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. HORN ISLAND, Miss. – Federal wildlife officials are treating the deaths of six dolphins on the Gulf Coast as oil-related even though other factors may be to blame.

    Blair Mase (MACE’) of the National Marine Fisheries Service said Tuesday that the carcasses have all been found in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama since May 2. Samples have been sent for testing to see whether a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico helped kill the dolphins.

    Mase and animal rescue coordinator Michele Kelley in Louisiana said none of the carcasses has obvious signs of oil. Mase also said it’s common for dead dolphins to wash up this time of year when they are in shallow waters to calve.

    The Associated Press found dolphins swimming and playing in oily waters off Louisiana last week.

  2. Bdaman,

    Sorry, it’s just in my nature to stand on the bridge and tell stupid ideas, “You shall not pass!”

  3. Buddha,

    That’s a nasty frog in your throat – I hope you’re not coming down with something…

  4. Isn’t that a typo?

    Aren’t those B’s supposed to be D’s? And that’s one too many L’s.

    As with all industrial accidents, look first for a natural cause, then to the last person who worked on it.

    cough cough cough Halliburton cough cough cough

  5. Dr. Slarti the unofficial cause, as of now, is a gas bubble that came up the pipe and exploded/ignited when it reached the surface. We can begin to rule out all other possibilities. The whole point of this exercise is as the title to the post says, Rush To Judgment 🙂

  6. That should be: “Someone […] linked to a caller on the Mark Levin show who was on the Deepwater Horizon…”

  7. BILLBO,

    Sorry, but the facts just don’t line up with the hypothesis that it was terrorists of any sort. (and North Korean torpedos are right out!) Someone (Bdaman, I think) linked to a caller who was on the Deepwater Horizon during the explosion who described the sort of accident that is know to happen occasionally after cementing. FFLEO said that an independent source had told him that the accident described was one of the possible causes of the explosion. Furthermore, given the option of blaming eco-terrorists vs. a possible $20+ billion liability how many oil executives would fall on their sword? Not the three I saw testify to congress on Tuesday, I’m guessing. So why don’t you just take the inane propaganda that you got from Rush, Fox News and the birthers and try to spread your lies somewhere else (referring to President Obama as Soetoro is a dead giveaway and it’s been amply demonstrated here that President Obama is a natural born citizen regardless of whether or not he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro). Or better yet, you could actually try to do some unbiased research and learn the truth.

  8. I like this from (Bdaman) “It took President Obama 12 days to visit the disaster area today.
    Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was not aware the Defense Department had equipment for dealing with oil slicks. The White House defended their non-response today.”
    Can you imagine if Georgy was still at the helm. By now the blogs would have tried,convicted and convinced Pelosi to start impeachment hearings!
    12 DAYS! Oh my goodness, I wonder if Obama (Soetoro) was even aware that the rig blew up? After all, he was very busy outlining “HIS” new proposal for CAP and TAX that would have made way for MORE OIL RIGS IN THE GULF!
    Something else you folks (too) quickly wiped out of your minds about this article that (of course) seeks to tear apart Rush simply for making a possible (keen) observation. The GREEN nuts and global warming thugs were in fact looking for ANY possible way they could to STOP Obama from making this move. They had as much passioante hate for him, because of his willingness to allow more rigs, as they have every morning for Sarah Palin.
    Don;t write off the greenies just yet as being the ones WHOLLY responsible for this. After all, just think how successful this IS GOING TO BE in making sure off shore oil rigs are soon a thing of the past.
    And one last thing. Before all you freaks spew anymore of your vitriolic hate for “conservatives” and oil drilling, I suggest you ALL put everything you own up for sale that runs on anything derived from its use. That means, going caveman. Because the fact your on a computer spewing your dumbness, proves, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

  9. yes we did it to show you that you are the real ecoterrorists! wee little earthers, obama dunsum laudnum, and kimjunglee collaborated to blow up the rig and pollute the gulf to show the world how bad oil is. we were willing to sacrifice an entire ecosystem and possibly annihilate whole specis to make our point.

    it should make perfect sense once you think about it. tuurrists have no respect for life, enviros are tuurrrists, therefore enviros blew up the rig. course wee little earthers needed help from the big guys who although ostensibly pro-capitalist (obama) and pro-totalitarian cult of presonality (kimjunglee) are really sleeper anarchists working in collusion with georgeo sora$$.

  10. AY:

    that was Bill Clements the owner of TransOcean Sedco or just Sedco back in the 70’s and 80’s. I think he sold to Schlumberger (Schlumbershea) a French company which provides the same services as Haliburton.

    That knowledge is a few years old so things could have changed.

  11. What was it I said yesterday,

    If they were CAPABLE of flying planes into buildings don’t think they couldn’t be capable of organizing to blow up a ship. They already hijack them in large numbers.

    Somali pirates hijack China-bound oil tanker

    (Reuters) – Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked the Russia-owned oil tanker MV Moscow University bound for China 350 miles off the coast of Yemen with 23 Russian crew and crude oil worth $52 million on board.

  12. If Texas has not changed it statute and Haliburton is found to be liable then the maximum exposure they are looking at is 50 or 250 Thousand Dollars, I forget which.

    Texas had a Governor that used the maritime limitation for an oil spill when one of his offshore rigs collapsed and it ended up costing the state over 11 million dollars in the late 70’s or early 80’s. Then Texas punished him like they do all good politicians, he was re-elected. I suppose it is a cost of doing business.

  13. Move over, Pat Roberston, make way for Rick “the secessionist” Perry.

    Rick Perry: Oil spill may be ‘act of God’
    by Jake Sherman (Politico, 5/3/2010)

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday offered a stern warning against halting oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of a massive oil leak, and he raised the question of whether the explosion was an “act of God.”

    The Republican governor, speaking at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, warned against a “a knee-jerk reaction” to the spill and said the government doesn’t know what caused the leak, which took 11 lives and threatens the Gulf coast’s vast fishing industry.

  14. Wahoo,

    Christine Pelosi has nothing to apologize for – what she said is correct. Profiling behavior led to the detection of the inept car bomb. Professor Jost is also in the clear as he made a qualified conditional statement:

    “If, as I believe is much more likely…”

    His belief seems to have turned out to be wrong (note my own qualification), but that doesn’t effect the truth of his statement. Neither of them have any reason to apologize. If there were some quantitative scale measuring the relative need to apologize whenever someone said something, both of these ‘gaffes’ would measure in the micro-Palins, nano-Rushes, or femto-Bachmans.

  15. Speaking of Rush to Judgement

    Christine Pelosi, daughter of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, professor, Washington and Lee University, need to apologize to conservatives for their outrageous claims in The Politico following the attempted Times Square bombing.

    Christine Pelosi, attorney, author and Democratic activist

    This is what a terrorist can look like: a balding white man in his 40s. Thanks to an alert street vendor and an NYPD officer who ushered in local and federal law enforcement, the Times Square would-be bomber was a bust. So far. They saw the parked car, engine running, hazards blinking, driver departing — in other words, they profiled behavior, not people. Take note, Arizona.

    Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, professor, Washington and Lee University

    I think the politics of this incident will turn heavily on who is found to be responsible. If, as seems unlikely, the bomb is linked to South Asian or Middle Eastern terrorists, questions will again arise as to whether the Department of Homeland Security is doing all it can do to keep us safe. If, as I believe is much more likely, the bomb was placed by a right-wing lunatic, it seems to me that questions need to be raised as to whether the right-wing media bear some responsibility for stoking the delusions of such people through their relentless and often unfounded attacks on the Obama administration and the federal government.

  16. Here’s an excerpt from another Huffington Post article:

    Gulf Oil Spill: Government Regulator Downplayed Environmental Impact Of Spill
    by Marcus Baram (Huffington Post, 5/3/2010)

    In the wake of the growing environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is being blamed for discounting the potential for a massive oil spill and underestimating its effects.

    But the federal agency tasked with oversight of offshore oil drilling may be even more responsible for understating the impact of a spill in the environmentally-sensitive area.

    In a 2007 environmental impact statement for the Western and Central Planning Area Sales, which includes the Macondo Prospect where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service downplayed the potential for environmental damage.

    In the document which covers oil drilling leases from 2007-2012, MMS assesses the potential impact of oil spills and blowouts on wetlands, marine mammals, commercial fishing, economic impacts, and water quality, among other factors:

    – “Offshore oil spills resulting from a proposed action are not expected to damage significantly any wetlands along the Gulf Coast… Overall, impacts to wetland habitats from an oil spill associated with activities related to a proposed action would be expected to be low and temporary.”

    – “The effect of proposed-action-related oil spills on commercial fishing is expected to cause less than a 1 percent decrease in standing stocks of any population, commercial fishing efforts, landings, or value of those landings. Any affected commercial fishing activity would recover within 6 months. At the expected level of impact, the resultant influence on commercial fishing activities from a proposed action would be negligible and indistinguishable from variations due to natural causes.”

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