Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 20, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow
Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery




The Divide


Truthdig Bazaar more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Don’t Drill, Baby, Drill

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Apr 30, 2010
news.bbc.co.uk

A plume of smoke rises on the site of the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Just a month after President Obama’s rightward lunge into the realm of political appeasement known as offshore drilling, the administration reinstituted a ban on new drilling as it investigates the causes of the rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

One of the best responses to the spill off Louisiana has come from Bill Maher, who on his @billmaher Twitter account declared: “Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty.” —JCL

The BBC:

The US administration has banned oil drilling in new areas of the US coast while the cause of the oil spill off Louisiana is investigated.

White House adviser David Axelrod told ABC TV they wanted to know exactly what led to last week’s explosion on the BP-operated rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last month President Barack Obama eased a moratorium on new offshore drilling.

Up to 5,000 barrels of oil a day are thought to be spilling into the water, threatening US coastal areas.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By norrishall, May 14, 2010 at 7:08 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

This disaster reminds many of us who sit on the fence that there is no such thing as a safe oil rig, safe nuclear energy plant, safe coal mine.
All it takes is an equipment malfunction or a careless worker to precipitate an environmental catastrophe.
The Republicans got it wrong when they wrapped their energy policy in the “Drill, baby, drill” mantra of Sarah Palin.
It made for great TV theater.
But in the end it showed how shortsighted some people were in trusting a technology which is not well thought out and for which there is no emergency plans in place.

Perhaps the silver lining is that this catastrophe has caused people to rethink the concept of “Drill, Baby, Drill” and to question the assurances of oil executives and Republicans that “modern oil drilling is safe”

Report this

By samosamo, May 1, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

******************************
By ofersince72, May 1 at 3:41 am

 

Thanks, but no, I had not read it, because as far as I can tell it is
not a prominent article and for good reason if the military is
involved and the MSM has been instructed not to report on it.

As disconcerting as the information is, I just don’t see humans
sitting on their collective asses wringing their hands in
anticipation of no more ‘convenient’ energy. On the contrary, I
would pretty much welcome the end of oil, it is far too
dangerous a substance to use as a primary source of energy as
the greek goddess of ‘equilibrium’, Nemesis, is showing us
today with bp’s most insidious blunder of short cuts to huge
profits.

I still believe that the energy from the sun will have an
increasingly big role in providing energy and that there are
other sources such as using vegetation and garage to process
methane which of course would require a lot of development to
make it, separate it, and keep from squanderously releasing too
much into the atmosphere. Both the solar and methane sources
are also compatible with home use as is wind because why is it
so necessary to have these huge windmills in huge wind farms,
other than take the people for that ‘convenient energy’
expensive ride when surely the technology is around for smaller
ways to harness the wind.

Report this

By ofersince72, April 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

Samo,

Don’t know if you read
Nicholas C. Arguimbau’s article on peak oil,
he posts a graph that was prepared for the DOE that is
very telling.
I believe you can just google his name.

Report this

By Mundt, April 30, 2010 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

Drill, baby, drill. We must have the will to clean up every spill. Our tanks we need to fill. Don’t be a lamestream shill. Black gold gives us a thrill. As Super Sarah says, we must drill, baby, drill.

Report this

By gerard, April 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Quickest way to end the wars in the Middle East, stop the oil spills in the oceans and clean up the atmosphere?  Stockholders dis-invest in all oil companies.  Reinvest in solar and wind.

Report this

By samosamo, April 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

*************************


You’re welcome. I too was worried about them not getting any
‘safety awards’ but relieved that they did for the hard work in
creating the ‘time bombs’ that have exploded and the one that
will explode making bp a true credit and asset to the energy
industry and well deserving of the environmentalist award for
the year, shoot, make that the last century.

By the way, wasn’t bp the company that cajoled eisenhower to
use the cia to overthrow the Iranian government at their bequest
so’s to gain access to the oil fields in 1953 and set up the shah
of Iran with his ruthless secret police?

Report this

By ofersince72, April 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for the feed Samo

Not to worry, they all got safety awards just last year!!!

Report this

By samosamo, April 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

**************************


They did have the knowledge and rigged the documents to
prove it.

Check this out:

http://www.truthout.org/whistlelower-bps-other-offshore-
drilling-project-gulf-vulnerable-catastrophe59027

If it doesn’t come up go to http://www.truthout.org and it will be
staring you in the face, not to mention the depressing disclosure
of how bp is about to allow an even bigger platform to collapse.
Very interesting and revealing about how corporations and our
congress rig everything for corporate profits at the expense of
the environment and the people.

Report this

By ofersince72, April 30, 2010 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

It is hard to imagine that they do this drilling
without having any idea how to cap it.

Report this
Newsletter

sign up to get updates


 
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.