American Elephants

“How Deep Is the Ocean, How High Is the Sky?” Illustrated! by The Elephant's Child
June 13, 2010, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Art, Education, Science/Technology | Tags: , ,

Really!  Here is a neat graphic that shows you, and shows just how far down BP Deepwater Horizon had to drill, and how deep the ocean is, and things you never dreamed of.  Enjoy.

You Need Oil Boom? Packgen Has Oil Boom! Miles of It! by The Elephant's Child
June 13, 2010, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Energy, Environment, Liberalism

When President Obama finally decided to take action on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, he sent down to Louisiana the heads of the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental  Protection Agency, NOAA and the Attorney General of the United States.  Then there is Energy Czar Carol Browner, and Science Adviser John Holdren.  When everybody’s in charge, nobody  is in charge.

On May 1, the President appointed Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen as Incident Commander.  Seems like a good appointment of a well-qualified person.  But he may not have the support staff that he needs.

On May 21, a letter signed by both Maine senators — with copies to the Governors of the Gulf states — informed Admiral Allen that Packgen, a Maine company had large quantities of boom material palleted and ready for shipment, which could be helping to protect the Gulf coastline. Admiral Allen told ABC News on Friday that he was unaware of the supplies.  They badly need oil boom, he said.

It seems that no one can buy the boom material — which is palleted and ready to ship — until BP agrees.  BP visited 2 weeks ago, but are not ready to commit to buying yet.  The spill may be encroaching on the Gulf”s beaches and the Louisiana marshes but bureaucracy moves very s-l-o-w-l-y.  The Dutch have offered to help,  They have oil skimming barges and long expertise in keeping the sea out of their low lying country.  So much help offered, so little taken advantage of.

Never mind, if there seems to be some incompetence in the handling of the environmental disaster, President Obama has made up an  alternative history where you can put the blame on the minority party, because if he had tried to prevent the spill — and tried to do something about it and if he went to Congress, which he didn’t, well than — the Republicans would have kept him from doing it., because they’re such hypocrites, or something like that.  It’s all so very, very hard.

In an interview with Politico’s  Roger Simon, the president said:

“I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending.”

He also took the time to get in a fanciful dig at anti-big government folks like tea party activists:

“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much,” Obama said. “Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”

President Thinskin is apparently becoming a little sensitive to the criticism, but it merely inspires him to shift the blame once again.  I think he already blamed Bush.  I guess he really doesn’t know what to do or how to lead.  Here are some folks who do:

State of Maine Governor Baldacci visited the Packgen plant, to lend his efforts to get his fellow governors on the Gulf Coast interested.  What a strange situation!

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