With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government's lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic.
After an earlier attempt at enforcing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling was struck down, the federal government released a revised version Monday. Given, you know, the whole Gulf of Mexico object lesson, finding a way to push this one through might be useful.
With atrocious timing, the Minerals Management Service has approved a new oil well to be drilled off the coast of Louisiana. As decisions go, this one seems dumber than a bag of nails. Why not just build an offshore bucket? There's plenty of oil in the water these days. You can thank Team Obama, which let a ban on shallow drilling expire, for this bizarre development.
OK, so he actually called it an "unparalleled disaster," but you get the idea: President Barack Obama took a moment Thursday morning to announce that the federal government had been on British Petroleum's gulf oil spill from the very start and to declare unequivocally (continued) .
The news that British Petroleum began its latest attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday afternoon with the "top kill" stopgap strategy would be more heartening if it didn't come so late in the game -- and if there was more of a guarantee that it would do the job.
“Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention. But while she popularized that environment-be-damned slogan, it had already defined the eight years of oil-drilling policy that prevailed during the presidency of George W. Bush. “Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Perhaps the most enervating element of the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster is its eerie familiarity -- the sheer, inexorable predictability of it all.
It's difficult to predict how many billions of dollars the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico is going to end up costing, but President Obama, touring the devastation over the weekend, says he knows who should pay (continued).