Gulf oil spill spreading; almost 50 miles long and 40 miles wide

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An slick of oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, shown here in an aerial photograph taken Monday, is still several days from landfall, experts say. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Boy, so far this isn’t looking good…..

From the NYT:

NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard officials said Monday afternoon that the oil spill near Louisiana was now covering an area in the Gulf of Mexico of 48 miles by 39 miles at its widest points, and they have been unable to engage a mechanism that could shut off the well thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface….

The Coast Guard also said in a statement Monday that an aircrew from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service spotted sperm whales in the vicinity of the oil spill on Sunday.

“The unified command is monitoring the situation and is working closely with officials from Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA to understand the impact the spill and response activities may have on whales and other marine wildlife in the area,” the statement said.

Officials determined through weather patterns that the sheen of oil and water would remain at least 30 miles from shore at least until Tuesday. But states along the Gulf Coast have been warned to be on alert….

Doug Helton, a fisheries biologist who coordinates oil spill responses for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said the oil emanating from the riser was taking the shape of a giant ice cream cone as it drifted toward the surface. He said there were no reports of dead animals yet, although that was expected to change if the leaks were not sealed.

BP, the oil field lease holder, says it has dispatched 32 spill-response vessels (skimmers, tugs, barges, recovery vessels) and five aircraft to the scene to try to control the spread of oil. “In Houma, La. where the field operations response is being coordinated, almost 500 personnel on- and offshore have already been deployed to coordinate the oil spill response,” the company said.

And as the Wall Street Journal notes, BP’s efforts are being closely watched by others with a lot at stake in the outcome:

“The rest of the oil and gas industry will no doubt be supporting BP in this endeavor. If the oil slick reaches the shore it will turn what is already a human tragedy into an environmental disaster. This could have consequences for the Obama administration’s plans to open the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard to oil drilling.

“This is inevitably going to give environmentalists a stronger weapon to question whether operations like this should be expanded,” said another London-based industry analyst.

“The Gulf of Mexico had very tight regulations anyway to mitigate against any type of explosion. What else can they do? It’s difficult to see,” he said. Green groups will argue that, “if you demonstrably can’t prevent this from taking place, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it,” he said.”

296 comments Add your comment

AmVet

April 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

Drill baby drill.

11 men dead and yet another ecological disaster…

josef nix

April 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

JAY

Thanks! This is of far more significance than Sister Sarah!

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
5:49 pm

“This could have consequences for the Obama administration’s plans to open the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard to oil drilling.”

As well it should.

Paul

April 26th, 2010
5:55 pm

Yes, it’s a tragedy. Do we know yet what caused it?

But what to do in response? Shut down other wells? Not expand drilling? What other near-term options would those who advocate such a course suggest which would make up for the energy loss?

AmVet listed, some days back, the thousands of coal miners killed over the years. But we keep on mining because even a piddly coal mine produces more energy than all the windmills and solar panels combined.

So yes, environmentalists and east and west coast Democrats will point to this and say “halt.”

But I’ll bet they won’t offer any alternatives.

@@

April 26th, 2010
5:56 pm

Boy, so far this isn’t looking good

I’ll say….especially for those who died in the explosion. Haven’t heard the first leftist, here, mention them though. No opportunity in that, is there?

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
5:56 pm

“Along with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Obama also said proposed leases in Alaska’s Bristol Bay would be canceled. He would also limit any oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida to no closer than 125 miles from the shore.”

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/03/obama-offshore-oil-drilling-needed-in-short-term/1

So then, this type of spill could be within 35 miles of this:

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/florida/pensacola-beach

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

Drill Baby Drill!
And if you spill baby spill, you gotta clean that up baby. And pay for it baby. And pay into a “Drll baby drill” fund to clean up the next spill baby spill.
Yes, Energy has consequences. I’m for drilling, but if the fault is the driller, then the driller must be punished. If these companies can’t drill correctly, then they should be wary of punishments that could cost them. Let’s just take, ohhhhhhh, 1/2 of the profits as a fine. And if it doesn’t happen in a year with profits, then 10% of the revenue should be reasonable fine.

josef nix

April 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

If the government’s response to Katrina is any indicator…but what the h3ll, this is Louisiana we’re talking about here…Uncle Sam’s red headed step children since 1803…we’ll see…

rknight

April 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

How long before environmentalists are accused of sabotage? Hope everyone at Jazz Fest enjoys their shrimp po-boy this year; pretty sure it won’t taste too good this time next year. Hope the submersibles are successful. I usually just lurk but I’m originally from the Gulf Coast and this hurts.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

@@,

“No opportunity in that, is there?”

Exploiting the dead is best left to Republicans…

http://www.theonion.com/articles/giuliani-to-run-for-president-of-911,2152/

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:01 pm

josef nix,

“Uncle Sam’s red headed step children since 1803…we’ll see…”

Thanks for the giggle..it’s funny because it’s true…

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

@@ – when do you start making sense? Since you “care”, what exactly does happen to the families and children of those who died? what programs pay for them to go to college, who pays the mortgage and feed those kids? I sure hope they have life insurance but its not nearly enough I imagine. So now, someone has to care for them. Who? “righties” dont want entitlements right? They get some social security money but that is bad according to righties…. why dont you give us the “personal responsibility” lecture now.

What happens if it turns out, like the mining deaths, that safety issues were ignored?

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

rknight,
If there is any evidence, then yes. If the evidence shows the driller, then blame them. It is premature to accuse ANYONE right now.

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

Geeze. It only takes an environmental disaster for the Left to get off Palin and the Tea Party. Now the multi-billion dollar question is how much – if any – of the oil pumped out of the Gulf was used for Obama and Biden to fly around separately on Earth Day. CNN surely won’t investigate that.

But never fear, there is other news too, like radical left wing protesters in Arizona throwing bottles at cops trying to protect one of the 70 percenters supporting the Arizona’s SB1070 immigration bill. Hmmm. If Tea Party members and events are so violent and threatening according to liberals, why haven’t we seen any video of physical assaults on citizens and in this case cops? CNN sure won’t investigate this either.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Pro-immigration-protestors-turn-violent-92050184.html

RW-(the original)

April 26th, 2010
6:06 pm

What a waste of day whining about Palin. Now you’ve got to pack all the leftist outrageous outrage over the oil spill and the failed cloture vote on the financial takeover bill all into one evening.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:07 pm

jewcowby: ” limit any oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida to no closer than 125 miles from the shore”

So, would this mean everyone other state would have more lenient drilling limits? I can drill 35 miles from Georgia, but not for 125 from Florida? (since I rarely read links, there may be an anser there, but I can see a . . . state vs state ruckus coming)

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
6:09 pm

There is no such thing as fool-proof technology. Everything is considered by the risk-reward factor. In considering risk-reward though, we have to be honest with ourselves and weigh the risk by when something goes wrong, not if. Sooner or later, something will go wrong; that’s just the way it is. We have to decide if it’ll be worth the consequences.

On the subject of shrimp, I was reading a while back, that almost all of the shrimp eaten in the U. S., are farm raised in Asia. After reading that article, and the details of how they do that, I’m not real sure I want to eat shrimp anymore.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:09 pm

Freeman, way to twist the topic!
So, any comments on the actual tragedy, or do you just politicize EVERYTHING?

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:09 pm

“why don’t you give us the “personal responsibility” lecture now. ….What happens if it turns out, like the mining deaths, that safety issues were ignored?”

Who are you blaming again? Democrats have been in charge of Congress for over three years now, and one of them is *from* West Virginia, who is most notorious for being an ex-klanner. In any event, the last time I checked, the FAA can’t prevent plane crashes from happening either.

Think much, WhineOcrat?

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

Hillbilly,
If you can find ‘em fresh, get Gulf Shrimp. There are places in Mobile, New Orleans, and surrounding areas where you can pick up freshly caught seafood. Bring a huge cooler, lots of ice, and tell your friends to pitch in for some fo the best, fresh seafood.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:12 pm

Freeman,

I prefer what Bill Maher had to say recently about the Orange Pekoe Brigade (though I’m not sure where the dig about dentistry came from):

“The problem with the tea party movement, besides their almost universal rejection of dentistry, is that they want money for nothing and chicks for free. They want a deregulated free market and their jobs to stay here in the US; they want guaranteed health coverage regardless of preexisting conditions without a big government mandate; they want to call themselves teabaqqers and people to keep a straight face. And of course they want big tax cuts along with deficit reduction. I can’t even think of a suitable analogy for that disconnect–it’s like thinking getting a hand job will clean your garage.”

“Everything that goes into defense costs us about a trillion dollars a year, most of which goes into fighting the Russians in 1978. Fighter planes for all those dog fights we get into with the Taliban, submarines to foil their evil plot to blow up our ships with car bombs, and space lasers to shoot down their exploding underpants…scream about handouts, this is what they should be protesting.”

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:12 pm

“So, any comments on the actual tragedy, or do you just politicize EVERYTHING?”

1) I’m not a pseudo-expert on the subject like you liberals and will leave the investigation and root cause(s) to the professionals.

2) A liberal telling me I’m politicizing something is laughable at best. You liberals have politicized everything from the Iraq war to Katrina to Goldman Sachs to illegal immigration.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:13 pm

hey freeman…. now how are you so confident those were not “righty plants” to make the protestors look bad….and of course, we can use any one of a number of arguments used by the tea partiers…. including “pro-immigration” or “anti police state” protestors can be right and left, correct?

Perhaps we should have an “anti police state” protest with guns and rifles on a national park and say “we came peacefully…this time.” I mean we know that is okay, right?

Union

April 26th, 2010
6:13 pm

If we drilled in Anwr..we wouldn’t have a mess like this..

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:14 pm

Jewcowboy: Quoting something from Bill Maher is about as credit worthy as me quoting something from Glenn Beck. Which is why I don’t quote radical wingnuts from either side.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:15 pm

Freemen… really with density like yours its surprising there is any sun today

@@

April 26th, 2010
6:16 pm

How could I forget!!!! The oil rig workers were from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas….all backwoods rednecks.

Keeps:

Just pointing out how opportunistic leftists can be. Goldman Sachs…leftists? One in the same.

When the coal miners were trapped, you leftists were on it. When there’s an oil spill, you’re on it. The oil workers, injured and killed? Not a passing thought, unless of course….

…what exactly does happen to the families and children of those who died? what programs pay for them to go to college, who pays the mortgage and feed those kids?

you can turn it into an opportunity.

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:16 pm

“now how are you so confident those were not “righty plants” to make the protestors look bad”

You mean like those plants who had a website and attempted to infiltrate Tea Party events and have signs that were supposed to show racism and ignorance?

Now as far as how do I know they weren’t plants? Because 1) we’ve already seen the hate for the Tea Party movement (or “bowel movement” as the ACORN CEO called it) and 2) the media isn’t investigating the protesters.

Case closed.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:17 pm

Freeman, what makes you think I’m a liberal?

1) I agree, I blame nobody on this spill. Yet. Once the investigation is done, then the fingerpointing can begin.
2) oops, you called me a liberal again. And “you did it first!” is not a good reason.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:18 pm

Logical Dude,

“but I can see a . . . state vs state ruckus coming”

Screw St. Simon’s… ;) Yeah…I do see your point though.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:19 pm

jewcowboy,
Yeah, I sometimes read quotes quite literally LOL

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:20 pm

“So yes, environmentalists and east and west coast Democrats will point to this and say “halt.”

Not all of us

Real Color Wheel

April 26th, 2010
6:21 pm

We start with electric cars. Germany is using a thin sheet solar collecting technology to cover their outside walls and roofs. The only reason we are lagging behind is the likes of Paul saying it can’t be done.

The alternatives are there but the oil backers are standing firm even in the face of this disaster. Don’t buy another oil backed car, ever.

We voted down drilling in the Gulf years ago, Congress illegally bypassed our vote. Now your talking drilling more? Don’t vote for any incumbent in the Congress or Senate and don’t listen to the Paul’s in our country.

NRB2

April 26th, 2010
6:22 pm

When gas tops three dollars a gallon and beyond, will the media blame Obama as it did Bush?

The Democrats were relentless in blaming Bush for high gas prices. This from The Democratic Party website on April 27, 2006:

“Since he first ran for President in 2000, President Bush has offered a number of different explanations for what he can and cannot do to help the millions of hard-working Americans deal with out-of-control gas prices. With gas prices topping $3 per gallon in many parts of the country, it is more important than ever that the Bush Administration show real leadership and help alleviate the growing economic strain on Americans.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/06/when_gas_hits_3_a_gallon_who_w.html

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:23 pm

Logical Dude,

It is a valid point though…VA is 50 mile limit, some parts of FL 125, but other parts not…

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:24 pm

@@ — hmmm… let’s see…compassion is an opportunity to you? Yes, many of this recognize the human tradegy and we also say..how can this be prevented from being repeated for the same stupid reasons. YOu want to lecture us on personal responsibility and that it was their choice to be in a danagerous profession. I see you have not missed this opportunity to turn the tradegy into an attack on liberals.

Paul

April 26th, 2010
6:24 pm

Good afternoon, Doggone/GA

Second SEAL court-martialed in the terrorist mistreatment affair went judge alone, no jury.

Not guilty. One to go.

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:25 pm

“Freeman, what makes you think I’m a liberal? ”

Oh my bad. Let me guess. You are a centrist not affiliated with either party or political swaying.

/rolls eyes

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:26 pm

So is Obama still backing offshore oil drilling after this incident socialism or fascism…I keep getting confused.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:27 pm

Hi Real,
I guess I’m missing who Paul is?
Otherwise, after renting a hybrid, my next car will at the very least be a hybrid, and ideally electric. Not having to pay all the Internal Combustion Engine repairs saves a significant amount over time.
I can’t buy one now, since cross-country trips aren’t realistic in electric cars just yet.
Of course, clean battery technology has to come a long way also.

I recomment baby steps. (there’s that baby again) because there could be a huge breakthrough in energy generation, energy transmission, or energy conservation that can happen at any time. Too many eggs in the wrong basket at the wrong time can be costly.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
6:27 pm

Logical Dude

I know the only place to get real seafood is on the coast. It’s been many years since I’ve been to the Gulf Coast, though.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:28 pm

Freeman,

“Quoting something from Bill Maher is about as credit worthy as me quoting something from Glenn Beck.”

Except Maher is funny and doesn’t cry all the time.

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:28 pm

“Second SEAL court-martialed in the terrorist mistreatment affair went judge alone, no jury”

Why did you address this to me? I have not mentioned nor discussed this subject in weeks. And I did see that when it was posted earlier (yesterday maybe?)

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:29 pm

Freeman, if you REALLY must use a label, then “middle of the road” is probably best. trying to lump me in with the liberals, republicans, democrats, rightwing, etc etc would just make a bad assumption.
But then, you sound like someone who would think that someone NOT blood-red Republican is on the wrong side of everything. (sorry to label you)

Union

April 26th, 2010
6:30 pm

I think I will stick with my Yukon.. gotta keep helping GM as much as possible.. plus.. at @ 15 mpg.. I am helping with taxes. :)

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:30 pm

“my next car will at the very least be a hybrid, and ideally electric”

and either one is completely useless to me. Until they come up with a full-sized, affordable van, and car, that can go farther than 60 miles I’ll stick to my gas-guzzling van and my gas high mileage car.

@@

April 26th, 2010
6:32 pm

Keeps:

Not one word from jay since the tragedy. Not one expression of concern from you leftists. Like I said…the coal miners? In them you had a purpose…their unfortunate circumstances were mentioned.

The riggers? Just couldn’t muster up any concern for those evil oil workers. The environment? Sho ’nuff!

I just call ‘em like I see ‘em.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Doggone,
Yep, if that’s what you need, that’s what you must use. Most of my family have SUV’s and some huge SUV’s. And it’s a shame the best a hybrid SUV can do is about 15% better mileage than “regular”

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Oh wait, I just thought of a label that fits me. . . “Logical”
Duh. I should have said that before. :)

Union

April 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

jewcowboy
April 26th, 2010
6:28 pm

Except Maher is funny and doesn’t cry all the time.

Funny to who? Is that guy still on tv?

AmVet

April 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

Well at least BP didn’t have a drunk, missing from the helm pilot on this one.

Paul

April 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

Real Color Wheel 6:21

[[The only reason we are lagging behind is the likes of Paul saying it can’t be done. ]]

Have you a cite for that or are you in Wonderland?

Hi Doggone/GA

I just remembered when charges were brought you were the first, I believe to list all the ’stack-on’ charges (making false official statements, impeding an investigation, that sort of stuff) they were facing. I believe you said if they were guilty it would come out at trial.

So… they’re not.

I thought you’d be happy knowing our special ops guys don’t make jihadists uncomfortable. :-)

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

@@,

“Not one expression of concern from you leftists.”

And none from you on this post either…

NRB2

April 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

“At $3 per gallon, the American people can’t afford President Bush’s failed leadership anymore.”

http://www.democrats.org/a/2006/04/bushs_ever-chan.php

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:36 pm

“Except Maher is funny and doesn’t cry all the time.”

Jewcowboy: Beck has issues. Maher is just psychotic. He’s about as funny as an oil rig or coal mine explosion.

Logical Dude: you were the one that started out of the gate stating I’m politicizing everything. I think for myself, so you can label me whatever you wish.

rknight

April 26th, 2010
6:37 pm

Logical Dude
I had tongue firmly in cheek with the sabotage thing. Kinda, sorta. As for blame: tragic accident and what with the rig a mile down, we may not ever know unless the survivors can shed some light. And yes, I was speaking of locally sourced shrimp (which are fab).

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:38 pm

“if that’s what you need, that’s what you must use”

absolutely. Heard the funniest thing this weekend. Some official wants the Obama administration to be to bicyclers what the Eisenhower administration was to cars. yep, just what we need…a national road system for bicyles. Wonder how much faster you’ll be able to cycle to California once they’ve wasted the money.

Not that I’m against SOMETHING for cycles. I’m all for better, and safer places for ‘cycles in cities…where they’re actuall of some use.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

April 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

Well, this just goes to show great Imagination at work. We don’t need no pipelines and stuff like that to get our oil. Just let it wash on shore and we can go down in our pickup trucks and get it. Heck, we can just go to the beach to get a fill-up, providing there’s enough Bubbas to figure out how to refine it when it comes ashore. And we can check our oil and top it off without doing a thing.

Things is looking up. Let’s drill baby, drill. We need more oil ashore on the whole east coast. The beaches are wasted right now, what with all the pasty-skin tourists walking on them. This could be the breakthrough we need to free ourselfs from the Towelheads.

We’re saved! Everybody have a PBR to sellabrate. We need the oil, and I need the rise in my 401k stocks.

Have a good night everybody.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

@@ — Well I guess you are following me around to know every day what I say or do, right? Does Jay have to have a daily “in rememberance” column for the daily tradegy….. Or maybe your premises has faltered. But you can call them like you see them or dont see, or make it up….or like you want to spin them… we can call you for what you are…. or rather, Jon Stewart can speak it better for me. You know what to do.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin....

April 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

Yeah and about .000000000000001 inches deep, just sayin…

And I see that our illustrious Senate has been at work-


Other areas of interest include medicines that can tell a doctor if they have been taken on time, wireless monitoring of nutritional information, and sensors worn on the body or placed around the home that can detect if an elderly person has experienced a fall, alerting emergency personnel and the person’s doctor.

“Continuous monitoring of vibrations in the floor can detect falls and classify them according to the best choice of first responders – either a 911 call or a visit from a caregiver,” University of Virginia professor Robin Felder told the committee.

Monitoring the floor? Pills that phone home?

Now who’s crazy?

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

“When gas tops three dollars a gallon and beyond, will the media blame Obama as it did Bush? ”
““At $3 per gallon, the American people can’t afford President Bush’s failed leadership anymore.”

NRB2: not any more than they’ll give credit to Bush for success in Iraq. Which, by the by, we don’t hear much whining about these days do we?

And then you have tax cheats like Geithner saying he never held a real job (like most of those running Washington right now).

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/04/25/geithner_i_never_had_a_real_job.html

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

“I believe to list all the ’stack-on’ charges (making false official statements, impeding an investigation, that sort of stuff) they were facing. I believe you said if they were guilty it would come out at trial.”

Wrong on both counts. I listed the OFFICIAL charges everytime someone – can’t remember who – challenged Jay to answer his listing of “sanitized” charges. I never said anything about whether they were guilty or not. I would never say anything except “innocent until PROVEN guilty” A list of charges does not constitute proof.

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:42 pm

“Just let it wash on shore and we can go down in our pickup trucks and get it.”

Hey sweet cheeks don’t you worry! The Community Organizer Administration is eventually going to kill off them hick trucks.

“Things is looking up. Let’s drill baby, drill.”

Pooksie: Are you quoting Palin or Obama?

Paul

April 26th, 2010
6:42 pm

Doggone/GA

Saw a Ford Transit Connect on the road today. Ford won Truck of the year for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-aeVllLSPc

Might be in your future -

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

rknight,
Darn, there I go reading literally again. I hope they can get the spill stopped quick. That’s the priority. If we can’t investigate because of the needed fixes to the rig, I’ll take fixes to the rig first. (not sure why this would happen, but it did just occur to me)

Doggone,
I’d ride the 5 miles to work if there was a bike lane at least in my neighborhood. Driving home in the dark, even with lights is touchy at best for the first/last mile. Of course, my previous jobs at 15+ miles definitely need a car.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

I’m all for better, and safer places for ‘cycles in cities…where they’re actuall of some use.

Amen to that. A lot of our problem is that we’re looking for “one size fits all” solutions. “One size” don’t fit all, so you have to tailor the solutions to different areas and different local needs.

TaxPayer

April 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

It is a good thing that this one is in shallow water.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin....

April 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

Looks like something else has been spilled-

Surprising documents made available to this author reveal that Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi has a huge financial stake in companies likely to profit from the Obama administration’s “green” policies.

Zoi, who left her position as CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection — founded by Al Gore — to serve as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, now manages billions in “green jobs” funding.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:45 pm

DoggoneGA,

“Some official wants the Obama administration to be to bicyclers what the Eisenhower administration was to cars. yep, just what we need…a national road system for bicyles.”

“We’re elevating it to the point where as we develop new road systems, as we develop communities where people can use light rail or street cars or buses, bike trails and walking paths will be equal partners, if you will, and equal components of those kinds of transportation opportunities in communities across America,” LaHood tells NPR’s Guy Raz. ”

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126263488&ps=cprs

Sounds good to me…25% of America’s car trips are under 1 mile. If the infrastructure existed for bikes that was on par with auto’s, perhaps we would use a bit less oil and have less rotund posteriors.

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:45 pm

“Might be in your future”

Not likely. It’s not big enough. I have a full-sized van for a very good reason: I have 8 dogs and I can travel with ALL of them AND camp in my van too. A glorified station wagon is no-where near big enough for me.

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
6:47 pm

“Of course, my previous jobs at 15+ miles definitely need a car.”

and I’m 35 miles away…biking is not even on the horizon for that distance. I’m chipping away at being allowed to work from home. So far I can only talk them into 1 day a week, but rumor is they’re considering allowing 2 whole days.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:51 pm

Paul,

“Saw a Ford Transit Connect on the road today. Ford won Truck of the year for it.”

Actually I’m thinking of getting rid of mr. nonjewcowboy’s Audi S8, and get a 2010 Ford Fiesta. Exchange 8 city/13 hwy for 30 city/40 hwy.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:52 pm

Anyone know where I can buy a good bicycle? Prefereably hardy yet roadworthy. Needs to be able to jump curbs(when cars run me off the road), handle off-road situations quickly (since I was run off the road), and cruise over pot-holes and railroad tracks with ease (because these are on the road).
Full reflectors, lights, and bullhorn required. (to let the cars know I am there)

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2010
6:54 pm

” I’m chipping away at being allowed to work from home.”
If everyone who could work from home, did so 1 day a week, most of our transit problems would disappear.
(okay, that’s my hypothesis, now it needs testing. How many companies will help test this hypothesis? Anyone? Anyone?)

josef nix

April 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

It’s a good thing this one is in shallow water, all right, and a good thing it’s headed for the Louisiana swamps and not the Florida beaches…we have to keep our priorities straight here…

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

Logical Dude,

Atlanta Cycling Ansley is where I’ve bought my bikes and have them tuned up.

http://atlantacycling.com/storelocator/ansley-3.htm

Are if you want a really cool folding bike for commuting:

http://www.melonbicycles.com/

JohnnyReb

April 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

JewCowBoy – Bill Maher is the reason we dropped HBO after having it since its inception (yes, I’m that old). I try to refrain from name calling in my posts, but have no problem calling Maher an idiot. He’s the worst kind of idiot – self appointed, all knowing, arrogant S O B.

Freeman – do you watch Glenn Beck? He is not fringe right. He presents the facts. Best of all, the progressives hate him.

TaxPayer

April 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

I’m surprised that no Republican has stepped up to proclaim that this accident is simply more proof that regulations do more harm than good. Don’t hold back. Give us a big Gingrich cheer, Drill this, baby, or something like that.

@@

April 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

cowboy:

See my 5:56. I’ve been following the story. Heck! I’m still following the situation in Haiti. Let’s see….while Haiti was in turmoil, the lefts’ attention was focused on some missionaries as I recall.

I have cousins in the gulf area. No doubt some of them have been touched by this tragic loss of life.

I’m off to a VBS meeting at church.

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

“If everyone who could work from home, did so 1 day a week, most of our transit problems would disappear.” Here are a few considerations:

1) It depends on your job status and the openness of management. A $25k customer service rep under micromanagement isn’t going to have a high chance of getting to work from home.

2) Some people don’t have the discipline to work from home.

3) Some people have no lives and their only outlet is interaction with co-workers.

4) Many people live in another county than where they work because they have no jobs where they live and don’t want to move.

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

josef nix,

“we have to keep our priorities straight here…”

Heck ya! Unless it is a Hawaiian Tropic oil spill….

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
7:03 pm

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
7:03 pm

“Freeman – do you watch Glenn Beck? He is not fringe right. He presents the facts. Best of all, the progressives hate him.”

I listen to him on radio when I get the rare chance. I’ve seen him on his Fox News show also on rare chance. With that said, he is not someone I’d quote for a reference or fact source. While not on the same kook wretch point as Maher, I choose to not reference him.

josef nix

April 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

And some of us lucky b*stids can get up, shower, shave, get dressed, grab a cup of coffee and walk to work all in 15 minutes…not a bad deal! :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

a good thing it’s headed for the Louisiana swamps and not the Florida beaches

That would be funny, if it weren’t so, dead-on, true. Not enough voters in the swamps of Louisiana for anybody to worry about upsetting them.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
7:06 pm

get up, shower, shave, get dressed, grab a cup of coffee and walk to work all in 15 minutes

Takes me 10 minutes to walk to the mailbox and back, but it’s an enjoyable walk.

josef nix

April 26th, 2010
7:06 pm

jewcowboy–
Was looking for some swamp links to respond to your Pensacola one, but afraid I got too carried away with the Cajun music…but I think you know what the red headed step child had in mind… :-)

TaxPayer

April 26th, 2010
7:06 pm

Look at the bright side. Folks won’t need to take any tanning oil with them to the beach. Just get out there and roll in it and you’re set for a full day of sun baking. And at the end of the day, scrape it off and dump it in the oil recycling drum at the nearest auto parts store. Do your part to keep America beautiful. Recycle.

Freeman

April 26th, 2010
7:06 pm

Jewcowboy: MARTA transit is in jeopardy in metro Atlanta. Working from home is everyone’s dream, but as to several points I posted, not reality. Finally, those hundreds of thousands in the service industries can’t exactly work from home now, can they?

josef nix

April 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

Hillbilly–
What has been going on in South Louisiana for decades has been an outrage from the ecological and cultural standpoint…the shoreline and the colorful natives are just in the way of progress and the rest of the empire’s lust for cheap energy…

I tell you what, though, I’m looking forward to the day when it’s a ten-minute walk to the mailbox for us. Unmentionable has pretty much already won out on the swamp site, so our’s will probably be a pirogue poling to the mailbox…

Paul

April 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

Doggone/GA

Eight dogs?!!?

I knew there was something I liked about you!

jewcowboy

I was wondering about the S8 but didn’t want to ask about it. Ford did a major redesign on the Fiesta. Their other winner was the Fusion hybrid for Car of the Year. Fantastic mileage but doesn’t have a hatchback like the Fiesta. Well, I guess even the Fiesta isn’t technically a hatchback, but with that rear liftgate open and the rear seats down you have a ton of room.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin....

April 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

“The numbers are staggering. Over the past year, Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune and shows no sign of slowing down. Her memoir has so far sold more than 2.2 million copies, and Palin is planning a second book with HarperCollins. This January, she signed a three-year contributor deal with Fox News worth $1 million a year, according to people familiar with the deal. In March, Palin and Burnett sold her cable show to TLC for a reported $1 million per episode, of which Palin is said to take in about $250,000 for each of the eight installments.”

obozo only made 4 million on his memories of his stoned age, no wonder Bookman is filled with envy.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
7:15 pm

okay….when I read that Glenn Beck presents the “facts”, I know that I am an alternative universe…you are entering…the twilight zone…

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

Josef

I used to listen to an internet radio station (The Ragin’ Cajun, I believe it was called) and they used to talk about those things sometimes. About what was happening to the swamps.

Seriously, the walk to the mailbox is often a highlight of my day. I may see a rabbit, a deer, some doves, a new flower blooming, an unusual cloud shape, etc. Every day is something different.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Nobody asked my opinion, but to me, Glenn Beck and Bill Maher are both obnoxious blowhards.

Keep up the good fight!

April 26th, 2010
7:21 pm

Wonder how much Bookman could have gotten if he packaged 2-3 year old interviews done by others and presented them like he did the interviews……

But then feel free tea partiers…..I am sure Sarah will come up with more ways to milk money from you. Be proud as you get taken to the cleaners….. Did she every pay back Alaska for the election costs from the governor term she did not finish? Now go ahead…lecture us about personal responsibility again and dont forget the part about quittin and putting your own personal gain ahead of the job you swore to perform when you asked the people to elect you…

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

“I knew there was something I liked about you!”

Yep, 8. Two years ago it was 10. I’m letting attrition get my numbers down though. Getting to the age where I just don’t want to deal with that many for much longer. I’ve got 2 that are 14, 1 that are 12. And I could still camp in my van, even with 10 dogs!

DoggoneGA

April 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

Oops! Ok, Ok, today is just NOT my best day! I have 2 dogs that are 14 and *2* that are 12!

schuurmans eliza

April 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

I feel for the 11 who died…and their families…..but…what….. I cant understand is..why…we have so many environmental disasters… the oil companies have destroyed….so much throughout the years….. our… environment will …never…. be the same….. how unfortunate for our children….. ..why are the oil companies… not held more accountable…..why…do we pay so much for gas when..there are billions upon billions of gallons spilled .. I know…some…. of…the money the oil companies make …are used…. to clean up the environment…I think…the ones who were in charge of this oil rig..and…the head of the company… should be fined …..and thrown into prison for life…..in turn…we …should pay …. less at the pump…..it seems only fair… …something ..has to be done….let us hope ..this doesn’t happen again…

jewcowboy

April 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

Freeman,

“MARTA transit is in jeopardy in metro Atlanta. Working from home is everyone’s dream, but as to several points I posted, not reality. Finally, those hundreds of thousands in the service industries can’t exactly work from home now, can they?”

I honestly do not have the energy to go into this…look at the website.