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Oil, Disaster, Blame and Obama Politics

I've been watching the unbelievable spout of oil issuing from the British Petroleum deep water wellhead, and I've listened to our unbelievably incompetent government officials as they attempt to deal with it. Their handling of Katrina was bad enough, but this is disgraceful to say the least.

British Petroleum. Their executives agree they area responsible for a major part of the disaster and agreed to put a cork in it and then pay for the damage. Meanwhile, they have undertaken the tremendous effort necessary to address the disaster.  BP has, at least so far, acted in good faith. Yet all efforts to stop the gusher have failed.

Clearly, no one at British Petroleum (or any other major oil company) knows how to shut down the well and recover the bulk of the oil discharge already polluting the ocean.

This deep water spill is, apparently, a new experience and BP was not prepared for it. The 5,200 foot depth of sea bed is extraordinary. No oil company that has operated at this depth has ever had this kind of a blow-out disaster. 

SINCE THE WELL HEAD CUT OFF SAFETY EQUIPMENT HAD NOT BEEN TESTED AT THIS DEPTH . . . WHY WAS BP ALLOWED TO DRILL WITHOUT A PROVEN BACKUP SYSTEM?

Since BP was authorized by our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATORY AGENCY  it follows that our government also deserves a major share of the blame.


INCOMPETENCE (?) AT THE TOP 

Yesterday our President and advisers soundly and thoroughly criticized British Petroleum executives and forced them to set aside $20,000,000,000 to be used to settle potential claims. NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER HAD THIS POWER.  The Obama Administration INVENTED IT?
Today, our Congressional Oversight Committee "put their foot on the BP throat"  in a obvious political move to determine THE BLAME. WHO CARES? 

The broken well is still gushing. Our GOVERNMENT is using the tragedy to posture as a competent manager of the disaster. Our seriously demented President still sees the tragedy as an opportunity to advance his radical far left agenda.  We must insist that these people get their act together.
The FIRST priority is to stop the gusher.

The SECOND priority os to care for all of the affected people in the region, help them protect their homes, jobs, factories and lifestyles.

The THIRD priority is to clean up and repair the damage.

The priority for determining the BLAME is down the list somewhere. 

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