Posts Tagged ‘gulf oil spill’

Is anyone surprised by this?

Posted: October 7, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Because I’m sure not.

will decide to push this tidbit?

Rush Limbaugh has been a rare voice arguing that the spill — he calls it “the leak” — is anything less than an ecological calamity, scoffing at the avalanche of end-is-nigh eco-hype.

Well, Rush has a point. The Deepwater explosion was an awful tragedy for the 11 workers who died on the rig, and it’s no leak; it’s the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. It’s also inflicting serious economic and psychological damage on coastal communities that depend on tourism, fishing and drilling. But so far — while it’s important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago — it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage. “The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared,” says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana.

Stacy McCain has a long memory:

Mother Earth is a lot more resilient than environmentalists give her credit for. I remember the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 — a horrible thing, but Santa Barbara today is as lovely a place as you’d ever want to visit and I’m not aware that there is any residual damage from that spill.

and has fun with undeniable truth of life 24 but the one that is actually applicable is #6 from the updated list.

The Earth’s eco-system is not fragile.

Will we see this mentioned on Morning Joe? Likely not today, but it could happen tomorrow. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Update: Memeorandum thread here.

Yeah it’s a real story

Posted: July 18, 2010 by datechguy in fun, opinion/news
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But it sure looks silly on its face:

They got paid to write this.

No really? I thought they would open it up on special occasions, birthdays, national holidays, drunken parties for billionares etc.

The actual story is here and it does have substance:

Suttles’ announcement seemed to alter the strategy that Coast Guard Admiral Thad W. Allen (ret.), the federal government’s point man in the disaster, had described on Saturday. Allen had extended a two-day “integrity test” on the well until Sunday. But, Allen said, when the test was eventually done, it would likely be re-opened and connected to pipes that would siphon the leak up toward ships on the surface.

But on Sunday, Suttles said that the process of fitting the well with those pipes would have allowed oil to flow into the gulf for perhaps three days. Instead, he said, the “test” of the closed cap would continue indefinitely. A BP spokesman said the decision was made in consultation with the government, and that Allen has the authority to have the well opened if he sees the need.

I think that BP and the administration would much rather not have oil flowing regularly into the Gulf live on camera.

He calls out Morning Joe over covering for Obama and isn’t shy about it. You have 3-4 to one going after him, Joe is sitting back, but Mika, Barnicle, Ratigan, and Cramer are all going after him and they aren’t laying a glove on him. In fact Ratigan seems to be conceding points! Money quote from Rudy:

“I know you love him and want to protect him but the people of this country are more important than the president.”

Rudy is the only person who I’ve ever voted for when there was a clear pro life choice as an alternative because he leads.