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Is it Bush's fault?!
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It's always interesting when chickens come home to roost..insert Bush in that sentence instead of Barak Obama and you will get what we had said for eight years..



I quite forgot, you STILL think there were WMD's in Iraq -- even after Bush admitted there weren't any.  

You're one of the best at un-facting I know.

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but you didn't have a problem with it then



Wow.  How soon you forget.  Remember me?  The guy who used to say we had to give the Bush White House the benefit of the doubt on it's WMD claims?  

I still have a problem with torture too.

And the response to a natural disaster that really only needed to have simple logistics carried out -- like getting water and ice from point A to point B.

You may have noticed the Federal Government doesn't have a department of Oil Spill Containment and Blowout Killing.  But, it sounds like you're ready to pay the taxes to fund it?  Or were you going to confiscate BP's hard-earned dollars (close to a billion spent already)?  Socialism!  Nazism!

Or are you suggesting BP is too big to fail and we need to bail them out?

And how dare you criticize the TROOPS!  The Troops man!  It's all about the troops!

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Now you complain that Obama's shortcomings get negative attention?



Show me where I've complained at all.

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One can only imagine what the news media would be saying today about the stimulus package that didn't stimulate, the unemployment figures that didn't go down, the record spending and national debt,



Un-facting again.

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the fact that for a month after the oil spill, Washington has done basically nothing..



Un-fact

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if a republican were president. And you know what? I venture to say your voice would ring loud and clear, as it did against Bush.



I've offered up scathing criticism of this administration -- your paradigm paralysis seems to prevent your recognition of it.

However -- I limit my criticism of this administration, as I do of all administrations, to actual shortcomings and willful malevolence.

Of course, now, I must add the willful malevolence in the MMS that occurred during the Bush Administration that paved the way for this disaster.

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We're picking on Obama? He deserves it.



He's a big boy.  He stands up to it rather well.  Please do go on.
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Actually, he doesn't stand up to it well at all, which has been noticed by many. He's think-skinned, short-tempered and willing to strike out at those who opposes him or disagree with him. For a man trying to act cool, he doesn't maintain the coolness well.
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    One can only imagine what the news media would be saying today about the stimulus package that didn't stimulate, the unemployment figures that didn't go down, the record spending and national debt,

Un-facting again.


Really? The stimulus package stimulated the economy? Unemployment figures haven't gone up? We don't have a record national debt? Wow, people will be happy to hear that!


    the fact that for a month after the oil spill, Washington has done basically nothing..

Un-fact


Really? Been reading the papers lately? Maybe you could talk to Carville or Landreaux about that.

You should really get out more, LR.  

Maybe you should take a vacation, like Obama. He's taken two since the oil spill.
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Lost P? Didn't mean for that to sound so snarky. And yep, I consider myself to be from New Orleans, although I live in Jefferson Parish--I can walk to Orleans--even with a limp.

I live in an area that is "five minutes away from everything" and that could very well end up being my epitaph, should one be bestowed on my remains...

I woke up this morning hoping to hear some good news, too. And I'm sorry to report, "ain't got none".

Another passing thought, since I woke up fighting (surprise?) but I did wake up tangled in my sheets. It occurred to me that if you live a life in the line of fire long enough, you'll start swinging at everybody instinctively. If you live here, then you already know that people start getting edgy anyway, once the temperature hits 90--we know what that means--and preparing for Hurricane season while you're looking at the dying marsh is more than daunting. I told a friend that this means we are the new barrier island.

Not sure if I'm up for that.

I am not sure how things look from the rest of the nation, or even the rest of the world, but it looks like the damage is done from here. We could ask my neighbor. She was the only female oyster shucker in the French Quarter until she was "let go" this past week. (They called her...'Mother Shucker'.)

But I'll be in New Orleans tonight. I might even take her with me. She needs some cheering up.

And from me to you, let's hope this isn't as bad as it seems. It would be nice if the next time New Orleans is on national television would be...Thanksgiving--when the Saints are scheduled to play for the first time ever. Let's hope we have much to be grateful for, eh?



(If there's a bunch of typos in this, my comp..well, the damage is done there too. My browser will only take me here and to Facebook. I'd shake my head, but I do actually have a nasty case of whiplash. My sister says that the universe is telling me to stop looking back--they are gaining on me!)

Ah well. See ya around town. Girls night out yanno. I'll be the one who's actually..female. *laughing*
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Since your stimulus kerfuffling is too far off topic Mike you only get links:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/feb/17/stimulus-report-card/
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/feb/18/scott-brown/scott-brown-says-stimulus-didnt-create-one-new-job/
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/feb/11/john-boehner/boehner-says-stimulus-no-triumph-if-unemployment-s/
http://www.politifact.com/subjects/stimulus/

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Really? Been reading the papers lately? Maybe you could talk to Carville or Landreaux about that.

You should really get out more, LR.  

Maybe you should take a vacation, like Obama. He's taken two since the oil spill.



There you go again.  Criticizing the troops!   

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April 20 (10 p.m.): Oil rig explosion. An April 21 ABCNews.com article reported, "An overnight explosion in the Gulf of Mexico rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast, sending spectacular bursts of flame into the sky. The fires were still raging today." The U.S. Coast Guard's National Oil and Hazardous Substances Response System assigns primary responsibility for cleaning up oil spills to the spiller as the responsible party.

April 21: Deputy Secretary of Interior, Coast Guard dispatched to region. An April 22 White House statement noted that following a briefing with President Obama, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, "Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes was dispatched to the region yesterday to assist with coordination and response." The Coast Guard announced that four units were responding to the fire, with additional units en route.

    * Search and rescue efforts begin for 11 missing. An initial focus of the response was the search for 11 missing crewmembers. The search was called off April 23.

    * BP confirms U.S. Coast Guard was "leading the emergency response" In an April 21 press release, British Petroleum stated that it was "working closely with Transocean and the U.S. Coast Guard, which is leading the emergency response, and had been offering its help - including logistical support."

    * CNN.com: "The U.S. Coast Guard launched a major search effort." An April 22 CNN.com article reported:

    The U.S. Coast Guard launched a major search effort Wednesday for 11 people missing after a "catastrophic" explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico engulfed the drilling platform in flames.

    Another 17 people were injured -- three critically -- in the blast aboard the Deepwater Horizon, which occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The rig was about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry. As of late afternoon Wednesday as many as six firefighting vessels were working to contain the massive fire caused by the explosion.

    "It obviously was a catastrophic event," O'Berry said.

April 23: Coast Guard "focused on mitigating the impact of the product currently in the water." On April 23, the Coast Guard stated:

    The Department of the Interior, MMS [the U.S. Minerals Management Service], and the Coast Guard continue to support the efforts of the responsible parties to secure all potential sources of pollution. Both federal agencies have technical teams in place overseeing the proposals by BP and Transocean to completely secure the well. Until that has occurred and all parties are confident the risk of additional spill is removed, a high readiness posture to respond will remain in place.

    Although the oil appears to have stopped flowing from the well head, Coast Guard, BP, Transocean, and MMS remain focused on mitigating the impact of the product currently in the water and preparing for a worst-case scenario in the event the seal does not hold. Visual feed from deployed remotely operated vehicles with sonar capability is continually monitored in an effort to look for any crude oil which still has the potential to emanate from the subsurface well.

    "From what we have observed yesterday and through the night, we are not seeing any signs of release of crude in the subsurface area. However we remain in a 'ready to respond' mode and are working in a collaborative effort with BP, the responsible party, to prepare for a worst-case scenario," Landry stated early Friday morning.

April 25: Response team implements plan to contain oil spilling from source, weather delays cleanup.

    * Storms delay response efforts. An April 25 Associated Press article reported, "Stormy weather delayed weekend efforts to mop up leaking oil from a damaged well after the explosion and sinking of a massive rig off Louisiana's Gulf Coast that left 11 workers missing and presumed dead." AP further reported:

    The bad weather began rolling in Friday as strong winds, clouds and rain interrupted efforts to contain the spill. Coast Guard Petty Officer John Edwards said he was uncertain when weather conditions would improve enough for cleanup to resume. So far, he said, crews have retrieved about 1,052 barrels of oily water.

    * Oil recovery and cleanup were to resume after adverse weather passed. On April 25, the unified command team responding to the spill stated:

    The unified command is implementing intervention efforts in an attempt to contain the source of oil emanating from the wellhead at the Deepwater Horizon incident site Sunday.

    The unified command has approved a plan that utilizes submersible remote operated vehicles in an effort to activate the blowout preventer on the sea floor and to stop the flow of oil that has been estimated at leaking up to 1,000 barrels/42,000 gallons a day.

    Also, BP is mobilizing the DD3, a drilling rig that is expected to arrive Monday to prepare for relief well-drilling operations.

    Additionally, the oil recovery and clean-up operations are expected to resume once adverse weather has passed. These efforts are part of the federally approved oil spill contingency plan that is in place to respond to environmental incidents.

April 26: Response crews "to resume skimming operations." On April 26, the response team stated, "Sunday, an aircrew from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sighted five small whales during an over flight in the vicinity of the oil spill, which currently measures 48 miles by 39 miles at its widest points with varying levels of sheening, and is located 30 miles off the coast of Venice, La." The command team further stated, "Following adverse weather that went through the area, response crews are anticipated to resume skimming operations today," including 1,000 personnel, 10 offshore vessels, 7 skimming boats and more than 14,000 gallons of dispersant. At that point 48,384 gallons of oily water had been collected.



April 28: Federal officials realize spill was far more severe than BP led them to believe. An April 28 New York Times article reported, "Government officials said late Wednesday night that oil might be leaking from a well in the Gulf of Mexico at a rate five times that suggested by initial estimates." The Times further reported:

    In a hastily called news conference, Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry of the Coast Guard said a scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had concluded that oil is leaking at the rate of 5,000 barrels a day, not 1,000 as had been estimated. While emphasizing that the estimates are rough given that the leak is at 5,000 feet below the surface, Admiral Landry said the new estimate came from observations made in flights over the slick, studying the trajectory of the spill and other variables.

An April 30 Associated Press article reported, "For days, as an oil spill spread in the Gulf of Mexico, BP assured the government the plume was manageable, not catastrophic. Federal authorities were content to let the company handle the mess while keeping an eye on the operation." The article continued:

    But then government scientists realized the leak was five times larger than they had been led to believe, and days of lulling statistics and reassuring words gave way Thursday to an all-hands-on-deck emergency response. Now questions are sure to be raised about a self-policing system that trusted a commercial operator to take care of its own mishap even as it grew into a menace imperiling Gulf Coast nature and livelihoods from Florida to Texas.

April 29: Napolitano declares spill "of national significance"; BP insists its "plan can handle this spill." On April 29, BP official Doug Suttles appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and stated, "At this point, I believe our plan can handle this spill, and that's what we're doing." That day, Napolitano declared the spill "of national significance," explaining that "we can now draw down assets from across the country, other coastal areas, by way of example; that we will have a centralized communications because the spill is now crossing different regions."

    * EPA preparing for oil to hit shore. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson commented at an April 29 press briefing: "[A]s the oil does hit the shoreline, EPA will provide support to assess the impacts on the coastal shoreline and play a key role in implementing the cleanup. As a daughter of the Gulf Coast, I know that it is our job to ensure people that we will be eyes and ears working with the states who have valuable and vital resources to monitor air, water and land quality." Jackson also stated that the EPA has deployed air-monitoring aircraft "that is gathering information on the impact of the controlled burn on air quality, both in the area of the burn, and, of course, further away."

    * AP: "Air Force sends planes to help with Gulf oil spill." An April 30 Associated Press article reported: "Two Air Force planes have been sent to Mississippi and were awaiting orders to start dumping chemicals on the oil spill threatening the coast, as the government worked Friday to determine how large a role the military should play in the cleanup."

    * WSJ: Navy joins Obama's "robust response." An April 30 Wall Street Journal article reported that "The U.S. Navy said it will send more than 12 additional miles of inflatable oil booms to the Gulf, as well as seven towable skimming systems and 50 contractors with experience operating the equipment." The article continued: "The Navy is making two large facilities available to the Coast Guard personnel and BP-employed contractors who are currently taking the lead in fighting the spill. Military officials said the booms and skimmers were being sent to a Naval construction base in Gulfport, Miss. The Navy also opened its air base in Pensacola, Fla., to the effort."
http://mediamatters.org/research/201004300053



If my house was burning I'd want the fire department to work faster too.  
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...and I doubt you would want them standing outside screaming at God for sending the lightning that set the fire instead of putting it out.
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Of course, now, I must add the willful malevolence in the MMS that occurred during the Bush Administration that paved the way for this disaster.


Not to mention the willful malevolence in the MMS that occurred during the Obama Administration that paved the way for this disaster:

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In reality, Liz Birnbaum contributed to the culture of corruption, enabled and abetted by a number of other political appointees at MMS and Interior, including Secretary Salazar, who never acted to correct the record after Birnbaum lied under oath to Congress in March about an offshore drilling comment period.

The story that remains to be pursued in the context of the April 20, 2010 oil rig explosion and spill is whether the blatant dishonesty American Solutions experienced in our own dealings with and observations of MMS and Interior extended into more important life and death matters like drilling safety and oversight.


http://www.americansolutions.com/drill/2010/05/liz-has-left-but-corruption-remains-at-salazars-interior.php


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The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

The decision by the department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP's lease at Deepwater Horizon a "categorical exclusion" from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 -- and BP's lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions -- show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/04/AR2010050404118.html


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Is someone screaming at God about an oil splll? I honestly don't get it.

I don't recall anyone screaming at God about this, or even about levee failures during Katrina.

I'm pretty angry about gross negligence on the part of government, though.

And I do believe that it was the sound of people applauding their God for what was deemed a well-deserved act of a righteous God's wrath in the aftermath of catastrophe that changed me forever. That's not only painful, it's downright malicious to have our people's integrity and character challenged yet again, as we are put in the position of having to wait for permission to help ourselves while we watch misinformation being fed to the rest of the world.

I'll not sit here and wring my hands and ask "why us?" this time--although I concede that yesterday did indeed mark forty days.

(That sounds vaguely Biblical to me.) And...that means nothing. Today marks 41. It's just another number.

I'm pretty sure that I am an atheist now. I think I'd much prefer to ask a scientist what to do. Until then? Everybody line up and grab a Q-tip.

*sigh*

If that sounds stupid, well then, how about making a junk donation? (I hear they are really fond of golfballs, Mike.)

I won't even wag a finger and say, "Let this be a lesson to ya..."

I'm gonna go down with the ship.


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Is someone screaming at God about an oil splll? I honestly don't get it.

No, Karen, it was just a comparison. The government is screaming at BP - and rightly so. It was simply a comparison of screaming instead of acting. LR is proving nice links about how much the government has been doing since day one, but the people affected, like you, Landreaux, Jindal, Carville and others are not happy with the  inaction, and the finger-pointing instead of doing. You guys need help, not rhetoric.
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There are a kjillion volunteers down there right now--some of 'em trained, most are not. But I suppose it doesn't take much training to walk on a beach and look busy for photo ops.

Ya'll know I have some weird thoughts, and I've had more than a few today. Looks like tornado weather out there. Hmmm...God's little wisk? AND I sure miss Kacy about now.

It occurred to me that if she were alive and we were both well, we'd be bathing Pelicans in Dawn dish detergent 'bout now.

As for the rhetoric? I also got a visual of a guy with one blue arm and one red arm beating himself in the head...

The money God has killed my Goddess.

Witchy poo, signing off now...tah.

I'm gonna go try to pop my neck. You all be kind to one another.

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I should be down there myself...

Too damn hot and we had no power last night for a few hours- Too quiet and too hot to sleep.

Anyway, lets hope Florida gets the most of it. After all, they did get more money from the gov. to clean it up and all. 'cause its not like they are the furthest away from it or anything.
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You have just set a record for the most pathetic comment ever made in the Alley. No one should be wishing bad luck or a catastrophe on anyone, regardless of where they live.

It was a despicable thing to say and, if you have any decency at all, you'll apologize. If you don't have any, then just go somewhere else.
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exactly the point....well made. They can place blame later...commissions later..payment later. It's time for action, not threats and finger pointing.



Any time the fingers are pointing at you and yours Mike the time for finger pointing seems to be, well, not then.  But, I notice through this entire thread -- you've been pointing your fingers eagerly at your keyboard to point your prose at the government.  What action are you taking?

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Everybody line up and grab a Q-tip.



I have a better idea Karen.  The entire Sarah brigade must be commandeered to show up on the coast of Louisiana with their 'Drill Baby Drill' T-Shirts in hand to be used to mop up sludge.

Ok Denise,

Your WaPo link is a great story! Thanks.  In it you'll find BP's initial exploration plan which was reviewed by a Ms. Michelle Griffitt -- (whom I do not know much about -- other than I found documents referencing her in the MMS prior to the Obama Administration.)  -- said document having been approved by the MMS 3 months prior to the beginning of Liz Birnbaum's tenure which began in July of 2009.

The prior Director, Randall Luthi, stepped down in January 2009 when the administrations changed hands.  So, from then until June the service must have had in interim director -- which I haven't had any time to do any research on, and am not going to -- possibly a great job for our beloved Grinch's talents to ferret out.  So during the time the document was approved it is unquestionable that Interior Secretary Salazar is ultimately responsible for the actual stamp of approval.

But it should be of great interest to all that Randal Luthi's new job is President of NOIA .  Thus underpinning my assertion that the culture of corruption leading to this disaster was clearly brewing in the Bush teapot.

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In September 2008, reports by the Inspector General of the Interior Department, Earl E. Devaney, were released that implicated over a dozen officials of the MMS of unethical and criminal conduct in the performance of their duties. The investigation found MMS employees had taken drugs and had sex with energy company representatives. MMS staff had also accepted gifts and free holidays amid "a culture of ethical failure", according to the investigation.[23]  The New York Times's summary states the investigation revealed "a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch."[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

A May 2010 inspector general investigation revealed that MMS regulators in the Gulf region had allowed industry officials to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil and then turned them over to the regulators, who traced over them in pen before submitting the reports to the agency. MMS staff had routinely accepted meals, tickets to sporting events, and gifts from oil companies.[32] Staffers also used government computers to view pornography.[33] In 2009 the regional supervisor of the Gulf region for MMS pled guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation in federal court for lying about receiving gifts from an offshore drilling contractor. "This deeply disturbing report is further evidence of the cozy relationship between MMS and the oil and gas industry," Salazar said
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerals_Management_Service



I have to ask if you've actually read the source material you reference at American Solutions though -- because not only is it not germane -- American Solutions is an offshore drilling lobby -- complaining about Birnbaum's interpretation of public comments they gathered in support of off-shore drilling.  So, to this source, I have to say -- Thanks but no thanks.  You Betcha, also too.

MMS is a gulf that will have to be drained.
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In case anyone's interested the acting Director was Walter Cruickshank.

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ahhhhhhhhh Reb.

If I'd known we were going in that direction, I'd have stolen my material from my round table discussion here in my home--we hath deemed it:

"Palinology"

I was told to not share it on the internet, lest none of get hired by Saturday Night Live or Bill Maher...

A little game I started that began with the innocent question of:

"What would Sarah do?"

The popular answer to the oil spill question took the form of a giant tampon, with the accompanied gentle-glide applicator:

"See? As it absorbs? It expands--like an umbrella!"

pre-lubricated for your comfort

and hey,

humor is how we deal with stuff.

*hugs* and yes, comfort.

Southern-style.

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Yes I did read the source material, L.R. I found it germane in that Birnbaum lied under oath before Congress and that Salazar didn't set the record straight about it. I'm more than surprised that you don't find that relevant in a discussion of corruption.

I never contended that you were incorrect in asserting that corruption existed previously in the MMS. My point was that it continued under the new Administration.

They say laughter is good for the soul. I imagine it is needed even more so during the bad times, but it's quite easy to find out what Sarah would do in this situation, Karen. She hasn't been silent on the matter.

And I can't imagine that drilling in ANWR would cause even a fraction of the devastation if a leak occurred there as we are seeing now in the Gulf:

quote:

Now that the American people are calling him out on his lack of engagement with this disaster, the buck-passing is in full swing – and, unbelievably, his administration is still looking to blame his predecessor. Amazingly, even those of us who support energy independence for America are the brunt of some buck-passing.

He suggested today that a “culture of corruption” at the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) was solely the previous administration’s responsibility and that the failure of the inspection system was a failure of that administration. That is false. The MMS has been his responsibility since January 20, 2009.

The MMS director who resigned today, Elizabeth Birnbaum, was appointed by his administration. And the most recent inspection of the oil rig took place a mere 10 days before the explosion – also very much on his watch, not President Bush’s.

The President is also now attempting to somehow distance himself from his administration’s recent decision to open a few areas of the continental shelf to oil and gas exploration. That’s unfortunate because America desperately needs our domestic oil and natural gas. We rely on it for our prosperity, security, and freedom. The President’s decision to open a few areas to offshore exploration was the right decision then; and unlike his quickly evolving position on energy development now, I continue to believe it’s the right decision today – because energy independence is in the long-term economic and security interests of the United States.

As I explained in an article in National Review last year, conventional sources like natural gas “can act as a clean ‘bridge fuel’ to a future when more renewable sources are available.” I do not, as the President mistakenly believes, think we can “drill, baby, drill” our way out of all of our troubles. As I have consistently stated, we need an “all of the above” approach to energy independence that combines conventional drilling with energy conservation and renewable-energy development. My record in Alaska clearly shows my commitment to this “all of the above” approach. Over 20 percent of Alaska’s electricity currently comes from renewable sources. As governor, I put forward a long-term plan to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2025, which is the most ambitious renewable energy target in the nation. I take great pride in helping to make Alaska, in the words of the New York Times, “a Frontier for Green Power,” even as we continue to embrace the need to “drill, baby, drill” at the same time.

Alaska can be that frontier for renewable energy only because our conventional oil and gas reserves provide us with “a bridge” to a greener energy future. In fact, Alaska has enough reserves of both oil and gas to help the United States cross that bridge – if only we are allowed to drill!

Please, Mr. President, hear me on this, if nothing else: if it’s your administration’s decision to suspend the leases of new oil field developments off the coast of Alaska in response to the Gulf’s deepwater spill, and you still remain committed to locking up ANWR and other oil-rich lands, please know you are making a mistake. Unless we continue to drill here and drill now, we risk digging ourselves deeper into the hole created by our continued dependence on foreign energy – which often comes from regimes that care nothing for our prosperity or security, and even less for global environmental safety.

We need affordable, reliable, secure, environmentally-sound, and domestically-produced energy, but this administration continues to lock up federal land filled with huge energy reserves. If there is to be a moratorium on offshore development, then it’s time we stop ignoring our safest options for domestic development – places like ANWR and NPR-A in my home state of Alaska.

And it’s time for the administration to stop passing the buck and get control of the disaster in the Gulf. There’s a reason why Harry Truman had that famous sign on his desk. The “buck stops” with the occupant of the Oval Office. When the American people elected President Obama they gave him responsibility to handle this disaster. He promised to “heal the earth, and watch the waters recede...” or something far-fetched like that. It was unbelievable then, it’s impossible now, but what I believe he meant was that he promised to be held accountable. With all due respect, Mr. President, you have a huge job in front of you. We hope you’re learning. Please learn that we must have domestic energy development, you must stop looking backward and blaming Bush, and we must all work together to “plug the d#*! hole.”

- Sarah Palin

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And she has had much experience with the issue. Obama could do worse than to heed her advice:

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This team’s (and Alaska’s PSIO team’s) expertise on oil spill issues is particularly relevant. We all lived and worked through the Exxon oil spill, and we all committed to the principle that this would never happen again in Alaska’s waters, at least not on our watch. That’s why we created the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO) when we saw proof of improper maintenance of oil infrastructure in our state. And that’s why we instituted new oversight and held BP and other oil companies financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. And that’s why we cracked down on unethical and unsound practices by oil companies and their contractors that operate in Alaska. And that’s why I filed a Friend-of-the-Court brief against Exxon’s interests for its decades-old responsibility to compensate victims adversely affected by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. None of these actions made us popular with oil company management. (In fact, Commissioner Irwin received a message from a North Slope oil company employee that summed up their view of our efforts well: the message told him to “go to hell, but resign first.”) Our relationship with Big Oil may have been perceived as contentious because we always put the interests of Alaskans first.

The White House could do worse than emulate what Alaska did over the years. No, it doesn’t make you popular with Big Oil (my commissioners and I certainly learned that!), and you may see fewer campaign contributions flow your way – but so what? Dealing with the impacts of 35 days of uncontrolled oil flow into pristine waters is more than enough time for the White House to realize they need to tap into expertise, hold BP accountable, and not waste time politicking around such a grave situation.

Taking a tough stand to protect our environment while domestically drilling for much-needed energy sources is the only way the public can trust government and industry to safely work towards energy independence. We need to “Drill, baby, drill” responsibly, safely, and ethically. That’s the way Alaska’s DNR accomplishes its mission in America’s 49th state.

- Sarah Palin

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And she has had much experience with the issue.



Much?  Because she served on a board for a year -- and then quit because it was hard politics in there?

quote:

Obama could do worse than to heed her advice



Because she's a petroleum engineer?

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We all lived and worked through the Exxon oil spill



And Blumenthal served in Viet Nam.

Sarah Palin was a 25 year old TV reporter on the other side of Alaska.

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And I can't imagine that drilling in ANWR would cause even a fraction of the devastation if a leak occurred there as we are seeing now in the Gulf



A spill here, a spill there, eh? It doesn't sound like much?  After all we've had the big one.  How much could a little one hurt?

What ever happened to stewardship Denise?

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Yes I did read the source material, L.R. I found it germane in that Birnbaum lied under oath before Congress and that Salazar didn't set the record straight about it. I'm more than surprised that you don't find that relevant in a discussion of corruption.



It isn't relevant Denise because it is merely an allegation made by -- SURPRISE -- an Offshore Drilling Lobbyist group!

Do this -- google 'Birnbaum lied to Congress' and see what the source is -- American Solutions, repeated through Hot Air, memed out into the conservative noiseshpere.

I'm scratching my head over why she resigned.  I'm not seeing any part she had in this -- unless there's more to come on other projects -- that's relevant if true -- but it's damn hard to pull assumptions out of thin air.  Maybe she wanted to spend time with her family.

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humor is how we deal with stuff



I try.  but hey -- chin up -- and after all this is over just think -- you'll be qualified to be half-governor of Alaska too!

Grinch -- THANKS! Got the low down on him? Another insider?  An outsider?  A bystander?  
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Y'mean I'm not qualified NOW?

I can see Russia from my windows too!

*pout*

Oh..damn, that's just the neighborhood watch chick.

Um...(reading my hand) OH--"and? we'll not let these demigods of socialism split us apart like...like..."

(The band strikes up louder.)

She pumps her arm and sings God Bless Americans.

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disclaimer: I was just hired to write the obvious.
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I think there's a big difference between a deepwater leak and one on land, L.R. Stewardship would dictate the safest way.

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"They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

--Sarah Palin being interviewed by Charlie Gibson



Actually it was Tina Fey, playing Palin, who said that she could see Russia from her kitchen window, not Palin.

It guess it makes for good comedy, but there are actually people who think Palin said that.
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Thank you Denise.

I do truly appreciate that you cleared that up, and in the future, I'll try to be more cautious.

It is indeed a fine line between what is funny and what is absolutely not.

*comfs*
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Ah, the old jump on Palin to get the attention away from Obama...hey, why not? Tossing in comments about Q-tips and tampons is good comedy, I suppose. I[m sure the folks living in Louisiana think it's hilarious..
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On the other hand? I just sold a freezer offa craigslist that was worth a decent $250.

We'd planned on selling it, fashioned with Reds and shrimp for nearly fifteen hundred.

This is not how we roll...
 
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