Could the massive oil spill change Obama’s mind about drilling? It could, and it should

Could the massive — and growing — oil spill out in the Gulf of Mexico cause President Obama to rethink his plan to open up offshore drilling? Well, of course. Obama lives in a reality-based universe; his administration is not impervious to facts or to science. New information informs his judgements:

White House energy czar Carol Browner said the spill will be a factor as the administration evaluates future offshore drilling proposals. Ms. Browner said the spill will become a “point of debate” if Congress debates climate legislation containing proposals to allow more offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, a plan that has been opposed by environmental groups and some Florida political leaders
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the future of President Obama’s proposal to allow expanded oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico could depend on the cause of the spill.

“The president’s announcement [allowing expanded drilling] was the beginning not the end of a process. We don’t know what caused this. Could that possibility change the president’s view point on drilling? Of course,” Mr. Gibbs said..

But will this massive mess change any minds among the ‘drill,baby, drill’ crowd?

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I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

April 29th, 2010
3:01 pm

No! Accidents happen, just like Obama’s birth. :)

neo-Carlinist

April 29th, 2010
3:18 pm

nobody wants to see see the slaughterhouse, because they’re too busy ordering steaks.

Dan

April 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

I enjoy watching you on ABC SUNDAYS news Cynthia !! You are always spot on

kimmer

April 29th, 2010
3:22 pm

It might change a few minds. I’m not one of them. Like all industrial disasters we need to learn from this and strive to prevent a recurrence. We cannot, however, let this event completely paralyze us in that we still have a dire need to increase our domestic production of petroleum. I haven’t checked this out myself but I heard that the last major off shore oil spill in the US was back in the 60s. The obvious goal is to have none but none in 40 years is still a pretty good record. Drill baby drill!

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2010
3:22 pm

I don’t think Obama ever wanted off shore drilling – it was a placebo tossed at the Drill Baby Drill crowd to placate them. One that probably would never have happened anyway…..not enough tankers, rigs etc….

PearlJam

April 29th, 2010
3:24 pm

Would we then have to ship the oil to America using oil tankers. Is so most of the oil spills that I remeber have been off of tankers, then if you reduce drilling the chance of spills may go up.

PearlJam

April 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

Would we then have to ship the oil to America using oil tankers. If so most of the oil spills that I remember have been off of tankers, then if you reduce drilling the chance of spills may go up.

Also

April 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

I would hope Obama was informed enough to begin with that he understood the risks inherent with drilling and transporting oil, so that an oil spill wouldn’t affect his thoughts on the matter.

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

PearlJam

April 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Also – That was funny

John

April 29th, 2010
3:38 pm

Sarah Palin…drill baby drill. She will never say that again. you bet cha!

At The Switch

April 29th, 2010
3:41 pm

Drilling for oil will be the least of our worries if Iran is allowed to continue with enriching uranium to higher levels. Why do all of you dems have to be involved in name calling, it is very immature. Drill baby drill, teabaggers, etc. I watch the Ed show to keep abreast of all of the new childish name calling.

Alatsea

April 29th, 2010
3:43 pm

CT you have taken away my right of free speech by not letting me to share my points of view. Exactly who the hell do you think you are?

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

At the switch

“drill baby drill” is name calling?

Boy oh boy, you must have grown up in a super duper mega uber tough neighborhood.

Scout

April 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

Cynthia:

It goes with the territory and it will get cleaned up.

Now what are you going to do to stop those Republican volcanos and earthquakes ?

Peter

April 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

HA HA HA Scout……… Funny stuff……… I guess you don’t give a hoot about the folks who live off the sea and their family’s ?

vuduchld

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

Yet again the oil spill is another example of a segment of people wanting something, but when disaster strikes bury their heads in the sand scraming “it’s not my fault”. What President Obama did was to sucker the “drill baby drill” lemming heads into thinking they were right. They stuck out their chests claiming victory and righteousness. Now all of a sudden this crowd has cut and run, as usual. What our President did was to put the onus on people who yelled at the top of their lungs that nothing would happen and the risk of environmental damage mimimal. We find out now that at best, the technology to clean up a spill of this magnatude is specious, if at all. The CG has to burn this stuff which will cause more pollution, adding to the diaster now taking place. Conservatives have shown time and time again that they’re a reciepe for chaos and masters of diaster. They just need to shut the f*&k up.

arnold

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

Scout… It may not get cleaned up. If it reaches the tidal basins on the Gulf Coast, the long term damage is unimaginable.

The Cynical White Boy

April 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

One sentence translation of Ms. Tucker’s article:

THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN FOCUS GROUPS HAVE NOT MADE UP THEIR MINDS YET.

HDB

April 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Well, folks….look like the price of seafood’s going up…but it’ll have its own oil on it for frying….no Crisco needed, is there?? The oysters will be a bit oily going down this year……

At The Switch

April 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

GG @345

I rest my case you have nothing civil to say about anyone that disagrees with with you. Where I grew up has nothing to do about being tough. And where do you get off calling me boy?

Peter

April 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

Imagine the devastation it will cause in the area that has been slowly recovering from Katrina…..a fishing industry ruined, how many family’s will be effected, houses lost, people going broke……Mom and Pop hotels, restaurants, bait shops, boat dealers…….it goes on and on folks !

Ok not to mention how important the area is to wildlife, and birds……..

Gee just in time for Hurricane season to blow the mess all over the southeast !

We will be having oily rain in Atlanta Soon…..This will effect the entire Southeast…….

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

At the switch

Rest your case???

Not so fast…not until after you try and explain how drill baby drill is name calling.

Until then, your case is not rested.

AH

April 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

Why is SWAT being called in????

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

Scout

Have you got a recipe for oysters 10W40?

Kamchak

April 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

I rest my case you have nothing civil to say about anyone that disagrees with with you. Where I grew up has nothing to do about being tough. And where do you get off calling me boy?

PMS?

arnold

April 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

At The Switch… GG didn’t call you boy. Don’t you even understand expressions???

Scout

April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

Just another reason why the U.N. is such a joke ………….

Headline: “Outrage as U.N. Picks Iran For Women’s Rights Seat”

Just yesterday, the top law enforcement officer in Iran said women with tans would be arrested.

Scout

April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

Calm down people ……….. it WILL get cleaned up. Don’t you know Obama is in charge ?

Mid-South Philosopher

April 29th, 2010
4:04 pm

The oil spill, in all likelihood, will give Barry a moment of pause, and Miss Cynthia is correct, it will not change the minds of the “drill, baby drill” crowd. But I bet it has those sleezy, greasy oil barons, emperors, and chieftains will be smiling all the way to the bank!

PearlJam

April 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

On all offshore oil rigs, there is one main switch for cutting off the flow of oil by closing a valve located on the ocean floor. Many rigs also have automatic systems, such as a “dead man” switch as a backup that is supposed to close the valve if it senses a catastrophic failure aboard the rig.

Much still isn’t known about what caused the problems in Deepwater Horizon’s well, nearly a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. It went out of control, sending oil surging through pipes to the surface and causing a fire that ultimately sank the rig.

Unmanned submarines that arrived hours after the explosion have been unable to activate the shut-off valve on the seabed, called a blowout preventer.

BP says the Deepwater Horizon did have a “dead man” switch, which should have automatically closed the valve on the seabed in the event of a loss of power or communication from the rig. BP said it can’t explain why it didn’t shut off the well.

Transocean drillers aboard the rig at the time of the explosion, who should have been in a position to hit the main cutoff switch, are among the dead. It isn’t known if they were able to reach the button, which would have been located in the area where the fire is likely to have started.

Tony Hayward, BP’s CEO, said finding out why the blowout preventer didn’t shut down the well is the key question in the investigation. “This is the failsafe mechanism that clearly has failed,” Mr. Hayward said in an interview.

Lars Herbst, regional director of the Minerals Management Service in the Gulf of Mexico, said investigators are focusing on why the blowout preventer failed.

Mid-South Philosopher

April 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

Let me try that again:

“I bet it has those sleezy, greasy oil barons, emperors, and chieftains smiling all the way to the bank.”

scrappy

April 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

I am no expert on this – but why can’t they stop the leak? Heck, can’t they just wrap a bunch of duct tape around it? Duct tape fixes everything.

I am an environmentalist, but am also for drilling. I just want there to be insurances that this type of thing doesn’t happen, and it if does, they have a plan to fix it. Sure doesn’t seem like there is any kind of plan or progress going on there now.

DannyX

April 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

Georgia citizens are happy about this. The new roadkill warriors can now take a road trip to Panama City and pick dead shrimp out of the water. This is heaven on earth.

No need to waste Chattahoochee river water on Florida. Everything is dead. Georgia wins the water war too.

Peter

April 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Pretty Funny Stuff Scout…….. When it rains, how do you think it will effect the GA and local farmers……….

All our rain comes up from the coast of Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama……… I am sure it will be wonderful for our lawns, gardens, and out health…….

Hmmm

April 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

Did the Gov’t blow it up so President Obama could take a different position?

At The Switch

April 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

Arnold goto the southwest side of Atlanta and give the brothers a boy oh boy and see if they care that you think it’s an expression. I was talking about Muslim radicals having nukes and all you morons want to do is ignore the real problem and belittle free people that disagree with you. GG case closed I don’t have time to explain my case to anyone that already have their minds made up. And you disagree with with over half the people that blog here.

Kamchak

April 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Tick…tick…tick….

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

AT the switch

why not just change names and start over?

you said drill baby drill is name calling and that’s just plain silly.

jconservative

April 29th, 2010
4:15 pm

The deep water oil drilling ships are all tied up for 5 years. Always have been. Any immediate offshore drilling has to be done in the shallows.

Eubieful O'sheet

April 29th, 2010
4:18 pm

Perspective:

Every year there are 40,000 +/- 3,000 traffic fatalities. Should we ban cars? Only allow specially-trained government drivers? Or do the benefits outweigh the risks.

Every single year in America more black people are murdered by other black people than were lynched in the entire history of lynchings in this country. Should we ban guns/knives in urban settings? Or should we, as we are often told, accept it as “a black thing and we wouldn’t understand it” and proceed with our own individual concerns.
(Or leave it for CT to solve.)

These conditions have existed for many years and each year they rate only a few gallons of newspaper/magazine ink or a few electrons of radio/TV air time. But……

every once in a blue moon there is a major oil spill somewhere that costs a few million (this one will go for a few billion) dollars (mostly from the pockets of an insurance company or an evil oil company – of course, costs are passed on to customers, but then….)
So now we will all join the bleating chorus to ban offshore drilling and add a few more thousand pages of government regulations. On top of the already existing libraries of regulations.
There will be weeks, if not months of 24/7 media coverage.
Hundreds of pictures of oil-drenched fowl, unemployed shrimpers, disgruntled beachgoers.
There will be Congressional hearings to provide “face time” for preening, prattling, pontificating, posturing, and often prevaricating politicians.
And eventually it will all die down and nothing will have been resolved.

Yes it will (probably) be a major ecological and economic disaster. But let us keep some perspective.
The world will not end and neither we nor the shrimp/seagulls/pelicans will go extinct.

Liberals have kept us from building nuclear generating plants, so if the oil stops flowing the electrons will stop flowing too. And without electrons to run the printing presses, all those government checks will stop too.

So….. drill baby drill !

ck hall

April 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

Hindsight is always 20-20 and so easy to say– I told you so..What a dumb article! Duh!

At The Switch

April 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

See you all in November

johnnybq

April 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

I don’t recall hearing anyone say what caused the oil explosion-and it was just one day before Earth Day. Al Gores “peeps” maybe. Jus’ sayin’.

Scout

April 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

Peter:

You are hallucinating.

Joe

April 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

If the donations keep flowing just like the oil in the gulf he won’t change his mind…. I don’t give a crap where they drill as long as we can become energy independant and keep prices down..

F-105 Thunderchief

April 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

We may not need to drill. When the unchecked oil flow displaces all the water in the Gulf, we can just stick a pipe in and start refining it.

Grumpy

April 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

Maybe all the environmentalists who fight EVERYTHING might be swayed too. You know, the ones who claim to want more solar…but then when the government proposes allowing a solar farm somewhere, they get mad because some obscure desert flea’s habitat might be harmed.

Maybe they’ll realize that their resistance to EVERYTHING could be causing more harm than good.

Peter

April 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Scout……. You are just not that realistic………. This could cause acid type rain……. This will effect our area in ways we will not even know about.

What will happen if a Hurricane starts heading that way ?

Do you think this won’t effect the entire SE ?

You my friend are sadly mistaken…… Do you like to fish ?

Peter

April 29th, 2010
4:33 pm

Anybody see the weekend weather report ? Where do you think our weather comes from ?

Heavy rain possible by the weekend, forecasters warn

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April will end on a sunny note, but May could begin with weekend weather as nasty as Friday’s is nice.

The National Weather Service on Thursday warned that heavy rain is likely across northwest Georgia, from Douglas, Cobb and Cherokee counties northward, beginning on Sunday. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible by early next week, forecasters said.

WSB-TV meteorologist Karen Minton said Friday will begin sunny, with clouds moving in later in the day as highs climb into the low 80s.

Minton said there’s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on tap for Saturday’s first day of May.

“Periods of heavy rainfall will be possible across northwest Georgia beginning Sunday,” the Weather Service warned in a statement issued Thursday morning. “This trend will continue through the day on Monday.”