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-- Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BP and Blame

The central point to this whole issue, which Daphne and others are missing, is that BP, while culpable for their part, should not be the focus in determining what went wrong.  Before I go further, let me make it clear that I don't champion big corporations who indulge in "crony capitalism."  BP is on record for having given millions to Obama's campaign, and they bought into the global warming hoax when it came to advertising to consumers.  BP might be much better off going through bankruptcy and getting all new management.  The point here is to not be conned into letting BP be the sole scapegoat.

That is the heart of it.  If we had to distribute blame according to who contributed the most to not only the accident itself, but the incredibly unnecessary aftermath, it goes something like 20% BP, 50% Federal Government, 30% American people.

First, there is no good reason for BP to have to be drilling that far off shore, that deep, where the problems and risks of drilling aren't just more, they are exponentially more.  This is in light of the fact that we have tremendous amounts of oil we could be getting from under ANWR with minimal risk.  This goes double for the oil sitting under the plains States in the central U.S.  And NIMBY problems don't apply, because we are talking about areas that you'd have to fly to or take all terrain vehicles to.

Second: The emergency response legislation was already on the books giving the Feds the power to respond quickly and decisively to contain and clean up the spill.  It didn't happen.  As if the Obama Administration purposely wanted the spill to become an outrageous disaster, all kinds of equipment and help were turned away under the guise of union protection law, EPA mandates of "perfect or not at all" standards for cleanup.  This is all a matter of public record now.

Third: The sheeple of the United States letting the Enviro-Whacko crowd and the socialist greenie bureaucrats and politicians enact or create by fiat, laws to make it ridiculously costly and difficult to build or modernize refineries or their capacity, and more importantly, build the kinds of state-of-the-art nuclear reactors like what France is using to drastically cut down on the amount of fossil fuel we need to generate electricity.

I agree with Mark for the most part.  But what I actually see is another example of the leftists not letting another good crisis go to waste.  Anything that bolsters in the mind of John Q. Public that corporations are bad, and government needs to protect us from corporations, even if that means full-blown fascism, bring it on.  The people just keep falling for the same old "management-by-crisis" methods that keep consolidating and concentrating power in the hands of the self-anointed political class.

Blaming BP exclusively for the far reaching effects of the spill is like blaming a ten-year-old for causing a pile up on the freeway after his parents bought him a big, powerful Escalade and handed him the keys.

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