Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mandatory Drug Testing II

A. President Obama still says that offshore oil drilling should be part of the mix of energy production.

B. Sen. Lindsey Graham (Rep, S.C.) was supposedly working with John Kerry (Dem, MA) on a "bipartisan" energy bill. When it seemed the Dems were going to push immigration reform ahead of energy reform, he backed out. Although the recent terrible oil spill makes energy reform more not less important, Graham and lots of others say that it is less likely that an energy bill will be passed since the Dems can't buy off the PTR with offers of offshore drilling any more.

C. BP Exec Jamar McKay blames contractor Transocean. Transocean exec Steven Newman blames contractor Halliburton. Halliburton exec Tim Probert blames ... Well, you get it: the list goes on -- see Jon Stewart's take HERE. The Federal Minerals Management Service has been issuing permits for drilling without demanding the required environmental protection checks. The EPA has been strangely silent as has Interior Sec. Salazar.

D. The TeaScreamers party parties on with their "smaller government" nonsense. Will Halliburton protect us?

E. Many scientists (none on the payrolls of BP, Transocean or Halliburton) think that the rate of the spill is greater than "official" estimates by a factor of perhaps several thousand. No one has any idea of the damage that a continuing spill of even the official rate might cause. Sarah Palin has no specifics and no comment on drilling (baby) drilling.

F. President Obama still says that offshore oil drilling should be part of the mix of energy production.

G. The Party for The Rich (formerly the GOP) is still beneath contempt.


Are there enough paper cups and urine-analysis kits for all of these people?

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