Monday, July 12, 2010

Too Many Margaritas

Singer Jimmy Buffett blames Bush for the Gulf oil spill:
To me it was more about eight years of bad policy before (Obama) got there that let this happen. It was Dracula running the blood bank in terms of oil and leases. I think that has more to do with it than how the president reacted to it.
Uh, Jimmy, Obama's drilling safety policies are identical to Bush's. And aside from the persistence of BDS, Buffett's explanation ignores who spilled the oil: British Petroleum. Could the omission be because the largest recipient of campaign contributions from BP's PAC and employees was Barack Obama?


A_Nonny_Mouse said...

Well, y'know, if it's a factoid that would tarnish the luster of the First Commie's halo, it gets ignored...

Gringo said...

Nothing to notice here, just move along.

BP was also the oil company that billed itself as Beyond Petroleum, and pushed for cap and trade.

They let bean counters set the priorities for their core business of petroleum.

The MMS approved the various changes that BP made in its drilling plans, so the MMS is not blameless.

As a former engineer in oil drilling services, I have followed the Macondo blowout with great interest. Here is the first of my comments in a thread at Bookworm Room . My comment #23 gives a summary of the ways that BP bypassed established oil field procedures for determining the safety of the well, in an attempt to save money. We all know by now that was rather penny wise and pound foolish. As they say in the oil field, never try to cut costs downhole. When I read what BP had done, I thought to myself, what were those IDIOTS thinking?

Sorry Jimmy, Dubya wasn't the doofus making those decisions on Macondo. (Also the name for the fictional town in Nobel Prize winning Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Cien AƱos de Soledad- A Hundred Years of Solitude.)