Disgusting, absolutely disgusting! Absolute power – i.e., endless money from the oil companies – corrupts. These companies call the shots, not the regulators, Congress, nor the People. We need real reform to take big-money influence – and that includes from the banks, too – out of the loop!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that he is not in favor of continued offshore drilling until we develop safety procedures to prevent the kind of disaster occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. Chu made these remarks despite the fact that drilling permits are continuing to be granted, according to a New York Times report.
“Personally I think we should stop all new drilling,” Chu said.
When asked by Maddow if the government could do better by pushing BP aside, Chu said, “It’s not clear” that the government could do any better than BP.
Here are a couple of suggestions for Obama and the rest of his Administration: (1) Get more directly involved by seeking out oil experts (outside of BP), scientists, and deep sea experts like Bob Ballard’s organization; (2) Appeal to other nations and regions of the world and ask for help: the Scandinavians, for instance, have equipment for this very thing.
The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to threaten wildlife and the fishing industry today because the giant dome which was supposed to stop it failed yesterday.
BP quickly erected a building-size structure in the hopes of capping off the leak which is spilling about 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the gulf (210,000 gallons a day). Yesterday, their plans failed because ice and gas trapped inside the structure caused it to be too buoyant to seal the leak site which is a mile below the surface.
So what’s next? CNN is reporting that BP and the Coast Guard will next “throw garbage at it” to try and stop the gusher. Sounds to me as if they don’t have a clue what to do!
If this doesn’t bring the American People together to rally Congress to get to work on a real energy policy to free us from dependency on oil, I don’t know what will!