Rush to Judgment: Limbaugh Suggests Gulf Spill May Have Been Caused By “Envionmental Wackos”

As the government deals with what may prove the worst oil disaster in the history of the country in the Gulf of Mexico, oceanographer and chemical engineer Rush Limbaugh has gone public with his theory that “enviornmental wackos” may be responsible and that pouring oil into the ocean is something that the ocean can handle naturally with intervention by the government. He also insisted that oil spills are natural and should not cause undo concern.

Limbaugh noted “The carbon tax bill, cap and trade, that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day” and “hardcore environmentalist wackos” were looking for ways to oppose Obama’s plans for more nuclear power and offshore drilling: “What better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I’m just, I’m just noting the timing here.” So here is a glimpse into the mind of Rush Limbaugh: environmentalists fear an oil spill on the coast so, to avoid such spills, they blow up a rig to cause a spill on the coast.

Limbaugh also encouraged the public to stop fearing oil spills and learn to embrace them as natural as the ocean water they pollute: “The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.”

Presumably, Limbaugh made these statements from Costa Rica where he promised to go if the health care bill was passed, here.

In the meantime, Bill Kristol told Fox News that the problem is that we are not drilling close enough to shore, here.

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153 thoughts on “Rush to Judgment: Limbaugh Suggests Gulf Spill May Have Been Caused By “Envionmental Wackos””

  1. Anyone who actually believes that BP will be made to pay the actual costs of the damage of this spill should read this Greg Palast article on the Exon Valdez oil spill.

    Exxon after a scorched earth battle through the courts has managed to pare back its payout for this spill to much less than it saved by not having the saftey equipment and procedures in place that it had agreed to.

  2. How would environmental whackos approach the rig without being noticed?

    It was an inside Job

  3. ‘The news about Goldman’s bet against the Gulf comes on the heels of embarrassing revelations that the firm had taken a short position on Lindsay Lohan’s acting career. More here. ‘

    Is this what they do all day? Bet on the Lindsay Lohans of the world? Jesus….

  4. How would environmental whackos approach the rig without being noticed? “Look fellas, here comes Greenpeace. Put on some tea water.” Hmmm, maybe an inside job? Like “Hey, I could blow up the station and kill a bunch of us and ruin the Gulf coast too! That’s it. Then Rush Limbaugh can fire up the ninnies and say oil in the water is natural. Hell, the sea birds and turtles LIKE it. And then everyone will sing the national anthem.”

  5. If they would have rushed to plug it in the first place, we wouldn’t be having this discussion in the first place.

  6. If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

    The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

    burn2.jpgView full size(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Sawyer)This April 28, 2010 image made from video released by the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command, shows an in situ burn in the Gulf of Mexico, in response to the oil spill after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. The “In-Situ Burn” plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

    But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.

    When federal officials called, Elastec/American Marine, shipped the only boom it had in stock, Jeff Bohleber, chief financial officer for Elastec, said today.

    At federal officials’ behest, the company began calling customers in other countries and asking if the U.S. government could borrow their fire booms for a few days, he said.

    A single fire boom being towed by two boats can burn up to 1,800 barrels of oil an hour, Bohleber said. That translates to 75,000 gallons an hour, raising the possibility that the spill could have been contained at the accident scene 100 miles from shore.

  7. Slarti:

    I took no offense.

    In my view they cannot, it would cost them in legal fees. In addition what is waste anyway? It is a by product of production as such it is a waste of money as well. If i can use that waste to make money I would be silly not to try. Did you know that waste fat is picked up by a company in/near Emporia, VA and converted into animal food? Or that Kingsford Charcoal was created by Henry Ford out of packing crates?

    If you can turn trash into cash why would you get rid of it? Certainly some companies produce toxic waste that needs to be disposed of appropriately/properly but the remedy is the court system if they pollute (at least in my opinion). As we see now big companies use the need for money by politicians as leverage when making deals about waste disposal. Give a pol a thousand bucks and he is your BFF for life.

    You should be thinking about this type of thing with your venture. It could save you a good deal of money which could be used to expand which will put more people to work and provide additional societal benefits.

    See Slarti Capitalism is all about rational self interest but guess what the by-product of that is? A healthy and wealthy society. Collectivism is what causes the problems, when people aren’t free to chose it isn’t good.

  8. Slartibartfast


    Don’t give him any ideas – I don’t want to have to debunk some massive conspiracy theory about how the Illuminati planted Barack Obama’s birth announcement, killed Kennedy, faked the moon landing, engineered the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center and arranged for the North Koreans to torpedo the Deepwater Horizon as part of a Voodoo spell to relocate the Bermuda Triangle and bring about a socialist one-world government. Why don’t you just go and work on breeding a mini-mammoth with anti-freeze for blood…


    The mini-mammoth is out ’cause Maaarrghk! wants me to cuddle it.

    After having spent hours reading the thread with all the birther nonsense and “naturalized” citizen debate, I figured he’d fall for the voodoo or Bermuda Triangle line and then try to get my name and address and ….

    Yeah, you’re right 😉

  9. Byron,

    Some facts about hog farm waste:

    The fact of the matter is that interconnectivity of the ecosystem means that pollution (of any sort) can’t be limited to property that the polluter owns (and there is no indication that anyone even tries). This is the same brakage in the profit/cost or risk/reward feedback mechanism which brought us the financial crisis. You are not truly an advocate of free markets if you don’t see that this linkage must be fixed. These systems can be mathematically shown to be unstable without proper feedback mechanisms. Do you believe in something for nothing and corporate welfare or do you agree with me?

  10. Slarti:

    whose land/water is hog waste polluting? Someone owns it. Air you might be right about, but if there is a known disease that is caused by a certain chemical that is manufactured by company x and you come down with it. . .

    Why would you dump hog waste into ponds? I would process it and make methane to run my farm and use the by-product to fertilize my fields. A little aerobic or anaerobic digestion, a little microwave action and viola methane and fertilizer. Reduced cost of pork production means money in my pocket and maybe even excess gas to sell to my neighbors.

    Not like the brazen arc of electricity,

    With conquering volts astride massive cables in the sky;

    Here at our green washed, manure gates shall stand

    A mighty torch, whose flame

    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

    Mother of pig shit. From her flame

    Glows farm-wide welcome; her mild flame command

    The anaerobic digesters that twin hog barns frame.

    “Keep ancient ideas, your chemical fertilizers!” cries she

    With silent lips. “Give me your pig shit, your chicken shit,

    Your masses of refuse yearning to be gas,

    The wretched garbage of your productive farm.

    Send these, the products of your enterprise to me,

    I lift my flare beside the golden tank!”

  11. Byron,

    I apologize for calling your comment above dumb, but could you please explain to me how a free market can exist if companies can dump pollution into the environment at no cost.

  12. Byron,

    I’m sorry, but that’s just dumb. No one (except maybe the government which you don’t seem to want to do anything) has grounds to sue for pollution of public air and water and I haven’t seen much luck getting companies to clean up their messes after the fact. If you don’t want me to dump garbage in your back yard just because I can make more money that way, why is it okay for hog farms to make more money by dumping toxic waste into ponds? (which leach into the water table) How can the free market account for something if you don’t put a price tag on it? If pollution is a ‘cost of doing business’ then keeping it off of the balance sheet is bad accounting – what kind of free market is that?

  13. Tom Carey:

    why do you keep posting Who songs on a site about oil spills?

  14. Slarti:

    I say let them pollute to their hearts content but then sue the bejeebers out of them to make them clean it up. I dont think government should play a part except as a referee.

    It might not work but the system we have now isnt working either. We fine companies that pollute. In fact BP had a big fine for some pollution they caused in Alaska a few years ago. I see how effective that was in preventing the current trouble.

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