Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Burning Issue

The campaign mantra of "Drill, baby, drill" has morphed back into its 1960's civil-rights antecedent of "Burn, baby, burn" as the Coast Guard OKs controlled fires to slow 5000 gallons of oil a day spewing from an exploded rig to menace wildlife and fishing industries along the Gulf Coast.

During the VP debate, Sarah Palin lectured Joe Biden when he minimized the importance of off-shore oil, "The chant is 'drill, baby, drill.' And that's what we hear all across this country in our rallies because people are so hungry for those domestic sources of energy to be tapped into." Last year she wrote in an OpEd, "We can safely drill for US oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats."

Apparently not, as a Coast Guard admiral assesses the Gulf spill, "It's premature to say this is catastrophic. I will say that this is very serious."

Politicizing an ecological disaster might be unfair if it were not for indications that the current mess might have been avoided if Bush laissez-faire "Washington bureaucrats" had insisted that offshore rigs use a remote-control shutoff device mandated by Norway and Brazil.

But now the oil is spilling and fires are burning as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kept track of the situation yesterday from Massachusetts where he was announcing approval of the nation's first wind farm off the Cape Cod coast, which backers claim would "reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 175,000 cars off the road."

Kennedys and others in the area oppose the environmental impact on their beloved vacation homes, but nobody is claiming that the wind farm might lead to setting the ocean on fire.

Update: By week's end, the Gulf spill was looking like a man-made Katrina as the Federal government scrambled to help--or give every appearance of helping--to contain it, and posturing members of Congress were urging the White House to rethink its decision to allow expanded offshore drilling.

Whatever happens to the endangered residents and creatures of the Gulf Coast, their plight will be added to the long list of burning issues being stoked by incompetence and political division in Washington.


Don Quijote said...

Palin Speaks:‘How’s that Hopey-Changey Thing Working Out for Ya?’

I Reply:'How's that Drilley-Spilley Thing Working Out for Ya?’

JSpencer said...

This is a predictable (and especially unfortunate) case of not learning from history (even after it has repeated itself many times over). Are we this stupid? As Bill Maher said earlier today:

"Every *$$#&%^ who ever chanted "Drill baby drill" should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty."

Amen brother, amen.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oh my God, are you seriously blaming this oil disaster on President Bush? Wow. I bet he wishes he had half the power, ever, that you lefties attribute to him (that is when you're not calling him a bumbling idiot--how that's reconciled with his near-epic intelligence in single-handedly causing everything from hurricanes to poverty to racism is beyond me. But it's definitely amusing as all get out.)