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  • Morning Bell: Obama and the Oil Spill

    The infamous words “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste” were first uttered by President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel last year, when he laid bare his intention to use the credit crisis to reorder the U.S. economy. This sentiment now seems to animate the President’s own intention to introduce economy-crushing climate legislation on the back of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, while somehow blaming Republicans and, yes, the Bush Administration for what may be the worst environmental disaster in the history of our nation.

    Meanwhile nearly 48 miles out in the Gulf, and a mile below the surface, oil continues to gush out the sea floor every second, threatening the environment and the economy of the southeast United States. Hope is fading that the oil flow can be stopped in any short order. Roughly 1,200 miles away, confusion over command and control continues to build in Washington, where the White House debates cancelling official trips to Asia, but not unofficial trips to Chicago.

    What the nation needs is better organization of the effort to cap the spewing well and aggressive action on the clean up front. But yesterday, the President didn’t go on the offensive against the gushing oil; he went after Republicans.

    Obama suggested that the GOP’s deregulatory attitudes were the core problem faced in the Gulf. Obama said congressional Republicans have a “sincere and fundamental belief” that government has “little or no role to play in help this nation meet our collective challenges…If you’re a Wall Street banker or insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences to everyone else.”

    Actually, in the case of the BP oil spill, the involved parties—the companies and regulators—did not uphold their responsibilities to ensure safe operations or to adequately prepare for a worse-case scenario. But this failure was likely not the result of insufficient regulatory quantity: Getting a lease to drill offshore is already an onerous regulatory process, and once drilling operations commence, the lessee is subjected to constant monitoring and inspection.

    It was more likely the case that the current regulatory regime confuses responsibilities, undermines incentives for market-based safety solutions, and creates conflicts of interests between the regulator and those being regulated.

    The opportunity the President sees here is to pass economy-crushing global warming legislation. The Heritage Foundation and most conservatives don’t see diversifying our energy supply as a problem, but do see a problem when it cripples the economy and imposes top-down, Big Government mandates and restrictions which produce worse results.

    Moreover, global warming legislation would do nothing to improve cleanup and very little to prevent future spills, but would distract from the very efforts to cleanup and stop the oil that must be top priority now, not to mention raise energy costs for families and kill much needed jobs. In Louisiana itself, the effect of the Waxman-Markey global warming bill would mean a loss of over 15,000 jobs, gas price hikes and skyrocketing consumer electricity rates. Subsidizing experimental energy sources doesn’t become more attractive merely because oil pollutes our waters; and the problems they carry should be fully debated, not crammed through as a way to vindicate the President’s command and control agenda.

    And pretending that our economy can survive without a commitment to safe oil operations is naïve at best. It is binary: If we don’t drill, we import. And if we don’t open drilling to easier sources such as onshore deposits and shale, we limit ourselves to riskier exploration a mile below the ocean floor. Despite the president’s assertions at his press conference earlier this week, billions of barrels of “easily accessible” oil have been turned into “impossible to access” oil by federal regulations and moratoria – including the President’s own actions – that block any access.

    What the President should do is examine the red tape that may have contributed to the failure to contain the environmental disaster. Were there missed opportunities to burn off more of the leaking oil because of overblown air pollution standards? What were the holdups in the use of dispersants? Did federal permitting delays stop Louisiana from creating the artificial barriers it needed? The answers to these questions appear to be yes, and that responsibility lies with the President. He and his team should make it top priority to waive any regulatory barriers that continue to slow cleanup and recovery efforts.

    We agree with Obama—the buck stops with the president. The Deepwater Horizon platform sat on federal waters and was under federal jurisdiction. It is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that the leased space is not a threat to public health or safety. And it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the clean up efforts in the Gulf are appropriately managed. Coordinating the best experts in the world (outside of Hollywood film directors) to work with BP to stop the leak is priority #1.

    Coordinating the cleanup is equally imperative so that our ecosystems, wildlife, economy and industries can experience as little disruption as possible. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizes the president to oversee the cleanup efforts of the responsible parties, and offshore this duty falls to the U.S. Coast Guard. Yet, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had to lobby the White House for weeks to get engaged on this front.

    Make no mistake, the actions of BP should be reviewed, but not simply by a criminal investigation designed for show. BP has a spotty safety record that needs to be examined. The company needs to account for any warning signs that may have been missed, and whether a corporate culture that focused on “Beyond Petroleum” contributed to the neglect of oil and gas operations.

    The Obama administration’s resort to criminal investigation and possible prosecution of BP is not only premature, it is predictable. In the wake of accusations that Obama has failed to take decisive action, his administration is taking the path of “nothing shows that you are ‘doing something’ like prosecuting someone.”

    It is possible that criminal wrongdoing occurred, but the current approach—one that all but announces that criminal charges will be brought and then seeks to identify the crime and who will be designated as criminal—undermines the criminal justice system and Americans’ respect for the law. Whenever high-ranking law enforcement officials select their targets in this manner, it evokes disturbing echoes of a statement one Harvard law professor recently attributed to the head of Stalin’s secret police, Lavrenti Beria: “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.”

    BP is financially responsible. BP has unlimited responsibility for the cleanup. It also must pay liability damages. That price tag will likely be higher than the $75 million cap, and could be higher than the additional $1 billion provided through the Oil Liability Trust Fund. BP has said it will pay beyond the $75 million cap, but lawmakers are understandably skeptical. Creating a contract with BP for these damages would make sense. What would not make sense is using this as an opportunity to raise gas prices for Americans with increased oil taxes, thereby shifting the costs of the spill to the consumer.

    It’s time for President Obama to exert leadership. If this is his top priority, he must prove it with actions, not rhetoric. President Obama instinctively leans toward an activist government except when every so often he hesitates. Ironically, it is these moments that tend to be the precise times when the federal government’s role is most justified, whether that be border security, the war on terror, ceding sovereignty to multilateral organizations, or now in the Gulf. The federal government has a role in the Gulf, and it’s time for the president to articulate it to the American people.

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    66 Responses to Morning Bell: Obama and the Oil Spill

    1. Dwight Baker says:

      “That’s no comfort to the president. Expertise has failed him in a big way. But it can be a small comfort to the rest of us. Going forward, he’s bound to put more stock in skepticism and common sense”. Joshua Green Boston Globe

      Mr. President this is the ‘PLAN’ to stop the oil and gas flooding into our Gulf.

      The TAME NATURE Overshot Plan was first sent to BP

      May 13,2010

      By Dwight Baker

      June 3, 2010


      TAME NATURE overshot plan will give surface ships access to the well, safe, secure and in constant contact with the BOP, connected by 7” casing. Once done pumping can begin and not end till the well is filled with heavy weight drilling mud —loss circulation media then cement. Well control can be maintained with readily available high-pressure oil well tools. As an added safety feature a ‘SNUB DOWN’ can be installed on the rig floor to maintain constant pressure on the 7” casing against the top of the BOP when the TAME NATURE overshot is in place. The weight of the 7” casing is 200,000 lbs and along with the fluids inside the pipe to be pumped that is more than sufficient weight to keep constant contact with the BOP.

      The pressure differential between the seabed pressure of 21,600 PSI and the flowing oil pressure is from 1,000 to 3,000 PSI. Therefore the job of pumping into the BOP quickly and surely will not require new techniques or methods never used before. A simple fix for an out of control disaster.

    2. Dwight Baker says:

      American Champs in oil and gas time to enlist!

      By Dwight Baker

      June 3, 2010


      Anger frustration has led many in America to disappointment and discontent so much that 90% of the comments on the internet about the Blow Out are senseless stupid and most times more about party lines. Now is that stupid or not?

      Chu does not have a clue about the techniques pipes etc in oil and gas ‘folks oil and gas is a generational passed down occupation’. Nor does many from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and on — but one thing for sure there has been a learning curve 90 degree straight up. And over time the brightest will always come to the top for study defines them. E-mail Dbaker007@stx.rr.com for What Went Wrong and the Cure for the BP Blow Out.

      Most reports on the Blow Out in the TV news media are faulted. The Blow Out has set them back for none knew what was really going on, so on and on — that has gone on— one emulating the other with neither have the common sense and reason about oil and gas matters to understand the subject matter they were reporting.

      Thus the rub has come for the working class of folks in America. For many of them have grown up valuing common sense and reason more highly than years of grueling education. And for many that was the only way for them to go — for lack of funds and preparatory education to get them ready for Colleges and Universities.

      Yet none should forget the Wall Street crisis was led by the blue blood elites with years of training in Universities.

      Now it is time for many who do not have a clue to bow out and let many CHAMPS with generational oil and gas common sense and reason take over. And from that crowd of Champs there is many that would stay and stay and stay until the job is finished knowing when complete the best had been done for all around.

      In the BP culture of folks I have not seen any of that type. Therefore BP needs to pay whatever it takes then stand back and let the AMERICAN CHAMPS in OIL and GAS take over.

    3. Dennis Social Circle says:

      The way of "guvment" and obama is more rules, laws and bigger "guvment". That will solve all the problems, plus put the blame off on others. The dems and obama will never except resposibility for anything that may happen on their watch.

      This is a mess and will be much bigger before it gets bnetter. New regulations more laws and bigger government is not the answer. They should be more concerned about getting this problem fixed and the oil cleaned up to do the least damage. Yet the EPD is concerned about what damage will be done to build up barrier islands to protect the marshlands, than about what damage will occur when the oil hits these marshes. Oh well the way of "guvment", obam, and the dems.


    4. KC - New Mexico says:

      BO continues to show the characteristics of an ineffective leader. Pointing fingers and pushing the blame to others is typical of his style. And this is change?

    5. James Hogarth says:

      The current administration is led by a Muslim/Socialist that was not born in the United States and also attended school in Indonesia that would have required him to be a citizen of Indonesia, both circumstances making him ineligible for the offece of President.

      The man voted present for most votes as a State Senator in Illinois and had the most liberal voting record the short time he was in the US Senate. Is it any wonder that he now presides over the worst environmental disaster the world has ever known?

      Is it any wonder he has taken over the Auto industry, the banking industry, the insurance industry, the health care industry and is trying to destroy the oil industry, the electric utility industry and in short destroy the United States from within?

      In addition, he is doing his best to expose this nation's underbelly to invaders with the stated purpose of retaking the American southwest and returning it to Mexico. He has launched a legal assault on the state of Arizona, and is refusing to deport illegal aliens.

      What will it take to wake the American People up? Will they awaken before it is too late? There is a treaty that may well allow the United Nations to forcibly disarm all Americans. Is that not pretty scary?

      WAKE UP

    6. Richie Naples says:

      It is embarrassing to have a President that can't make any decions but always put

      the blame on someone and not fix the problem. It is because he is just a talker

      who really has not done anything in his life but talk. We all know someone like

      him who seems to get away with things. The one problem is he is president and

      he just puts us further in trouble all the time. All Americans must think as an American not as a democrat or republican. Has congress not done enough to

      this country over the years or do you think that you put yourself in this situation.

      Americans have in a way by not paying attention and letting them to what they want.

    7. MaryAnn says:

      I personally believe that the president cares much less about the oil spill and it's effect on our economy and environement than he does about socializing our economy. There is one thing he could do right now: stop the red tape the environemental lobby is strangling New Orleans, Mississippi and now Florida, with and allow them to take messures that they deem appropriate- without environmental impact studies.

      Obama is an inept, corrupt individual and the country will pay a big price for having elected him.

    8. West Texan says:

      Obama is in way over his head. That fact was made abundantly clear during yesterday's chat where he blamed the GOP for all current woes since he's been president. Obama even had the audacity to criticize America's ownership society. Fact is, he hasn't taken ownership of being our nation's executive steward. Had he been a corporate head, a very far stretch, he would have completely driven said organization deep into the ground. Such action would justifiably be followed by a field day of mismanagement charges. Yet we continue to listen to this guy and his leftist excuse makers. Where is 2012 when you most need it?

    9. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      Obama is not a leader. He is an agitating activist and that's all! Nothing he has done is for the good of this country. His sole mission is to establish Statism (Socialism) in this country and deliver the USA to a World Government. He has no answers to problems nor does he ever seek legitimate answers. He is letting the oil spill pollute out shores through his lollygaggling so that people will become furious with the oil companies. It is backfiring. The people are furious with him ,because he serves the environmentalists who obstruct every effort to clean or contain the spill. And now, like all socialist dictators, he looks for scapegoats and tries to grab more power for the state at our monetary expense and freedom while striking another blow at capitalism.

      The man is despicable!

    10. MJF, CT says:

      If this accident happened either on land or shallower water, the cap would have been in place within a few days. Whose fault is it that we have to drill in mile deep water?

      Oh, and the fix is to shut down rigs and drilling operations? What about the rigs less than 50 miles from this one that are run by other countries? Is Mr. Obama going to shut those down also? No, he is only going to shut OUR wells down so we are forced to purchase our fuel from abroad. Mr. Obama is not concerned with anything but his own agenda which is the demise of the United States of America so he can replace it with his form of socialism.

    11. MJF, CT says:

      If this accident happened either on land or shallower water, the cap would have been in place within a few days. Whose fault is it that we have to drill in mile deep water? The overblown restrictions pushed forth by environmentalists.

      Oh, and the fix is to shut down rigs and drilling operations? What about the rigs less than 50 miles from this one that are run by other countries? Is Mr. Obama going to shut those down also? No, he is only going to shut OUR wells down so we are forced to purchase our fuel from abroad. Mr. Obama is not concerned with anything but his own agenda which is the demise of the United States of America so he can replace it with his form of socialism.

    12. Tenn Slim, Western T says:


      This Oil Spill works right into the Demise of Capitalism template.

      Tourism, environmental wetlands spoilage, loss of confidence in BP, continuous negative coverage of BIG Oil, diversion from USA Debt status, all items lend credence to the Leftist agendas. IF, the GNP can be brought even further down, the Debt further increased, then the Demise Point of tippage comes even quicker, even closer in time.

      OBNA is working an extremely close time agenda. Every Negative Helps. As soon as the Tippage point is reached, then the full weight of the OBNA Leftist course of action will be imposed. We, you and I, will be w/o recourse.

      Coming soon to your local areas.

      Stand BY!!


      Semper Fi

      We WILL Prevail

    13. Aradee, Arcadia,SC says:

      Excellent analysis. Doesn't make any sense to go after guilty parties now while the guilty party is the only apparent 'resolver' of the situation. Cooperation and resolution are what we need now. Wait until everything is over and done and then investigate thoroughly and bring in the legal side. Wish more in Washington had your good logical thinking.

    14. Steven, RI says:

      Please guard aganist that "Party of No" accusation by keeping the negativity to a minimum. As most Americans, I want to see solutions and less partisan bashing. I am an Independent. The movie Apollo 13 had a line, which I quote, "Failure is not an option. Work the problem people." I apply the quote to everyone.

    15. Duncan Druhl says:

      This is complete BS. It was the president's MSS part of the Dept. of the Interior that approved all the pipe variations requested by BP. So, in a sense, a very real sense, the administration has set up the crisis and is equally responsible for the mess spewing forth as they were the ones who allowed BP to go around the regs. Whether the Emperor without clothes likes it or not, the "Buck" really stops with him.

      It isn't just oil spewing from this uncapped well – and the one in the Gulf isn't the only uncapped well running overtime.

      This is a disaster approved, encouraged, and actively ignored by the administration. They may blame it on others, as they cannot seem to accept any responsibility for things that go very wrong through their inexperience and designed crises. However, this is a crisis manipulated to enhance their chances of passing economy-stifling legislation and if anyone can't recognise that – please ask them to take off their MSN ear-plugs and rationality-block.

    16. Bettijo GA says:

      In the beginning Obama set back and let BP handle everything. He tried to distance himself from this disaster. He did not even address the issue with the public until after a month later when it looked like BP was going to be successful with the cap. What Obama should have done on day one is gathered together all of the experts on oil, clean up, and ecology of the area into a command post to advise him. Then immediately start trying to protect the coast while BP worked on capping the well. We do not expect Obama to cap the well; we do expect him to protect our country from the consequences of the spill. It is inexcusable that the federal government has done nothing to keep the oil from coming ashore. The federal government is responsible for off shore disasters. Obama & Co. should have been monitoring and inspecting oil rigs and other enumerated federal responsibilities instead of spending so much time and energy and money on ObamaCare which is NOT the responsibility of the federal government. There were options available early on (it is too late for them now) to contain the spill. Obama is incapable of making an executive decision. Remember how long it took him to send much needed troops to Afghanistan? (I hope this does not post twice, I got an error message the first time I tried.)

    17. CAROL says:

      "Have you had enough yet", In 1946 the Republicans put this saying out and everyone joined together and the country stopped "what we are experiencing now"..

    18. toledofan says:

      Everything this administration does is based on the political benefits; I wonder if B. Jindal was a Democratic Govenor in Louisiana, would he be getting more help. Who's in charge, I know BP is responsible but this is America and what affects the guf affects us all. Isn't Obama the President for all of us? I have never seen such a weak and devoid of leadership administration. I guess it's all about the socialist agenda and putting into effect as many Constitutional barriers as they can. The Democrats have turned into a sad lot that can't be trusted managung the government, the military or our economy.

    19. J. Marshall Saye says:

      My comment concerns your staement "Actually, in the case of the BP oil spill, the involved parties—the companies and regulators—did not uphold their responsibilities to ensure safe operations or to adequately prepare for a worse-case scenario".

      Could anyone be prepared for theworst case scenario? There is always some unforseen thing that can happen. Seem that BP had done all that was known to due with recundant features to handle such accidents.

      What would you have done??????????

    20. SueD -- Phoenix, AZ says:

      The last sentence beginning "Ironically" places this government in precisely the position it should adhere too and strive for, but doesn't. Having read words attributed to Mr. Beria, the professor's reference is accurate and frightening. God help America if this administration doesn't correct it policies quickly and return to adherence of The Rule of Law and the foundations set forth in our great constitution.

    21. Joseph C Moore Cpo U says:

      Excellent article detailing responsibility and causes for the horrendous ecological damage and waste of precious resources in the Gulf.


      I question, if the gulf oil problem could of been handle with help of the military/under water explosion.Instead depending on B/P for all the answers? Is their any person in or out of the military that can answer this question.

      Thank you.

    23. Joanne Walczak says:

      Thank you for the article on the Gulf spill. I believe BP is doing

      everthing possible to stop this horrible nightmare. I live 15 mins.

      from Pensacola Beach,Fla and pray this will soon come to an end. Enough of the finger pointing from the WH/BHO & all his

      cabal. They most assuredly don't have the answer.

    24. KB in PA says:

      What an excellent, "tell it like it is!" article. Many thanks to Mr Cooper for this unapologetic expose of the Obama situation as it truly is.

    25. Mary.... WI says:

      BO has never been leadeship material. Best job for him is community organizer….small scale stuff. It would seem this administration has had 17 months to review and rewrite oil drilling regulations if what the Bush administration wasn't "safe". So to blame Bush for this oil spill is just more passing the buck becasue BO doesn't know how to handle the situation. Unfortunately he passes the buck over, and over, and over again because he's is NOT a leader and it appears all his czars aren't up to the jobs either.

      If you care at all about the United States of America and her excellent qualities VOTE ALL DEMS OUT IN 2010 AND 2012. Let's get a leader that doesn't lie, cheat or "wee, wee out" in the White House and a congress that listens to the majority of their constituents.

    26. Dan, Alabama says:

      Maybe if Obama secured the services of the director of The Harry Potter movies to promote hes cat ane tax legislation he would have as much success as he is having with employing the advice of the director of Avitar.

    27. Frank O'Toole, says:

      The article nails it from nearly every perspective. But since the Attorney General is nosing around trying to find criminal conduct, if I were an employee or contractor trying to remedy the disaster, I would be looking over my shoulder for legal advice in advance of every move I made. Especially when trying to implement radical solutions, which in hindsight might be labeled as criminal negligence.

      What a disincentive to correcting the situation!

    28. Richard - South Caro says:

      President Obama is quick to blame the Bush administration for all of his failures, but he always neglects to point out that the Democrats held a majority in both houses of Congress for the last two years of the Bush presidency and could easily have passed legislation to prevent the "evil" programs that were enacted during President Bush's tenure in the White House. President Obama likewise fails to point out that many of the Democrats who are now on board the "blame Bush" train voted for most of the programs that Obama now complains about.

      Bottom line, President Obama and his kiddie corps masquerading as cabinet secretaries don't have a clue about what the American people want. Americans want less government and lower taxes! Two suggestions: the government should (1) be on a pay-as-you-go budget, and (2) all members of Congress should be required to be on the same health plan that the Democrats rammed down the Americans throat.

    29. Ron, Illinois says:

      My solution to fix the oil spill would be to take a giant pipe straight down over the leaking hole in the pipe and have it long enough to reach the surface then be able to route it to a different area. not a permanent solution but it would atleast cease the leak from flowing straight into the water.

    30. and2therepublic, ill says:

      The community organizer-in-chief has proven yet again his inability to manage this republic. Organizing is only part of a manager's duty. Planning, organizing, executing, and review comprise the entire list of a managers duties. The best managers can spend few hours in the office, as they have delegated most of the work to subordinates. However, if, a manager's plan was to break his enterprise's economic 'back'….he might be executing plans that would make him appear to outside observers, as if he was inept, when he is on 'target' to reach his unusual, unethical, immoral, evil goal. It appears this 'executive' is behaving more and more like a dictator. "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." – Charles de Montesquieu

    31. Norm Klevens says:

      The article is right on But this is all a part of the plan to bring America down to where Obama and Rev Wright want it. Rush said he hopes Obama fails at diminishing our great country – Obama is being successful at this. The jobs report will no doubt be touted today, but most are government jobs, taking money from the private sector. Obama doesn't care if he is reelected; he just doesn't want to be called a one term president. The stigma is too much for his ego, but he has never held a job for than a year [without looking for another]. This is also proof he did not have the requisite experience at anything more than agitating, as that is what he continues to do. He never managed anything – I'll bet Michelle, my Bell managed the household funds. Has anyone heard Obama talk as if he was proud to be the president of the United States of America. He'd probably remove the flag from the side or Air Force One if he thought it would not cause a big stir.

    32. Heather, Denver, CO says:

      I am curious why oil tankers can't be out at the spill sucking up the oil….anyone?

    33. john sardy says:

      First BP lied said this will not happen BP has safety programs in place that would stop flow oil into sea and is very safe? that is one of the ways the companies were given the right to drill for oil in the first place,duu?

      The oil people lied for profit, no concern for our country or it people , this is truly

      un-american all these people responsible should go to prison not jail, greed..

      also the people involved in the misleading the facts and should have known that the oil gigs safety in deep water oil wells would not work or did not test properly, need to be jail and fine ten times the real clean-up cost. all deep sea oil well drilling and pumping must stop until they can really prove the operate safe.and humane

    34. Bettijo GA says:

      I think it is a terrible mistake to look for criminal behaviors behind the oil spill at this time. It does nothings to fix the problem. After an investigation into the cause of the explosion, then maybe. But at this time it is counter-productive to BP's efforts to stop the leak. Holder wants to "criminalize" everything; i.e., terriorists.

    35. Frank, Cincinnati, O says:

      Since BP was a big contributor to the Obama campaign someone other than BP will need to be held responsible. I'm sure the justice department will place the blame on the eleven workers who died. Dead men tell no tales.

    36. Neal Palmquist OH says:

      Not all is wasted. During Obama's party with McCartney, they recorded a new catchy jingle about the times of the day….


      Marxist agendas seemed so far away,

      Now it looks as though they're here to stay,

      Oh, I believe the "rich" should pay.


      I'm not half the god I used to be,

      There's an oil spill hanging over me,

      Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

      Why it

      Had to blow I don't know, it leaks all day.

      I can't,

      Help at all, now I long for yesterday.


      Blame was such an easy game to play,

      Now I need a place to hide away,

      Oh, I believe in yesterday.

      Why it

      Has to leak I don't know, but I'll make them pay.

      I said,

      I'm in control, now I long for yesterday.


      Blame was such an easy game to play,

      Now I need a place to hide away,

      Oh, I believe in yesterday.


    37. Jill, California says:

      As Glenn Beck says, "Watch what the other hand is doing." Somewhere there's a payoff for Obama stalling and interfering with solutions to stop the oil spill.

      We've seen time and time again that Obama is trying to destroy our economy to make more and more people dependent on the government. Well, what's going to happen around the Gulf when the oil destroys everyone's way of life? We'll have tens of thousands more people who can no longer support themselves. And everyone else will be forced to redistribute their wealth.

      And let's not forget Obama's promise that under his plans, "energy prices will necessarily skyrocket." He was talking about Cap and Trade at the time, because he couldn't have possibly known that this disaster would happen. But then "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste," isn't it? This is all playing right into his plans. The only thing we don't know is just how evil those plans are.

    38. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      They waited for the "studies" then they have to discuss them, all the while the oil keeps pouring. BHO waited almost a month before even going there, he never went to Tenn. in fact never mentioned it, WHY? Because the REp. are in the Gov. 's houses. There is so much Stuff going on in the WH, covering up not only the lack of help in the Gulf, the cases of the Sen. races in Colo. adn Penn. and his vendeta for Hannity, Limbaugh, and Co. This is the worse I've seen in my 78 years, most of lived in the D. C. area, Nov. come soon. Virginians vote primary June 8th, let's get Connolly out.

    39. J. Guidry, Battlefie says:

      Your article is right on the mark. The more of a mess this temporary resident of the White House can foster is beneficial for his agenda for this country. This includes the AZ law regarding illegal immigrants, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the resultant shutdown of livelihoods in the states bordering the Gulf, the healthcare "reform" debacle, the shadow of the climate legislation in congress, the financial "reform" law, the government takeover of the auto companies, the FCC talking about forcing radio stations away from conservative talk shows via regulations aimed at quieting said speech, the stimulus bill which isn't, the anti-gun treaty at the UN approved by Obama and his henchmen,etc. When all the policies have met their goals we will have a statist (socialist) nation. Ripe for the world government plan of the UN and the leftist now operating that "august" criminal organization.

      November 2010 is getting closer, but it may not come soon enough.

    40. Andy Skiver Irvine C says:

      Give me a break…Obama has been in the White House over a year so if there were policies in place from Bush that were bad he has had plenty of time to CHANGE them. He has to take responsibility and stop blaming others. He did not cause the leak and he is helpless to stop it but he could have changed the bad policy issues prior to the disaster. When in the heck is he going to stop shifting blame, probably not until we vote him out!

    41. ChuckL says:

      How does a puppet show leadership?

    42. ChuckL says:

      There is a refrigeration tool that is used to clamp off refrigerant tubing. It is simply a big "C" clamp with a ball end on the screw.

      It should be possible to make one of these in a larger size that used hydraulic pressure on the ram and simply squeeze the pipe like a tube until it is sealed. Unless the pipe is cast and would crack and break under the pressure, this would be a quick and easy way to seal the pipe.

    43. Rich,Phila.Pa. says:

      Our fearless leader is totally on the wrong side of the American people,from Health Care,Disarming our Nation,Illegal immigration,refusing to recognize the Islamic Fascist Campaign to destroy America & Isreal.His Infamous speech,"We are not a Christian Nation",he was kissing Islam's Butt.He does not have a clue to being a Good President,He is out to destroy us and the American People Believed all of his Bull and put him in office.All that I heard before the election while waiting in Dr.'s waiting rooms etc.was Bush did this & that.I'am only a high school Grad.& was able to see right through this self serving poor excuse of an American President.

    44. Tim, Jacksonville Fl says:

      The very idea that Obama would link the scrap and betrayed bill with the Gulf spill shows what an unethical person he is and how his staff and he try to take advantage of any thing they can grasp on to. Scummy actions from sociopathic people who would just as soon collapse our economy for their own benefit as they would throw their mentors under the bus for their self gratification and continuation of their power grab..

    45. darrell padgett says:

      this mis-adminastrationcares for nothing but its own agenda. while i admit the many diiculties in capping a blow out at this depth, the reason they are drilling at this depth isnt that there is a lack of oil in reasonable places ( like on land since we have greater oil reaserves than all of the arab nations combined) its the left wing epa and goverment regulations. we must reduce the goverment abolish the epa and all of its regulations. let the states set their own regulations . then the citicens can have greater impact on the decesions VOTE ALL THE LIBERAL LEFT WINGERS OUT AND PUT IN CONSERTIVE REPUBLICIANS

    46. DKID says:


    47. jill -Maine says:

      So like idiots we blindly go on thinking Bush caused this. If you read the articles highlighted in the Heritage Reports maybe you would notice that Bush was not looking the other way and was attempting to regulate these wells.

      This is the same blind faith and misinformation that caused 53% of voters to believe in and elect the present "party animal in chief." 2012 please come fast.

    48. Ted Wilson Tulsa okl says:

      The Enviromental Protection Agency and Homeland Security are misnomers they are just big worthless government agencys using up Americas wealth.If the E.P.A. and our government had any commom sense we would be able to drill on land instead in the deep sea.

    49. Laura K, Pennsylvani says:

      Excellent article. This is the type of event where the federal government ought to act. However, fortunately or unfortunately, for those who see the situation good or bad for the Obama administrations, this is clear prove of the ability that a leader and a problem solver is expected to handle. Nonetheless, Obama has diluted himself in the community organizing mode, where problems are brought up with no solution, whatsoever….crisis, crisis is his slogan.

    50. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      Obama's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was similar to Jimmy Carter's

      response to the Iran Hostage Crisis.

    51. mike arizona says:

      At the same time this flap started, Venezuela, Russia and BP were in negotiations for new oil projects, reportedly land based.

      The Gulf is an international play, as are our Alaska resources.

      Globally there is no intent to cut back on oil production or energy use except in the UN's seven "developed economies". The UN's 185 "developing economies" will use any resources they need to meet UN objectivesfor sustainable economies.

      Unfortunately, we are not rated by the UN as a "sustainable" economy

    52. Brandi Shields, Wash says:

      I've seen a three legged dog bury a bone on frozen pond more efficently that this POTUS is dealing with this!

    53. jai, u.s.a. says:

      Obama will use this crisis to bankrupt the oil companies no longer allowed to pump oil from the rigs that cost them millions each day. They will be forced into bankruptcy then Obama will bail them out at taxpayer expense. Then he'll take them over as he has he auto industry, the banking industry, and soon the stock market. It's a pattern and he's got it down. He says we need more inspections, but David Hayes said the well had been inspected four times since January and the last time just weeks before the spill–makes one wonder what they screwed up while there.

      Meanwhile, Obama's doing nothing a President is paid to do. The first duty of a President is to protect America's people and our shores. Instead he is stalling and making the crisis worse. He could have called out the National Guard, the Navy, the Marines, the Army, and the Air Force. (The Navy offered to send mini-subs with greater capacity than what BP has, but was ignored by Obama). Instead, he's standing around with his finger in his nose placing blame. When the emergency is over there will be plenty of time for the Judicial system to place blame. That's their job, not his. If at fault, BP could be assessed the cost of recovery. But all of that should come later. Right now he should be responding to the emergency instead of attending concerts and playing golf.

      We have to get Obama OUT of the White House! And we can do it legally if we stick together on the natural born citizen issue. Who cares if they call us birther or racist. I'm proud to be a birther. Anyone who is not a birther is a CHUMP. And anyone who is racist toward Obama is racist toward their own race since he claims to have blood of just about every race known to man except the Human race.

      He shouldn't be impeached because he was never legally elected. Instead, he should charged, tried, and imprisoned for fraud. It may be the only way we can get rid of him without the violence he is trying to force us toward. Knowing more Americans died in the Civil War than any other war, he is trying to force us into another war on American soil so our way of life will be like that of his Arabian ancestry, even more chaotic than it has already become under his rule,

      The Republicans may get my vote if they're true conservatives, but they're not getting another dime of my money until they act on the Obama Crisis.

    54. Billie says:


      If you’re a Wall Street banker or insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences to everyone else.”

      These are private businesses, why wouldn't they have the freedom to set their own rules and if they aren't ethical, Why aren't you doing your job, Mr. President?

    55. Billie says:

      If you’re a Wall Street banker or insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences to everyone else.”

      These are private businesses, why wouldn't they have the freedom to set their own rules and if they aren't ethical, Why aren't you doing your job without overreach, Mr. President? Plenty of people want to run their own business without holding your hand.

    56. Merle Savage Las Veg says:

      President Obama the crude oil is toxic, and anyone who cleans the oily Gulf beaches needs to know the danger. Don't allow the workers to become BP's Collateral Damaged, like Exxon.

      Article from Las Vegas Review Journal:

      The workers who are cleaning up the oil in the Gulf need to be aware of the chemicals that will be used. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS), who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

      My name is Merle Savage; a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup in 1989, which turned into 21 years of extensive health deterioration for me, and many other workers. Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches. She also informed me that Exxon's medical records and the reports that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions.

      Exxon developed the toxic spraying; OSHA, the Coast Guard, and the state of Alaska authorized the procedure; VECO and other Exxon contractors implemented it. Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air — the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions and central nervous system problems, along with other massive health issues. Some of the illnesses include neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease.

      My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many — and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of us – Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.

    57. Billie says:

      Obama: If you’re a Wall Street banker or insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences to everyone else.”

      These are private businesses, why wouldn't they have the freedom to set their own rules and if they aren't ethical, Why aren't you doing your job without overreach, Mr. President? Plenty of people want to run their own business without holding your hand. It's what America is.

    58. Eugene, Kinston, NC says:

      It's all about politics.

      Have you seen the latest ads? In one ad, Tony Haworth talks about how much good BP is doing along the Gulf. It mentions everything about how BP is trying to find a "little better" way to stop a Spindletop-sized oil leak. In another, a leftish group wants us North Carolinians to vote out Senator Richard Burr because of his votes favoring the oil companies.

    59. Zack says:

      Let me get this straight. Republicans/Conservatives have not received contributions from BP?…ahem… Also, off shore drilling that was drooled over by Republicans/Conservatives that pushed for less regulation for years and years and years through legislation makes this environmental disaster Obama's fault? Wow, you guys are something else. This is BP's fault. Yes, the company that was 100% in charge, assumed to have safety precautions to deal with something like this. No government involvement whatsoever. Nothing. Now, you blame the "government" and Obama and democrats for an oil spill. What happened to "drill baby drill"?

      extreme conservative talking point listed here——

      "Actually, in the case of the BP oil spill, the involved parties—the companies and regulators—did not uphold their responsibilities to ensure safe operations or to adequately prepare for a worse-case scenario. But this failure was likely not the result of insufficient regulatory quantity: Getting a lease to drill offshore is already an onerous regulatory process, and once drilling operations commence, the lessee is subjected to constant monitoring and inspection.

      It was more likely the case that the current regulatory regime confuses responsibilities, undermines incentives for market-based safety solutions, and creates conflicts of interests between the regulator and those being regulated"

      oh Rory, did you actually write that. Is this for real? Please stick to evidence, facts, at least something credible. Anything besides boring talking points, anything………seriously do you have anything?

      I have a question for every single person that left a comment on this confused jumble of partisan opinon from Mr. Cooper. Provide me one piece of evidence as to how President Obama is in anyway, shape or form at fault for this oil disaster. If you want legislative evidence as to why republicans/conservatives in the house and senate are directly accountable for this oil-disaster please, please, im begging you to ask. At least 7 pieces of public law from the 103-109th congress, Legislative sponsorship, direct contributions way more then a million dollars to the bush administration and republicans/conservatives in the house and senate. Also, state senate contributions all asking republicans and conservatives….

      "daddy, can we please drill as much as we want anywhere we want and heck, if a leak happens…opps, thats the free market!" "and daddy, can we blame the party that has been in full support of regulation i.e. safety precautions to prevent or at least fix something as large as this oil-spill that we repeatedly blocked over and over and over with direct legislation to prove it?" "yes, dear we can blame democrats and Obama too!, we are not sure why and have not a single piece of evidence to back up anything we say but you know, that's politics right?"

      You guys are locking a victory for democrats and obama not just in november, but 2012 as well. You cant stand in front of millions of people for years on end asking and pushing for more offshore drilling, less regulation and safety precautions and then blame the other guy. We remember history. You cant change history. We were there when you pushed it! Every single time you put Obama and this oil-disaster in the same sentence you destroy the credibility you never had in the first place. Please, please, please keep blaming Obama and democrats for this. It is the greatest support for the administration and democrats in congress.

      Heritage, townhall, fox news, rush, hannity, limbaugh, coulter, levin are the gifts that keep on giving! Thank you so much!

    60. Bruce Michael Albert says:

      Dear Mr. Cooper,

      You might want to look into the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan Act that was signed into US FEDERAL law in 1994.

      The EPA has an online book describing the plan. See:


      The manual says:

      WHEN A MAJOR oil spill occurs in the United States, coordinated teams of local, state, and national personnel are called upon to help contain the spill, clean it up, and ensure that damage to human health and the environment is minimized. Without careful planning and clear organization, efforts to deal with large oil spills could be slow, ineffective, and potentially harmful to response personnel and the environment. In the United States, the system for organizing responses to major oil spills is called the National Response System.

      One of the principles of the National Contingency Plan is that an effective and prompt response is a national priority. The chair and vice-chair of the National Response Team are to come from EPA and the Coast Guard.

      The presumption of the legislation is that dealing with major problems is a national interest and the government will take charge. The idea behind the plan is that there will be national readiness to deal with oil spills and that EPA will lead the national readiness.

      But don't forget!

      Plan B. Let the oil companies take all responsibility and do nothing for 6 weeks, then divert attention from matter at hand by threatening legal action against said parties. Then arbitarily suspend off-shore activities which may present no hazzard (group punishment), but will induce said innocent parties to pass along additional costs to consumers.

      Upon this reading, it seems like the present admin. is shirking, esp. the EPA (too busy with useless CO2 rulings I suppose to actually do their job).


    61. Joseph Picone, Belmo says:

      It will not happen, (unfortunately) but President Obama would be doing everyone a big favor if he would just quit, today, like right NOW. He's an absolute incompetant who makes Jimmy Carter look like a rocket scientist. If Obama were on the stage someone would have given him the hook long before now. It's time for Obama to be pulled off the stage. He's dangerous.

    62. Dave, USVI says:

      You want the President to stop playing the blame game? Well, how about you hold yourselves to the same lofty standards?

      You are blaming our current administration for just about every evil known to man, perceived or real. If you must blame someone for your problems because that is the only way you can live with your bitter selves, blame us all as a country.

      Peak oil is real, we are still living in the past under the false assumption that we have limitless supplies to burn. It is the same sense of entitlement you vilify when it comes to public health care, well fare, etc. Why is this any different?

      Our country is great, not as great as it used to be. We have become lazy and the rest of the world has caught up to us, or in the case of long term energy policies, passed us. This is no new phenomenon that has anything to do with who is in the White House. It is the long term trend.

    63. RoseAnn, Glenside PA says:

      I am tired of the blame game that abounds in this Administration. No matter who is at fault, the government should be doing something besides twiddling its thumbs (the President, and all parties in Congress and the Senate).

      I was reading Newsmax's article: Giuliani Reps Obama's Handling of the Oil spill and he mentions a Democratic Party Strategist that spoke out against how Obama is handling the spill.

      “He gives the sense that he’s very nonchalant and very lackadaisical about it – which I think are the words of Jim Carville, ‘lackadaisical,’” Giuliani said. Louisiana native Carville, famed as the “Ragin’ Cajun,” was the architect of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 quest for the presidency.

      Carville went into a near frenzy last week during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” angry about Obama not spending more time in the Gulf Coast areas affected by the spill, which the White House concedes is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

      “I have no idea of why their attitude was so hands-offy here,” Carville said. “The President of the United States could’ve come down here,” he charged. “He could’ve been involved with the families of these 11 people” killed in the rig explosion on April 20 that triggered the massive oil gusher.

      “He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could be deploying people to the coast right now,” Carville said. “He could be with the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard…doing something about these regulations.”

      An exasperated Carville, whose wife is Republican strategist Mary Matalin, said of Louisianans, “These people are crying. They’re begging for something down here, and he just looks like he’s not involved in this.”

      Apparently addressing Obama directly, Carville exclaimed, “Man, you gotta get down here and take control of this! Put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving! We're about to die down here!”

      I am in agreement. It is time to stop taking vacations and start putting more resources to work on getting this spill capped and cleaning up the Gulf Coast Lands. If he doesn't do something soon, we may have a bigger catastrophe on our hands. Once the hurricane season becomes active, there is a real big chance this will start coming up the east coast. I for one do not want to see more of our coast lands destroyed due to the lacksadaisikal response to this disaster. It is sad enough that LA, MS, AL and FL are dealing with the "fall out" of this spill. We don't want to have the same thing happening up the East Coast.

      Bobby Jindal do what you need to do to save LA from more of that oil and hang the Feds. They are leaving you and LA out to die in this disaster.

    64. Yushud, Suriname says:

      The key is to follow the money trail.

      JoAnne Moretti, along with a team of investigators, delved into records which pointed to a paper trail connecting the major players in this disaster–BP, Deep Water Horizon, Halliburton, Citigroup, Goldman-Sachs, the U.S. Government, and a company called 'NALCO.'

      A few recognizable names of individuals involved in the paper trail also surfaced–Warren Buffet, George Soros, John Holdren, Tony Rezko….and Barack Obama.

      At the heart of the scandal which Moretti reveals is the concerted effort by all of these major players to delay the cutting off of the oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico.


      The bottom line–NALCO is the manufacturer of chemical dispersements and water purification systems that are being used in the Gulf to attempt to 'disperse the oil before it reaches the shoreline.'

      This is what is known as 'the top kill' method which BP has claimed is the best manner possible of dealing with the spill. The top kill method, however, does nothing to actually stop the flow of oil from its source–the well hidden deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

      The Obama Administration and BP have been noticeably lazy about stopping the flow of oil into the waters of the Gulf. Obama claimed that as soon as the explosion of the oil rig occurred, Federal SWOT teams were dispatched to the area in order to 'secure it.' The notion that the Obama Administration did not know the extent of the leak is contradicted by the announcement that federal teams were 'on the scene from day one.'

      Obama claims that he backed off from doing anything to stop the oil leak in deference to BP, which he claims was better equipped to deal with the situation. And indeed, that much is true. BP did, in fact, say such a thing publicly.

      But BP's interest in actually cutting off the flow of oil into the Gulf is just as suspect as the U.S. Government's.

      And here is where the story takes a sordid, and potentially criminal, turn.

      Moretti says the following:

      NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Education.

      If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire.

      Warren Buffet /Hathaway Berkshire increased their holdings in NALCO just last November. (Timing is everything).

      The dispersant chemical is known as Corexit. What it does is hold the oil below the water's surface. It is supposed to break up the spill into smaller pools. It is toxic and banned in Europe.

      NALCO says they are using older and newer versions of Corexit in the Gulf.. (Why would you need a newer version, if the old one was fine?)

      There is big money and even bigger players in this scam. While they are letting the oil blow wide open into the Gulf, the stakes and profit rise.

      The Dolphins, Whales, Manatees, Sea Turtles and fish suffocate and die. The coastal regions, salt marshes, tourist attractions and the shore front properties are being destroyed, possibly permanently.The air quality is diminished. The Gulf of Mexico fishing industry is decimated.

      All to create a need for their expensive and extremely profitable poison.

      But that's not all. Goldman-Sachs, Blackstone, and Apollo are all involved in NALCO. So is Tony Rezko in Chicago–the infamous friend of Barack Obama who was convicted for fraud. And multi-millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded 'stimulus funds' went into the coffers of many of the main players in NALCO.

      Evidence has also been uncovered that as soon as the oil rig blew, the masterminds of the big government-big corporation complex went to work to maximize the financial reward from the disaster–'never let a good crisis go to waste.'

      Investors were advised to buy BP stock, and a major symposium was held involving several key players in the Obama Administration, which focused on modern technological advances in developing 'clean water.' NALCO is the major source for such 'technological advances.'

      It would appear that some of the main players in the Obama Administration and the 'favored corporations' of Obama's entourage wished to maximize their profits from the oil spill by delaying the cutting off of the oil flow so that the chemical dispersements and water purification systems made by NALCO would be used, thus boosting the profits of the company and the other corporations invested in it, such as Buffett's Berkshire, Goldman-Sachs, Citigroup, Blackstone, and Apollo.

      A criminal probe of the Obama Administration is in order at the same time the Justice Department conducts its investigation of BP.

      Note–the entire report, along with documentation and a plethora of links, can be found at JoAnne Moretti's site.

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    66. Trent Lee Montana says:

      I believe there is a cause for a criminal investigation into the oil spill. Not just with B.P. but also the Obama admin. Here are my reasons. 1. I believe the leak could have been stopped long ago. If you look at the high definition video of the leak as shown on tv you will see a 6 bolt flange just below where they cut the pipe. Why haven't they removed the bolts and the top flange and put a valve on the bottom flange ? They have the equipment & the technology to do this !!! Just leave the valve open during installation then close it after the bolts are tight and leak is stopped !!! Why haven't they at least attempted this instead of opting for a "fix" they knew was going to always leak ? 2. Gov. Jindal requested permission to build 24 sand berms and was told he needed an environmental impact statement !!!! Finally they were allowed to build 6 and they had to pay for 5 !!! What an insult !!! 3. 13 nations have offered assistance and equipment and were turned down because of the Jones act !!! Which Bush temporarily suspended during the Katrina cleanup … so the Jones act is an invalid excuse. 4. Several people have come up with very valid idea for the cleanup such as using hay as well as other things that have shown they work and none of these things are being applied !!! Why ? 5. There is a sever shortage of oil booms yet there is several million feet sitting in a warehouse in Maine and the manufacturer says he can make millions of more feet & yet there it sits !!! And the list goes on !!! That's why I say there should be an independent investigation into this mess !!!! Something very very wrong is happening here and it's not just B.P. !!! I wouldn't be surprised if there were phone calls between the W.H. and B.P. dictating them to let this leak continue only make half hearted attempts to stop the leak and contain & cleanup the spill. The reason…. remember Rahm Emmanual's statement of "Not letting a crisis go to waste"? Now consider Obama's agenda to go green and his agenda for cap & trade. It isn't much of a stretch to come up with the picture I just created. I sincerely believe that placing a valve on the pipe can be done thus totally stopping the leak !!! I was a welder with 30 plus years experience in the construction field and I have welded and placed 100s of flanges, valves together so I'm no rookie with a hair brained scheme here !!! In fact several of my friends from the trade have asked the same question … Why don't they mate a valve to the flange and stop the leak ? I'm sure this idea was suggested by B.P. people and was apparently shot down by higher ups …. possibly as high as the W.H.

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