Thursday, June 17, 2010

Holy Derricks Batman!

I am appalled daily by the lack of media involvement in the actual happenings of our day.  Oh, they carp for hours on the official line of the White House, but ignore the obvious questions most Americans with the ability to think critically have.  They don't fact check anything, so whatever the POTUS has to say is rarely questioned.  With this president it would be advisable to check everything he has to say.  Most of his monologue is bogus.  Perhaps he doesn't even know it.  I don't know any puppets who argue with their handlers.  To shut down entire industries every time death and destruction occurs in one quadrant as the result of an accident would have the entire U. S. in an idle mode.  President Obama has shut down our operations in the Gulf of Mexico, but we have not shut down the operations of foreign operators drilling there.  I am going to present a portion of an article on this issue as it relates to the BP spill.

Doing the Job Media Won't: Fact-checking Obama's Gulf Spill Address

Created 06/16/2010 - 17:12

 In all, the president misrepresented the federal government's--and especially his cabinet's--role in creating the conditions that led to the spill, the state of the nation's oil reserves, and his own administration's involvement with BP. Futhermore, his transition from discussing the Gulf spill to advocating "clean energy" legislation was a huge logical leap, and one that necessarily misrepresents the problems the nation faces with regard to energy.
The latter was perhaps the president's most subtle sleight of hand. He claimed the Gulf spill is "the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America's innovation and seize control of our own destiny."
Now, if the president had stated the spill is a reminder that the nation needs to get off of oil--that disasters like this are an unfortunate, if rare consequence of harvesting crude oil--he would have had a point. But that is not what he said. He claimed the disaster underscores the need for "clean" energy, which presumably does not include coal, the dirtiest of them all. But the Gulf spill has no bearing on coal energy.
Also intended to promote the "clean energy" cause was Obama's misleading statement that "Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America." In fact, as the Heritage Foundation notes [2], China "will account for nearly 45% of oil demand growth in the next five years, receives 70% of its energy from coal already, and is projected to nearly triple coal capacity by 2030."
Say what you will about clean energy or coal, but the president's advocacy of his own energy agenda despite the facts was unseemly and based on a fallacious argument.
Moving forward, Obama also misrepresented the state of the oil industry itself. He claimed that Americans "consume more than 20% of the world's oil, but have less than 2% of the world's oil reserves. And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean - because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water."
"This howler," writes John Hinderaker [3] at Power Line, "is a favorite canard of Democratic politicians": 
As is so often the case, they are relying on the public's ignorance. Most people don't realize that in the U.S., oil isn't counted as part of our "reserves" unless it is legally available for drilling. Thus, ANWR, to take one of many examples, isn't counted toward the total "reserves." The U.S. government could cause our reserves to skyrocket overnight by opening new areas, on land and in shallow water, to drilling. But the U.S. is the only country in the world that has deliberately chosen not to develop its own energy resources. No one else is that dumb.
So the reason oil companies drill a mile beneath the water is not that there are not ample supplies of crude in other parts of the United States, but rather that the federal government does not permit drilling in so many of those areas.
According to Kiplinger Magazine (by way of the American Thinker [4]), "untapped reserves are estimated at about 2.3 trillion barrels, nearly three times more than the reserves held by Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) and sufficient to meet 300 years of demand-at today's levels-for auto, aircraft, heating and industrial fuel, without importing a single barrel of oil."
The misdeeds of the oil industry were, of course, a frequent refrain in the president's speech. But he also misrepresented that industry's culpability by claiming "time and again, the path forward [to further regulation] has been blocked…by oil industry lobbyists."
What the president conveniently neglected to mention, however, was that BP has been an advocate of most of his energy agenda. As the Examiner's Tim Carney reminds us [5]:
BP "has lobbied for tax hikes, greenhouse gas restraints, the stimulus bill, the Wall Street bailout, and subsidies for oil pipelines, solar panels, natural gas and biofuels… BP was a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby dedicated to passing a cap-and-trade bill. As the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, BP saw many ways to profit from climate legislation, notably by persuading Congress to provide subsidies to coal-fired power plants that switched to gas.
Though the company left USCAP, it did not stop lobbying for cap and trade, and later "signed off" on Senate cap and trade legislation as well as explicitly lobbied for a higher gas tax. So Obama's insistence the oil industry has opposed relevant regulations tooth and nail is less than accurate.
While Obama was placing as much unearned blame at industry's feet as possible, he was also sidestepping his own administration's complicity in the crisis. He stated towards the beginning of his speech:
A few months ago, I approved a proposal to consider new, limited offshore drilling under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe –- that the proper technology would be in place and the necessary precautions would be taken. That obviously was not the case in the Deepwater Horizon rig, and I want to know why.
Well, perhaps he should ask his cabinet members--you know, the ones he just put in charge of the new commission investigating the incident. On March 31 in a speech at Andrews Air Force Base, he told the nation that Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and climate czar Carol Browner had assured him that additional Gulf Coast drilling would be safe.
But the president of course did not put the blame at their feet. In fact, as Byron York noted [6]:
[I]n this moment of crisis, Obama is relying on the same team that earlier gave him "the assurance that [offshore drilling] would be absolutely safe" -- advice that he now openly says was wrong. And what is the "green team" telling him now? That it is impossible to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf. Politico's Mike Allen channels West Wing thought this way: The Gulf gusher is a battle we can't win. So we had to make this tragedy about something bigger than the liveshot of spewing oil. So having surrendered on the challenge of stopping the oil, Obama tried to redirect the public's attention away from the spill and onto the political debate over a cap-and-trade bill. The short version of the strategy: Give up and change the subject. Like everything else Obama has tried so far in the Gulf crisis, it won't work.

Many thanks to David who keeps me supplied with articles I would not see.  Some Internet news sources are becoming the new source for truth in the news.


  1. I KNEW I could come here for REALITY.
    SOOOO many ---"right" people want to bash the O for "not doing more"'s not the gov't PLACE!! (like they could ANYway).
    PLUS ..this moratorium.... stupidest knee jerk response (on SO many levels) ever!

  2. The POTUS knee is in constant motion. Pappy

  3. Surely you aren't intimating that uncle sugar would obfuscate, lie and manipulate facts just to gain a favorable opinion.

    Nor would they butt in and through the hefty authority of their godness in their own eyes force oil companies to drill where they had no intention nor experience. And, of course, the bottom feeding slime would never ooze around their own laws, bravely beat their chests and indeed bring us change.

    One is left with the feeling that the fed, who is supposed to be a steadying factor in this nation, seems to consider change a great image builder and to hell with the consequences to the people.

    Let me say this about change; JUSTICE does not change, and ultimately it will be you and I who pay for the cleanup and who pay for the loss in revenue, and who pay for the entire disaster, because do-do rolls downhill and we're at the bottom.

    The best we can hope for is that uncle sugar doesn't skim off huge amounts of our money designing new ways to fleece us. But, good luck on that too, for most seem to think that "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you." is a good thing.

    I guess that's enough, for if one doesn't understand what is going on by now, there is little hope they will have an epiphany and see the light.


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