I pledge allegiance to the people of the shores damaged by BP’s oil: Obama

Jun 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Environmental Justice, General

The Boston Globe reports that “President Obama vowed last night to make BP pay for the damage its oil disaster has wrought on the Gulf Coast’s people and environment, using a national address to assure an angry public that the victims will be compensated and the ravaged area restored.”

Well, that’s good that. I’m sure the angry public is satisfied now that President Obama is going to assure that everyone affected by the spill is compensated. I’m not sure how in the world anyone, president or not, could do this. He said he would insist that compensation be awarded by an independent entity. Well, putting the compensatory activities in someone’s hands other than BP (the one responsible for the oil spill) would be a start. Maybe Halliburton can win the bid to take on the responsibility of compensating those whose fishing businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed by the oil spill.

“We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long it takes.” Let me see. Let me look back in my Bush speech archives from the Iraq war and see if I can find a similar quotation.

Also in The Globe, “The president also announced a new head of the agency charged with regulating the oil industry, naming a former Justice Department official, Michael Bromwich, to revamp the Minerals Management Agency.”

Just in time!

Obama said his decision a few months ago to expand offshore drilling may not have fully addressed concerns on safety, as he said he had been assured.


“This could be a historic leadership moment,’’ U.S. Sen. John Kerry, a Democrat, and Joe Lieberman, an independent, said in a joint statement. Sounds like something straight out of Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine.

Let’s just all hope that once the relief wells are complete that BP manages to get all the oil out of that reservoir.

Do you mean to tell me that the 4,000 oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico don’t have a plan to stop a leak if something like this happens to them? Why doesn’t this rig have a plan to stop leaks?

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