Greasy Hand

Congressman Joe Barton, a top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, personally apologized to BP, saying the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish in order to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a “tragedy in the first proportion.

I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.

It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a 20-billion-dollar shakedown.

Uh Oh. Big no no!!!  Such a statement is pissing off the American people and will most definitely impact the upcoming elections.  Still – I don’t get how the Republican GOP can refer to the oil spill as a ‘natural disaster‘ …. really?  But they sure are back peddling and fast with this one!

The oil spill in the Gulf is this nation’s largest natural disaster and stopping the leak and cleaning up the region is our top priority.  Congressman Barton’s statements this morning were wrong.  BP itself has acknowledged that responsibility for the economic damages lies with them and has offered an initial pledge of $20 billion dollars for that purpose.

The families and businesspeople in the Gulf region want leadership, accountability and action from BP and the Administration.  It is unacceptable that, 59  days after this crisis began, no solution is forthcoming.  Simply put, the American people want all of our resources, time and focus to be directed toward stopping the spill and cleaning up the mess.

I guess Senator Joe Barton will be moving away from the United States to say, England to go work for BP?
Perhaps he’s more pissed off that his stock value in BP are plummeting – badly.
I smell upcoming election tactics at play and nothing about being genuinely concerned about the American people who are deeply affected by this epic tragedy.
CLEARLY – some politicians have oil so far up their asses they can shit bullshit easier with unconscionable ease.
And in this situation – its pathetic.


More than 20 countries have offered assistance of various kinds to the US, of which very little has been accepted.  In fact, it was turning down offers to help!  That’s insane!  Why? Why would the State department refuse help that could have prevented the mess from its present state?
Yes – where it can due further damage to what is happening now – rejection isn’t a bad thing.
But where there are valid, environmental help available – and due to the urgency of the matter – why say no?
It appears as though they sat on their hands saying “I didn’t do this. Not my fault…. Not bad enough yet… nope, not yet… Well its looking kinda bad, but yeah – still I didn’t do this! Wait, Americans are pissed off at me? Really? BUT I DIDN’T DO THIS!! Man… must I do EVERYTHING around here?? No I don’t need your help – I can handle this. No worries. Wait.  What am I supposed to do? Clean that up? BUT I DIDN’T DO THIS!!! ”  And so the mess of who’s to blame continues rather than getting and accepting clearly available help – far far too late.

Almost 10,000 feet (three kilometers, two miles) of boom from Canada, 13,780 feet of boom from Mexico, skimmers and three sets of sweeping arm systems from the Netherlands, and eight skimmers and more boom from Norway, have been accepted.

The United States has said it will pay for whatever foreign assistance it receives, although BP has purchased much of the equipment accepted so far.

The 22 countries offering assistance are: Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Qatar, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Many offered their help through the International Maritime Organization, which is also sending notifications about the spill to its 169 member states.

Croatia’s mysterious offer of a “proposed solution” has been shown to engineers and technical experts and will be incorporated into the response as needed, the State Department said, without providing further details.

Yes. Because skimmers are the only solutions to the problem.  We’ll just contain it with ‘skimmers’ rather than fixing the problem.  I didn’t do this so I’m not going to fix it. Nope. Noway. Naaa-haa.

Clearly – the current administration is showing its lack to actively and PRO-actively handle crisis on a larger scale.  They can’t even craft up beautiful words to spew forth in an effort to woo constituents, as it did during the elections.  Completely and utterly…. disgusting.


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5 Responses to Greasy Hand

  1. For all the complaints about BP’s safety record, I haven’t heard any complaints about BP being too slow to hand out a check. I have heard, on the other hand, lots of such complaints about the U.S. Government making people wait interminably…so why are we doing this again? Oh yeah right. Wherever there’s a critical mass of money, a non-producing lawyer has to be calling the shots.

    It would be really nice seeing an apology from the crooks who were in charge of putting together this so-called “fund.” The word “shakedown” was entirely appropriate — just because BP did something to deserve it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t extortion — and you have to wonder which company is next. It doesn’t have to be guilty, it only has to be unpopular. And where’s the money going?

    Will it be spent any better with the Government in charge than with BP handing it out?

    When you think about it, these are the only questions that matter.

    We’re not going to see an apology from the crooks who put the fund together, no. Not for anything. Ever. Those people are shameless.

    • ~KC~ says:

      Sorry Morgan but it appears there is no winning with you on this one.
      Either its not enough or not good enough or too much.
      I’m surprised by that, honestly.

      It’s fucked up. The situation that is.
      We are dealing with politicians and you know it like I do, it’ll be one GIANT mess. How and where that money will be spent will have little to no visibility or accountability, nor will people care. All they hear is $20B and suddenly it’s all better. Did you expect anything less or more?
      Doesn’t the US have an Auditor General that yeilds a lot of power and can hold governments accountable?
      I don’t see it as ‘extortion’ from BP. It’s payback for being idiots and irresponsible businessmen.
      You want a better deal? Fight for it!
      But this whole bullshit situation – from both parties – is nothing but postering for the upcoming election. One is elbow deep in oil ass and the other is trying to save face.
      It’s not helping get the help the Gulf needs to clean up this mess and get people back to work.

  2. Cdn_Relic says:

    I am going to come at this from a totally different angle, not looking to blame anyone here,
    My angle is that Obama must be chuckling with glee all the way to the ‘proverbial Bank” with this one. One of his pre- election platforms was the need to go “green” and get away from oil. Well, if this fit doesn’t into his plan just perfectly!!! No wonder he is in no hurry to see this end, it will feed his “Green Platform” perfectly come next election. He will milk this to the maximum, for his benefit. The longer this takes the happier he is. Wonder why he can golf while this is happening? Because this suits his plans. Wouldn’t surprise me to find out that his administration is actually applauding BP behind closed for doors. He should give BP a proverbial kick-back for helping his next election. Yes, this is an ecological disaster, no doubt, but what a great blessing to Obama.

  3. I wondered if this post was maybe an attempt to tweak Old Iron?

    I mean, we got 2 separate major problems here. First is the oil spill and how it needs fixing, cleaning, and restitution is necessary for wrongdoing and the damage.

    Second: instead of restitution being obtained thru negotiation, mediation, arbitration between the wronged and the wrongdoer (and the court when necessary), what happens? The Pres steps in and dictates how much money goes where. He has no constitutional authority for this. We are falling so far down into the rabbit hole.

    As bad as the oil spill is, we must preserve rule of law above all else. Or we are doomed as a society. I highly recommend Doctor Zero’s article on this (or anything else he is excellent). It’s called the Helpless Titan, in the Greenroom at hotair dot com. (If I copy the link into this comment it may get flagged as spam).


  4. Old Iron says:

    As the gauntlet has been dropped on this one, I would like to put my two cents into this, as twice as much oil is discharged into the various waterways of Nigeria on a daily basis vs. the spill in the Gulf, and these waterways are such places as creeks, rivers and streams, not a large body of open water that is easier to access and maneuver in.

    Out of all of this I am taking away one thing… and that is some REALLY cheap BP stock that I am going to scoop up when the uptick hits on the value, or after a hostile takeover by a start up Iraqi oil company.

    Money baby… Oh, that and the fact that the coastline of the United States has this wonderful filtration item that seem to surround the place called SAND.

    Just sayin’.

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