White House hits reverse on off-shore drilling after Gulf spill

posted at 2:55 pm on April 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I’d borrow the AP’s favorite adverb on economic data, but this is so completely not unexpected that this development probably won’t get much play otherwise.  Facing a backlash on the Left already over his mildly encouraging earlier statement on offshore drilling, the White House moved quickly to assure everyone after the ongoing Gulf of Mexico spill that Barack Obama only meant that in the hypothetical sense. David Axelrod made the obligatory backpedal on Good Morning America today:

In Rose Garden remarks meant to showcase the improving economy, Obama pivoted to talk about the oil rig explosion. Arguing that oil company BP is ultimately responsible, Obama said he continues to support oil drilling as part of an energy package, “but I’ve always said it must be done responsibly, for the safety of our workers and our environment.”

Pressed to explain the apparent presidential turn-about, White House adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “All he has said is that he is not going to continue the moratorium” on drilling. As for moving forward, he added, “No additional drilling has been authorized, and none will until we find out what happened here and whether there was something unique and preventable here.”

“Obama’s Katrina”? So far, it’s not even Obama’s Exxon Valdez. The government has responded reasonably well, but it’s going to be up to the oil company to get this under control. Other than the eleven workers who died in the April 20th explosion, there has been no other loss of life, nor does it threaten to lay waste to entire urban populations.  It’s important for conservatives to remember that the oil company has the responsibility of cleaning up its mess.

While off-shore drilling does entail risks, it’s also noteworthy that this has been the first major spill in decades, even in the Gulf, where drilling has continued while government declared the outer continental shelf off limits. That hasn’t stopped the hysterical reaction, however:

The accident in the gulf may provide more firepower for the critics on the left who for years have lobbied presidents and Congress to keep in place federal moratoriums on further offshore exploration. Those moratoriums have expired.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) called on Obama to step back from his expanded offshore drilling plans. In a letter to the president, Nelson said he would file legislation to ban the Interior Department from following through on Obama’s proposal for new seismic and drilling activity. He said the gulf spill “may be an environmental and economic disaster that wreaks havoc for commercial fishing and tourism along the Gulf of Mexico coast.”

Dan McLaughlin, a top aide to Nelson, said it was too early to say whether the federal government had responded adequately to what he called “our worst nightmare come true.” But McLaughlin asked why the government had not done more to ensure that the oil companies could shut down a well if a catastrophic failure happened. “Somebody is going to have to ask the question as to why the regulators didn’t put this question to the industry before?” McLaughlin said. “If everything fails, then what?”

The US needs to investigate how this could have been prevented and implement any necessary changes. It doesn’t change the fact that we still need oil, and we’re much better off getting our own resources rather than inflating the profits of kleptocrats and radical regimes around the world by refusing to touch our own reserves. If Washington and the media manage to maintain some rational perspective on this, though, that would be most unexpected.

Update (AP): Ace has an excellent, albeit depressing, post on the retail politics of this issue too. Quote:

The Exxon Valdez disaster ushered in a new, bad era of restrictivist energy policy, and higher-than-it-ought-to-be dependence on Middle East oil, and just as we’re finally getting past that, oh, look, dead otters.

Wonderful. Just wonderful.

Of course, the Valdez disaster was due to transhipment of oil, which our zero-new-production policy will cause more of, and thus more spills in the shipping process, but the Stupid Segment of the public has a memory only extending back a few months, so now, shipping oil is the greatest thing (until we can all get our solar on, at least) and domestic drilling is just awful so by all means let’s continue increasing the portion of oil we get from Iran. (And we do get it from Iran — these commodities are fungible, after all. If we don’t get it from Iran, that’s just because China is buying our portion of Iran’s oil at a slight discount. On the net, it’s just like we’re paying for Iran’s oil any way you slice it.)…

[A] lot of our representatives will now run away from pushing back against this bleak future of ever-escalating energy prices and resultant diminishment of prosperity and opportunity, and, we might rage against them for that, but you know what? What can they do? They can only go forward if we have their backs, politically, and while we do have their backs, about one-third of their necessary level of public support just peeled off from them (Think of the otters), and so they now have to choose between doing the right and winning and election, except that’s not even really the choice, because they can’t do the right thing if they’re not elected in the first place.


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I question the timing.

Akzed on April 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Gee, didn’t see this coming.

Torch on April 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Makes me wonder whether if that Oil Rig explosion was an accident.

Tommy_G on April 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

What a lousy time for an oil-rig disaster.

Now we’ll be even more dependent on foreign oil!

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Look for sabotage. This is tailor-made for the lefties.

Fishoutofwater on April 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I hate to sound like a Ron Paul conspiracy nut, but has anyone questioned whether not it was sabotage or eco-terrorism, etc…?

vcferlita on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The Gulf spill was an inside job. What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

Hey, it worked against George Bush.

Daggett on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Can I just say I LOATHE these people??

Elizabetty on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Does prove that something can penetrate Obama’s pre-occupation with self.

jeanie on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Look for sabotage. This is tailor-made for the lefties.

Fishoutofwater on April 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Sadly yes. The gulf coast states depend on drilling.

If Obama cuts them off it will do even more damage than he did to the farmers in California.

tetriskid on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Look for sabotage. This is tailor-made for the lefties.

Fishoutofwater on April 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

At what point does this amount to a trutherism?

Also, it seems reasonable enough to reassess the potential economic disruptions of offshore drilling accidents, and to do so by first halting expansion of the practice.

ernesto on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Some part of me wants to think that this wasn’t an accident. It is obnoxiously well timed for the eco nuts. But the idea that someone deliberately blew of an oil platform (with casualties) seems a little far fetched — almost tin-foil hat.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

At this point, I’m not past considering that the explosion was caused by eco-terrorists. It happened the day before Earth Day, and they were really pissed off over Obama opening off-shore drilling. And now he’s hitting reverse?

Smells hippy to me.

Enoxo on April 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

The Gulf spill was an inside job. What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

Hey, it worked against George Bush.

Daggett on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

No… but stopping all drilling is a terrible reaction. It is using economics as a weapon to punish the people of the Gulf Coast.

tetriskid on April 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

I hate to sound like a Ron Paul conspiracy nut, but has anyone questioned whether not it was sabotage or eco-terrorism, etc…?

vcferlita on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

My gut is telling me this is extremely politically convenient for this administration and I just don’t put anything past them to get what they want.

But that’s just my intuition speaking. I’ll wait until we have hard facts before I go further…if in fact there are hard facts to prove one way or another what’s happening.

powerpro on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

At what point does this amount to a trutherism?

ernesto on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

At the point where the “fire can’t melt steel”-type idiots hijack the debate. Hopefully that won’t be for a while.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

If Washington and the media manage to maintain some rational perspective on this, though, that would be most unexpected.

Yeah, good luck with that. This “crisis” will be used one of two ways. Either to pander to environmentalist wackos with a green energy policy(i.e. crap-and-betrayed) or as an excuse for the government to socialize….uh, er, um, to take over the oil industry.

Doughboy on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Makes me wonder whether if that Oil Rig explosion was an accident.

Tommy_G on April 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

You didn’t wonder about sending SWAT teams to inspect other rigs?

cthulhu on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

so I’m assuming “drill here, drill now” won’t be a saying in 2010?

deidre on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

It sucks for the birds in the area, but the timing here couldn’t be worse.

Republican politicians are going to run away from this, ensuring that energy independance gets put on hold for at least a decade.

BadgerHawk on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I hate to sound like a Ron Paul conspiracy nut, but has anyone questioned whether not it was sabotage or eco-terrorism, etc…?

vcferlita on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

sighs… really?

You say the pictures. Was the rig not engulfed in flames on TOP of the rig?

I think it was a methane leak due to a crack in the piping or a flare back…. which can be very bad due to the PSI in the formation.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

An oil rig explosion a day before Earth Day…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

My gut is telling me this is extremely politically convenient for this administration and I just don’t put anything past them to get what they want.

But that’s just my intuition speaking. I’ll wait until we have hard facts before I go further…if in fact there are hard facts to prove one way or another what’s happening.

powerpro on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

It may be politically inconvenient for the administration — I’m not sure. It’s definitely convenient for the environmental lobby.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Count me in the “tin foil hat” crowd that thinks this was done on purpose.

We’ve been drilling in the Gulf since 1948 and this is the first time we’ve had such an explosion followed by a spill.
I most certainly do question the timing!

Off-shore drilling not only provides hundreds of thousands of jobs, but is a huge American resource of oil and gas!
We’ve got to keep it running and continue to drill more.

Jenfidel on April 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Depending on the actual circumstances this oil gusher could run for months. The rig is gone that could have been pumping drilling mud (cement) into the hole to block the flow of oil.

Another drilling rig will have to be brought in and set up to drill another hole to either release the pressure or pump more mud into the area to seal off the oil flow.

Eventually, and quick soon, fishing in the entire gulf will have to be shut down due to contamination.

And there is nothing Obama can do to stop it.

All those TV appearances by the pundits, won’t stop that oil flow, all the lawyers being dispatched, the SWAT teams, the rapid reaction clean up crews, the military. Nothing is going to stop this oil until it runs out of pressure, or another drilling rig is set up.

This could go on and on, and on, for months if not years.

Skandia Recluse on April 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Makes me wonder whether if that Oil Rig explosion was an accident.

Tommy_G on April 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Bing. Dennis Miller was spot on in his comments on today’s show. Figure out the problem, eliminate it, and carry on.

But this timing seems almost too perfect for the whack left. I suspect EarthFirst.

Jaibones on April 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

You didn’t wonder about sending SWAT teams to inspect other rigs?

cthulhu on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Link fail?

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

At what point does this amount to a trutherism?

Well, Obooba sent paramilitaries down there. Is he a trutherist?

Also, it seems reasonable enough to reassess the potential economic disruptions of offshore drilling accidents, and to do so by first halting expansion of the practice. ernesto on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Halting expansion does nothing but keep the breaks on drilling. There are 100 or so wells in the Gulf; if this one was sabotaged, the one’s on the drawing board are not the ones in danger. Genius.

Akzed on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

It’s almost as if this oil spill was what they wanted all along………

bloggless on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

How does $8.00/gal for gasoline sound…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

It looks like BP wasn’t prepared for reality. Sh*t happens, they should know. I don’t understand why they cant just burn it before it reaches land.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Can I just say I LOATHE these people??

That’s a little harsh. I’m sure BP are doing their best, but they will have to do a lot of damage control.

YYZ on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

How does $8.00/gal for gasoline sound…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Nah, Obama is happy with $7.

Doughboy on April 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Never let a good oil spill go to waste.

bloggless on April 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

so I’m assuming “drill here, drill now” won’t be a saying in 2010?

deidre on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I was just going to comment on that…this may put a dent in Palin’s drilling meme. But if it did, it would be a first, and that alone sure wouldn’t do much damage.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

The government has responded reasonably well,

Didn’t they basically keep their mouths shut for a week first?

If Bush and company had done the same thing, there actions would never be called a “reasonably well response”.

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Who benefits from this disaster?

Actually, the big oil companies weren’t going to benefit by more off shore drilling. Their profits are maxed out and they are already sitting on fields they refuse to drill. Big oil would rather have Obama ban all oil drilling in the US than allow startups to saturate the market and drive oil prices down.

Buddahpundit on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Perhaps it’s a good argument for drilling inland, for drilling in ANWR

deidre on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I wish they would have tested Chicken poop in ocean water concerning oil spills. Chicken poop can be used on the beaches to clean up the oil. And it works.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

But that’s just my intuition speaking. I’ll wait until we have hard facts before I go further

Seriously? The White House arranged an explosion in the Gulf that killed eleven people and lead to a potential ecological disaster, just so they could back away from their own proposal to increase coastal drilling, which was announced last month?

Yes, that makes sense.

YYZ on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Rush was speaking about this as well earlier. Apparently the company who built/provided the safety shut off for this particular well is (the dreaded) Haliburton!
IMHO, I believe that Obooboo will definitely use this as an out for future drilling which will cause an increase in pricing for just about everything!
Also, Teh Won was just way toooooooo busy slamming Wall St., AZ, giving a shout out for Earth Day, etc. to be bothered to say anything for EIGHT days about this disaster.
Again I say, pffffft!

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM

it seems reasonable enough to reassess the potential economic disruptions of offshore drilling accidents, and to do so by first halting expansion of the practice.

ernesto on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

As Ed noted:

this has been the first major spill in decades, even in the Gulf, where drilling has continued while government declared the outer continental shelf off limits.

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM

It looks like BP wasn’t prepared for reality. Sh*t happens, they should know. I don’t understand why they cant just burn it before it reaches land.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Crud takes very high temperatures to burn completely, which is not really going to happen in a slick on sea water.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Does prove that something can penetrate Obama’s pre-occupation with self.

jeanie on April 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Not really. ‘Self’ informs his every comment and decision; this is just a different context in which Obama’s ‘self’ will romp.

Midas on April 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

so I’m assuming “drill here, drill now” won’t be a saying in 2010?

deidre on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

The oil is still needed , and now more has to be replaced.
Takes a little more explanation though.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

In other news, onshore drilling benefits.

If only I knew someone with millions of acres of oil-laden land in the Western US.

/scratching head in wonderment

selias on April 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Can I just say I LOATHE these people??
That’s a little harsh. I’m sure BP are doing their best, but they will have to do a lot of damage control.

YYZ on April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I am talking about Obama and his people.

Elizabetty on April 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Big oil would rather have Obama ban all oil drilling in the US than allow startups to saturate the market and drive oil prices down.

Buddahpundit on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

O’bama = Bush?

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

First we had the coal mine problems, now we have the offshore oil rig problem. Both are serious, and a ‘crisis’. Makes one wonder the never let a crisis go to waste statement!
L

letget on April 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Perhaps it’s a good argument for drilling inland, for drilling in ANWR

deidre on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Yep. But this administration will use the spill as a reason not too.

Guardian on April 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

It’s important for conservatives to remember that the oil company has the responsibility of cleaning up its mess.

And it was also Louisiana’s responsibility to ask for assistance in specific terms when Katrina hit. That didn’t stop the press blaming it all on Bush while Nagin and Blanco were treated like heroes.

If this spill hits the shores, it can cause a tremendous economic problem for the states affected. No one wants to hear that BP is responsible for the cleanup when the shrimping industry is dead. Oyster industry is dead. And will be for years to come.

The scope is different as are the geographical differences.

Stopping the flow of oil and what the government has done to that extent is a legitimate target for scrutiny.

How the press handles it is what’s more important in my opinion.

ButterflyDragon on April 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I question the timing of this “accident”.

1) Obama announces opening some offshore drilling.

2) Worst offshore drilling “accident” in memory occurs.

Hmmm…..

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

My question is: Why the he!! did they put out the fire when the rig was burning? If they had left it alone, wouldn’t that continue to burn the oil and not allow a spill like this? Just askin….

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

A Convenient Emergency.

Maquis on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

New Offshore Drilling: Not Quite on Hold

Shortly after Axelrod spoke, however, White House and Interior Department officials clarified that currently planned offshore petroleum exploration and production drilling can continue. The officials said media reports misinterpreted Axelrod’s statement.

freedomplow on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Seriously? The White House arranged an explosion in the Gulf that killed eleven people and lead to a potential ecological disaster, just so they could back away from their own proposal to increase coastal drilling, which was announced last month?

Yes, that makes sense.

YYZ on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Yeah, I’d say any White House involvement is pretty far out there.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

B.P. has me annoyed. B.P.’s CEO is a global warming true believer; BP runs all these sanctimonious ads (BP = “Beyond Petroleum”) touting alternative energy. Yet…their oil is washing up on gulf beaches. Not Exxon’s oil. The deadly refinery explosion in Texas? BP. It’s time for them to get Back to Petroleum and stop killing their employees while pretending they’re on the cutting edge of clean, green energy.

grgeil on April 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

“Listen All Of Y’all This Is Sabotage!”

Caper29 on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

My question is: Why the he!! did they put out the fire when the rig was burning? If they had left it alone, wouldn’t that continue to burn the oil and not allow a spill like this? Just askin….

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

*sighs* it was the methane (you know the natural gas) that was flaring up and on fire.

It wasn’t only the oil burning and depending on the type of crude, it may be heavy or the sweet stuff which could have made it more combustable…. but I think it was more heavy crude that doesn’t “light on fire” well.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

So, is it too soon to predict the creation of a large Oil Drilling Bureaucracy, paid for with a monstrous fuel tax?

Also, are oil companies big enough to be considered a threat to the economy? Government takeover and dismantle?

Naw. Never happen. Obama is a centrist.

cntrlfrk on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Seriously? The White House arranged an explosion in the Gulf that killed eleven people and lead to a potential ecological disaster, just so they could back away from their own proposal to increase coastal drilling, which was announced last month?

Yes, that makes sense.

YYZ on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

crap like this is frigging hilarious. You would have to have something along the lines of a SEAL team as it’s not like security on oil rigs are lax and they would definitely pick something up if a boat got close enough to drop of a team to blow it up.

Doctor Zhivago on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

You’d be trading horrendous water pollution for horrendous air pollution. At least there’s some way to contain a waterborne oil spill; fat chance doing the same for a Hugh-Jass smoke plume.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

HHHmmmm….doesn’t Obama know about Mighty Bugs?

(Lighting joss sticks to the comment filter Gods while going for a second link.)

More on oil eating bacteria at Wired.

Skandia Recluse on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

The LA Governor will now have the opportunity to show that he has some political skills.

faraway on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I’m not saying I believe this was anything but an accident. Even so, it appears just as convenient for our eco-nazis as the Reichstag fire was to that other group of nazis.

flyfisher on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

My question is: Why the he!! did they put out the fire when the rig was burning? If they had left it alone, wouldn’t that continue to burn the oil and not allow a spill like this? Just askin….

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I could be wrong, but I think only the volatiles would have been burning, while the heavier tar was drifting away. Also, you wouldn’t be able to plug the leak if it was burning.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with a raised eyebrow about the circumstances of this. It took a few days but ornery little thoughts started to creep into my head.

Jeff on April 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM

It wasn’t only the oil burning and depending on the type of crude, it may be heavy or the sweet stuff which could have made it more combustable…. but I think it was more heavy crude that doesn’t “light on fire” well.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Light sweet crude from this well.

conservnut on April 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

My question is: Why the he!! did they put out the fire when the rig was burning? If they had left it alone, wouldn’t that continue to burn the oil and not allow a spill like this? Just askin….

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I think ii leaks close to the seafloor , it’s a deep well so it’s harder to stop the flow than usual. BP and other oil companies should’ve been prepared.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

It’s important for conservatives to remember that the oil company has the responsibility of cleaning up its mess.

Correct.

From what I understand, the main problem now is the lack of a remote control valve that is supposed to be on all rigs to allow them to stop the flow in a situation like this.

Not sure if the lack of that valve is a violation of law, but you can bet they’ll be required in the future.

Honestly, I can’t blame Bambi for taking this approach. This is a serious problem, and we all ought to want to know how to prevent it so we can continue to expand drilling in the future.

BacaDog on April 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Thanks for the input. I thought it was a good question….
;-)

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Big oil would rather have Obama ban all oil drilling in the US than allow startups to saturate the market and drive oil prices down.

Buddahpundit on April 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Wrong. Big oil likes for small oil to bear the exploration costs, permitting headaches, independent study costs, etc.

Then they buy them. They can choose to drill or not at that point, but their assets just grew exponentially.

selias on April 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

grgeil on April 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Has BP been deliberately shorting their maintenance?

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

The LA Gov needs to organize some folks to come to the beach and start crying, wondering “Why did Obama kill these poor, poor birds?”

faraway on April 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM

The main thing I am beginning to worry about is what this will do to the oyster and shrimp industry. That, and if it will impact the beaches on the FL panhandle..where we visit often.

The economy of the south cannot handle much more. Katrina did enough.

MississippiMom on April 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

How much money does BP give to Hussain and his hench-men/ women ?

macncheez on April 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Accident my ass.

fossten on April 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

There is no way out…there is no political will to do any of the right things (drilling, spending reductions, etc, etc)…things we must do. Nothing will happen to fix any of this until we completely collapse. Yes, the GOP will make big wins in November, but, maybe, just in time to take the blame for the imminent collapse.

Yeah, we are on the same track as Spain…only getting there faster…much faster.

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

The main thing I am beginning to worry about is what this will do to the oyster and shrimp industry. That, and if it will impact the beaches on the FL panhandle..where we visit often.

The economy of the south cannot handle much more. Katrina did enough.

MississippiMom on April 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

My sympathies about the beach…I have grandparents in FL and would hate for their favorite spots to get spoiled by nasty black goo.

And definitely with you on the southern economy. Between sins of the fathers and a string of natural disasters, they’re really on the ropes.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with a raised eyebrow about the circumstances of this. It took a few days but ornery little thoughts started to creep into my head.

Jeff on April 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM

That happens when you don’t use the heavy duty foil.

rjl1999 on April 30, 2010 at 3:25 PM

You’d be trading horrendous water pollution for horrendous air pollution. At least there’s some way to contain a waterborne oil spill; fat chance doing the same for a Hugh-Jass smoke plume.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

I think smoke plume at sea is to be preferred.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Light sweet crude from this well.

conservnut on April 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

It may have had some deisel like fluid on the top …. only problem is diesel and crude cook better then lighting it on fire.

But the people talking about blowing up the rig makes me laugh as it would have fallen faster if a “leg” would have had a bomb on it… if you catch my drift.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:25 PM

crap like this is frigging hilarious. You would have to have something along the lines of a SEAL team as it’s not like security on oil rigs are lax and they would definitely pick something up if a boat got close enough to drop of a team to blow it up.

Doctor Zhivago on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

So, any wild speculation on non-accident scenarios would have to be limited to a high level foreign infiltration team (o_O), or an employee getting past all screening to set up an explosion that likely would have killed him.
Not looking particularly plausible.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

A knee-jerk reaction, to be sure. And knee-jerk reactions are almost always wrong.

If I were a betting man, I’d bet SP will keep right on screaming “Drill, Baby, Drill”.

GoldenEagle4444 on April 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

MississippiMom on April 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I live about 30 miles from the Destin, Fort Walton Beach area and I hope that it does not impact us. As far as the shrimping industry I heard on the news last night out of Mobile, they opened the shrimping season up today to help curtail the impact. Let’s pray that helps the fishermen avoid any problems.

milwife88 on April 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Fire can’t melt steel, you fools.

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faraway on April 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Knee-jerking scum.

Red Cloud on April 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

You are kidding right?

Ever go on a oil rig? In most cases you have to be flown out via a helicopter and have to do all the same things that you would do to get on a airplane. Your bags are looked thru for alcohol and contra ban.

Come on people….

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

You are all too correct. We have done virtually nothing right in years. The fuse on the atomic debt bomb grows shorter and shorter.

flyfisher on April 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Fire can’t melt steel, you fools.

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faraway on April 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM

He’s right. In order to melt steel, you have to drop the steel into the chasm at Mount Doom in Mordor.

Daggett on April 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The US needs to investigate how this could have been prevented and implement any necessary changes.

More like an investigation into who, or what caused this? This gives Obama, and company a good motive, does it not? They’re just gnashing their teeth for an excuse to raise gas prices, and prevent any offshore, or any kind of drilling. I don’t like to knock on the conspiracy theorists door, but gut instincts are, what they are. At this point, I wouldn’t put anything past Obama to pull a stunt, so that the outcome works in his favor. This man is as corrupt as they come.

capejasmine on April 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Accident my ass.

fossten on April 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Allow me to ride the conspiracy train for a moment:

From April 22 (day of explosion) – AP
Oil rig reported explosion 3 hours before fire

From April 22 (later that day) – AP
Coast Guard now says just 1 blast on oil rig

A few days later…SWAT to the rescue…err…inspection.

selias on April 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM

First off, this was an accident. The only conspiracy is the fact that the feds allowed this problem to explode into the political/PR opportunity for the greenies that we see being exploited now. I live within walking distance of the AL coast so it is amazing hearing how the rest of the country is reacting to this.

I also find it pathetic how many citizens in this country recoil in horror when oil spills then drive out to their mailbox. I am no enviro douche, but don’t act high and mighty when 90% of American could not go one day without something being powered on.

Also, out of the millions of barrels of oil that are pumped out of this country every year, how many accidents really happen in this “dangerous” field?

ClassicCon on April 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Does anyone know what the cause of the explosion on the oil rig was?

Kini on April 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

So, any wild speculation on non-accident scenarios would have to be limited to a high level foreign infiltration team (o_O), or an employee getting past all screening to set up an explosion that likely would have killed him.
Not looking particularly plausible.

Count to 10 on April 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

like I said, it’s HILARIOUS.

And as for the SWAT team, more than likely just a precautionary low priority gig to re-secure the ring (just in case for the one in a million chance of country snooping).

But then again, maybe Mulder and Scully found a group of the Old Ones had taken over the right and looking for a fight

Doctor Zhivago on April 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

DRILL BABY DRILL – Sarah Palin

How’s that working out for ya?

Constant Parrhesia on April 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I blame the spill on the incompetence of the federal government. Why did Obama let it happen?

year_of_the_dingo on April 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

DRILL BABY DRILL – Sarah Palin

How’s that working out for ya?

Constant Parrhesia on April 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Pretty darn well, actually.

TexasJew on April 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

How’s that working out for ya?

Constant Parrhesia on April 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM

When did we start drilling?

It will work out great for the economy all the way around when this Precedent, who hates domestic energy production, is gone!

OTP=One Term President

Jenfidel on April 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

DRILL BABY DRILL – Sarah Palin

How’s that working out for ya?

Not a fan of Sarah Palin at all, but this was a tragic accident. And a rare one to boot. She’s said more than enough dumb things to fault her for, but this isn’t one of them.

YYZ on April 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM

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