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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I'd like to see all these "concerned" environmentalist that feel they contribute by lecturing the rest of us put their money where their mouths are. Since you guys hate oil so much and care, lock up your homes, start walking towards La. with your dishwashing liquid and cleaning rags, swim out to the landfall sites and start cleaning some birds. Remember though, since you hate oil and want to use this as an example of why we need to stop drilling you can't use any petroleum products or byproducts, otherwise you'd be a hypocrit. Start walking, then come back and tell us lowly dirtbags how it went.
    I've camped on the outer shores of LA. while on fishing trips many times. The armchair environmentalists wouldn't last through one night there.

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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    I don't want it destroyed for the sole purpose of making oil companies rich.
    I find that hilarious..... "sole purpose of making oil companies rich."

    Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    Figure 1 illustrates the magnitude of government tax collections versus industry profits between 1977 and 2004. During this period, the 29 largest domestic energy firms earned a collective $630 billion after adjusting for inflation. These profits varied dramatically—from a low of $7.9 billion in 1995 to a high of $42.6 billion in 2004—based upon world market demand, supply, and international events.

    In contrast, the taxes paid or remitted by domestic oil companies have been consistently far greater than their profits and now total more than $2.2 trillion (adjusted for inflation) over the past quarter century. The largest share of those taxes is federal and state gasoline excise taxes. In 2004, governments collected $58 billion in gasoline excise taxes. Overall, governments have collected $1.34 trillion in gasoline excise taxes since 1977.
    The Tax Foundation - Oil Company Profits and Tax Collections: Does the U.S. Need a New Windfall Profits Tax?

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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    I've camped on the outer shores of LA. while on fishing trips many times. The armchair environmentalists wouldn't last through one night there.
    Oh I know it. But since they care they need to make those sacrifices for the greater good, to borrow their linguistic cliches.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    I agree, safety is always in everyone's interest.

    Short-term interest means that the extra cost of installing a remote shutoff valve is not incurred because it doesn't contribute to the bottom line; of course, in the mid- to longer-term it will certainly be viewed as penny-wise and pound-foolish that that valve wasn't installed and we are witnessing the consequences.
    What corporation only considers the short-term effects of what it does? Only one that wants to be a short-term business.

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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    I know what you mean, but I will try to refrain from making this a political thing because it effects everyone.

    What people don't realize is that unless they want to walk to work and the grocery store, THEY are the reasons these wells are even out there. If you own a car, it's because of YOU. And if the wells weren't out there, we'd be even MORE reliant on foreign oil than we already are and thus would be giving more money to terrorist nations like Iran.

    Drilling for oil is a dangerous business. It can be made safer, but it is dangerous. Driving a prius doesn't help, it still uses gas. Only a bicycle helps. This is a really bad thing that happened, but it just reiterates how important my fathers job is, justifying flying all those inspectors out to check on wells and such. How many lives it has saved can't be counted because we'll never know but obviously if one life is saved its worth it!
    Uhhhhhh.... just one point.

    There wouldn't be a grocery store to walk to if it weren't for the oil industry.

    Other than that, good post.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    I think it's not about using a crisis for political gain but about using it to effect change to protect society from suffering the same avoidable negative consequences again. …
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    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
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    Thanks, I think you make my point.

    Excerpted from “” By JACK ROSENTHAL, “On Language,” The New York Times, Published: July 31, 2009
    Just after Barack Obama’s election in November, Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, made this memorable statement to an interviewer: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” The underlying insight is wise. In a sprawling, contentious democracy, competing interests suspend their antagonisms only when they have to confront an alarming common threat. The thought struck a universal chord and has since been attributed to Emanuel many times.

    But there’s a problem: Authorship. Emanuel did not claim to be coining an epigram, only to be describing a moment of opportunity. Nevertheless, he was unwittingly echoing something that the Stanford economist Paul Romer said in November 2004 at a venture-capitalist meeting in California. Referring to the increasing competition that America faces from rapidly rising education levels in other countries, Romer said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” …
    My emphasis.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    You have to be kidding me, Coronado.

    What do you expect? Enviromentalists to live like the Amish? How do you expect people in today's world to live a normal life without using ANY gas or oil-based products? Please, don't go all extreme on me and expect people to live like this.

    Me, I do everything I can to reduce my usage. I have been for years. But there is nothing -- I mean nothing -- that I can purchase that will make me completely independent of oil when it comes to commuting, owning a home and buying necessities. Not in today's world!

    But I am pushing for change and I am as proactive as I can be with my personal lifestyle.

    I, alone, cannot develop these much needed technologies, but we, as a society, can. Unfortunately, that that will only come from desperation, it seems. It does not matter that alarm bells have been ringing since the 70s. It will come only when oil will be more and more scarce, and then we'll finally realize that we are so behind the 8-ball. And people will be bitching why we have not developed ANYTHING that replaces oil.

    I say do it now. This is desperation time.

    And this is why I think offshore drilling is fruitless. It IS finite.
    Bull ****.... put a solar cell array on your roof and run off 12 volt.

    Walk or ride a bike where ever you go, or don't go.

    Grow your own food and spend most of your time picking bugs of your veggies so you get at least a third for yourself.

    Grow rabbits if you just have to eat meat….. put the **** on your garden.

    There are lots of things you could do, but they are all just soooooooooo inconvenient.

    Just ask Algore.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    What corporation only considers the short-term effects of what it does? Only one that wants to be a short-term business.
    That would be true of corporations could think and cared. But coroprations are legal entities.
    It's individuals who make the choices, and $40M in the short-term actually means "you're set forever", which is defacto also the long-term.
    Furthermore the recent financial crisis you'd think would have been a reminder to you that corporations regulary do have directors who think short-term.

    I can assure you that the people "in charge" either don't enough information to know how all their decisions impact things, and/or don't have the power (coroprate power) to do anything about it.
    Expecting every CEO to know precisely how risky every drilling is, is a stretch. It's not in their best interest no matter how you cut it. It's up to everyone else to make the limits, fairly and reasonably.

    It's not about fault really, it's about prevention.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Mach View Post
    That would be true of corporations could think and cared.

    It's individuals who make the choice, and $40M in the short-term actually means "you're set forever", which is defacto also the long-term.

    Furthermore the recent financial crisis you'd think would have been a reminder to you that corporations regulary do have directors who think short-term.

    It's not about fault really, it's about prevention.
    Have you ever owned a business with employees ??

    Never mind... I already know the answer.

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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Have you ever owned a business with employees ??
    Never mind... I already know the answer.
    More than a few. Why is that relevant?

    I was born and raised near there, have family still in BR, NO, Alex, etc. I knew about the spill the next morning (4/21) because of friends having family working in that area as drilling engineers. So what does any of that have to do with what I wrote? All this "I know best because XYZ" doesn't float in any thread, on any topic.

    Suggesting that corporations can and will do what's appropriate in all cases to prevent catastrophic accidents that affect way more than their employees is absurd. They will even tell you it's absurd. They are trying to manage a company, not the entire Gulf Coast. It's up to people to ensure their environment is properly managed and risked. Putting it 100% on a company is ludicrous.

    As others note, we don't even know what the actual breakdown was. But we do know some genreal things about the limits of coroporate behavior in *any* industry.
    Last edited by Mach; 04-30-10 at 04:01 PM.

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