Saturday, May 01, 2010

BP-Halliburton Oil Spill News: NY Times Compares Obama to Bush

People speculate that Canada will be the one to bring offshore wind farms to North America. Hell, Mexico will get there before we do. Meanwhile President Obama is standing by his plan to pass out offshore oil drilling permits which does bring to mind Bush's clueless "heckuva job" response to that other monumental disaster. Comparing Obama to Bush seems pretty low, but there is no denying that the Obama Administration was inordinately foolish to trust BP and has moved like snail mail on this potentially worse than Exxon Valdez disaster.

New York Times Editorial:

A White House as politically attuned as this one should have been conscious of two obvious historical lessons. One was the Exxon Valdez, where a late and lame response by both industry and the federal government all but destroyed one of the country’s richest fishing grounds and ended up costing billions of dollars. The other was President George W. Bush’s hapless response to Hurricane Katrina.

Now we have another disaster in more or less the same neck of the woods, and it takes the administration more than a week to really get moving. . . What we do know is that we now face a huge disaster whose consequences might have been minimized with swifter action.

The eerily familiar photo above of "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano surveying the oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday comes from the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall" via The Swamp.