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MachCrit
A red guitar, three chords and the truth
05:08 PM on 04/25/2010
BP--BRITISH PETROLEUM. You gotta love their greeen, eco-friendly TV ads proclaiming all the effort they are putting into wind and solar. Sure you are.
This is the same BP that failed to maintain the Alaska pipeline leading to oil spills and leakage on the fragile tundra. BP is the Philip Morris of the energy cartel. LIE BABY, LIE.
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seenitall
California Dem.
05:05 PM on 04/25/2010
Has the Wasilla twit tweeted about this?
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slocomgp
Reality has a liberal bias........
05:58 PM on 04/25/2010
:D
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05:05 PM on 04/25/2010
Cannot possibly be leaking that much oil. Ocean platforms are totalllllly safe. lol

Drill Baby Drill!!
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realpolitic
Obama does care!
05:04 PM on 04/25/2010
Well, so much for these off shore oil companies constantly bragging about their environmental safety records. It is a joke! This spill will not be contained and will probably emit several million barrels of oil into the Gulf. One can only pray that the damage is contained and wildlife and the ecosystem does not suffer catastrophically.
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LMPE
I connect the most dissimilar things
05:02 PM on 04/25/2010
Another bad event in Louisiana.
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mexamerican
professor
04:38 PM on 04/25/2010
drill, baby, drill! right? right california, east coast, gulf coast states? it's what you really, really want....
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Lucky123
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04:42 PM on 04/25/2010
California here.

And no, that's not what I want.

I have been complaining about our lack of green power for years. We have abundant sunshine, and a wealth of wind in many areas, and we should be taking advantage of this. IMO, every newly constructed building should be equipped with solar panels. That's simple, the cost would be built into the price, and it would be a huge savings for everyone.
05:03 PM on 04/25/2010
Its important to understand that we've known since the 1970's that oil was running out and our dependence on imported oil represented a national security vulnerability. But instead of converting to different forms of energy, we became even more dependent on imported oil and more vulnerable.

Ask yourself why?

Can it represent anything else except how much the world oil monopoly have controlled both our government and the public debate. And they still are.

Just like the blowout. All we know about it is what British Petroleum wants us to.
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PUAAN
antibiotics wiped out my micro-bio
05:32 PM on 04/25/2010
Not to menion tremendous sources for tidal and wave generated energy in the Pacific.
04:45 PM on 04/25/2010
Back to Obama's stoke of genius in saying sure let's drill. Notice he didn't propose drilling off the coast of California. That's because California already got burned a few times with huge oil spills and they would throw a fit about offshore drilling off their coast again.
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05:06 PM on 04/25/2010
He is sure anxious to ruin our entire coast line.
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polishlogician
Truth happens to individuals not crowds
04:38 PM on 04/25/2010
"There were 700,000 barrels of diesel on the rig at the time of the explosion..."

http://www.vancouverite.com/2010/04/23/bp-scrambles-to-contain-massive-oil-spill-in-gulf-of-mexico/

...now how many gallons is that, break out the Excel spreadsheet:

29 million, 400 thousand gallons of diesel...
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pfrogger
04:40 PM on 04/25/2010
thank you.
something HuffPo should have done as a minimum.
04:49 PM on 04/25/2010
Sorry but I have to say again I do not believe they had 700,000 barrels of diesel on board that rig. I'd have to probably get to an offshore roughneck to know for sure, but that just seems like a totally unbelievable amount of diesel. I would think 700,000 gallons would be closer which would still be more than 16,000 barrels.
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maritimer
04:58 PM on 04/25/2010
That would be the correct answer. And they just topped off. Still, it's a lot.
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05:12 PM on 04/25/2010
May be hard to believe, but the story cited below definitely states 700,000 BARRELS.
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polishlogician
Truth happens to individuals not crowds
04:34 PM on 04/25/2010
wow, the article states that 42,000 gallons of crude may be leaking...

that's not really all that much, when you consider that...

"There were 700,000 barrels of diesel on the rig at the time of the explosion"...
http://www.vancouverite.com/2010/04/23/bp-scrambles-to-contain-massive-oil-spill-in-gulf-of-mexico/
04:42 PM on 04/25/2010
I'll have to check this from other sources but I do not believe there were 700,000 "barrels" of diesel fuel on the drilling rig. just 400 barrels would require a tank eight feet wide, eight feet deep, and at least 30 feet long. Can you imagine just how much space it would take to hold 700,000 barrels?

I'm thinking British Petroleum is lying through their teeth.
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realpolitic
Obama does care!
05:06 PM on 04/25/2010
Yes, 700,000 barrels would be a lot of weight on the platform. i don't think it could hold it.
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05:20 PM on 04/25/2010
If the rig does not pump its oil to shore via a pipeline, then it may well be 700,000 barrels. Presumably, it needs to be capable of storing enough to fill a tanker.
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maritimer
04:59 PM on 04/25/2010
Gallons. Not barrels. Facts get scrambled in the "fog" of things.

As for me, I deal in metric tons anyway so I always have the calculator close at hand.
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frappe
Corporations aren't people and $ isn't free speech
04:30 PM on 04/25/2010
This is exactly why we don't want these rigs off of our coasts.
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05:21 PM on 04/25/2010
Precisely.
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PUAAN
antibiotics wiped out my micro-bio
06:13 PM on 04/25/2010
Indeed.
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pfrogger
04:28 PM on 04/25/2010
BP will "clean" it up?
Just like Exxon did?
Americans are suckers.
BP profits are private. But the Coast Guard cost is paid by taxpayers. American capitalism at it's finest - profits are private, but the expenses are public.
Not only will american taxpayers pay for this, they'll also reap the many "rewards" of this environmental disaster.
Oh well, all BP has to do is wait for the gnat-like attention span of the american people to shift to some new story. maybe balloon boy 2 or another Tiger Woods. Just pathetic.
04:30 PM on 04/25/2010
Well said!
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maritimer
04:33 PM on 04/25/2010
BIN-GO. Post of the day to you. Americans? Shortest attention span on the planet. If I angered anyone, too bad. Truth hurts.

Next week it will be another issue, like what some celebrity is doing with his/her private parts. If I had a nickel for every time some tool asked me what I thought of Tiger Woods or any other idiot celeb of the week, I could walk away from this job I have and sit in my backyard and grow lovely tomatoes and create my art and that would be it until the day I die.
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pfrogger
04:36 PM on 04/25/2010
careful.
America has a history of getting mad and invading the WRONG country by fabricating lies to convince their mob-like rabble they call citizens. many will take up the chant like brainwashed automatons and the rest will talk endlessly and do nothing.
Iraq, Vietnam to name two.
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Lucky123
My micro-bio is empty.
04:39 PM on 04/25/2010
I don't know where you're from, but not all "Americans" are the same. Not all of us have short attention spans, or a lack of caring about the environment.

Tell us your nationality, and we'll gladly make some misinformed generalizations about you folks.
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maritimer
04:21 PM on 04/25/2010
Hey teabaggers- I'm sittin here watching a NASCAR race. There's always a prayer before the race. Why wasn't there a prayer for the families of the killed drill floor workers on the Horizon?? Serious question. You can't have your races without them.
05:28 PM on 04/25/2010
Let be give you a real example. When a drunk derrick hand fell out of the derrick, the first thing they did was take all the roughnecks and driller into the dog house and tell them exactly what to say and what not to say. Then while one of the roughnecks washed the derrick hand's brains off the rig floor with a water hose, they finally called the coroner and sheriff.

Trust me, the humans working in the oilfield are the disposable parts.
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
04:07 PM on 04/25/2010
you won't even notice it in 35,000 years..

it will be an oasis: http://www.physorg.com/news191397828.html
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ZiloRS
04:26 PM on 04/25/2010
Do you honestly think the human race will be here in 35,000 years with the way we are going?
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
04:35 PM on 04/25/2010
he!! yeah..

tiger woods might not have as many girlfriends..
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05:27 PM on 04/25/2010
Of course not. That is the ONLY reason it will be an oasis.
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jsgaetano
"Conservative" is not a political party, genius.
04:06 PM on 04/25/2010
This is, once again, proof that conservatives never cared about being fiscally responsbile, and never will.

Following safety laws and environmental laws would prevent disasters like this from happening... yet to conservatives, being able to break the law with impunity is more important than the money. Because conservatives know that if they run out of money, they can just steal more... but if they have to follow the law, it breaks the latter part of their plan.
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05:34 PM on 04/25/2010
Hmmm, first the coal mine disaster and now this. When will the energy industry have to play by fair rules and protect the people working for them.
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jsgaetano
"Conservative" is not a political party, genius.
02:27 AM on 04/26/2010
Never, if they have anything to say about it.

It's not about money, obviously, since a disaster costs quite a bit of money, yet they still operate in an unsafe manner. It's ultimately about their ability to operate above the law- that's the reason they violate the law at every opportunity. They don't want to set precedents of them following the law, because then people would actually expect such behavior out of them.
tamazul
Badges? What Badges?
04:05 PM on 04/25/2010
Musta been that usual time of year when the petro industry has some "equipment malfunction" to justify an increase in oil prices. Only this time something went way beyond their calculations.
04:21 PM on 04/25/2010
I ain't so sure. From what I've seen of the oil in the gulf of Mexico its a dark brown that should not be hard to spot, especially 1,000 barrels a day of it. The stuff in the pictures I've seen looks more like gasoline. I wonder if this is a wildcat well at a new depth? If it is, despite the blowout and subsequent environmental damage, they just struck it rich.
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maritimer
04:27 PM on 04/25/2010
The light distillates, if any, are from the rig (for the generators). The heavier sweet crude is the stuff coming out of the mangled riser above the blowout preventer.
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rastadaddio
none but ourselves can free our minds
04:03 PM on 04/25/2010
expanded off shore drilling is the one thing i can't agree with obama about. if there really is so much oil there let's leave it for our children. there may come a day when the mideast is just too war torn to deal with anymore. maybe given time to develope new technologies the oil could be pumped safely.
04:32 PM on 04/25/2010
I think and thought that President Obama jumping right on the Conservative/Republican (paid for by oil companies) bandwagon and call their bluff for three reasons.

One, the oil companies don't really want to start drilling off shore now. They just want to be able to blame the liberal/Democrats for not being able to.

Two, hey you know the southern eastern seaboard is covered by Republican states. They said they wanted and needed it. Now let's see how they feel about it once they see what drilling offshore can look like.

Three, I think the argument can be made now that we should perhaps re-think off shore drilling, and more people will agree.