Alaska Congressman Don Young has told Congress that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is not an environmental disaster:
Young said: “This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a national phenomena. Oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it. During World War II there was over 10 million barrels of oil spilt from ships, and no natural catastrophe. … We will lose some birds, we will lose some fixed sea life, but overall it will recover.”
Huh? And Sarah Palin recommended that Alaska mght help with this disaster? Are these people nuts? It seems that Congress has had more reaction to dealing with ACORN than it has in dealing with BP Oil as various members of congress scramble to protect BP and other oil companies for from fiscal responsibility. Each day, the Foxies are falling all over themselves trying to blame President Obama for the entire mess. Granted, he hasn’t been perfect but he is not alone and he isn’t throwing out a shroud of protection over the oil company.
According the the website USAspending.gov, billions of dollars in government contracts are currently held with BP Oil. 61 alone are with DOD. Where is the outrage in congress? Where is the sense of urgency?
Meanwhile, there is all sorts of moaning and groaning over the 50 deep water oil rigs that have been shut down temporarily. Doesn’t it make sense to suspend this type of work? If something goes wrong, shouldn’t we know how to fix it? Obviously no one knows how to shut these wells down if for whatever reason, the umbilical cord detaches from the mother-ship. Let’s get a solution before we allow more rigs to operate. The first sign of mental illness is to repeat behavior and expect a different outcome.
The ocean truly is the last frontier. Man’s capacity for making stupid statements seems truly infinite.
Rachel Maddow has been all over this disaster. Speaking of lack of local response, her guest gives us a close up look.