Category: oil spill


Rahm Emanuel recently criticized BP for poor PR when the BP CEO went for a little yacht ride. I agree that that does look pretty bad when we are dealing with this kind of crisis, but why the hell is ANYONE in this administration in a position to criticize BP for a yacht trip when they’ve been partying and playing golf as if there is no national crisis at hand? Just look at the things I listed in my blog post “Obama’s Parties”, which lists all of Obama’s celebrations since this crisis began. He’s also played numerous golf games. I don’t mind the President playing golf and having parties, but at a time like this it is just inappropriate. Not only is it obvious that he does not have any type of plan to resolve this situation, but it seems as if he doesn’t even care. All of these parties and golf games wouldn’t be such a priority if solving the oil spill crisis was a priority. And I think it’s much worse PR that the President will party and play golf during this crisis while his administration will criticize BP for a yacht ride.

~Eliza

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Yeah, that’s actually what happened after Obama’s oval office address. Obama took a lot of serious criticisms from the left after his speech on the oil spill. And it was a serious shock to find myself agreeing with Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. They both made the point that Obama did not show a strong command of the situation. I agree, I’ve just picked up on Obama’s lack of strong command way before this speech. I also agreed with a point Rachel Maddow made in her own fake President Oval Office address. She said that one of the things she would do would be to mandate that companies prove they can solve the problem if there is a leak in order to drill in the first place. I agree with that also, which felt really weird. Like a lot of people, I’ve just been assuming that if an oil spill happened the oil companies would know what to do. After all, it would certainly be in their best interest to resolve a situation as serious as an oil spill as quickly as they can, but now I’m seeing the reality that there was no plan in place to solve the problem and that, two months into this massive oil spill, there is still no real solution in sight.

I’m not against drilling. I think we should be putting the resources we have to good use. And I absolutely oppose the cap and trade legislation. That places the burden on the wrong people and doesn’t really solve our energy needs. However, there are obviously very serious consequences when things go wrong and the people responsible do not know how to fix the problem. Oil companies should have to prove that they can deal with the consequences when something like this happens. BP obviously could not handle this oil spill and now all of us are facing the consequences. Making companies prove they are capable of clean up is drilling for our own oil responsibly. Assuming the oil companies have got it covered is not.

~Eliza

CBS is reporting that oil rig inspections were not carried out as often as they should have been  and that faults were overlooked:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20007514-10391695.html?tag=pop

Notice the dates. These missed or failed inspections took place under the Bush administration. The article does mention 2009, but most of the inspections and incidents discussed took place under George Bush.

This doesn’t mean that Obama has no responsibilities here. And I am tired of hearing everyone blame Bush instead of holding Obama responsible for his poor reaction to this crisis. Barack Obama is the President right now and he needs to start being a much better leader than he has been. However, if I found out that inspections had not been properly carried out under the Obama administration I would be furious and I would hold him accountable. Therefore, the Bush administration is not entirely off the hook here. These failed and missed inspections took place on his watch and that is something that he actually can be blamed for. Bush is not responsible, as the Democrats would have us believe, for Obama’s poor response, but he is responsible for his own administration. And his own administration was not responsible enough on oil rig inspections.

~Eliza

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