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Obama to create “czar” to oversee oil spill

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posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:10 PM
Another Czar to do the job that the present staff and their leader (obama) can't do themselves. It's amateur hour again in the White House. Now Obama has someone else to blame if things don't go as planned.

President Barack Obama, in his televised speech to the nation Tuesday, will announce the creation of an oil recovery “czar” to oversee progress in siphoning crude from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, his chief spokesman said.

Speaking on ABC television’s “Good Morning America” program, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the position is envisioned as “somebody that will be in charge of a recovery plan, putting a recovery plan together…when we get past the cleanup and response phase of this disaster.”

Mr. Obama is to deliver what will be his first Oval Office address, as he seeks to reassure anxious Americans over the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe. …

Mr. Gibbs told ABC that in the address, “the president will outline tonight…a plan going forward, to restore the Gulf–not to where it was the day this accident happened, but to restore this Gulf to where it was years ago.”

So, they think that their efforts will improve the Gulf to where it was years ago?? Really.... Pretty bold statement considering the fact that they haven't STOPPED the leak yet. 7 weeks and counting. Perhaps someone can explain why we keep turning away help from foreign nations that have the knowledge and equipment to help us. i.e. Norway, Russia

We already have too many cooks in the kitchen and nothing has been accomplished.

For that matter, the appointment of a “czar” is another way to outsource leadership. The cleanup and repair effort already has one operational executive, Admiral Thad Allen. The administration also already has a head of Interior, Ken Salazar, and of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. They have one boss: Barack Obama. The chain of command seems already clear enough at the top end, although not nearly clear enough down the line, as the New York Times reported today. The insertion of a “czar” with an even broader mandate will not clarify the chain of command and the mission — it will make both more ambiguous and more difficult.

Well let’s see – we’ve had a commission appointed. We’ve seen the administration explore criminal charges against BP. And now, the administration that has been on top of this thing since “day one” is going to appoint “somebody that will be in charge of a recovery plan” and “putting a recovery plan together” 55 freakin’ days in to this!?

Now he’s going to put someone in charge and put a plan together?

Well, there you have the logic that lies within this administration. They have put more effort into advancing Cap and Trade legislation since this disaster than they have put into solving it and STOPPING the leak!!!

For those that want to defend this administration's actions in the Gulf... Bring it on!!

A little more detail on the 13 countries that have offered assistance.. Tell Obama to lift the Jones Act temporarily just as Bush lifted it for Katrina assistance.

Late Wednesday evening, the State Department emailed reporters identifying the 13 entities that had offered the U.S. oil spill assistance. They were the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.

"These offers include experts in various aspects of oil spill impacts, research and technical expertise, booms, chemical oil dispersants, oil pumps, skimmers, and wildlife treatment," the email read.

"While there is no need right now that the U.S. cannot meet, the U.S. Coast Guard is assessing these offers of assistance to see if there will be something which we will need in the near future."

The Obama administration has been relentless in its messaging that it is doing everything possible to aggressively respond to the oil spill. But for the record, the current message to foreign governments is: Thanks but no thanks, we've got it covered.

A State Department official, speaking on background, said that the decision not to initially release the names of offering countries came directly from the State Department leadership.

[edit on 15-6-2010 by jibeho]

posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:20 PM
So, what does one do when he is 45+ days late to one of the worst environmental disasters in history?

What does one do when the budget is blown to bits and you are facing giant red numbers in most of your economic indicators?

When does one do when faced with billions and billions of dollars in damages and everybody is pointing fingers and you can't write the check yourself because it will bounce?

Oh, yes, of hire yet another government lackey at the expense of the American taxpayer.

Yup, that's just what we need.

posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:23 PM
I really doubt obamo will go forward with the plan, if he does then i doubt it will work.

plus i agree , i can't see why obama won't accept help from anyone else.

anyways good find S&F

posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:26 PM
The federal government shouldn't be involved in the clean up business, which necessarily means it is wasting our tax dollars on cleaning up the mess created by a private corporation.

If the waters off the coast were privatized, this is how it would go down:

Fisherman and other property owners whose property was damaged by BP's negligence would take BP to court and sue for property damages.

BP would then be forced to pay for the clean up of their property and pay them for lost earnings due to the damage.

This would bankrupt BP and BP would be forced to sell off all of its assets in order to fund the clean up.

No tax dollars involved in this at all.

Now, since BP would know this is a possibility in advance, BP would most likely take out insurance to protect themselves against such a disaster.

Since the insurance industry knows that if BP screwed up, it could bankrupt their insurance company instead of BP, the insurance company would likely be VERY concerned about how BP was running its drilling operations as a screw up by BP could put the insurer out of business.

Wow - self regulation.

But that's not what happened. What happened was government has total control over the waters and forbids private property ownership, thereby negating the chances of anyone suing BP for property damage to their fishing zones.

The government also passed criminal legislation that limits BP's cleanup obligations to a mere 75 million.

Since BP knows it only has to pay out 75 million in clean up costs, it doesn't bother taking out any insurance to cover itself for the full damages.

Since there is no insurance agency watching over BP, BP ran their rigs like a bunch of idiots because they didn't care if they broke down or not, as long as they were making money.

So here we again have fascism/socialism in action, promoting the destruction of property - as well as looting the tax payer to pay for the clean up costs.

Government is evil.

posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:38 PM

Another politically-appointed, tax-dollar funded, government job to an industry insider.

Anyone want to start a pool on whether the corporate hero will come from the financial, energy, or media cartels?

posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:44 PM

Originally posted by mnemeth1

The government also passed criminal legislation that limits BP's cleanup obligations to a mere 75 million.

Since BP knows it only has to pay out 75 million in clean up costs, it doesn't bother taking out any insurance to cover itself for the full damages.

Actually, I thought that the legislation read that they were only responsible for up to $75 million IF there was NOT criminal negligence. My understanding was that if the Federal Government could prove that BP was deliberately negligent they would be responsible for more in damages. Can anybody confirm or deny this?

Further, after reading this:
note: it's my thread, I'm not trying to derail this one

Foreign flagging of offshore rigs skirts U.S. safety rules

I learned that BP's rig, registered as a ship in the Marshall Islands per International Law, did follow all of the necessary safety inspections, etc., according to Marshall Island regulations.

The American taxpayer is going to end up footing this bill in full. Whether it be by fossil fuel tax, carbon tax, or a combination of them both -- we will, once again, pay to clean up the messes of others so that they can continue to profit while we suffer in the interim.

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