Simple actually, the eco-nuts have pushed drilling far from our shores, probably so we cannot see the ugly oil rigs, while looking at the hoards of gigantic windmills as they whack-kill every bird in sight. Yes it one of the trade-offs, oil rig for windmills and don’t forget those do nothing fields of solar panels. All in the end for what? As best I can see, it’s designed to increase American’s energy costs. For environmental radicals to create a difficult situation, then complain when it turns out actually to be difficult to manage is disingenuous. It’s a bit like the way they demand that you must use “alternative” energy their friends are willing to manufacture for you, IF you subsidize it because it isn’t economical to manufacture otherwise.
So we the people let it happen, we let the eco-nuts push drilling farther and farther offshore, farther into the technological frontier, where now it is barely possible, and riding the edge ripe for accident. Did you stop and think, we have never even had the type accident that happened with the Deepwater Horizon before April 20. But did this alert the federal government, safety and environmental impact must be foremost in everyone’s minds? Hah, LOL, you’re kidding right? The day of the accident MMS was awarding the rig for safety. Waivers, sure why not …
And isn’t it odd how no one wants to talk about this problem? It started in 1995 with Clinton, who traded under the table tax cuts for oil companies, in exchange for drilling out of sight offshore. The federal government can fight wars, conduct a census and hand out billions in earmarks, but it has not a clue how to cap a one-mile-deep, out-of-control oil well. Nor even do the job they assigned to themselves, run the containment and cleanup operation, what 1990 OPA was all about.
And what about this? The Interior Department had given BP a “categorical” environmental exemption in April 2009 — the buck stops, and it looks like, the campaign contributions contributed to failure.. Two years ago next week, Obama declared that history will mark his ascent to the presidency as the moment when “our planet began to heal” and “the rise of the oceans began to slow.” When you anoint yourself King Canute, the peons expect more.
Of course we can expect the usual lies from Congress who will now sit there from on-high and conduct a stage show of blame-game politics, all the while complaining they had no knowledge of the lax enforcement, the lack of a state of readiness, and a toal flop of containment and cleanup of the spill, which Congress took for itself, after the Exxon Valdez debacle. So that it will never happen again.
It’s happened — It’s time the people are heard, and never let it happen again.