Quote of the day
This disaster will haunt us for some time, I’m sure. This cartoon caught my eye, as it wasn’t too far back that “Drill, Baby, Drill” was the mantra.
Awesome cartoon! The mantra hasn’t changed as far as Palin’s concerned. I don’t think Palin understands (or cares about) the effects of an oil spill.
I say drill. I’d rather get our gas and oil from here at home than to send that money overseas to other countries that hate us and want to kill us with jihad. America needs to get off our dependency of foreign oil, but I don’t see it every happening.
I think cartoons like the one reproduced here confuse people and contribute to the dumbing down of America. The cause of this disaster is at least as much Americans–Democrats and Republicans alike–demanding more and cheaper gasoline. The cause is also at least as much a failure by a U.S. government agency to enforce a regulation it put in place in 2003, “requiring companies to submit test data proving that their blind shear rams could work on the specific drill pipe used on a well and under the pressures they would encounter.” See the New York Times’ article “Regulators Failed to Address Risks in Oil Rig Fail-Safe Device”
Ms. Palin’s views are mostly not my own. Still, if one wants to attack her positions, it should be on the basis of facts.
“Barely three weeks before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, President Obama announced that he planned to open vast new tracts of ocean for oil exploration, including environmentally sensitive areas that for decades had been declared off limits by presidents from both parties.”
“… along the Gulf Coast, where drilling operations are responsible for an estimated 150,000 jobs, politicians are clamoring for an end to the deepwater moratorium, too.”
See the New York Times’ article “Regulators Failed to Address Risks in Oil Rig Fail-Safe Device”
Political cartoons are meant to be provocative, and don’t always reflect my own opinion 100%. In this case, I don’t blame any one party over the spill.
I question when they can come to their senses and give up with the oil. Alternative technology is already there to replace it all!
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