Thursday, May 27, 2010

Good news for British Petroleum!

No, not the (at least partial) success of stopping the oil leak, though that certainly is good news. Rather, this.

No kidding, President Obama's declaration that his administration is calling the shots on the control and cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is giving British Petroleum wonderful legal cover. You see, when they get accused of allowing a particular bay to be soiled, they simply note that they wanted to do something, but the Obama team prevented them from doing so--and in too many cases, they'll be entirely correct.

Heckuva job, Barry.

4 comments:

pentamom said...

Heard on NPR that Jindal's mad because the parish leaders are mad because the Coasties aren't cooperating with their efforts to get booms and dikes out. And the CG Admiral responded that they want to cooperate, but they're not sure that all those booms and dikes won't "destroy more habitat." And I'm almost yelling at the radio, "But habitat isn't the main thing at stake here!" Sure, we should try to limit environmental damage across the board, but when it's a choice between people having oil sludge in their backyards, and destroying some beach habitat, can we PLEASE put the human habitat first?

But this is what happens when people who have no direct interest in the situation presume to "protect" those who do. Their actual interests come second, at best.

Bike Bubba said...

As if NOT deploying oil booms and allowing the coastline to be soiled is going to help the habitat.....cripes, don't these people know how to think?

Of course, if the government had done its job and obtained and deployed fire booms early on, most of this would be a moot point....sigh...

pentamom said...

I didn't quote him exactly -- from what I heard, the context was pretty clearly that he thought that deploying them might destroy more than not deploying them would. But it still sure sounded to me like "habitat" was his driving concern, whereas there are actual people whose health and livelihood depends on keeping the oil out, regardless of what side effects doing so might have. I got a whiff of "pelicans over people" or at least "pelicans equal to people." That's my point.

pentamom said...

I heard the President took "full responsibility" for the mess today. Which, if behavior up to this moment is any indicator, means that he claims the right to berate, nag, and incessantly accuse BP of not doing enough and paying enough.