Oil Spill

Calls Increasing to Punish BP, Halt Drilling

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Offshore Oil Rig

With the ongoing oil spill continuing to wreak havoc on the environment and economies along the Gulf Coast, many in the environmental movement are starting to show their true colors. There's no doubt this spill represents a huge environmental disaster and that BP has a pretty shoddy safety record. Although the company should be held financially responsible for fixing the leak and cleaning up the mess, calls for additional punishments are going too far.

Ideas such as forcing BP to compensate oil workers affected by a government-imposed moratorium on deep-water drilling, or not allowing it to operate wells that are already in production, amount to little more than screwing the company for its past success. When all is said and done, BP will have paid out billions of dollars to cap the well, clean up the mess, and compensate the locals. It is now crystal clear that oil companies have every incentive to ensure that a similar disaster does not happen in the future. Moreover, we need the oil.

We rely on oil for things like jobs, transportation, and heating—you know, the kinds of things that make living in today's world better than Medieval Europe. In response to the argument that our economy relies heavily on oil jobs, however, comedian Bill Maher's reaction was: "Fuck your jobs!" That's easy for him to say, but the unemployment rate currently stands at 9.7 percent and, if it gets any higher, there won't be anyone left watching HBO.

"If the government hired away all the 58,000 oil workers who work now in the state of Louisiana and paid them their same salary to work repairing infrastructure and building solar panels, it would cost us $5.5 billion, which the Pentagon loses everyday in couch," said Maher on his show Real Time.

Unfortunately, the big government solution seems to be the standard response from environmentalists and others on the political left. "If something good is going to come out of this, it's going to be new ambition for the renewables," said Rachel Maddow on the same show. "We need to actually re-conceive it, get super ambitious about it, and decide that it's a really high priority for the country."

In other words, we need government to forcibly reshape the energy sector and, in the process, pick the winners and losers in the renewable energy market. If Ms. Maddow had bothered to pick up a first year economics textbook, however, she would know that none of this is necessary. Oil is a finite resource and as the supply of oil drops, its price will rise. This will send a signal to the market that there are profits to be made in new forms of energy. In this scenario, new technologies will be chosen based on their ability to compete on the free market, rather than having them handpicked by a government bureaucrat at the taxpayer's expense.

Still others are using this disaster to tout the benefits of socialism, as though the Soviet Union was a model environmental steward. Regardless of your opinion of the merits of anthropogenic global warming, it seems clear that many environmentalists are using fears over rising temperatures as an excuse to impose strict government controls on the economy. I lovingly refer to such people as watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside) and, more often than not, they seem to be getting their way. Last week it was revealed that the federal government has doled out billions of dollars to create new green jobs, even though the Department of Labor admits to not having an accepted definition of what a green job is.

Meanwhile, Congress is coming under increased pressure to end offshore drilling altogether, and is well on its way with the recently imposed six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling. Ending offshore drilling because of this oil spill would be like ending shipping because the Titanic hit an iceberg. Thousands of drilling rigs and platforms safely operate off the coast of the U.S. everyday. But for some people, the issue appears to be less about saving the birds and more about transferring energy production from the private, to the public sector.

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  1. The masks are starting to slip!

    1. Gosh, if we just sold the Ocean to BP, would that solve it?

    2. “It is now crystal clear that oil companies have every incentive to ensure that a similar disaster does not happen in the future.”

      They had every incentive to ensure that it didn’t happen in the first place, you fucking moron.

      1. No. They could always sacrifice some of their own managers blaming them (rightly or not) for the disaster. They already had government cap their liabilities, so a lot of what they will have to pay is not going to be paid from their own revenues. Insurers know this, so their premiums are lower than they would be otherwise. If there weren’t liability caps, they would have to invest more in safety (even if it made the operation costlier) and pay more in premiums.

      2. It is now crystal clear that oil companies have every incentive to ensure that a similar disaster does not happen in the future.

        No, they don’t have “every” incentive. Congress capped their liability. As long as such moral hazard exists, they will not be quite as diligent as they would if such a spill could put them out of business, or at least cost them much more money.

  2. what’s the saying? Greens are just reds in drag.

  3. LOL, punish BP How? A fine? That money will line some corrupt politicians wallet, the Sheeple will surely never see anything from it.

    Lou
    http://www.ip-spoofing.net.tc

  4. Is that a drilling platform or a hotel?

    1. Fishin’ camp.

  5. “If something good is going to come out of this, it’s going to be new ambition for the renewables,” said Rachel Maddow on the same show. “We need to actually re-conceive it, get super ambitious about it, and decide that it’s a really high priority for the country.”

    For starters, let’s ask the government to bend the laws of physics so that the so-called “renewables” actually become profitable – which are not, EVEN with the subsidies, and EVEN with the efforts to make oil and nat. gas unprofitable.

    1. OM, are you forgetting the perpetual motion machine? We must put more emphasis on developing that, and turning lead into gold.

      1. Don’t forget “free energy”! It’s all around us! We just need to pull it from the aether and harness it.

        1. Uh oh, I think I just released some free energy. Sorry.

          1. +10!

        2. That only works if the aether is luminiferous. If you have dark aether, you’re kind of screwed.

          1. Phlogiston. We need to tap into reserves of Phlogiston.

    2. Your so-called “laws of physics” comprise a social construct used by big oil to oppress the masses. If Obama and Congress were really progressive, they would repeal these oppressive laws.

  6. Last week it was revealed that the federal government has doled out billions of dollars to create new green jobs, even though the Department of Labor admits to not having an accepted definition of what a green job is.

    A green job is actually a red job after the $green$ runs out…

    1. The government used to have lots of green jobs… until the Army changed the uniform to khaki.

  7. Still others are using this disaster to tout the benefits of socialism, as though the Soviet Union was a model environmental steward.

    Well, it was, so much so that anybody who said otherwise was sent to re-education camps. See?

  8. But for some people, the issue appears to be less about saving the birds and more about transferring energy production from the private, to the public sector.

    Because that is where the real money is . . .

    http://www.offnews.info/verArticulo.php?contenidoID=17945

    1. Great stuff OM.

    2. And PEMEX still holds the record for most oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico.

  9. “If the government hired away all the 58,000 oil workers who work now in the state of Louisiana and paid them their same salary to work repairing infrastructure and building solar panels…”

    Staggering.

    1. We could have the economy of Spain. Great!

      1. I think Spain’s economy has dipped even further after today.

        1. Never have the tapas tasted so bitter.

          1. Ah, but the dim sum tastes so much sweeter now Grasshopper.

              1. That is a seriously detailed Wikipedia page Timon. Did you produce it?

              2. The origins of Grasshopper’s name is unknown, although the most common explanation is rooted in its early players’ energetic post-goal celebrations…

                …whereupon they swarm their opponent’s wheat fields and eat everything in sight.

              3. No way. Just posted it for the soccer-nerd humor factor.

    2. Everyone knows that oil rigging and inventing solar technology is the exact same skill set.

      1. When we finally get a U.S. Department of Central Planning, we know who will be the Human Resources Secretary.

        1. a computer running authorized algorithms

          1. SkyNet! I knew it!

    3. Just when I think that my contempt for Bill Clownshoes can’t possibly grow any larger and deeper, he goes and suprises me.

      I suppose that will keep happening as long as that gash beneath his nose refuses to heal.

      1. “I suppose that will keep happening as long as that gash beneath his nose refuses to heal.”

        The more fundamental problem is the vacuum between his ears.

      2. Thank you. Thank you for that.

    4. It isn’t even funny, so I can’t give him the benefit of it being a bad joke. Maher is becoming more and more of a raging ass everyday.

      1. Yes.. Yes he is. Dude has become King Douche reining on high from Doucheland.

  10. the Department of Labor admits to not having an accepted definition of what a green job is.

    I suspect the “green” is more a reference to political donations than environmental benefit.

  11. In response to the argument that our economy relies heavily on oil jobs, however, comedian Bill Maher’s reaction was: “Fuck your jobs!”

    Please, don’t insult comedians by lumping him with them.

    It is not the only really stupid thing he has said – he also asked Obama to practically become a dictator. That was on the Letterman show.

    1. Does anyone give a rat’s ass for what that shitbag Maher says? My God, he makes Carrot Top seem humorous.

      1. My God, he makes Carrot Top seem humorous brilliant.

        1. Like most people, Maher does not have a coherent, philosophically consistent, worldview.

          1. Like most peoplewomen, Maher does not have a coherent, philosophically consistent, worldview cock.

  12. When all is said and done, BP will have paid out billions of dollars to…

    get the version cap-and-trade that they paid for in the legislative pipe, guaranteeing them an eternity of regulated profit on nationalized risk forever and ever amen.

    Buy low, Dilbert fans.

  13. Read this transcript from yesterday’s NPR Morning Edition. I heard this on the way in to work yesterday morning and my head almost exploded.

    The key passage:

    INSKEEP: You said the legal authority you have. What authority do you have to force BP to hand over billions of dollars prior to losing some lawsuit?

    Mr. GIBBS: Well, again, we have legal authorities under the laws, as passed by the Congress, to deal with disasters such as this. And the president intends to use those authorities to ensure that the claims process for those damaged economically in the gulf is taken care of.

    INSKEEP: But do you have authority for the president to say to BP, its CEO Tony Hayward, give me money, give it now?

    Mr. GIBBS: Absolutely. BP is the responsible party. They have to pay for the cleanup, they have to pay for the restoration of the environmental damage that theyve done, and theyve got to pay the economic claims for those in the gulf region whose livelihoods have been damaged as a result of their mismanagement.

    INSKEEP: And they have to pay now – not later, after a court proceeding.

    Mr. GIBBS: No, they’ve got to pay now. They’re on the hook just as millions in the Gulf are on the hook for money that they may owe on a boat, money that they’re going to lose because they’re not fishing; or a hotel worker, a hotel owner who’s watching reservations for the summer be canceled.

    WHAT?

    He’s claiming that the executive has the legal power to force a corporation to “pay now” – without a court proceeding? By executive order, the president can simply say to a corporation, “Pay us $20 billion right now or else”? Without having any findings of fact, rulings of law, an adjudication as to BP’s liability? Really?

    I’d love to see the statute he’s claiming gives the president such power.

    Gibbs either is clueless and really believes what he said, or he’s putting a serious spin on things to show what a tuffgai Our Dear Leader is, or – and this is the one I tend to believe – he, like his boss, is a lying sack of shit. I certainly don’t believe a word that comes out of that guy’s mouth. If he told me the sky was blue, I would run outside and look up to check.

    1. I wouldn’t be shocked if the executive does have those legal powers, dude. The Presidency has a LOT of stupid fucking powers.

      1. Except that we supposedly have this quaint thing called “due process” prior to depravation of property (i.e., money). The pres and his lackeys saying “you did bad; you gotz to pays us 20 bills” ain’t due process.

        Too bad Steve Inskeep didn’t press Gibbs on that issue and ask him to identify the source of this purported legal authority – other than “we have legal authorities under the laws, as passed by the Congress.” Wow – a masterful legal analysis by one of the great critical minds of our time.

      2. P.S. – see the “Steel Siezure” case. And that was just about taking control of a manufacturing plant “temporarily” – here we’re talking about permanent deprivation of billions of dollars.

        1. Can shareholders bring a lawsuit?

    2. The executive branch doesn’t have any such legal authority.

      They are relying on bullying and arm twisting to get BP to agree to it.

      Why do you think Obama made a big deal of announcing he was going to “tell” BP it was going to do this BEFORE he had a meeting with them?

      It’s the same tactic he used to bully the GM and Chrysler bondholders into giving up their rights under established bankruptcy law so that he could hand over their share to the UAW.

      1. They call it “Jawboning” or “moral suasion” …

        It is not uncommon. But the understanding of the term is that government has no legal basis for demanding concessions from business, but through force of public opinion/threat of federal retaliation, etc. can squeeze some compliance from industry

        e.g.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawboning

        During the mid to late 1960s, the Administration of American President Lyndon B. Johnson tried to deal with the mounting inflationary pressures by direct government influence. Wage-price guideposts were established, and the power of the Presidency was used to coerce big businesses and labor into going along with these guideposts. This approach came to be known as “jawboning” (sometimes known as “moral suasion”) ? an unofficial but usually quite effective technique of arm-twisting to prevent labor and businesses from getting big wage or price increases, which works essentially by the implicit threat of future Government “regulation” of their industry that would or could impair their profitability.

        Examples of usage

        – 1979 Solutions to Inflation, by David C. Colander, has section heading “Wage-Price Controls, Guidelines, Guideposts, Jawboning and such” (p.105).

        – 1999 (Dec) George W Bush, in the first Republican primary debate, said President Clinton “must jawbone OPEC members to lower prices.”

        – 2003 Global Climate Change: The Science, Economics and Politics, by James M. Griffin, pp. 86-87 discusses effect of government jawboning to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

        – 2004 (May 19) New York Times “Mr. McAuliffe, Mr. Vilsack and Mr. Kerry each cited a comment Mr. Bush made in 2000 while campaigning in New Hampshire, when he said that as president, he would jawbone leaders from Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing nations to pressure them to expand oil production. Well, I haven’t seen any jawboning, have you? Mr. Kerry asked the crowd here.”

    3. BP is the responsible party? Not Transocean, the owner of the rig? Not Hyundai Heavy Industries, who made the rig? Not Halliburton, which was doing the cementing which failed?

      Must be nice to be able to instantly determine liability.

      1. Not the Government who authorized the drilling, the risk assessment and the response plan? Oh, and the change to the well casing too?

      2. BP is the responsible party because the other entities you mention were contracted by them and thus agents. If BP wants to they can sue those contractors for their share of the responsibility.

    4. He’s claiming that the executive has the legal power to force a corporation to “pay now” – without a court proceeding?

      No, he’s not saying anything of the kind. He’s saying the executive has the legal power to make anyone pay fines before any due process.

      Essentially, the Obama administration is claiming that they could force me to pay my neighbors thousands of dollars of compensation because someone reported seeing my spraying something on my lawn.

      My issue with this (I heard a similar story on NPR yesterday) is not to defend BP, but to defend the concept of Due Process.

      Sorry, Obama, I now you’re really “angry” about this oil spill, but it didn’t make you God of All You Survey.

      1. My issue with this (I heard a similar story on NPR yesterday) is not to defend BP, but to defend the concept of Due Process.

        Exactly.

    5. Gibbs’ stiputlation of a $20 billion escrow account reflects a precise understanding of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

      The 7th Amendment clearly states that “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty billion dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved”.

      BP is entitled to trial by jury on if the amount exceeds $20 billion.

  14. Threadjack:

    Some warts on this World Cup lovefest are starting to show:
    Stewards strike.

    1. That stadium is supposed to represent what…a giant water-buffalo pie?

  15. FUCK OBAMA!

  16. “In response to the argument that our economy relies heavily on oil jobs, however, comedian cuntsore Bill Maher’s reaction was: “Fuck your jobs!”

    I hope that low-wage minion that peels his grapes and de-ionizes his water slips in both a diuretic and a laxative into his pre-show refreshments.

    1. To be my most charitable, Bill Maher can go die a slow, agonizing, leprotic death while seagulls pick the hanging remains of his still quivering corpse.

    2. I hope that low-wage minion that peels his grapes and de-ionizes his water slips in both a diuretic and a laxative a handful of assworm eggs into his pre-show refreshments, so they can devour his duodenum.

      1. My duodenum was devoured by Rachel Maddow after that show, actually. It was a delightful experience.

        1. It was not all that pleasant Bill. In devouring your duodenum i got my first, and last, taste of cock.

  17. Obama has suggested that this accident somehow is like 9-11.

    Well, when 9-11 happened, we shut down all the airports in the country – for a few days. And then reopened them. We never had any intent to keep air traffic grounded. There was no talk of moving to an alternative air-based transportation system, because there is no need for one.

    Likewise, there is no “need” for the Great Green Leap Forward this administration is cynically trying to use this crisis to bring about. There is a feverish desire on the part of some, no doubt, but the market has not revealed a “need” for it.

    You don’t kill an entire industry – especially one as important to our economy and way of life as the oil industry – because of an unfortunate, albeit large, mistake by one facility.

    1. Oil is evil and Obama is our heavenly savior..or didn’t you get the memo. All I can say is WTF have we done.

    2. At least via his rhetoric, Obama supposedly despises all of the reactionary policies that came as a result of 9/11.

      Of course, the real Obama as simply proven to be yet another consolidator of Executive power.

  18. In other words, we need government to forcibly reshape the energy sector and, in the process, pick the winners and losers in the renewable energy market.

    Actually, I’d just be happy if we repealed any government subsidies, tax breaks, or other forms of corporate welfare that we hand the oil companies now.

    [If Ms. Maddow had bothered to pick up a first year economics textbook, however, she would know that none of this is necessary. Oil is a finite resource and as the supply of oil drops, its price will rise.]

    Well, let’s be fair. There are also negative externalities to the use of oil. So via the same first year economics book, it would tell you that in such cases, the government may be able to step in and regulate or impose a tax accordingly to assist with mitigating such things.

    1. There are negative externalities about just fucking having 6 billion people on this planet. My solution is kill everyone I don’t like.

    2. There are also negative externalities to the use of oil. So via the same first year economics book, it would tell you that in such cases, the government may be able to step in and regulate or impose a tax accordingly to assist with mitigating such things.

      I can has free lunch?

    3. So via the same first year economics book, it would tell you that in such cases, the government may be able to step in and regulate or impose a tax accordingly to assist with mitigating such things.

      The government clears more off the oil industry than the oil industry does. Exxon Mobil, as an example, pays more in taxes than they make in profit. The first year textbook is a nice starting point, but inadequate for understanding the real world.

      1. Cite please? Exxon pays virtually no taxes to the US treasury.

        1. No corporation pays taxes in the end. The consumer pays the corporate tax.

    4. Well, let’s be fair. There are also negative externalities to the use of oil. So via the same first year economics book, it would tell you that in such cases, the government may be able to step in and regulate or impose a tax accordingly to assist with mitigating such things.

      What are these externalities?

  19. Why do people still insist on calling Bill Maher a comedian? It’s the one thing that he most definitely is not.

    1. It’s his smirk. It implies hilarity.

    2. I think there was a time in ancient history when he was kinda funny. But he clearly grew out of it.

    3. I heard somewhere that Maher was a libertarian. Say it ain’t so.

      1. Maher told you that. He lied.

        1. He’s a libertarian like Goebbels was a libertarian.

          1. Yes, but the fact remains that he has claimed to be a libertarian. I have heard him make such claims on several occaisons. But not in the last year and a half.

            1. Just like most far left liberals and progressives will claim to be common-sense “moderates”.

      2. He used to claim to be a libertarian, but he now admits that he really just liked smoking pot and getting laid. He is clearly not a libertarian anymore.

  20. I’m all for totally clean, cheap energy. When we have it, I’m sure it’ll become ubiquitous in no time.

    Until then, we need the oil. The BP experience–now reaching into the tens of billions in the hit to BP–should help prevent (and, through lessons learned, mitigate) such disasters in the future.

    1. He’s saying sensible and logical things. GET HIM!

      1. He’s history’s greatest monster.

        1. I blame deregulation.

          1. I blame the company for failing to adhere to existing regulations, and government for forcing the drilling at that depth in the first place.

            1. I blame the Constitution.

    2. If Obama has his way, the lessons learned will be if one kid fucks up on the plaground, the rest lose recess forever more. The lesson learned is Obama is willing to cripple the economy to preserve his base of union workers and welfarites (still up in the air about unemployed perpetual students).

      1. Try as I might, I can’t help but think that there are those who are happy about this disaster and aren’t particularly concerned about mitigating it.

        1. Many elites would be perfectly happy if the industrial base of the south withered away and it became yet another backwater fly over area between the coasts. Easy to ally themselves to the New Orleans poor shrimpers that could not present any challenge to their massive regulatory policies vs. the educated energy sector that exists.

        2. 9/12/2001 there were law-and-order consveratives rubbing their hands in glee as they started drafting the patriot act in seclusion.

          you can be assured there are green-industry business and earth-first environmental wackos busy drafting new legislation right now.

          1. Exactly. Power before anything else, at the expense of everyone else. It’s the Washington way.

            1. Do unto others before they do unto you.

  21. Mr. GIBBS: Well, again, we have legal authorities under the laws, as passed by the Congress, to deal with disasters such as this. And the president intends to use those authorities to ensure that the claims process for those damaged economically in the gulf is taken care of.

    “If the president does it, it can’t be illegal.”

    1. You won’t get me with that bullshit again, Mr. Frost!!

  22. I noticed in his speech that Obama merely said that BP would set aside some money for workers unemployed because of his ban and mentioned no plan of what it would take to lift said ban. Awesome. Plan for permanent unemployment and not getting paid (let’s be realistic, BP is not going to just give away money because of Obama’s whim)

  23. Well, let’s be fair. There are also negative externalities to the use of oil.

    There are negative externalities to nearly everything. Except butterfly farts.

    Let me know when I can run my welder with butterfly farts.

    1. Hey you just need to get enough butterflies.

  24. Obama: Who rules Bartertown?

    1. Not shit! Energy!

  25. Not even the crack team of “business and economics” reporters at CNBC have bothered to ask where the Presidential Suit gets the authority to seize BP’s assets and dole them out as he sees fit.

    1. Questions only screw up the narrative.

      1. Questions are also racist, FYI.

        1. “Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for oneself.”

    2. Legality smegality, BP hurt someone therefore they must be lynched. This is the United States of Street Rules.

      1. Nah, no lynching. The executives will be dunked in the Gulf of Mexico, then dropped off in Vidor, Texas, at sundown.

        1. Well, Obama better not be the one dropping them off.

          1. No, definitely a Biden black op.

        2. Shit, that’s a fate I don’t wish on anybody.

          Worked with a black guy a few years ago who said that when he was a kid on the football team at his school that was mostly black, they had to have a police escort when they played Vidor.

          1. My wife’s family is from there. It always creeps me out when we go back there because she’s a tall, ghost-white, blonde woman. Shoeless people with no teeth follow her around the grocery store like she’s the living incarnation of the Aryan Goddess.

            Someday, we’ll own property there when her dad dies. I so look forward to it.

            1. Be honest, T. Your wife really is an Aryan Goddess, isn’t she?

              1. I hope not. I didn’t sign up for the lead male role in the Nibelungenlied. Those old Germanic & Norse epics always seem to end badly for the men.

                1. Just watch your back, Siegfried.

  26. Uruguay has taken the lead over South Africa through Forlan.

    33rd minute.

    1. Damn. I’ll have to watch now. Release the bees!

      1. According to the boys on the XM broadcast, it was a long-distance wondergoal. Evidently, the first from outside the area this tournament.

          1. Thanks, nobody. Now I know what “the area” means.

            1. Sorry. Didn’t realize you didn’t know the terminology.

              1. Sorry. Didn’t realize you didn’t know the terminology

                I thought it meant Botswana.

            2. if it came from anyone but the home team, wouldn’t that goal be from outside the area? oh, never mind, i get it now. stupid soccer.

          2. Nice. Not as impressive as the first goal Brazil scored yesterday, but nice.

            1. Damn. I gotta wait to get home and watch on the DVR.

            2. That was a super sweet goal.

      2. “U-R-GAY”

    2. Lot of diving from the u-r-gays in this half.

      1. I hate it when the more (usually) rugged South American teams try to emulate Argentina at their diving worst, or Mexico, or Italy. They’re usually terrible at it.

        1. I went to a USSF game the other day (the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies), and a guy got a yellow card for taking a dive. I loved it.

          1. C. Ronaldo got one for diving. Loved it. I hate that fucker.

            1. I thought it was called “flopping.” Maybe that’s the NBA.

            2. Who doesn’t?

            3. He didn’t get it for his first, and worst, offense though.

    3. Surprise Moriri has just come on for Bafana Bafana. That’s right, his name is Surprise.

    4. Some complete homeo just got stretchered off for nothing. Homo.

    5. South Africa are done. Penalty, keeper gets a red card for denial of obvious goalscoring opportunity. 76th minute.

      1. Substitute goalkeeper stands no chance. He was sitting on the bench for 75 minutes, and he has to come in cold.

        He tried to stall as long as possible to get warmed up.

        2-0. Forlan again.

    6. Oof! #3 comes in the 5th minute of stoppage time. Cruel.

  27. Yet another way the feds are making it worse in the Gulf:

    The OSHA “Heat Stress Management Plan” directs that workers not wearing protective gear should work 40 minutes, and take a 20 minute break. Workers in protective gear should work 20 minutes, and take a 40 minute break.

    http://www.osha.gov/oilspills/heatstress_houma.pdf

    1. Really? When I was working down there I’d have gotten fired if I’d have asked for stupid shit like that. It was 2x 15 min breaks per day + 30 min for lunch. And we were in protective gear. Lame.

  28. Anyway, as the Obama Presidency flails about like an oil-soaked pelican, let’s return to those thrilling days of yestermonth when, according to NPR, the Bringer of Hope and Change was riding an “unprecedented winning streak”:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/s…..=122436116

  29. I posted this elsewhere –

    I think a twenty gigabuck hit (IIRC, my guesstimate was that this would cost BP a mere seven billion) will do far more to prevent future industrial environmental disasters than all of the regulations administered by porn surfing regulators cozying up to industry ever will.

    I’m pretty certain that my opinion on this is in the distnct minority.

  30. This has already been covered, but yeah, I don’t see Kline bitching about all of the government favoritism toward oil that already exists. Libertarianism: antigovernment rhetoric in the service of the corporate status quo.

    1. I’m hungry. Anybody got a recipe?

      We recently scored one of those countertop ice cream makers (a Cuisinart; on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond for $30).

      O. M. G. does it make some good stuff. Easy, too. So far, coffee ice cream (steeped fresh roasted coffee beans in scalded milk for the coffee flavor), hyper-chocolate ganache ice cream that’s like being punched in the mouth by an giant, irate coffee tree, and cool, refreshing mint ice cream.

      1. S’mores

        Ingredients
        1 cup butter, melted
        1/3 cup white sugar
        3 cups graham cracker crumbs
        2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
        3 cups miniature marshmallows

        Directions
        Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
        In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well coated. Press half of crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the chocolate chips, then the marshmallows. Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker mixture over the marshmallows and press down with a spatula.
        Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, until marshmallows are melted. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

      2. Oh man, that’s funny. We just bought a Cuisinart last week from Amazon. Damn, that makes some awesome ice cream.

        1. They make a hell of a fondue pot too. I’ll be celebrating Swiss success tonight. dbcooper is invited as the token Suisse.

      3. Every recipe is a tacit acknowledgment of my correctness. Just letting you know.

      4. I had a great ice cream at Emeril’s in Orlando (more than once) that I highly recommend: Drunken Monkey Ice Cream.

        1. I hear that’s the popular flavor at the White House right now.

    2. Bitching about isms sheds more heat than light. “Libertarianism” is more useful as a fearmongering buzzword than as a policy framework.

    3. This has already been covered, but yeah, I don’t see Kline bitching about all of the government favoritism toward oil that already exists. Libertarianism: antigovernment rhetoric in the service of the corporate status quo.

      What is this favoritism?

      Bailouts like the ones the banks got?

    4. Are you really this big of a douche?

    5. That’s because such a discussion was out of the scope of this piece. Another time, perhaps.

  31. Uruguay scores, and the fucking vuvuzelas go silent! Huzzah!

    1. I wanted the keeper to save that. Would have been epic to have a cold substitute keeper save a penalty to keep the team in it.

      1. Maybe so, but it silenced the vuvuzelas! If only for a moment…
        I would like to add that the SA player they keep showing looks like Jar Jar Binks.

        1. Racist!

          1. They’ll be having him over for supper tonight.

    2. Uruguay for a third, at the death. That was just mean.

  32. The Value Line Stock Report that I just looked at, reports XOM paid taxes at a 43% rate in 2009 and earned net profit of $19.3 billion.

    1. Exxon Mobil seems to think from 2005-2009 they paid US taxes of $63 billion and had US earnings of $44 billion. I’m sure their CFO believes those numbers, since he had to sign a statement to that effect for SOX compliance and he gets to go to jail if he’s proven wrong.

    2. A 10K I looked at for 2008 had government payments that were more than double Net Profit After Tax when you added in the royalties paid to governments for extraction.

  33. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  34. What does this beast from the sea represent?Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama Antichrist! But Antichrist as a world government, a political power, the likes of which this world has never seen. The origin of this beast is the sea, which represents the restless nations and peoples of the earth. “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose water cast up mire and dirt.”That the beast has power and a throne and great authority. ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the ANTICHRIST Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.REPOST THIS IF YOU AGREE. ,THE COMMANDER.

    1. Mmslim? Perhaps that should be Mcslim, as in M.C. Slim, a rap moniker.

  35. Maher conveniently forgets about all of the secondary jobs that are supported by that 5.5 billion in south Louisiana. I lived in Lafayette for 13 years and know for a fact that that city relies almost exclusively on the oil field to survive.

  36. I would love for the government to forcibly reshape the energy sector. As long as it was to mandate that all electricity was to be generated by Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors.

    http://energyfromthorium.com/

  37. Tony said,

    Cite please? Exxon pays virtually no taxes to the US treasury.

    Obama’s Proposed Oil and Gas Tax Hike: What Has the Industry Done for Us Lately?

    The $2.2 billion that that the government spends annually on oil and gas is dwarfed by the $23 billion in royalties received by the federal government for production on government lands in 2008.

    Beyond the royalties are corporate income taxes of more than $130 billion annually just for the major producers. In fact, large oil companies pay more federal income taxes than the bottom 75% of taxpayers in the US, about 100 million households.

  38. Tony said,

    Cite please? Exxon pays virtually no taxes to the US treasury.

    Apparently the dictionary changed the meaning of “virtually no taxes” to mean “really massive amount of taxes”.

    Exxon’s 2007 Tax Bill: $30 Billion

    I’m pretty sure that Exxon’s tax payment in 2007 of $30 billion (that’s $30,000,000,000) is a record, exceeding the $28 billion it paid last year.

    Over the last three years, Exxon Mobil has paid an average of $27 billion annually in taxes. That’s $27,000,000,000 per year, a number so large it’s hard to comprehend.

    In other words, just one corporation (Exxon Mobil) pays as much in taxes ($27 billion) annually as the entire bottom 50% of individual taxpayers, which is 65,000,000 people!

    1. And if Obama is successful in forcing a transformation to green energy in whatever form some suit rubber stamps for his buddy at “XYZ Green Energy Co.”, take a wild stab where the government will seek to “make up” for that lost $27 billion?

  39. I lovingly refer to such people as watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside)

    2002 called. It wants its cliche back.

  40. Although the company should be held financially responsible for fixing the leak and cleaning up the mess, calls for additional punishments are going too far.

    What about those of us who feel that the long history of grossly reckless behavior, both in general and in the specific case of Deepwater Horizon, crosses the line from civil to criminal liability?

    1. Those of you will have to prove your case in a court of law. Whether or not the company will be charged criminally is yet to be determined.

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