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Day 83: The Gulf Coast Held Hostage

To a cut-no-slack federal bureaucracy overseen by a feckless president who’d rather golf, have “date nights” and throw White House parties. Whom Big Media has allowed to say nothing about the oil spill since June 22. What, isn’t New Orleans at risk, too? Isn’t that Big Media’s favorite place? Oh, that was just when Bush was president. Yeah. He isn’t now so it’s okay that federal response is stuck on stupid.

Via Instapundit.

Three reasons why Barry should kick his own ass

Nevermind his latest “I’m really tough” speech. This quick clip from Reason.tv makes sense to me. It’s been a fed oil spill all along, unlike Hurricane Katrina, the last disaster in the Gulf.

Leadership for America

Miles of oil containment boom is waiting for use in the Gulf of Mexico, but the feds? Not interested. (Wait’ll the first hurricane. That’ll motivate ’em.)

Via Instapundit.

UPDATE:  Barry is rapidly tarnishing his own image, and not just in the oil spill, but by his weakling postures on this or that, his radical choices, and his alienated-from-the-rest-of-us nature. Meanwhile, the primaries show a resurgence of Reps. Hurry, Barry, not much time left to enact your radical agenda.

Port Aransas

PortA2With any luck, the beaches at Port A should be safe from the BP oil spill, unless there’s a big Gulf hurricane next month to drive it west to us.

Pemex oil spill was worse

The Gulf oil spill, which British Petroleum is now trying to cap, so to speak, at the wellhead five thousand feet below the surface with a steel and concrete box, is puny compared to a Pemex one back in the early 80s 1979. That sucker was spewing even more oil than BP’s until it finally was plugged up. It involved a Dallas company owned by our then-Gov. Bill Clements who was leasing equipment to Pemex, the Mexican national oil company.

The Pemex blowout’s saving grace, as I recall, was that it was scores of miles south of the Texas coast, somewhere in the Bay of Campeche. BP’s is less dramatic but more worrisome because it is relatively close to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Hence whatever oil does not sink to the bottom or get volatilized in the warm air and water will soil the beaches and fishing grounds of four states.

Though I expect the Mexicans are still trying to get the tar balls off their own beaches south of Matamoros. Pemex, long a power in Mexican politics, is far less environmental- or social-minded than BP. You just seldom read about it. Our news media rarely penetrates that far south, and Pemex and the Mexican government would not cooperate if they did.

UPDATE:  Houston Chronicle claims some of it got as far north as the beaches at Port A. Not much, apparently, as they credit “heavy rains” with washing most of it away.

Another blow for ‘peak oil’

Before it was in North Dakota. Now it’s deep under the Gulf of Mexico. Whether we need it or not is one thing. (Although it would be good not to be so dependent on dictators and absolute monarchs for it.) But the idea that we’re running out of it is pure baloney.

Via The Seablogger.