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    Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Excerpted from “Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend” By Chris Baltimore, Reuters, Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:57pm EDT
    A giant oil slick from a deadly offshore drilling rig explosion could hit the fragile U.S. Gulf Coast shoreline this weekend as the White House and Congress launched separate probes into the worst offshore incident in nearly a decade. …
    “If this doesn't give somebody pause, there's something wrong.” — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist¹

    “The explosion, ensuing fire, and continuing spill raise serious concerns about the industry's claims that their operations and technology are safe enough to put rigs in areas that are environmentally sensitive or are critical to tourism or fishing industries.” — statement signed by Senators Bill Nelson, Frank R. Lautenberg, Robert Menendez²

    Well, that kind of sucks. To the East Coast, welcome to the shape of things to come.[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Things_to_Come"]³[/ame]

    Excerpted from “Concern Grows About Impact of Gulf Oil Spill” By LESLIE KAUFMAN, The New York Times, Published: April 27, 2010
    With a massive oil slick now within 20 miles of the ecologically fragile Louisiana coastline, Coast Guard officials said they were considering a “controlled burn” of the petroleum on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Rear Adm. Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator for the spill, said Tuesday that the joint government and industry task force had been unable to stop crude from streaming out of a broken pipe attached to a well 5,000 feet below sea level. …
    “Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001

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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    hey guys no problem the Coast Guard is thinking of burning the slick !!!
    Wow that will be the biggest napalm demonstration since Khe San !!! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE VIDEO!!!!


    So will the Palin Pukes chant BURN BABY BURN !!!!!!!! ?? ?
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    hey guys no problem the Coast Guard is thinking of burning the slick !!!
    Wow that will be the biggest napalm demonstration since Khe San !!! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE VIDEO!!!!


    So will the Palin Pukes chant BURN BABY BURN !!!!!!!! ?? ?
    As long as it isn't near property or population centers yet it may be the best option available depending on wind and ocean currents. Because of the BTU rate it should burn out quickly. I don't think it's a great idea, but probably better than letting the slick hit maximum saturation.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Let's see, burn it while it's off shore... or let it hit the shore causing greater long term economic and ecological problems...

    Nope, can't burn it off, that's just... that would add to "Global Warming" or something.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    This disaster makes Exxon Valdez (which is still causing ecological problems in Alaska) look minor. I wonder who is responsible for the clean up?
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Burning beats the hell out of letting it get to fishing and tourist areas.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    This disaster makes Exxon Valdez (which is still causing ecological problems in Alaska) look minor. I wonder who is responsible for the clean up?
    British Petroleum, as the leaseholder, is responsible for the cost of the cleanup. I think they will be billed for whatever the US Coast Guard has to do, plus whatever they are coordinating themselves.

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    To bad it's not off Washington DC.... We could let it hit land, then set it on fire.
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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    So, one accident in several decades, from one oil rig among thousands, and "this is the shape of things to come"?

    Too bad the people determined to prevent US energy independence don't waste any effort thiking things through.

    How old was that rig? How old will the oil rigs built in future be? (Brand new.)

    What safety rule was broken to cause the explosion? You can guarantee that some rule was broken, either in maintenance, inspection, or operations, and you can't argue convincingly that corners were cut because god knows the men working on the damn rig are 100% aware of the fact that they're maybe hundreds of miles from land, they're working with flammable liquids and explosive gases, and it's their asses that get crisped. So there's not likely to be any significant flaw in the rules, someone goofed somewhere.

    Is an act of Congress required to shut down an entire industry whenever a single person makes a mistake regarding circumstances already covered by law and regulation and corporate policies? (no, of course not)

    Is American energy independence more important than hysterical fears about unlikely accidents? (yes, of course)

    Is defunding terrorist and socialist and inimical nations more important than hysterical fears about unlikely accidents? (yes, of course)

    And people are biting their nails that someone might burn the oil spill before it becomes so dispersed it can't burn and there's nothing left to do but get out the dish soap to wash the egrets?

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    Re: Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend

    I wonder if "Drill baby Drill" still resonates so with Palin supporters.

    I knew that such things would be a problem, but I still supported drilling as the least of evils. This is in contrast with Palin's callous chant.

    Conservatives give lip service to 'wise use', when really they haven't seen a resources project they didn't think was 'wise'. Liberals give lip service to 'wise use' when really most of us haven't seen a resources project we thought was 'wise'.

    My position is closer to my fellow liberals, however. I think it is a good idea to count the cost, which they would agree with. But, I want to then weigh the options, and choose the prudent course. "Drill baby Drill" just ignores that whole process.

    All things considered, I still want to drill, however. But, I also want that wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, maybe Nuclear, etc. We need to get out of the ME, and let the rest of the world bear the cost of ensuring it's energy supply. With the rise of China, and the demands it will place on world energy resources, cheap energy is probably a thing of the past anyway.

    Getting out of the ME is my top priority. Let Europe, India and China battle for it.

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