BP oil apocalypse

Wasting away again in Margeritaville

  • Posted on: 12 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Searching for my lost shaker of salt

Oh my! A musician that has an opinion. I am shocked!

You knew he had to get Dixie Chicked by the kind of cowards at the FOX propaganda arm of the GOP that are quite willing to worship the musicians that will poop their pants to get out of war if they are right wingnuts:

Open Thread - Lewis Black on why he yells so much

  • Posted on: 6 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Below the fold is a video that is not so safe for work (profanity out wazoo) but Lewis Black explains why he seems so pissed off all the time... And for those who don't get mad enough about what is going on these days? "Suck on this" Open Thread:

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Hundreds of miles of Boom not deployed correctly...

  • Posted on: 25 June 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

And thousands of good men and women in the military that are sitting idle when they, with a little training, could be deployed to take care of that Boom properly.


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There are a lot of things where I would just roll my eyes when both sides play political games. But this game that Jindal is playing is resulting in the physical destruction of part of the United States of America. Same can be said for any of the states that are holding back on using these soldiers that can and should be doing something very useful in this disaster. Because if you are doing this because you don't want the government to be seen doing the kind of things that it can and should do...

Then the government isn't broken in this case but you, Gov. Jindal,  are clearly busted:

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A Toxic Big Oil Market Storm?

  • Posted on: 17 June 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

I was watching Bloomberg's In The Loop with Betty Liu this morning and they were doing a piece on Big Oil and BP featuring a hedge manager's view of what is going on in that market that I found a bit interesting, the video isn't up yet but what piqued my interest had already been covered in Bloomberg Businessweek the other day:

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The Sovereign State of BP - Down for the Count?

  • Posted on: 16 June 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

British Petroleum has operated as though it were a sovereign state since its inception.  When they blew the well at their Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, it never occurred to them that they would have to take orders from anybody.  But that may change largely due to their inability to stop the flow of oil after nearly sixty days of gushing.

President Obama was clear in his speech last night.  If any entity is going down as a result of the catastrophe, it will be BP.  Today, Obama meets with BP's Chairman of the Board, Carl-Henric Svanberg, and the man he told the chairman to fire, Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward.

Two sovereign states will collide.  The outcome is a foregone conclusion.

Why Is Oil Spill Cleanup Technology So Outdated?

  • Posted on: 15 June 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Doug Suttles of BP: Well, Tom, I'm not the best expert on the technology but I think events like this typically advance the technology by leaps and bounds....I think that probably part of the reason is there have been so few big spills. The events haven't driven the technology change that's out there. I think this event probably will.

Apparently it is because < shakes my head > they claim  they have not had enough oil spills to practice on:

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Meanwhile and exhibiting its infinite wisdumb in disaster manipulations, BP has decided to hire the Vampire Squid, among others, to teach them how to navigate the Gulf Gusher fall out:

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Open Thread - BP, The King Of Torts And Healthcare

  • Posted on: 1 June 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Via MSNBC, a report that I read this morning in Bloomberg Businessweek and might be worth your eye contact for a few moments.

The tort lawyer and the BP oil disaster.

By Ken Wells
Bloomberg
Businessweek

Fri., May 28, 2010

Daniel Becnel Jr., speed dialing over a speaker phone, places a call to a lawyer for a defendant in the British Petroleum-Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill.

"This is the king of torts calling," he says when he reaches the attorney's executive assistant.

"Oh," she says. "Then it must be Danny Becnel."

Becnel, adjusting his gold-rimmed glasses, nods appreciatively from his mahogany desk strewn with an impressive pile of legal papers. It's from here, in a French colonial-style office in Reserve, La., population 10,000, that he orchestrated the filing of the first federal lawsuit eight days after the Apr. 20 blowout, and where he tracks the legal squadrons gathering to sue BP and its contractors for claims that experts say could add up to a half-a-trillion dollars or more. About 110 suits have been filed so far, according to Becnel, and dozens more appear to be on the way.

I am trying to remember which party is always talking about tort reform - except when they are calling it a government takeover of healthcare - and who would benefit from it the most? It is not like keeping caps on Big Oil's disaster costs low has helped stop any disasters as evidenced by the history of BP and other repeat offenders. This is part of why I have always viewed the idea of tort reform in healthcare that the GOP, mostly, has pushed for as an invitation to even greater healthcare disasters when healthcare remains in the hands of the private sector profiteers.

When you cap Big Oil's responsibilities for disasters at a mere 75 million dollars  - as the GOP and some Blue Dogs have fought to keep in place - it destroys the free market's and the government's ability to hold the worst offenders accountable:

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NOW we need to be realistic about the issues of operating in a mile of water?

  • Posted on: 25 May 2010
  • By: Pen

So said BP CEO Tony Hayward yesterday when he was discussing the chances of a successful end to the worst manmade disaster in history.

BP's top officer downplayed the likelihood that the desperate effort will succeed in actually sealing the pipe, which is spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude into the Gulf each day.

"If it was on land we would have a very high confidence of success, but... we need to be realistic about the issues around operating in a mile of water," BP CEO Tony Hayward told reporters on Monday.

Ahh, yes, NOW we need to be realistic about those issues. Were you being realistic about the issues around operating in a mile of water when you applied for the rights to drill offshore in the Gulf of Mexico Mr. Hayward?