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From here (you'll have to right click and select to get the source of the URL because it has the dreaded first name of the Cheney in it]:

"As we know from our own comment threads right here on this very blog, right-wingers are expert at taking a few facts from situations that appear to be superficially similar but really aren't upon reflection or closer examination and using them to attack liberals.

And so, in the last few days, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become Obama's Katrina. Um...look, I'm as pro-pelican as the next guy, and obviously I don't mean to gainsay the scope of this environmental catastrophe, which will end up being staggering.

But Katrina killed about 1,500 humans. And no, it's not George Bush's personal fault that they died, either. But I still rate Katrina a far bigger tragedy for that reason.

And now it turns out, according to an environmental lawyer whose interview on Ed Schultz last week is getting a lot of circulation, that this leak may well be traceable in part to...**** Cheney.

How? It's hardly as far-fetched as it sounds. From the Wall Street Journal:

The oil well spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico didn't have a remote-control shut-off switch used in two other major oil-producing nations as last-resort protection against underwater spills.

The lack of the device, called an acoustic switch, could amplify concerns over the environmental impact of offshore drilling after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig last week...

... regulators in two major oil-producing countries, Norway and Brazil, in effect require them. Norway has had acoustic triggers on almost every offshore rig since 1993.

The U.S. considered requiring a remote-controlled shut-off mechanism several years ago, but drilling companies questioned its cost and effectiveness, according to the agency overseeing offshore drilling. The agency, the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, says it decided the remote device wasn't needed because rigs had other back-up plans to cut off a well.

The U.K., where BP is headquartered, doesn't require the use of acoustic triggers.

The Journal's report doesn't come out and say this, but the environmental lawyer, Mike Papantonio, said on the Schultz show in an interview you can watch here (same thing abuot the URL as above) that it was Cheney's energy task force - the secretive one that he wouldn't say much about publicly - that decided that the switches, which cost $500,000, were too much a burden on the industry. The Papantonio segment starts at around 5:00 in and lasts three minutes or so.

In the interests of disclosure I will note that I haven't heard the phrase "acoustic switch" until this weekend, so I don't really know. And obviously the fact that the US isn't alone in not requiring this switch indicates that there are legitimate questions about cost v. efficacy. So maybe it's just one of those things.

But then again, maybe it's not. Regulatory decisions have consequences all the time, and the people who made them should be asked to justify their decisions in a democracy. It'll be very interesting to watch this week and see if other news outlets pursue this."
 

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Perhaps. I have ac close friend who works in the Gulf (and I have my MMD and TWIC.) He said when he took his able bodied seaman's class there were several Middle Easterners who were not good students, had little interest in what was taught, and didn't want to speak English better. Scuttlebut is that it was a natural gas explosion. He thinks it was terrorism.
 

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Perhaps. I have ac close friend who works in the Gulf (and I have my MMD and TWIC.) He said when he took his able bodied seaman's class there were several Middle Easterners who were not good students, had little interest in what was taught, and didn't want to speak English better. Scuttlebut is that it was a natural gas explosion. He thinks it was terrorism.
that's what Rush said too. i mean somehow it must be the fault of someone besides the oil company. Do you think we will start making fun of people wiping oil off birds and turtles tomorrow, or wait a week?
 

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lets see now..... bush sat in a class room for about 3 minutes with children when 911 happened and the lefties crucified him for doing that... now we got the oil spill and it took the annointed one something like 9 days to respond.... hmmm, and the left wing nut cases and MSM do not want to see that aspect...

very interesting...
 

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Browser, there is no remote-controlled "switch" on blowout preventers. They are designed to engage automatically when well-head pressure exceeds a preset value.
 

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lets see now..... bush sat in a class room for about 3 minutes with children when 911 happened and the lefties crucified him for doing that... now we got the oil spill and it took the annointed one something like 9 days to respond.... hmmm, and the left wing nut cases and MSM do not want to see that aspect...

very interesting...
why should we expect the oil companies to clean it up.
let's get all upset when mommy government doesn't do it
 

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why should we expect the oil companies to clean it up.
let's get all upset when mommy government doesn't do it
looks like despite the oil, Ol' Johnny is on a fishing expedition.
 
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why should we expect the oil companies to clean it up.
let's get all upset when mommy government doesn't do it


personally I think there is one hell of alot more to this than meets the eye... some folks are looking at intentional destruction and purposeful cause of this spill...

there are way to many coincidences to have this been natural or even an accident...

BP track record is impeccable for the most part.... yet this happened. And all right after the obama says to start drilling... coincidence?? .... somehow I dont think so..

like grand ma dies 3 or 4 days after he visits her in Hawaii, and records sealed... coincidence? Nope , not a chance...
 
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