There is an “f” word whose definition includes corporations and government colluding against the populace.
Today I woke up to the news that BP has plans to capture 2 million gallons of oil per day. Well that certainly is a relief because the government’s worst case scenario is that it is leaking less than 1.7 million gallons per day. Problem solved, let’s see what else is on TV.
Or is it? They like to switch the numbers up, sometimes we will be talking barrels, the next sentence we switch to gallons, and then back again. All part of a concerted effort to downplay what is going on in the Gulf.
For the longest time the worst case flow rate was 19000 barrels a day. Then BP started siphoning off 630,000 gallons (15000 barrels) per day and it had no noticeable impact on the flow. That same day the Obama regime announced that the flow rate was actually between 20 and 40 thousand barrels. Great way to write history as we go along.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that BP manages to capture their promised 48,000 bbl/day. I am betting the government will release new numbers that very day showing that the flow was actually closer to 60,000 bbl/day. And so it will continue. As each lie is exposed they let a little more of the truth out.
BP and the government continue their collusion to hide the magnitude of what is going on. The media they can’t buy off with access, they exclude from news gathering. And we can all stand around and look surprised when the oil washes into the Dry Tortugas.
Oh but we should rest assured, Obama has a speech planned. I guess that will make everything all better.
I think the above stands on its own, but to head off criticism, I’ll offer up some ideas that, if taken by the president, would restore his credibility in my eyes.
He could announce that hazardous waste clean up trainings will be given in major metro areas across the US. He could announce that he has cut deals with Amtrak, Greyhound and the major airlines to use their excess capacity to ferry volunteers to the afflicted areas. He should immediately mobilize every willing person to cleaning the beaches before the oil hits (after the oil comes ashore that garbage becomes hazardous waste and the costs of disposing of it skyrocket). FEMA should set up tent cities to handle the influx of volunteers. He should use his speech to call for every one able to go beat the oil back from the shores and work to get it cleaned up. He should wrap the whole call to arms in the flag and declare that it is our national duty to prevent the destruction of some of the most fragile (and beautiful, as well as life sustaining) ecosystems.
But he won’t do that. Instead he will say that he met with BP and they are working to get the oil stopped. He will announce that he will print, borrow, spend untold billions and state that he will not rest until this is cleaned up. He will feel the pain of the economic impact on the gulf area, yadda yadda yadda…
By now we all know Obama can give a pretty speech. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that he is impotent to actually getting anything done.
This battle is not winnable, but with enough effort we can surely minimize our losses. Unfortunately, there seems very little will, starting at the top.
Edit: Fox is reporting that BP is planning on capturing 80,000 bbl/day by mid July! How bad is this thing? That is 3.4 million gallons per day!! An Exxon Valdez every 3 days.
Edit 2: CNN is currently reporting that the government has raised the amount of oil pouring into the gulf to 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day. I can’t currently link to it as it is just a breaking news headline at the top of the page without a story attached. Should we place bets on when they admit that it is over 80,000? (6-15-10, 2:30 PM PST)