Rolling Stone: Deep Water Blew; Obama Knew

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    Scathing article from Rolling Stone regarding the Obama Administration's handling of the Deep Water Oil spill. (Hat tip to Hot Air). Of course, Bush and BP get a big heaping helping of blame - but the observations regarding Obama and Salazar in particular are very interesting.

    Like the attacks by Al Qaeda, the disaster in the Gulf was preceded by ample warnings – yet the administration had ignored them. Instead of cracking down on MMS, as he had vowed to do even before taking office, Obama left in place many of the top officials who oversaw the agency's culture of corruption. He permitted it to rubber-stamp dangerous drilling operations by BP – a firm with the worst safety record of any oil company – with virtually no environmental safeguards, using industry-friendly regulations drafted during the Bush years. He calibrated his response to the Gulf spill based on flawed and misleading estimates from BP – and then deployed his top aides to lowball the flow rate at a laughable 5,000 barrels a day, long after the best science made clear this catastrophe would eclipse the Exxon Valdez.

    Even after the president's press conference, Rolling Stone has learned, the administration knew the spill could be far worse than its "best estimate" acknowledged. That same day, the president's Flow Rate Technical Group – a team of scientists charged with establishing the gusher's output – announced a new estimate of 12,000 to 25,000 barrels, based on calculations from video of the plume. In fact, according to interviews with team members and scientists familiar with its work, that figure represents the plume group's minimum estimate. The upper range was not included in their report because scientists analyzing the flow were unable to reach a consensus on how bad it could be. "The upper bound from the plume group, if it had come out, is very high," says Timothy Crone, a marine geophysicist at Columbia University who has consulted with the government's team. "That's why they had resistance internally. We're talking 100,000 barrels a day."

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    It's tempting to believe that the Gulf spill, like so many disasters inherited by Obama, was the fault of the Texas oilman who preceded him in office. But, though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill. "Bush owns eight years of the mess," says Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. "But after more than a year on the job, Salazar owns it too."



    The Spill, The Scandal and the President | Rolling Stone Politics
     
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    People are no longer falling for the blame Bush tactic, it is about time.
     
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    The Bush Admin definitely contributed to the circumstances that made the oil spill possible - but Obama Administration has been equally complicit of ignoring known problems and a very lackadaisical response.

    Obama's admission lately that he hasn't even talked to the BP CEO is shocking. He'll talk to the leaders of terrorist regimes, but not to the CEO of an oil company upon whose resources we are relying to contain, clean up and renovate a large region of the U.S. Unfrellingbelievable.
     
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    why hasnt obama stopped atlantis from drilling...its a very dangerous deep water well
     
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    *yawn*
     
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    Unsurprisingly, jillian doesn't care about the truth.
     
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    You mean you weren't impressed by the yawn ?
     
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    Yep, President Obama failed to get on top of this. And had he done so, you people would have been howling bloody murder about how he was preventing us from gaining energy independence.

    It is time to end the offshore drilling, period. How much of the ocean has to be poisoned before we realize that we are destroying our own home?
     
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    Tell you what...we can point fingers all day but the facts are currently these:
    I looked at that spill cam and I don't see SHIT slowing down or being captured!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHAT THE F*CK!!!!
     
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    Sorry. Yet another glimpse at her tonsils does absolutely nothing for me.

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