Tar sands producers and others are promoting tar sands oil as an ecologically-friendly alternative to the environmental risks of another deep-water oil spill. How low the bar has fallen.
Those countries that have room for further fiscal stimulus are precisely those whose economies don't require it, while the economies that are in desperate need of it don't have the budgets to pay for it.
Whether Hurricane Alex hits the Gulf oil spill or not, it's only a matter of time before one will. In case you'd forgotten, blow-outs of deep-water wells aren't the only strike against Gulf of Mexico oil production.