Monday, May 3, 2010

Have People Lost Their Minds?

Not the one that exploded.

In a subject that is most likely near and dear to Andy's heart, WTF is going on in the Gulf Coast?! Yeah, yeah, I read about the BP oil rig that blew up. Can we stop attributing that to al-f*#@king-Queda now, please?! Thank you. I just read that Shrimpers in the Gulf Coast have filed a class action suit against BP. REALLY?!? Are you serious?! A little background, it's estimated that TWICE the amount of oil that was leaked during the Exxon Valdez disaster is leaked, via natural phenomenon, into the Gulf annually. And EIGHTY TIMES that amount seeps into the ocean naturally off the California coast, annually. That's more than 20.5 million barrels or 864 million gallons, people. But we're going to sue BP over an explosion that according to personnel on board was impossible to anticipate? Hey shrimpers, get a f*#@ing life! Alan K. Henderson had some interesting analysis regarding platform oil spills in the last 30 years (emphasis mine):
...all blowouts that occurred during drilling operations: Santa Barbara spill (Santa Barbara Channel, California, 1969), Ekofisk B (North Sea, 1977), Ixtoc I (Gulf of Mexico, 1980), and the Deepwater Horizon last month.

There hasn't been an accident like this in 30 years.

That tells me that the the industry in general had figured out a long time ago how to do this kind of drilling safely, and that this disaster owes itself to a unique set of circumstances - human error, human sabotage, or something else.
Alan, apparently hasn't listened to the Mark Levin audio, but his analysis is otherwise dead on. The SB spill was equivalent to 10-14,000 tonnes or between 3,080 and 4,312 gallons. The Ekofisk B spill was equivalent to just under 25 million gallons. The Ixtoc I spill was equivalent to between 172.5 and 182.4 million gallons. These three spills together do not equal the volume of oil leaked into the ocean naturally each year.

When your industry relies upon natural resources, you plan for disasters beyond anyone's control. If a hurricane, or global warming were to cause the death of most of a certain type of fish or crustacean, who would the fishers sue then? If a fire were to ravage the Oregon logging areas, who would the loggers sue? That's right, nobody, so f*#@ing deal with it. Instead we live in a lawsuit happy culture that will sue anybody or entity faster than they can give their grandparents name and country of origin for any perceived wrong, real or imagined.

Next they're saying that this is going to impact future offshore drilling ventures for years. WHY?!? Are the idiots in control? Wait... Nevermind, I forgot who was running the big show.

As a result of this offshore explosion, which by the way killed 11 men (which no one seems to really care about, only the poor innocent wildlife), gas prices in the continental US are expected to shoot above $3.00/gallon. So in an environment where there is a crude oil shortage and gas prices are going to skyrocket, we're going to preclude ourselves from drilling for more oil, for what reason exactly? Oh, that's right, because all oil leaks into the ocean are major ecological disasters... Or not.

Don't buy the typical leftist BS about this being some sort of major ecological disaster the likes of which this country has never seen. More oil is leaked into the ocean naturally during the course of the year than any of the major 'man made' oil disasters in this country. As it stands now, the Gulf Coast disaster has leaked 12 million gallons or a little more than 285,000 barrels of oil. Again, perspective; 21.6 million gallons in the Gulf Coast and 864 million gallons off the coast of California annually via natural phenomenon, 12 million in the Gulf from this 'man made' disaster. At the highest estimate, the Deepwater Horizon rig would have to bleed oil unimpeded for 127 days to equal what is leaked naturally just off the California an Gulf Coasts annually. That's not taking into account what oil leaks naturally off the Atlantic or Alaskan Coasts...

P.S. One of the other side effects mentioned is a stench?
Nearly five years after Katrina, New Orleans finally seemed to be recovering. Now, local news outlets are reporting that a "strong odor blanketing much of coastal Louisiana and the metro New Orleans" may cause "nausea, vomiting or headaches."
Granted, I've never been but it was my understanding that Nawlins always smelled like ass, no?

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Andy on May 3, 2010 at 6:21 AM said...

Yeah CL, The Crescent City...but most especially The Quarter has a distinctive aroma. It is a combination of upchuck, garbage dumpsters, seafood restaurants, humidity, mold & mildew, and urine.

I think what makes this spill most troubling is the concentrated volume of oil coming from a single hole.

Old salty devours most all natural seepage before it can influence eco-systems. In fact, some seepage is part of it's eco-system, I guess.

This is different. I don't like the idea of suits against BP, though. They are going to pay...and the bill is going to be hefty! It's gonna be bad for the shrimpers and fishermen for sure. Real bad. I don't know enough about the fishing industry to know whether insurance for this kind of loss is available or not.

But, it's a mess...and you know Obama...never let a big mess go to waste.

classicaliberal on May 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM said...

Andy, I don't disagree that the concentration is the real issue here. I don't disagree that there is going to be an impact upon industry and wildlife for years. What I do disagree with the the meme that will be and already is being exploited which says that 'this is unprecedented! Never has so much seeped into the oceans...' People need and often lack perspective on politically charged issues.

Andy on May 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM said...

I got ya', CL. I mean, it's good to address ignorance...or outright lies.

paul mitchell on May 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM said...

I do hope that someone in the Barry White House knows that currently the Dead Zone at the mouth of the Mississippi River is 8,543 square miles. So, oil right there is NOT affecting wildlife too much.

Andy on May 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM said...

Good point, TD. I had not thought about the dead zone. Still in all, it is going to be bad...especially when people start canceling summer vacation reservations in Biloxi, Gulf Shores, Destin, etc.

People are thinking a couple of months out now about summer vacation. I look for tens/maybe hundreds of thousands to opt for elsewhere, not knowing how this is going to play out.

The whole Gulf is gonna take a big financial hit...probably over in Padre, too.

classicaliberal on May 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM said...

"I do hope that someone in the Barry White House knows..." It does not matter what follows this statement, the answer is unequivocally, NO!

paul mitchell on May 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM said...

Gene Taylor (MS-4), the ONLY good Democrat in DC says that all of the booms are out on the Gulf Coast and that it doesn't look that bad.

Well, unless the Barry White House doesn't know that the Department of Defense has the equipment to handle oil spills.

Andy on May 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM said...

On the DOD being able to stop this.

paul mitchell on May 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM said...

Yeah, Andy, it was like Wednesday before Janet Napolitano found out that the DoD even had the capabilities to handle this mess. What exactly is her position in the Barry White House, "Staff Lesbian?" Because I have yet to figure out anything that she knows about anything.

classicaliberal on May 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM said...

That's pretty much everyone's position within the Barry White House. None of them know what the f*#@ they're doing.

Bush took a load of crap over how long it took FEMA to respond to Katrina. Why isn't Barry taking a load of crap over how long it took the DOD to respond to the Deepwater Horizon?

paul mitchell on May 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM said...

Because he is so stupid that the fact he hasn't gotten hurt just eating his Cheerios stuns everyone into silence.

Andy on May 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM said...

Are you sure he didn't get hurt eating Cheerios?

paul mitchell on May 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM said...

Andy, I can picture Barry Obama spooning Cheerios into his ears. I am forever amazed that he even found someone dumb enough to spawn with the likes of him.

classicaliberal on May 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM said...



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