Drill, Baby, Drill

As expected, President Obama is planning to lift the drilling moratorium and to return to his planned drilling program off pristine areas of the East Coast. While Obama is no longer claiming that oil rigs really do not spill much, it really does not matter much. Bureau head Michael Bromwich has announced that the six-month ban is unlikely to be renewed in a blow to environmentalists. One lasting change? The Obama Administration changed the name of the scandal-laden Minerals Management Service to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

The Administration has been putting on a full court press with officials expressing relief that they can find no large amounts of oil left — brushing over the millions of gallons of toxic chemicals that they allowed BP to dump into the ocean to disperse the oil. Experts have objected that the Obama Administration has been actively downplaying research showing these chemicals remain in the food chain for many years. Administration officials have said that the health impact of these chemicals remains uncertain — leading others to question the decision to dump millions of gallons into the ocean.

The recent public offensive appears calculated in part to lift the ban. In the ultimate example of “out of sight out of mind,” Bromwich insists that he can “see no information so far that would justify extending the moratorium.”

Source: CNN

280 thoughts on “Drill, Baby, Drill”

  1. SM,

    I’m not saying Buck’s likable, just that Bennet isn’t.

    You have a choice between liver and a kind of fish you’ve never heard of, and you know you don’t like liver. You’re going to choose the fish. Unless your friend mentions that the fish is toxic.

    It’s a long time till November.

  2. Byron,

    I’m sure it will be like most midterm election. These things tend to be pretty predictable. Anyone calling for a Clinton Era Republican majority is ignoring the fact that the Tea Party is a)splitting the vote with 3rd party candidates b)driving the Republicans so far out of the mainstream no sane independent would vote for them and c) damaging the whole “conservative” brand.

    On the other hand, people are more likely to vote for people who appeal to instinct when the chips are down. I think the authoritarian bent of modern conservatives would appeal to the “choose biggest male for alpha” level.

  3. Gyges:

    whomever supported Bush’s economic policies is an idiot and didn’t understand it then and doesn’t understand it now. Knee jerk reactionary republican fools-then and now.

    I guess what I am saying is don’t paint all of us with the same broad brush. I dislike what I have seen of his philosophy, I don’t know the man implementing them.

    To change the subject, what do you think is going to happen in November? I am starting to think the repubs are going to pick up a few seats in the house and maybe a couple in the senate but I don’t think it is going to be the blow-out the pundits are predicting based on this recent round of primaries.

  4. SM:

    I dont disagree that some opposition is attributable to racism but I do not think it is as wide spread as your post(s) seem to imply.

  5. Byron,

    I assume that people who didn’t oppose Bush’s economic policies and then oppose the continuation of those policies, using a bunch of nonsensical word combinations are motivated by something other than dislike of the policies. When those same people use pictures and language commonly associated with racism and bigotry, I start to suspect that they may in fact be racists and bigots.

    Call me crazy.

  6. Byron Most people on here think Obama’s economic policies are wrong but for the opposite reasons you do. The economic policies have nothing to do with the “Obama is a Muslim” rhetoric.

  7. Swarthmore mom:

    I quite frankly think his economic policies are wrong, it has nothing to do with his skin color or his religious beliefs. I know a good many white Christians who hold similar economic beliefs and I think they are wrong as well.

    Since you and most everyone else on the left think his economic policies are correct, you assume one must be a racist or religious bigot to oppose them. Why else would anyone oppose those ideas? Personally I oppose them because I think they are wrong and there is a long history of their failure in many countries in many different times and in many different incarnations to support my argument.

    It is certainly easier to dismiss opposition based in religious or ethnic bigotry than to attempt to understand another’s opposition to a demonstrably failed economic philosophy.

  8. The Olympic Committee should take away Lindsey Vohn’s gold medal and give it to Obama.

    Nobody has gone down hill faster than he, NOBODY!!!!! 🙂

  9. Swathmore Mom you assume Obama would want to run again and if he did there is no way in hell he would ever get reelected.

    Was the Rev. Wright a closet Muslim?

    Might as well be with his G.D. America crusade. Obama never listened to him anyway, at least thats what he said.

    Obama is not a Muslim and neither are his wife or daughters.

    He sure does bow alot. Was in Indonesia for schooling, said the call to prayer was the sweetest sound he’s ever heard. Traveled to Pakistan and Afganistan but nobody really knows why and it was because he let it slip out during a campaign speech the only reason we know about it.

    While Michelle was in Spain, she and Sasha went to the Great Mosque of Granada. Speculation is like the Imam going on his outreach tour and his wife I might add on tax payer dollars, Michelle was doing the same.

  10. Was the Rev. Wright a closet Muslim? Obama is not a Muslim and neither are his wife or daughters. He could be a one term president depending on what emerges from the republican primaries. Right now the selection looks poor. Maybe that son of Dan Quayle’s that won last night in Arizona could run.

  11. Obama is one and done, why do you think he plays so much golf, has parties, takes upteen vacations, takes 8 minute helicopter rides. Even Letterman is taking jabs.

  12. The election started out as anti- Mexican. Now it is anti-Muslim and anti-black although most African Americans are christian. So what is the bait? It might work for the republican tea party in 2010, but with the changing demographics it is a losing strategy for the future. Turnouts are much larger in presidential years.

  13. What do “global warming,” “global governance” and “sustainable development” have to do with the proposed “Ground Zero mosque?” One would think absolutely nothing; however investigation into the money, organizations and people behind the project has uncovered some revealing and disturbing connections. An extensive analysis of these findings provides the missing insight into the larger agenda, motives and modus operandi associated with what is now known as the Park51project. It also reveals the reasons behind the persistence of the insipid and insulting project and why it remains viable in the face of such visceral opposition.


  14. Swathmoremom you shouldn’t have. Lots of evidence unfolding on that. I’ll take the bait if you want me to, just say the word.

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