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Posted on Jun 11, 2010
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All oil spill, all the time: CBS reporter Harry Smith talks with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal about the cleanup effort on a recent “Early Show” episode.

It’s hard to cast the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in anything resembling a positive light, but some Republican operatives are apparently pretty chuffed about the media coverage of the debacle, according to e-mails from inside GOP circles that accidentally found their way to The Huffington Post.  —KA

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The specific news report that had party operatives celebrating was a local Fox Channel 8 report on an event held by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calling on President Obama to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling.

“Watch the video—you can’t beg for a better package than that,” writes a top Louisiana GOP spokesman to a communications staffer at the Republican National Committee. “Good perspective on moratorium from the gov and locals.”

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By ThomasG, June 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

Bill Gates said on ABC’s “This Week” this morning, June 13, 2010, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/06/13/interview_with_microsofts_bill_gates.html that the United States needs to put aside money for a Research and Development Project to develop a new energy source that would replace oil as a long term goal of U.S. Policy, and that to do nothing in this respect is acceptance of the existing short term policy of continuing drilling in areas with increased risk will result in both increasing and LARGER disasters.

I agree with Bill Gates.

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By ThomasG, June 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

Bill Gates said on ABC’s “This Week” this morning, June 13, 2010, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/06/13/interview_with_microsofts_bill_gates.html that the United States needs to put aside money for a Research and Development Project to develop a new energy source that would replace oil as a long term goal of U.S. Policy, and that to do nothing in this respect is acceptance of the existing short term policy of continuing drillin in areas with increased risk will result in both increasing and LARGER disasters.

I agree with Bill Gates.

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By Maani, June 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

Okay, all you conspiracy buffs!  LOL.  Here is the factoid of the month.

In early April 2010, a company named Boots & Coots was sold.  B&C is an expert at oil rigs and oil spill clean-ups.  (http://www.boots-coots.com/)  The company that bought B&C?  None other than Halliburton, one of the three companies in charge of the Deepwater Horizon rig.  (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63907A20100410)  Almost exactly three weeks later, on April 24th, the rig exploded, creating the largest oil spill in history.  Need I tell you that B&C is one of the lead companies helping to contain the spill?

That, of course, would be enough to raise some serious suspicion about the spill.  But it gets even uglier.  You know who one of the largest investors in BP is?  Goldman Sachs, and particularly Lloyd Blankfein.  And you know what Mr. Blankfein (and others) did at the time that B&C was bought by Halliburton - i.e., three weeks prior to the explosion?  He sold off almost all of his BP stock - before it dropped precipitously.

Oh, and the outgoing chairman of BP, Peter Sutherland?  He happens to be “Non-Executive” Chairman of Goldman Sachs.

Oh yes, he is also personal financial adviser to…the Pope.

I kid you not.

Things that make you go “hmmmmm….”

Peace.

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By MarthaA, June 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment

I agree with the President, keep the moratorium on oil drilling off the coast.  I understand, all the oil is going to China anyway.

Oil companies are destroying our environment.  It would be better to go back to horses and have a good environment.

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By FiftyGigs, June 12, 2010 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

natera, yours was a truly stunning comment, one of
the best I’ve read.

As for… “You can’t beg for a better package than
that.”

Jindal has a point. The BP disaster will have
profound effects on the livelihoods of people in the
Gulf, especially those tied to the oil business. That
is, however, the deal the state has made.

Therefore, it’s also pointed to ask why Jindal has
allowed the livelihood of the state to be so lacking
in diversification as to be so dependent upon a
single industry. Where is Jindal’s disaster plan?

Jindal is also reasonable for insisting that drilling
reviews by the federal government be conducted
quickly… let’s use his words here… so drilling
will be safe.

By any use of reason, that means reviews will either
take more time (to be thorough) or will require
significantly bigger government. Jindal and the
Republicans apparently favor bigger government. I,
for one, would love to hear their plans for paying
for it.

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By LostHills, June 12, 2010 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Republicans think we’re all stupid. Like we didn’t just live through 15 years of
their rule and we can’t see that this mess resulted from their policies.

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By berniem, June 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

The cancervatives, reactionairies, and a goodly number of democrats just can’t get beyond the addiction to what they see as the fast and easy buck no matter what the efects, short or long term, on the nation if not the planet. The irony, of course, is their moaning and hand wringing over the supposed long term negative consequences of “THE DEFICIT” while pimping onward for the continuation of endless war no matter the cost! Ah, Amerika! The living example of what happens when the inmates really run the asylum!

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By esi42, June 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

I keep hearing about the disrepair of safety equipment in the industry and the lack of disaster planning.  You know not one of them has changed a thing since the deep horizon.  Business as usual.  Republican or democrat, its all the same.

As for the politicians, vote for them, they’ll fix it! ahahahahahahaha!!!

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By natera, June 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

There is nothing paranoid about the perception that the oil industry is a larger-than-life behemoth whose power is basically unstoppable.  And there is a reason why this view is perfectly accurate: the power of the oil industry IS a power for which checking is virtually impossible.

I grew up in an oil company family; my mother, her husband, my sister and other relatives worked for an oil company. One of my uncles even became the president of that company. 

The metrics of the oil industry are astounding.  An exploratory well for example can easily run a budget of $1 million per month. That is the budget of a small city. The company my family worked for operated 150 to 200 of those wells at any given time, and handled an operational budget in the order of hundreds of billions of dollars per year.  And this is not just something I’m estimating here: my sister actually spent years analyzing and negotiating the type of mega-loans required to keep all this going seemlessly.

When my uncle was president of this company, he went to Japan to complete the purchase of two supertankers and got to hang out with the Mitsubishi’s president and other top-level business and government officials over a number of days.  One of my uncle’s favorite post-retirement stories (which he would confide to some of us in great detail) was the one about billionaire wheeler-and-dealer Adnan Khashoggi trying to get him to accept a penny on each barrel of oil that was supposed to be included in a multi-million barrel deal he wanted my uncle to “handle” for him.

When my uncle and I discussed politics and oil, which we would invariably do during family gatherings, he would always tell me:  “The oil industry’s dimensions are beyond the comprehension of most politicians, including powerful presidents, kings and prime ministers”.  At the time, while excited about the implications of such an extraordinary claim, I thought he was speaking figuratively. Now, as I watch our President, state governors, and other top-level officials paralyzed in pathetic inaction at the Gulf, I realize he wasn’t.

The oil barons, Standard Oil, and other “trusts” have been split asunder by our government for a reason.  There is nothing new to us or our times, that allows us to us escape that reality.

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