum'. You may not be aware of that if you've seen any of their commercials in recent years: 'BP ? Beyond Petroleum." They were an oil company ashamed of their product, and advertising only how anxious they were to get with the environmental program.'
The other culprits are the environmentalists who lobbied for more and more oppressive regulations of oil and drilling.
"Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place? Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there ... because environmentalists have succeeded in rendering the Pacific and nearly all the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil production (see map above)."
Reasons To Do Nothing
In this country and others, especially Britain, where the declining BP share prices are
badly hurting pensioners there is a demand that Obama do something, but Obama apparently is not concerned about who this tragedy hurts, and seems almost bent on
making it worse.
While cries for Obama to do something go up, he does nothing to mitigate this tragedy, partly, of course, because he cannot. He is totally ignorant and incompetent and would not know coconut oil from motor oil, and partly because he's afraid to do anything--if you don't do anything, it can't go wrong, and almost everything he does goes wrong.
The real reason he does nothing is because the real motive of this leftist administration, to keep the people terrified of impending disasters as an excuse to burden society with ever more oppressive regulations is served perfectly by the PB oil spill. Global warming is all future--here is a "right now" disaster the people are actually experiencing. Who wants to fix a "good thing" like that?
Here's some evidence:
Miles of Oil Containment Boom Sit in Warehouse, Waiting for BP or U.S. to Use, neither the US government or BP have shown any interest in it, though it is a proven technique for containing oil spills.
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. Again, nobody is interested.
Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help. It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands. The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: "The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston."
U.S. not accepting foreign help on oil spill offered by other countries, including the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
"These offers include experts in various aspects of oil spill impacts, research and technical expertise, booms, chemical oil dispersants, oil pumps, skimmers, and wildlife treatment."
About the cleanup, "one newspaper stated, European firms could complete the task in four months, rather than an estimated nine months if done only by the U.S. Working with the U.S., the cleanup could be accomplished in three months."
None of the offers were accepted.
This Disaster Is Intended
Are all these bad decisions just terrible mistakes on the part of BP and Obama's government? Is it just incompetence on a grand scale? While I would never underestimate incompetence, Ayn Rand once made the observation that some mistakes are just too big to be made.
This is not a mistake. Someone knows exactly what they are doing, and what the consequences will be, and they are exactly what they want them to be.
At least one part of the scheme is to use this disaster in the same way the government and environmentalists used the
Santa Barbara oil spill:
"The Santa Barbara outcry and ensuing restrictions on drilling started right before the 1970s?which turned out to be one of the most traumatic decades energy-wise in recent history. The decade was notable for scarce energy, the OPEC oil embargo of 1973, gasoline shortages, and the belief that energy would never again become abundant and affordable. But underlying all that were the post-Santa Barbara domestic restrictions on energy development, particularly offshore drilling."
It is impossible to know the details of all this disaster is intended to put over on the American people, but new levels of draconian regulations will certainly be included in the package.
The beginning of this disaster may or may not have been man-made, but the extent of it, and the toll it is going to take on individual's lives, businesses and economy are all intentional, and those who are causing it, like all totalitarians, do not care how many people are hurt--or how many die because of it. It will not be, "cleaned up," as long as they think they can get away with doing nothing, or at least nothing that really works, or until it has accomplished its purpose.
It is worthy of note, that Obama hates the UK, and is probably delighted at the prospect of many retired in the UK losing their life's savings as a result of the damage done to BP. Some aspects of this have looked like BP is complicit in it all, but I have not yet been able to discover the advantage to BP. There is one possibility. As Mark Steyn observed, they have, in recent years, become "environmentally conscious." It would be interesting to know how much BP had invested in such things as carbon credits and carbon exchanges.
óReginald Firehammer (06/03/10)
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