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OIL SPILL: Liberals on the defensive

Letter by Ronald A. Petitte, Federal Way on June 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm with 39 Comments »
June 23, 2010 2:39 pm

Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-22) is very much taking the news and twisting it to put conservatives on the defense. From all the reports I have heard and read about, BP was ready to put the $20 billion to compensate the victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill long before the president suggested it, and then took credit for getting it.

What most Republicans are saying is let’s not bankrupt BP in the process of investigating and prosecuting them. Robinson is so concerned about the thousands of fishermen, shrimpers, oil-rig workers, restaurant owners along the gulf coast. His question should be what took Obama so long to come to the realization that this spill is a huge and serious disaster.

President Obama has been golfing and having weekly parties at the White House. He has made a few trips to the Gulf Coast, which turned out to be photo ops for the most part. Obama had turned down offers from other countries a few days after the oil spill started. Why ? He had a chance to help all the fishermen, shrimpers, etc., but continued to refuse help from many sources. Now, over 50 days into the spill, he seems more willing to at least listen to the folks with ideas on how to clean the spill.

What this is all about is liberals like Eugene see a severe blowout coming in the November elections against the Democrats. They are doing all they can to help the Democrats hold on to their majority.

Leave a comment Comments → 39
  1. Obama has turned down help from 13 nations in helping to clean up the spill? Why? Their workers are not in a union. This mess is now his, totally his. (And the AFL/CIO)

  2. ron you are really reaching to spin a republican positive on the protect BP comments that several GOP’ers made.

  3. tomwa007 says:

    Drill Baby Drill!!!! Who need shellfish ,birds, fish, or white sandy beaches?

  4. Sumner401 says:

    Man, the right is trying to use anything they can!
    Is there any depths they won’t sink to?
    Obama took too long? He was on top of this thing on the first day, how much faster do you want?
    Offers of help from other countries? Can you hear the whines and screams from the right over that had he accepted these mythical offers?!

    A blow out in Nov?? The polls show differently, in fact they show the incumbents winning for the most part.
    But it’s a long way off so who knows.
    Talking points are great though, aren’t they?
    One thing that is for certain, the right is alone in blaming the President for this spill, and there is as always good for that.

  5. The only country that offered free help was Mexico.

    If we can get all those countries that want to charge us an arm and a leg for their help, then Ron’s next letter will be bellering about president Obama’s deficit spending, and his unconstituional meddling.

  6. denismenis says:

    Tea Party cheerleading.

    I’ll “take my country back”, but sure as h@ll won’t give it to the likes of them.

  7. Roncella says:

    When Liberals can’t win the facts they are quick to turn to personal attacks.

    Publico, I would have thought you could do better then that !!??

    By the way small in french is spelled petite, FYI…..

  8. The oil spewing from a damaged well 5,000 feet under the Gulf of Mexico isn’t republican. Beaches covered in tar-balls, oil soaked estuaries, idled fishing fleets, dying sea birds and, fish, and other sea-critters are not republican. But . . . the ineffective government action thus far is decidedly democrat. Overreaction and inept management is big-government on display just as it was five years ago. Admit that and we are on the way to remedy it . . .

  9. Sumner401 says:

    Roncella complaining about name calling!
    The irony in that is almost too much!

  10. “Obama had turned down offers from other countries a few days after the oil spill started. Why ? He had a chance to help all the fishermen, shrimpers, etc., but continued to refuse help from many sources”
    It’s no shock that your statements are off the mark, Ron. This admin accepted help from a few countries, and is figuring out what else can help.

    Let’s tie this all together. The State Department has received official assistance offers from 18 countries and another four groups. Some of those offers are vague, others are specific. Most all of them are offers to sell equipment or use the equipment.

    The State Department has accepted the offers of four countries — Mexico, Norway, Netherlands and Canada — and says it is reviewing and considering other offers.


  11. Sumner401 says:

    So then the stories about the President turning down ‘help’ are right wing media lies being repeated over and over again by the GOP parrots?
    Go figure.

  12. For anyone who may be wondering, Sumner401 is a big advocate of reporting neighbors who don’t cut their grass per his criteria, this is from a previous letter someone wrote about the subject. So take anything that Sumner401 says with a grain of salt, we know where people like him are coming from.

  13. Facts from the Deep Water Horizon website. June 17.


    Vessels of Opportunity: more than 2,930

    Barges: more than 555

    Skimmers: more than 447

    Other Vessels: more than 2,520

    Total active response vessels: more than 6,450

    Aircraft: 94


    Boom deployed: more than 2.41 million feet

    Boom available: more than 489,000 feet

    Total boom: more than 2.89 million feet


    Oily water recovered: nearly 21.9 million gallons

    Amount estimated burned: nearly 5.20 million gallons

    Oil captured (CAP) over last 24hrs: more than 829,000 gallons


    Surface dispersant used: more than 902,000 gallons

    Subsea dispersant used: more than 423,000 gallons

    Total dispersant used: more than 1,325,000 gallons


    Overall personnel responding: more than 31,000 personnel responding

  14. Roncella says:

    Loz, Its was reported on many cable outlets that the Dutch had the proper equipment and personnel to get the spill in check before it got any worse. They were ready to start immediately.
    This offer was made according the the reports I heard three days after the spill was started.

    President Obama has been missing in action from the beginning of the terrible situation in the Gulf. He would not listen to the Governors of the states affected or experts who had knowledge of how to slow the spill or lessen its impact. His visits down to the Gulf were nothing more that photo opts.

    Nice try Loz, but your defence of Obama’s performance is weak at best.

  15. Sumner401 says:

    ron, when will you learn that fox news…isn’t? Turn it off.

    President Obama has been at the forefront of this since day one, and you know it.
    I think that is what burns you partisans the most.

    The photo op’s in the Gulf were bush the failure looking out the window of Air Force one at the dieing people in NO, that was the photo op, remember?

  16. Sumner401 says:

    You know as well as I that no matter how long that list is or will grow into, the partisans will scream that it isn’t enough.
    it’s all they can do, it what the right does, whine, cry and complain.

  17. Novelist3 says:

    “ron, when will you learn that fox news…isn’t?”


    Last I heard, the Times isn’t Fox.


    “A high-level British offer of help to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was rebuffed by America shortly after the accident, fuelling fresh fears of political tension between the two countries over the disaster.

    A few days after the BP-leased rig sank on April 22, the Cabinet Office made a direct offer to the US State Department to airlift half of Britain’s 1,200-tonne stockpile of chemical dispersants, The Times has learnt. ”

    And the Dutch-
    Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

    It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

    The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.”

    How blind the leftists in this topic are. I have the strong suspicion that there are far fewer of them in here than there appears to be.

  18. LuckyCharm says:

    “Its was reported on many cable outlets that the Dutch had the proper equipment…”

    Oh, Ron, it looks like Novelist beat me to it (not that I haven’t pointed this out to you before):

    “[The Dutch government] was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.”

    Oil-skimming booms only work when the oil is allowed to rise to the surface, not shot through with toxic dispersants to keep it off the TV cameras. And booms aren’t the answer even for all the oil that does surface. “Even if it’s working properly, the best it will do is move the problem somewhere else.”

    Sand barriers could be even worse. What about the complex food chain that traverses that area? By cutting off the marshes with sand banks, which would be harder to tear down than erect, you could be dooming them anyway.

    Besides, where are these “many” cable outlets that were supposedly reporting on this?

    Which is kind of a moot point, anyhow. Watch “Weapons of Mass Deception” sometime before deciding whether to depend on cable TV for your news.

  19. Sumner401 says:

    You are wasting your breath, the partisans heard on fox and the radio, no matter what proof you, I or anyone else provides them, they will not believe it, their media gods have spoken and they obey.

  20. LuckyCharm says:

    Sum, I can just imagine the right-wing spin if he had accepted the Dutch aid: “Obama uses Gulf oil disaster to funnel millions to Dutch, minimal results expected.”

    Just take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to LIVE with these people.

  21. Sumner401 says:

    Lucky, we don’t really have to imagine the spin, just read the lame comments posted here, they are nothing but a repeat of this weeks talk radio, fox news beck shows.
    And you are correct had the President accepted help form anyone, they would be having a fit of a different color with different talking points, but they would be having a fit none the less. It’s all they can do, they have no solutions.

  22. get the spill in check before it got any worse.

    Oh ron………every day thousands of barrels of oil are gushing (not “spilling”) out of the ground. Do you understand that, even if the Dutch were 100% effective at gathering up the oil, there would be hundreds of thousands of barrels more?

    Unless they had a little Dutch boy to put his finger in the dike, their technology wouldn’t have put the “spill in check before it got any worse”

  23. Roncella says:

    Sum401/LCharm, your comments are wrong in so many ways.

    beerBoy, None of us know will ever know just how much better the spill could have been removed, because President Obama refused their help three days after the explosion occured.

    LCharm,( 7:39,) Your post about sand bars and all are almost laughable. Where did you get this mis-information, what liberal source or blog did you find to reference your comments from ??

    By the way where did you get the information saying that right wing spin folks would have attacked Obama for accepting the Dutch offer to assist the U.S. in the clean up ?? Your reasoning is a bit worped.

  24. LuckyCharm says:

    Common sense, Ron — if booms are ineffective at best, then sand bars would be even worse. Besides, do you have any idea how long it would take to build a sand bar big enough to withstand the ocean currents? You can’t just dump a bunch of sandbags down there and call it done.

    And the worst damage isn’t at the surface. It’s all the plumes arising mysteriously from different places in the Gulf. Almost as if the entire well casing is deterioriating and fracturing the ocean floor! Yeah, sand bars, allright — this thing may ultimately prove uncontrollable by any means. If there were ever a wakeup call to get OFF fossil fuels, this is it.

  25. Roncella says:

    LCharm, even with your army of blogs in your computer, I still believe that the Governor of La. and so many other experts in spills know alot more than you or I do, lets leave the clean-up process to them.

  26. LuckyCharm says:

    Awww, Ron, you’re disappointing me! I thought you were the oil GUSHER (not “spill”) expert here, since you so adamantly asserted that the Dutch solution was the correct one. Now you’re copping out? Geez, and I was SO depending on your superior intellect to enlighten us….

  27. villager98 says:

    Well, I see we’ve heard from some of the Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh followers with the usual misinformation and ignorance that epitomizes that crowd. Ron, did you make up those “reports” or get them from the GOBP?

  28. Novelist3 says:

    The only ignorance I’ve seen seems to be spewing, like an unstoppered oil spill, from leftists like you. Roncella and I have resources like the Times Online to back up our side. Your side? So far all I’ve seen has been quacking about “Fox News”.


  29. Roncella says:

    Novelist3, The standard fall back position for Liberals/Progressives is attack the messenger, react with personal attacks when you can’t win the debate, its their signature response to everything.

  30. The pot and the kettle, yet again.

  31. Roncella says:

    Polago, Prove your statement ” the pot and kettle”, other wise just sick with your personal attacks as your response, its so tipical.

  32. You and Nov3 are two of those who are casting the personal attacks, Roncella.

    Man up.

  33. Roncella says:

    Polago, Prove Your Statement, “The Pot and Kettle”, or apoligize .

  34. Roncella, why so thinned skinned are you having bad day ??

    Do you even know what “the pot and the kettle” means?

  35. Speaking of blow-out, there is speculation about the huge pockets of methane that could erupt with the force of St. Helens, creating a tsunami that would wipe-out huge portions of Florida.

  36. LuckyCharm says:

    Combined with the storm that will probably halt any efforts to drill a relief well for weeks…. Sometimes I wonder if those Gaia people aren’t onto something, and this is Mother Nature’s way of saying “Stop poking me, already! Haven’t you noticed I’m perfectly designed to GROW things? Go ahead, try it!”

    And then there’s hemp. This source claims that farming just 6% of our country’s arable land with biomass products could fulfill all of our energy needs. No wonder the big oil giants spend SO much money trying to convince us that we can’t get along without them! While BP quibbles about claims in the Gulf, it is spending millions on PR campaigns to tell us how hard they’re trying to clean up their gigantic disaster….

  37. LuckyCharm says:


    Revelation 8:8-11. “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed … A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.”

  38. Novelist3 says:

    You’re quoting the Bible, Lucky?

  39. LuckyCharm says:

    And why wouldn’t I, Novelist? It’s one of my favorite books.

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