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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Heckuva Job, Obama!!!

So how is President Accountability dealing with that oil spill in the gulf?

Turns out not well at all:

Tensions between the Obama administration and the scientific community over the gulf oil spill are escalating, with prominent oceanographers accusing the government of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage and of allowing BP to obscure the spill’s true scope.

The scientists assert that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies have been slow to investigate the magnitude of the spill and the damage it is causing in the deep ocean. They are especially concerned about getting a better handle on problems that may be occurring from large plumes of oil droplets that appear to be spreading beneath the ocean surface.

The scientists point out that in the month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, the government has failed to make public a single test result on water from the deep ocean. And the scientists say the administration has been too reluctant to demand an accurate analysis of how many gallons of oil are flowing into the sea from the gushing oil well.

“It seems baffling that we don’t know how much oil is being spilled,” Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer, said Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “It seems baffling that we don’t know where the oil is in the water column.”

The administration acknowledges that its scientific resources are stretched by the disaster, but contends that it is moving to get better information, including a more complete picture of the underwater plumes.

“We’re in the early stages of doing that, and we do not have a comprehensive understanding as of yet of where that oil is,” Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator, told Congress on Wednesday. “But we are devoting all possible resources to understanding where the oil is and what its impact might be.”

And how well is President Accountability holding BP accountable for the spill?

Again, not well at all:

Oceanographers have also criticized the Obama administration over its reluctance to force BP, the oil company responsible for the spill, to permit an accurate calculation of the flow rate from the undersea well. The company has refused to permit scientists to send equipment to the ocean floor that would establish the rate with high accuracy.

Ian MacDonald of Florida State University, an oceanographer who was among the first to question the official estimate of 210,000 gallons a day, said he had come to the conclusion that the oil company was bent on obstructing any accurate calculation. “They want to hide the body,” he said.

And the Obama administration is helping BP to do it.

This comes just weeks after Obama reversed his opposition to off shore oil drilling, saying that modern oil rigs almost never spill so off shore drilling is really, really safe.

Except it's not.

And just as the Bush administration couldn't figure out how to fix the problems after Katrina (or didn't seem to give a shit how to do it), the Obama administration doesn't know what to do about the oil spill.

President Accountability says teachers need to be held accountable for "failing" schools and low test scores and need to be fired.

How come nobody in the government gets fired when a major disaster like this takes place and both the government and the companies that created the spill do everything they can to hide the magnitude of the disaster and nearly nothing at all to mitigate the consequences?

Surely that is NOT change we can believe in.


  1. President Incompetentability needs better advisors. Arne Duncan is just a symptom of the disease.

  2. I like that name for Obama, Emma. I fits.