Friday, June 11, 2010
Obama's oily-ocean obligation...
The horror continues and the environmental disaster will definitely worsen. Obama's obligation is to concentrate more effort on the clean-up operations. Two weeks ago they seemed to have the oil spill capped and I compared the slick to the size of Wales; since then things seem to have worsened; the Guardian reports "US government figures show twice as much oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico than earlier estimations suggested"; the Guardian also have a handy map to compare the size of the oil spill (look at that FFS!!!). Four states are affected: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and now Florida (I wonder if the sand at Pensacola Beach will stay white). As I mentioned back then, the opinion polls of Obama's handling of the situation were very poor and naturally he was on the defensive about the US government response, however, since then he has been very much on the offensive even leading many in Britain to encourage David Cameron to defend BP (he didn't...but it's nothing to do with the lawsuit against Cameron International Corporation, which supplied the blowout preventer valves for the Deepwater Horizon..btw, that's A JOKE!). If the US figures are to be believed (I say "if" only because Obama's BP bashing has been getting more marked and threatening by the day - especially re legal action to stop a dividend payment to shareholders etc - so I wouldn't put exaggerated figures beyond them: it's the 3rd time they adjusted the estimate) it means that "Deepwater Horizon is producing an Exxon Valdez-size spill every five to 13 days".
Posted by Span Ows at 2:36 pm