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Obama Might Not Plug Hole Until August

From a seemingly unfazed Reuters:

Gulf Coast warned oil may leak until August

By Ed Stoddard And Sarah Irwin

May 31, 2010

VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – Oil from BP’s out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, U.S. forecasters said on Monday, as public anger surged over the country’s worst environmental disaster.

U.S. government and BP officials are warning that the blown-out deepwater well feeding the catastrophic spill may not be shut off until August as the company begins preparations on a new but uncertain attempt to contain the leaking crude…

The disaster, in its 42nd day on Monday, is already the largest oil spill in U.S. history and officials are treating it as the country’s biggest environmental catastrophe…

Even though it is not even close to being in the top ten worst oil spills in history. Indeed, the former “worst oil spill in US history,” the Exxon Valdez, only ranks 34th on the all time worst list.

Following the failure this weekend of BP’s attempt to plug the leaking mile-deep well, public anger over the spill and how it occurred is growing, as tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents face a pollution impact on their livelihoods.

A group calling itself Seize BP, which has already staged anti-BP protests, said on Monday it would organize demonstrations in more than 50 U.S. cities from Thursday to Saturday to protest the damage from the leaking oil.

The group demands that BP’s assets be immediately seized and held in trust to pay compensation for the spill triggered by the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig

Never mind that ‘Seize BP’ is merely another front of the Communist organization ANSWER International, as anyone who visits the site can plainly see.

And, their thoughtful solution is for the US government to seize BP and its assets and give them to the poor – meaning themselves. But of course Reuters could not be bothered to inform its readers of that minor detail.

Obama, who made his second visit to the Gulf disaster zone on Friday, is sending three of his top energy and environmental officials back there this week. He is trying to fend off criticism that his administration acted too slowly in its response to the spill, the worst in U.S. history

Be fair. Until last week there was nothing Mr. Obama could do. There was no ‘photo-op’ until the oil washed ashore.

The crisis could swell into a political liability for the Democratic president as his administration and party, bloodied by bruising healthcare and economic policy debates, head toward key mid-term Congressional elections in November…

The Gulf Coast is one of America’s richest ecosystems and a vital breeding ground for a $6.5 billion seafood industry

And yet this selfsame Gulf Coast somehow survived a far worse oil spill thirty years ago, Ixtoc 1. A spill caused by Mexico, who refused to pay for any damages.

BP executives say that although the company will try several immediate options to try to control the leak, including the planned deployment of a containment cap in the next few days, the ultimate solution may only lie in the drilling of a relief well that is expected to be completed in August…

But even President Obama’s administration seems to be looking toward August and the relief well solution.

"There could be oil coming up until August," top White House energy adviser Carol Browner told CBS’s "Face The Nation" on Sunday. "We are prepared for the worst."

From the Oxford English Dictionary:


(a) the doll smeared with tar, set to catch Brer Rabbit; hence transf., spec. an object of censure; a sticky problem, or one which is only aggravated by attempts to solve it.

Let’s hope that Mr. Obama learns to be more careful in the future about what he wishes for.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Obama Might Not Plug Hole Until August”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I love the Uncle Remus reference. I’m willing to bet if someone mentioned it to the Boy King he wouldn’t have a clue about it neither would the majority of those on his staff.

    As an aside I found a copy of “Song of the South” which is readily available in the UK and the rest of Europe. Evidently Disney isn’t concerned with offending anybody’s sensibilities over there. It’s a classic and the first use of mixing animation and live characters. I also find it curious that Disney uses the theme song from it, Zippity Do Dah as their theme music but they won’t sell the movie in the US.

    • JohnMG says:

      With this asembly of clowns called the Obama administration, a more appropriate analogy would be to the “Little Rascals”.

      Buckwheet comes immediately to mind.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “O-TAY, ‘Panky”

  2. proreason says:

    Why aren’t those new 16,000 IRS agents on this yet?

    Shouldn’t they be counting tar balls or auditing BP or something?

  3. Gil says:

    Right of the People – where do I order a copy? If you have the url could you post it? Thankyou Gil.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Oh gawd, that photo of the boy who sits in the president’s chair, wearing work boots. I can’t stop laughing…..oh Steve, you need to take that down, it’s too funny!! My sides are killing me!

    • JohnMG says:

      Ronald McDonald’s shoes would have been too obvious, and it’s too early for him to be seen in his jodphurs and jackboots. Don’t want to give anything away, you know.

    • U NO HOO says:

      Work boots, hah hah, in my day we called them Clod Hoppers.

      Now I know why.

      A Clod hopping.

    • canary says:

      Hey, that’s the first pair of boots Obama ever borrowed and squatted it. I like him getting the tip of his rude pointy finger dirty, while he writes “obama was here” in the sand. This is Obama’s pic was staged for his photo album & memorials.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    I will be satisfied if he just shuts the pie hole.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Remember BJ Bill at Normandy and the pre-positioned rocks that he made a cross of?


      Hell…..his staff stole everything not bolted down on the U.S.S. George Washington!!!!

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