Gulf of Mexico Idiocy Crosses Atlantic

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 13 Jul 2010 07:51
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The crap that politicians spout is never ending, and the case of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico is no exception. The whole demeanour of the Obama administration has been about trying to look tough, rather than to find solutions or understand what really happened.

Now this idiocy has crossed the atlantic.

The EU Energy commissioner is calling for a moratorium on drilling in the North Sea.

Immediate action: utmost caution must be exercised for the moment with respect to new drillings. As said, given the current circumstances, any responsible Government would at present practically freeze new permits for drilling with extreme parameters and conditions. This can mean de facto a moratorium on new drills until the causes of the accident are known and corrective measures are taken for such frontier operations as the ones carried out by the Deepwater Horizon.

We have the first uncontrolled event in the more than 30 years of off shore experience, and now everyone is coming out of the woodwork and saying lets stop.

For the help of Mr Oettinger
here are a few pointers:

  1. The BP spill happened at one of the deepest water drilling sites in the world. It is the ewtreme conditions that are hampering the operation to cap the flow. The North Sea is far shallower.
  2. Stopping drilling offshore in Europe will not reduce environmental risks, just shift them
  3. Offshore Africe is the next big area for deep sea drilling. Some of the unemployed rigs in the USA are already on their way. I doubt that African countries have the same level of safeguards as the USA or EU.
  4. This type of spill will probably never happen again, not because of politicians but because oil companies have seen the price that BP is paying.
  5. Norway, the single biggest oil producer in the North Sea was sensible enough not to join you little club, and as such is beyond the reach of your sticky paws.
  6. Finally, as energy commissioner your duty is to balance energy needs with social responsibilities, not panic like a little girl facing a hairy spider.

It must be lovely to be a politician. They are responsible for none of the world's problems, and in possession of all the answers. I wonder sometimes why, with omniscient beings like this, looking out for our welfare, there are any problems left in the world.


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