Back on May 4 I posted some random thoughts about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Surprisingly, all of them still hold true.
-The human cost still has taken a major back seat to the environmental cost
-Almost zero people reporting on the story knows anything about how a deepwater drilling rig works. I was taught that the word “busted” was not to be used when I was growing up, but I am reading a lot of stories that say things like “busted pipe”. That is a grammatical digression, I admit.
-I still think BP is trying everything they can muster to stop the leak(s)
-The market still seems to be doing a big shoulder shrug over the whole thing. The collapse of the eurozone and the poor jobs reports seem to weigh much heavier on the markets. And oil prices are going down.
-I did say that the federal response was quick (for them) but really can’t tell at this point if it is. A lot of people are slagging the Obama administration for acting slowly, but I don’t live there so maybe one of our commenters could clear that up.
Here is one other thing I have noticed about this whole thing – the stunning silence of the left as regards the Obama administration’s role in fast tracking the permits for this rig. The Washington Post came out with a story detailing this. I really don’t have anything against the Obama administration for this particular oversight, as to me, it was just business as usual at the federal government level. I am sure that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) didn’t really change that much from the Bush administration to the Obama administration with the exception of a few appointments for favored Obama and Democratic party people. I do have one major rub with all of this.
If this were a Republican administration we would be constantly hearing the howling and moaning of the greenies and leftists about the “chimpymcbushhitleroilforbloodhalliburtoncheney’soilbuddies” destruction of the environment. It would literally be never ending.
But since it is THEIR GUY at the top we hear nary a word about this. When friends of mine that I know voted for Obama begin to proclaim their disgust at the mess in the Gulf, I usually chime in that I sure hope that there is a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the Obama administration’s lack of oversight of this project through the MMS. Usually the conversations end abruptly. I can hear it in the back of their heads though – but it is our guy!
Shannon Love sort of hit on this point a few days ago in his post about being a crappy thug. To me, the same applies to being a leftist. If you are going to be one, be a good one, not a selective one. I noted back in October that since Obama took office all of the papier mache heads seem to have been put into storage even though he has increased troop levels in Afghanistan and the wars seem to be continuing with no end in sight. So we have that plus this new disaster. Like I said, if you are going to be a leftist, don’t be a crappy one, get out there and start the new chants! 2-4-6-8, who is gonna regulate! What do we want? MMS investigations! When do we want them? NOW!
Needless to say, I am not holding my breath for the above to happen any time soon. Like ever.