Gulf Oil Spill

What's your view on the Gulf oil spill and efforts by BP and the Obama administration to contain it?

Gulf Oil SpillJae C. Hong, AP

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I think the top experts in this kind of situation should have been flown in immediately and set to work on it with BP told to step back and shut the hell up. All they've done so far is screw things up worse.

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then that makes me a burning truck filled with TNT hurtling through a rocket fuel depot.



I cannot understand your answer. You state that BP has no expertise in this field. Inasmuch as they drilled the well and were pumping the crude, I would think that they would have some level of competence to handle events such as this spill. And I am also at a loss as to who would qualify as an expert here.


Please do not think I am blindly defending any one. I am not. The handling of this has been less than stellar.



Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice.....* Victims of circumstance owe it to fate. Victims of choice owe it to themselves.*One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline ourselves to get there.

May 14, 2010:  What lessons can we learn from the Gulf Coast oil spill?

First and foremost, the earth mother takes care of her children, regardless of the pain and hardship they cause her. You who are devoted mothers on earth understand this need to care for your children. It is not simple nor easy to sit back and watch your children go down a long disastrous path. But they must learn the hard way sometimes. When they go chasing after something that is not theirs to own and destroy, they come running back to their mother for protection.

The lessons are imprinted all over the Gulf Coast oil spill. It is a true wonder it has taken this long for many to realize that the true path to energy independence is not through the deepest holes drilled into the earth. When one builds behemoth monsters on platforms to drill massive holes in the earth without honoring the gift, the result is predictable. Greed and multiple fortunes embraced and fostered by the actions and attitudes of a few hundred individuals are the lessons to be learned. Simply said, do what you must do to live on earth, but first honor the earth.

Do you wish to anger your earth mother or honor her? Is money more important than honoring your mother? Remember your earth mother has always unconditionally loved you. She has given you a place to stay for your lifetime. She has given you a time and a place to learn all of your lessons, good and bad. She has never given you bad lessons. Those reside in your choices and the exercision of your free will.

This I will tell you, the lessons will keep coming, if you do not look at the ways that have led to this environmental and earthly catastrophe.

There are so many ways you can generate electricity and power for your vehicles, yet the prevailing attitude is the old-fashioned way. It’s a lot more expensive to clean up this mess, than it is to create a new wave of earth-friendly vehicles powered by the sun.

Think of the Sun (the Son) as your Father. This is in many of your religious teachings and books. The Sun/the Son will provide all the light you need, all the energy you need, and all the food you need. But without the Mother (Earth), the children (you) cannot survive in an earthly sense. And if the mother, father, and children want to share the earth, then all of them must work together as a family. And that means working together as one. Is your lesson to be one or independent of the one? I’ll let you decide. (Running Bear) Answers From Above 

"I cannot understand your answer. You state that BP has no expertise in this field. Inasmuch as they drilled the well and were pumping the crude, I would think that they would have some level of competence to handle events such as this spill. And I am also at a loss as to who would qualify as an expert here."

No, I didn't say BP had no expertise. But there are people all over the world who specialize in cleaning up and fixing disasters like this. And frankly, when someone breaks something, I don't trust that same person to fix it. And BP has already screwed up several times.

As well, since the people who were responsible for Permits and permissions to drill, who were supposed to inspect these installations, obviously didn't do their jobs right, and just as obviously are corrupt, they needed to be fired, government job or not. There are strict regulations for this kind of drilling, and those regulations weren't followed. This lack caused a major disaster. Even if the oil leak was cleaned up right this minute, it will take the ecology of the affected area 60 to 100 years to recover. IF it can recover. And that's a lot of people and businesses out of work, people who depend on the fishing and such in the gulf to make a living. And since they're under strict regulations as well, they don't make that good a living to start with.

I like driving my little old vans, which get quite good gas mileage, and I don't want to give that up. I'm not a 'greenie' despite being a Pagan. But I do believe in common sense. And in this case, this disaster didn't need to happen. All they had to do was enforce all the regulations that apply. There are many many offshore drilling rigs that have never had a problem. My home in California has many of them in the area. While the federal government mey fall down on their enforcement, the California government has always been very strict about making sure those regulations are followed. And those oil rigs near my home are located in some very ecologically important and fragile areas, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in California.

I just think a lot of people screwed up in this instance, simply by not doing their jobs.

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then that makes me a burning truck filled with TNT hurtling through a rocket fuel depot.

The spill is horrific and I'm sure BP wants that thing stopped as much as any of us.  It's their pocket this clean up is coming from.  I would have to wonder about the engineers and inspectors of this drilling platform and why they felt the shut-off was functional when it was not.

We all have to remember this is something that has never been attempted before on a well this deep and certainly no easy fix.  Scientists, much more knowledgeable than we, can not find a solution that is guaranteed but according to most feel that BP has better technology for this than anyone else.

We can only pray that capping it will help until the new well is drilled.

My opinions are mine.

I wouldn't be so sure that BP are the only ones paying for the clean up of the oil spill the House of Representatives already passed a bill that will add a charge on to every gallon of gas you buy to pay for it.BP has done a horrible job of containing, stopping, and cleaning the oil up they should have pushed BP out of the way and brought in real experts after the second or third attempt failed for sure.

My KITCHEN SINK has a shut off valve...........Doesn't this oil pipe have one?

His handling of this fiasco makes anything ever attributed to Bush look like childs' play.  In Bushs' case it was the Governors place during Katrina to ask for help that is the way it works.  In the Gulf the Govenor has asked for help and recieved nothing, nada, zilch.

This could be, hopefully along with several other escapades, Obama's Waterloo.

Napolean lost the Battle of Waterloo due to a case of inflamed hemmies, so the Gulf is a fiasco due to the hemmies in Washington.

Lady Darko

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