Thursday, May 06, 2010

Greg Palast Blasts BP For Oil Spill - Flying Monkeys Joe" Accidents Happen" Lieberman & Rep. Gene "its just like Chocolate Milk" Taylor

UPDATE: 4:40PM May 6, 2010

Oil Spill the result of deregulation and Greed- Greed as the rest of the world knows is the overarching American virtue- if you are not greedy you are a whimp-or Jesus the Oil Magnate.

This accident could have been avoided if the company BP had not violated safety regulations and having at the ready a standby emergency crew.
Oil Spill in Gulf a catastrophe and the oil is still pouring into the gulf and is just offshore less than a half mile not the 20 miles as some suggest . And the so called breaking up of oil slick is the result of heavier globes of oil falling to the sea floor causing major damage.

So this it should be noted is what comes of deregulation and kow towing to the Oil Industry and Big Business and Wall Street and the neocons. This is what Americans wanted when they first voted in mister deregulator Voodoo Economics Ronald Reagan twice in the 1980s then Bush Senior followed by his even greedier amoral son George W. Bush into office twice- it is a problem created or made worse during the Bush/Cheney Regime -which Obama inherited.

May 5, 2010
Aerial images of the oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The oil you can't see could be as bad as the oil you can. While people anxiously wait for the slick in the Gulf of Mexico to wash up along the coast, globules of oil are already falling to the bottom of the sea, where they threaten virtually every link in the ocean food chain, from plankton to fish that are on dinner tables everywhere. "The threat to the deep-sea habitat is already a done deal -- it is happening now," said Paul Montagna, a marine scientist at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of at least 200,000 gallons a day since an offshore drilling rig exploded last month and killed 11 people. On Wednesday, workers loaded a 100-ton, concrete-and-steel box the size of a four-story building onto a boat and hope to lower it to the bottom of the sea by week's end to capture some of the oil. Crews also set fires at the worst spots on the surface Wednesday to burn off oil.
Here is a look at the oil slick from an aerial perspective.

Read more: Sacramento Bee/ The Frame Photo gallery

Oil Rig in the Gulf photo by Greg Palast

More Flying bloody Monkeys and evil minions of BP and the whole Oil Industry mobilized not to clean up the mess but to defend BP. As we see in this video Congressman Gene Taylor assures Americans that there is nothing to be alarmed about. But he ignores the facts in this case which point to gross negligence and possibly wreck-less endangerment possibly manslaughter.But he's just another shill for the oil industry.

He doesn't bother to mention that BP violated a number of regulations and didn't have the Emergency response teams it said it had and so didn't take the action they should have within a few hours of evidence of a spill . See article below by Greg Palast who was an investigator into the Exxon Valdez disaster which he compares to BPs disaster in the Gulf .

Congressman Compares Gulf Coast Oil Spill To 'Chocolate Milk,' Says It Will 'Break Up Naturally' by Liliana Segura via Alternet,May 3, 2010

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) suggested over the weekend that people shouldn't be "scared" about the Gulf Coast oil spill and in justifying his claim compared the massive slick to "chocolate milk."

On Saturday, Taylor flew over the oil spill in a Coast Guard plane and at first glance declared that the site was "not as bad" as he expected it to be.

The Sun Herald reports:

Taylor flew over the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig Saturday along with Department of Marine Resources Director Bill Walker and Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama. [...]

"At the moment, it's not as bad as I thought it would be," he said, shortly after returning from the three-hour tour.

After observing the oil spill from 1,000 feet, Taylor said in an interview with Biloxi's WLOX-TV that what many feel is an environmental and economic catastrophe is not "Katrina" or "Armageddon," adding that the "chocolate milk looking spill" is beginning to "break up naturally":

What I want people to know is this isn't Katrina. This is not Armageddon. I did this for the Coast Guard many years ago. Yeah, it's bad. And it's terrible that there's a spill out there. But I would remind people that the oil is twenty miles from any marsh. [...]

Greg Palast accuses BP oil company of gross negligence before and during and after . Palast was in Alaska as an investigator of Exxon Valdez disaster. From that experience he knows BP's track record on ignoring regulations such as not putting in a safety valve which could have prevented the disaster to save $500,000. Even now the company and the whole industry has gone into defense mode and try to claim it couldn't be prevented or it was God's fault or Willie Wonka's. And even now the company and their lackeys, minions, PR Creeps and even politicians falling all over themselves to make sure that no large corporation has to answer for its activities or its negligence or for reckless endangerment and possibly Manslaughter.

BP has lied to the federal government and to the individual states. These companies running these Oil Rigs by law are supposed to have emergency equipment and helicopters and a trained workforce standing by at all times and that this is just one of the costs the government supposedly insists on. But these emergency teams and equipment were not available because BP lied about having emergency teams and equipment standing by-

So BP and gang broke a number of laws and agreements they made with the various levels of government. If this is all true than BP and anyone else involved in this disaster should be held accountable arrested prosecuted -

But don't hold your breath even Obama it seems can't stand up to these greedy CEOs trying to be like J.R. Ewing / Dallas completely amoral slaves to increasing their profit margin and their own personal fortunes. They even help write the regulations for the government and then break said agreements because it would cut into their record profits - Thanks to Dick Cheney for further eroding any safety regulation there were.

- another Wall Street style scan- but these members of the elite are ones invited to the Oil Man's ball and then to the Whitehouse- Obama might make a nice speech and talk tough things are done in a certain way in Washington and Texas so he fears taking on the status quo Workers as we know are expendable collateral damage which is worked into their budgets just in case .

Slick Operator: The BP I've Known Too Well by Greg Palast via Truthout, May 5,2010

I've seen this movie before. In 1989, I was a fraud investigator hired to dig into the cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Despite Exxon's name on that boat, I found the party most to blame for the destruction was ... British Petroleum (BP).

That's important to know, because the way BP caused devastation in Alaska is exactly the way BP is now sliming the entire Gulf Coast.

Tankers run aground, wells blow out, pipes burst. It shouldn't happen, but it does. And when it does, the name of the game is containment. Both in Alaska, when the Exxon Valdez grounded, and in the Gulf last week, when the Deepwater Horizon platform blew, it was British Petroleum that was charged with carrying out the Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRP), which the company itself drafted and filed with the government.

What's so insane, when I look over that sickening slick moving toward the Delta, is that containing spilled oil is really quite simple and easy. And from my investigation, BP has figured out a very low-cost way to prepare for this task: BP lies. BP prevaricates, BP fabricates and BP obfuscates.

...Before the Exxon Valdez grounding, BP's Alyeska group claimed it had these full-time, oil spill response crews. Alyeska had hired Alaskan natives, trained them to drop from helicopters into the freezing water and set booms in case of emergency. Alyeska also certified in writing that a containment barge with equipment was within five hours sailing of any point in the Prince William Sound. Alyeska also told the state and federal government it had plenty of boom and equipment cached on Bligh Island.

But it was all a lie. On that March night in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in the Prince William Sound, the BP group had, in fact, not a lick of boom there. And Alyeska had fired the natives who had manned the full-time response teams, replacing them with phantom crews, lists of untrained employees with no idea how to control a spill. And that containment barge at the ready was, in fact, laid up in a drydock in Cordova, locked under ice, 12 hours away.

As a result, the oil from the Exxon Valdez, which could have and should have been contained around the ship, spread out in a sludge tide that wrecked 1,200 miles of shoreline.

And here we go again. Valdez goes Cajun....

Democrats withdraw support for off shore drilling and even Arnold the Guvenator trusts his own eyes and sees off shore drilling as too risky for California.

Joe Lieberman On Massive Oil Spill: 'Accidents Happen'The Huffington Post,Jeremy Binckes May 5, 2010

In a recent interview with National Journal, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.) not only defended offshore oil drilling, but also sought to downplay the current Gulf coast crisis, saying "accidents happen."

"There were good reasons for us to put in offshore drilling, and this terrible accident is very rare in drilling," Lieberman said in the interview. "I mean, accidents happen. You learn from them and you try not to make sure they don't happen again."

According to National Journal, Lieberman also said he would continue pushing for an expansion of offshore drilling to be included in the Senate's energy bill:

When asked whether the spill would change any of the drilling language he and Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have developed, Lieberman said, "I don't think so; certainly not to lead us to remove it." He said the draft would allow drilling as close as 75 miles from the U.S. coastline.

But Democrats from around the country, and in particular from Gulf Coast states, have said that they will not vote for any energy bill that expands drilling.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D- Fla.) said that the bill was "dead on arrival," and promised to filibuster offshore drilling plans. "Offshore drilling off the coast of the U.S is not going anywhere," he said.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also withdrew support for offshore drilling

"You turn on the television and see this enormous disaster, you say to yourself, 'Why would
we want to take on that kind of risk?'" Schwarzenegger said.

and so it goes,

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