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  •  Frankly, I don't want ANY country to be (6+ / 0-)

    "in control of deepwater drilling just off Florida's coast" -- I don't want deepwater drilling, period.

    That being said, in terms of judging a country's fitness to regulate deepwater drilling, what makes you think Cuba would do an appreciably worse job than the U.S. -- what with our Congress (and the general public) so full of Drill-Baby-Drill-chanting, climate-change-denying creationists?

    Say what you will, but Cuba is doing better than us insofar as it is a ratified signatory to the Kyoto Protocol with one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

    •  Look who's here! Hiya, PL! (4+ / 0-)
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      JanL, DawnN, Lorinda Pike, shanesnana

      I had the same thought.  How absurd that we'll only allow companies with American and Mexican leases to foul the Gulf.  Since when do we get to say who drills in international waters?

      I'd like to know Respol's safety record, but overall I find the concern over this petty and... I guess jingoistic isn't quite the right word, but you know what I mean.

      Good to see you.

      "Institutional racism doesn't require intent. It's more like inertia." --blindyone

      by Yasuragi on Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 06:36:32 AM PST

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      •  Can't find too much on Respol (4+ / 0-)
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        JanL, Yasuragi, DawnN, Lorinda Pike

        doing a quick search. There was a spill in December off Casablanca, the size of 2000 football (fields wasn't specified, it was atranslation from a Spanish newspaper) and there was a small leak or spill earlier into the Mediterranean. When I think of a poor country like Cuba,I feel that they would only see dollar signs, not worry about safety, but of course, we are no better. I don't think the issue is to stop them, but to get them to adopt our standards, once we have them in place, if we ever get there.

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