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Thursday, June 03, 2010

It's almost enough to make you think the rig was blown up on purpose
Posted by Jill | 5:24 AM
After reading this article in today's New York Times, I'm almost wondering if the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion was somehow deliberate. After all, how better to hijack a Democratic President's agenda:
Mr. Obama had hoped to spend his summer creating jobs, passing financial reform, promoting his health care program, getting a Supreme Court justice confirmed and an arms control treaty with Russia ratified, pressing for international sanctions against Iran and jump-starting the troubled Middle East peace process. While not abandoning any of those goals, Mr. Obama now must find ways to continue pushing them while demonstrating to the nation that he is concentrating on a spill he has called “our highest priority.”

“This has hijacked his entire legislative agenda,” said Douglas Brinkley, a historian at Rice University who has written about Jimmy Carter, whose presidency was consumed by the Iran hostage crisis. “The White House felt they were on a roll. They were looking to be a new New Deal or new Great Society and they were just getting momentum going. Something this awful has sidetracked the agenda.”

Sara Taylor Fagen, White House political director under President George W. Bush, said the failure to contain the spill would make it hard for Mr. Obama to accomplish anything this year. “He’ll likely be managing the fallout for years to come,” she said. “Not until his re-election campaign will he have an opportunity to press reset.”

Republicans couldn't have asked for something politically better for themselves if they, well, planned for it.

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Blogger rjs said...
the explosion was caused by frozen methane being thawed by the heat released by setting concrete...

they knew they had methane issues, but the rent on the rig was over a hlf million a day, so they were in a hurry

Anonymous bandit said...
Good projection

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Actually they were hoping for another 9/11 attack. But I'm sure they're happy to settle for this.

Anonymous mandt said...
Human error....so blame the poor guy with the least money, to blame and the suit is moot!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
And you know this how?
You've got a bum blowout preventer and a well you can't cap right. The rig is insured. Too bad about the 11 dead, but sh*t happens! And the off shore oil industry ain't exactly a safe place to work.
BP is on the hook for $75mil -- top. And if you believe they'll pay more, I've got this swampland in south Louisiana.... It might be a little oily, but what the h**l. Suckers will pay dearly for ocean view property these days!

Blogger rjs said...
anon @ 10:16

links to well over two hundred articles on it over the past 4 weeks on my blog, including interviews: