Obama’s Oil Spill Response: The Story Behind the Story

I have received a number of emails about the environmental impacts of the BP oil spill. The size of the spill and the impacts on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems have prompted a number of readers to write:

“Bob, it looks like you are right, the environmental damage and pollution are the goal and not the unintended consequences.”

Others have noted the irony that the leak is believed to have started on Earth Day, April 22, when the Deepwater Horizon sank. [1]

Dana Milbank, at the Washington Post, appears to realize there is story behind the story of Obama’s bizarre behavior at his lengthy news conference yesterday at the White House.

“For eight years we had a president who refused to accept blame. Now we have one who seems to enjoy it.

He decorated the East Room with wuddas, cuddas and shuddas: “We should have busted through those constraints. . . . pre-deploying boom would have been the right thing to do . . . I do think our efforts fell short. . . . They should have pushed them sooner. . . . I think that it took too long. . . . Where I was wrong was in my belief that the oil companies had their act together.”

As I sat in the fourth row on Thursday, I was struck by the weirdly passive figure before me.

He delivered lawyerly phrases and spoke of his anger about the oil spill but showed none in his voice or on his face.

He was, presumably, there to show how aggressively he has handled the disaster, but he seemed cool, almost bloodless.

CBS’s Chip Reid asked about the resignation hours earlier of Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the MMS, or Minerals Management Service. “I found out about her resignation today,” Obama replied. Interior Secretary “Ken Salazar has been in testimony throughout the day, so I don’t know the circumstances in which this occurred.”

That’s very clear, sir. But why not share some with the guys at BP who actually are responsible for the spill?”

The leak, instead of being 210,000 gallons of the Earth’s vital fluids being extracted, the Los Angeles Times is now reporting that BP admits “that the leak rate is around 2.5 million gallons a day.

[Excerpt from An Ominous Drilling Sign for the Truth]

Crusextraction of the Earth, Response: Earthquakes And Tsunamis

In 2005, world oil-production alone (not including natural-gas) was an incomprehensible 80 – 100 million barrels of oil per day.

USGS coastal geologists understand these factors cannot be ignored as far as influencing earth crust stresses and confirm the earth’s response to extracting by force 3,360,000,000 – 4,200,000,000 gallons of the planets vital fluids every single day: Earthquakes and tsunamis.

While disagreement abounds on this topic, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say that oil production at plate boundaries where hard, rocky slabs slide against each other to releases tremendous amounts of energy and could be the cause for the 2004 quake that triggered a deadly tsunami in Sumatra.

“Here’s how it works: With high-tech equipment, oil companies pinpoint oil-rich areas and use large drills to puncture the surface below the sea, sometimes as deep as 10,000 feet. As this pricey fluid gets sucked from the sediment pores, the surrounding rocks shift positions to fill in the newly vacated spaces. At a large scale, for example the volume displaced when millions of barrels of oil are produced, the land movement can actually cause a mini-seismic earthquake, said Robert Morton, a USGS coastal geologist.

During these various stages the globe of the earth is gradually being depressurized and cooled internally, causing contraction for both of these reasons. When objects cool down, they automatically shrink/contract in size. If you let high-pressure air or gas out of a cylinder, it forms ice around the outlet, and cools the entire cylinder. If you let some of the air out of a football, or basketball, the ball shrinks and goes badly out of shape.”

“Apply that to the Earth and you have earthquakes – simple common-sense – not rocket-science. A fact so simple that anyone who understands the oil-extraction process would understand, but, because they are insanely-blinded by their insatiable greed and avarice, they often overlook the obvious.” (Paul Noel, JAH, Sterling D. Allan and Mary-Sue Halliburton) [3]

Click here to read the entire article at disinfo.com.

Footnote:

[1] My first article was about Oil, September 14, 2008 
“Give Us the ANWAR and Keep Shopping”-They Found They Can’t Have Both and Drilling offshore & in the ANWR, what’s wrong with this Picture?.

Robert Singer writes about Secrets, Sentient Creatures and The Federal Reserve at disinfo.com, The Market Oracle and The Peoples Voice (http://twitter.com/rds2301)

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I can't support the pathetic performance of this administration during the past month…but I have to take exception to adding any fuel to the speculation that the destruction was purposeful. Just the testimony from the staff that survived has been damning enough to stagger the mind (especially the tidbits that came from personnel who were held captive after their rescue, by their own employers, and forced under duress to sign non-disclosure forms before being allowed to see or speak to their families.)

    To certain degree, Obama is culpable because the buck stops at the top…but given that secretive BP officials perpetually understated the risks, the damage and level of effort they were putting forth, we can assume that the president acted in good faith…which is pretty sad considering that a man of experience should be able to spot a flaming lying douchebag in action…and took actions based on false input from multiple sources.

    Do try to remember that the same people who claim the left bombed the rig for Earth Day are the identical pack of jackasses who fingered the elderly white power activist who murdered a black museum guard as 'inspired by leftist ideals', despite the man's obvious lifetime affiliation with the most violent extremes of the American right wing.

    Obama lame for not asshammering BP into the ground on week 1? Oh yes…very lame.

    Evil Socialist Plot By Left To End Oil Drilling At Sea? No…and just the notion makes lithium sound like part of a good treatment plan to prevent further thoughts like “the tinfoil will protect my head from the liberal brain waves emitted from Mars where the Gays are plotting against us.”

  • Canadianfrontier

    I have a four words response to VoxMagi's lengthy commrant:

    Read The Article Again!

    You Missed the Point

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      “I have received a number of emails about the environmental impacts of the BP oil spill. The size of the spill and the impacts on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems have prompted a number of readers to write:

      “Bob, it looks like you are right, the environmental damage and pollution are the goal and not the unintended consequences.”

      Others have noted the irony that the leak is believed to have started on Earth Day, April 22, when the Deepwater Horizon sank. [1]”

      Did you read the article I read? Cuz thats the first couple paragraphs…if you missed those, I can't help you.

      The author's chosen quotes to open the article…read them…this reintroduces the 'implication' regarding Earth Day. I object to that. The rest of the article isn't related to that, but is peppered with commentary regarding the Obama administrations handling…and I agree that that handling is insufficient.

      I remain uncertain as to whether seismic events are truly linked to all this, but that part of the article was interesting reading.

      So what was the point, if that was the thrust of the article, in even including another worthless reference to Lush Dimbulb and the Fox gangsters crazed verbal attacks on the left because the rig blew up two days before Earth Day…and sank ON Earth Day? What was the value in that…other than to add fuel to that sad fire of verbal schizophrenia?

      I read the article…but apparently I commented on the parts you didn't read. The point—it apparently forms your skull.

  • Anonymous

    “I have this feeling man, ’cause you know, it’s just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that’s true, it’s provable. It’s not … I’m not a fucking conspiracy nut, it’s provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever’s elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you’re in this smokey room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, “Roll the film.” And it’s a shot of the Kennedy assasination from an angle you’ve never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it’s from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, “Any questions?” “Er, just what my agenda is.” “First we bomb Baghdad.” “You got it …” – Bill Hicks

    That is basically all that is needed in order to assess any President in recent memory.

  • tonyviner

    “I have this feeling man, 'cause you know, it's just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that's true, it's provable. It's not … I'm not a fucking conspiracy nut, it's provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever's elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you're in this smokey room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, “Roll the film.” And it's a shot of the Kennedy assasination from an angle you've never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it's from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, “Any questions?” “Er, just what my agenda is.” “First we bomb Baghdad.” “You got it …” – Bill Hicks

    That is basically all that is needed in order to assess any President in recent memory.

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