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    Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Washington Post

    This week's schedule for President Obama suggests that the White House believes he has. After dominating the conversation in Washington all last week, the environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico does not appear front and center on the White House calendar.

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    But the administration is clearly expecting -- maybe hoping -- that the intense public attention on the spill fades a bit, starting with this week, giving them a chance to turn to other subjects.

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    For the rest of the week, Obama and his aides hope they can focus on Afghanistan, health insurance reform, relations with Russia (whose president arrives for a visit on Thursday) and the global economy.

    Obama departs Thursday for Canada for the G-20 gathering of the world's largest economies. Ahead of the meeting, the president warned the group last week that members must redouble their prior commitments or risk allowing the global economy to sink once again.

    Tuesday's meeting with state health care commissioners is another chance for Obama to remind the public of the benefits he predicts will come from the massive overhaul of the nation's health-care system.

    And Tuesday night's White House celebration of gay and lesbian pride month should be an upbeat event for Obama. That constituency -- which has been angry about the pace of some changes -- is likely to be happier at this year's version of the annual event, as Congress is on the verge of ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
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    Do you agree the Oil spill is now over, time to move on to other issues and focus on other things?
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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    The world does stop just because we have an environmental disaster.

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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
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    Do you agree the Oil spill is now over, time to move on to other issues and focus on other things?
    Yeah - move on to the massive, decades old and continuing spill, contamination and destruction in Nigeria.

    It really sinks my heart and disgusts me that the one off our southern coast gets all this dramatic attention, drives anger and even political action - Yet there are other areas of the world have had to deal with much worse with no recognition or intervention - and those other oil companies are just not being held accountable, not held responsible, no investigations - nothing.

    Even our own president ignores these other issues throughout this entire process.

    What ****ing bull**** - we're not more important or any more special than anyone else out there, you know.
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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
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    Do you agree the Oil spill is now over, time to move on to other issues and focus on other things?
    Don't hear anyone suggesting the event is resolved. But there does seem to be some recent encouraging news regarding capturing some of the leaking oil. And hopefully that will continue to improve over time until the relief wells are in place.

    The "cleanup" may be a different story. Not sure what kind of confident calculations have been made on what damage the spill will leave on the ecosystem. Or how long it will take to recover.



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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    When the spill first started bp claimed it was 1,000 barrels a day. Today I heard it could be 100,000 a day. Hell no, it's not over. It's a long way from over. I am talking centuries, not decades or years.

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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Yeah - move on to the massive, decades old and continuing spill, contamination and destruction in Nigeria.

    It really sinks my heart and disgusts me that the one off our southern coast gets all this dramatic attention, drives anger and even political action - Yet there are other areas of the world have had to deal with much worse with no recognition or intervention - and those other oil companies are just not being held accountable, not held responsible, no investigations - nothing.

    Even our own president ignores these other issues throughout this entire process.

    What ****ing bull**** - we're not more important or any more special than anyone else out there, you know.
    Should America intervene in Nigeria's affairs?

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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Should America intervene in Nigeria's affairs?
    We should support them in any and all effort to clean that crap up . . . we could actually put pressure on Shell and other companies to take care of THEIR spill if we so wanted. Just because it's not happening on our soil doesn't mean it doesn't affect us, matter to us or that it's not worth our assitance in some way.
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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Yeah - move on to the massive, decades old and continuing spill, contamination and destruction in Nigeria.

    It really sinks my heart and disgusts me that the one off our southern coast gets all this dramatic attention, drives anger and even political action - Yet there are other areas of the world have had to deal with much worse with no recognition or intervention - and those other oil companies are just not being held accountable, not held responsible, no investigations - nothing.

    Even our own president ignores these other issues throughout this entire process.

    What ****ing bull**** - we're not more important or any more special than anyone else out there, you know.
    The locals in Ogniland within Nigeria would appreciate it if it were given 100th the attention given the Gulf disaster.
    SPDC, which is the Shell Pertoleum Development Company was implicit in the multiple Oil leaks and has done absolutely nothing to clean up the subsequent mess.
    I rather imagine they (SPDC & SHELL) are keeping themselves in some corner and hoping that no one notices what they have caused in other parts of the World.

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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Do I expect a lawyer with absolutely no technical training to handle an extremely technical engineering problem that many seasoned oil engineers can't fix?

    Let me think about that. Oh wait. No, I don't expect him to. Let's put a school teacher in charge of engineering specialized equipment for NASA! Yeah, that's a good idea. How about an accountant in charge of genetic recombination programs?

    Seriously. You people crack me up. This is like expecting Bush to be able to solve a problem on the International Space Station. LOL.
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    Re: Turning the corner on the Gulf oil spill?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Do I expect a lawyer with absolutely no technical training to handle an extremely technical engineering problem that many seasoned oil engineers can't fix?

    Let me think about that. Oh wait. No, I don't expect him to. Let's put a school teacher in charge of engineering specialized equipment for NASA! Yeah, that's a good idea. How about an accountant in charge of genetic recombination programs?

    Seriously. You people crack me up. This is like expecting Bush to be able to solve a problem on the International Space Station. LOL.
    I think you fail to realize that when most people say "the president should do something" we're not suggesting he put on some gear and go diving - work some magic and tadaaa! Fix it! We're saying he should use his political state, position and power as well as purse strings to persuade those responsible to take it seriously, put it on top of their 'to do' list and tackle the issue that they caused in the best way possible. As well as to enforce the laws that are in place and to hold people at fault accountable as well as spark investigation and be a leader in public-awareness.

    I think he's handling the BP situation pretty well right now - it could have happened sooner but better late than never.
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