The Obama-BP Message Control

It is odd in the highest degree that left-wing commenter Russ, responding to a post about the failure of onshore environmental armageddon to materialize in the Gulf of Mexico, thinks that conservatives would shrink from this information:

FLATOW: Yeah, let me to go the phones, Darren(ph) in College Station, Texas. Hi, Darren.
DARREN (Caller): Hello, Ira.
FLATOW: Hi, there.
DARREN: I’m an adjunct professor here at A&M, and we were also in the Gulf, but got thrown out. We were testing a theory that the chemical composition of the dispersant they were using was causing the oil to sink. And we’d been there for approximately three days, and federal agents flat told us to get out. And it wasn’t Fish and Wildlife officers. These were Homeland Security officers, and we were told that it was in the interest of national security. …
DARREN: Oh, yeah, they inspected the boat. They, of course, checked everyone’s identification, and they took all the samples that we had. And they also took some notes that we had. The theory that we were operating upon was information that had been given to us by someone who worked in the plant that made that dispersant. And they took everything.

So, the oil didn’t wash over the land in the ecosystem-killing amount initially predicted, but it might not have been absorbed by the Gulf to the degree subsequently thought. Whether the remediation effort did, indeed, coat vast swaths of the seafloor with oil and what the repercussions will be — the breadth of the damage, whether the previously cited oil-eating microbes will remove it over time, and so on — are all questions that should be answered. And if this talk-radio caller can be trusted, it’s discouraging to see the administration, whose deep-water-only policies and poor execution of oversight helped to precipitate the disaster, trying to keep those answers from materializing as quickly as possible.

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Russ
Russ
11 years ago

It is odd in the highest degree that left-wing commenter Russ, responding to a post about the failure of onshore environmental armageddon to materialize in the Gulf of Mexico, thinks that conservatives would shrink from this information…

Um, actually I suggested that “industry apologists” would prefer to stick to the industry provided talking points (nothing to see here environmentalists, move along). Odd (and revealing) that you assumed that to be synonymous with “conservatives.”

Sammy
Sammy
11 years ago

There are 3,600 rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Of that number, 32 of them are pulling up stakes. That should mean that there are still 3,568 rigs still pumping their little hearts out and still using all the same service providers they’ve been using all along.
Since those 32 were drilling rigs whose wells were capped for use sometime in the future, I’m not sure how Obama’s moratorium affects anybody but the oil companies. It’s certainly not hurting the pumping rigs because they’re still out there going full steam ahead.
That’s not to say some rig workers won’t be laid off but, even with the loss of employment on 32 drilling rigs, I can’t see how that measures up to 20,000 lost jobs . . . which is the figure we’ve heard floated about.
I think people have somehow forgotten that the job loss, which probably does amount to around 20,000, give or take, is primarily associated to the oil spill itself . . . not the 32 drilling rigs who are leaving the Gulf.

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