Letters to the Editor

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Tag: oil spill

June
14th

OIL SPILL: We, the people, are to blame

Years ago we decided to cozy up to the internal combustion engine and become a nation of petroleum addicts. It didn’t seem to bother us that we fouled the air, the shorelines and the seas. And until recently we seemed to not care that in feeding our addiction we made hostile foreign countries and criminally careless oil companies rich.

Now that our choices have come home to roost, we flail around like oil-soaked pelicans. Depending on who you listen to, George Bush, Barack Obama and BP top the list of guilty parties. Perhaps, we, the people, are the guilty ones.

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June
14th

AMERICA: Can-do attitude will see us through

I woke up early this morning thinking about the oil spill and the overall state of our nation. It seems like the only news we hear these days is bad. I find it all to be a little worrisome and depressing.

After going downstairs and reading the paper, I remained in a sour mood. But then I watched a show on the History Channel about the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in the spring of 1942.

Without question, the Doolittle raid was daring in its planning and execution. It was a perfect example of the can-do attitude of Americans and their

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June
14th

OIL SPILL: Give Allen authority he needs

As a career project manager, I am appalled that 52 days after the oil rig explosion, the administration has not provided the project manager with the responsibility, accountability and authority to clean up the oil spill. Instead, we are still in the finger-pointing and blame-game phase.

Sending thousands of lawyers to Louisiana has not resulted in one drop of oil being kept off our shores. What has been needed from day one is a project manager, free from political encumbrances, who has all the resources necessary to develop and implement a risk mitigation plan.

It is extremely clear that Adm.

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June
11th

OIL SPILL: BP, government share blame

Re: “BP’s spill plan grossly flawed” (TNT, 6-10).

I noticed that this “flawed” plan had government approval. Doesn’t that make the blame for this whole mess at least 50/50 between the government and BP?

I guess that means if the government pursues criminal charges against BP, it also needs to bring charges against itself.

June
10th

OIL SPILL: Regulators knew about risks

Re: “Regulators knew of risk in 2000″ (TNT, 6-9).

Upon reading this article about government regulators having been warned a decade ago in a Shell oil company offshore drilling plan of, what has proven to be, a very accurate description of a deep-water oil rig disaster, it’s quite amazing that our government officials would then begin aggressive, government-backed offshore oil production and allow deep-water drilling.

As if that isn’t enough to make a person wonder just what our elected officials were thinking, the article states that in 2001, “George W. Bush, acting on recommendations from the oil industry, signed an

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June
10th

OIL SPILL: Not Obama’s finest hour

The BP oil disaster proved the harbinger of the Obama method of dealing with crisis: the blame game.

His first move was to send a dozen lawyers to Louisiana to find those responsible. There followed the “boot on the throat” comment by one of his administrators and now Obama’s “kick a–” comment in a recent interview.

Have the shoot-from-the-lip comments slowed the oil leak or engendered any public confidence? These statements rank up there with President Bush’s “Mission accomplished” pronouncement.

If your house is set afire, you want the responders to put it out before they begin looking for the

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June
10th

OIL SPILL: BP’s ‘response plan’ ludicrous

Hey, BP got something right in its spill plan (TNT, 6-10): The walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals are safe. Of course, that’s because they’re in Alaska, 4,000 miles or so in the other direction.

BP’s response “plan” appears to be a lot of hooey. It’s also apparent that no one in the agencies charged with protecting our coastlines actually read it, or they’d have noticed (we hope) that there are no walruses – which are native to very, very cold waters – in the Gulf of Mexico, which is warm.

June
10th

OIL SPILL: Where has oil tax money gone?

Democrats are proposing an increase in the offshore oil tax to five times the current rate (TNT, 6-9). If the oil companies have been paying a tax of 8 cents a barrel for the past several decades, where is all that money? There is supposed to be a dedicated account that uses this money for just the type of oil disaster that we now have in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why is nobody asking any questions about all this money in this fund?

Actually, I probably know the answer. Congress has cleaned out the account to pay for other things

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