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No more excuses.  Shut them down.  Shut them all down.  Now.

I have commented here previously that I wanted ALL offshore drilling stopped.  Not just new drilling.  All drilling.  60 Minutes tonight has confirmed my worst fears.  It's not just that the negligence was criminal (in 48-point bold type).  No, as horrific as it is now, there are other deadly rigs out there, other catastrophes waiting to happen.

Now, there is new concern about another BP facility in the Gulf: a former BP insider tells us the platform "Atlantis" is a greater threat than the Deepwater Horizon.

Ken Abbott has worked for Shell and GE. And in 2008 he was hired by BP to manage thousands of engineering drawings for the Atlantis platform.

"They serve as blueprints and also as a operator manual, if you will, on how to make this work, and more importantly how to shut it down in an emergency," Abbott explained.

But he says he found that 89 percent of those critical drawings had not been inspected and approved by BP engineers. Even worse, he says 95 percent of the underwater welding plans had never been approved either.

BP is showing flagrant disregard for even the minimum of safety concerns.

In 2008, BP manager Barry Duff wrote that the lack of approved drawings could result in "catastrophic operator errors," and "currently there are hundreds if not thousands of Subsea documents that have never been finalized."

I don't think the "bad apple" propaganda is likely to work here.

"The Atlantis is still pumping away out there--200,000 barrels a day, and it will be four times that in a year or two when they put in all 16 wells. If something happens there, it will make the Deepwater Horizon look like a bubble in the water by comparison," Abbott said.

There are even more dangerous rigs than the DeepShit BeyondTheHorizon rig, and BP is racing full speed ahead into even worse disasters.  It boggles the mind.  And is there any reason not to conclude that ALL of the oil companies are behaving in the same massively criminal way?

This is no time to be cautious.  This is no time to speak of measured, incremental change, of hesitant baby steps, of miniscule re-regulation.  This is a time for mountainous rage.  This is a time for screaming.  This is a time for an all-out attack on Oil.  

This is the time to declare war.  

Not like the War on Poverty.  Not like the War on Drugs.  And not like constantly repeated but never actually declared War on "Terror". No.  War like the war against Nazi Germany, like the war against the Japanese Empire.  A declaration of war against the stateless entities that have sentenced the Gulf of Mexico to a slow agonizing death,  the entities that have destroyed part of the Great Barrier Reef, the entities that destroyed Prince William Sound in Alaska, the entities that have dumped huge quantities of oil into the world's oceans, and fully intend to continue doing so.

The oil companies.  The organizations that demonstrate that the pen - or the checkbook - truly is mightier than the sword.

These stateless entities have infiltrated governments around the world, and are part of a controlling oligarchy in many, including, of course, our own.

The Deepwater Horizon is largely the fault of the Bush Administration, but Obama put an oil man in charge at Interior, and had the gall to push for more offshore drilling. And if the Atlantis blows, while Obama and Congress fiddle, that mega-catastrophe will be their fault.  As if such picayune concerns will mean anything then.  In the face of such overwhelming apocalyptic disaster, business as usual won't work.  We are in a post-BP-gusher world.

Forget the stupidly-named War on Terror.  Stand up and start fighting back against the continuing War on Terra.

/End rant.

Originally posted to tle on Sun May 16, 2010 at 07:13 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  I like your poll, but what WILL happen (6+ / 0-)

    is a combination of options 1 and 3.

  •  The Gulf of Mexico should be renamed (5+ / 0-)

    The BP Dead Sea!

    ...someday - the armies of bitterness will all be going the same way. And they'll all walk together, and there'll be a dead terror from it. The Grapes of Wrath

    by deepsouthdoug on Sun May 16, 2010 at 07:20:45 PM PDT

  •  I'll be waiting when all the organizations decide (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joanneleon, tle, reddbierd, JeffW, DawnN

    to finally march by the hundreds of thousands, hopefully millions in the streets and demand this crime against humanity and the earth ends.

    Sending emails will not move them.
    Writing to your congresspersons will not move them.
    Calling them up and getting mad will not move them.

    The only thing they fear is massive protests in the streets.  Until then we will continue to live in the dark ages of the present civilization till it cease.

    People always let things hit their doorsteps before they act.  

  •  Well ... (8+ / 0-)

    isn't the real point to take seriously our need to end our oil addiction rather than 'war' against oil companies?

  •  This is a overreaction the likes of which our (2+ / 0-)
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    vc2, erush1345

    former Decider-in-Chief Mr. Bushman himself would be proud.

    I wanted ALL offshore drilling stopped.  Not just new drilling.  All drilling.  

    I'm not quite ready to punish other countries (I mean companies) for what one country (I mean one company - British Petroleum) is reputed to have done). Let's focus on BP, unless there is other convincin information.

  •  You misstate the head of the department of (2+ / 0-)
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    tle, vc2

    interior's background, he used to be a senator, attourney general of Colorado, and privat practice lawyer. His family has a long history of ranching older than this republic.

    You might be intersed in his latest 100% approval rateing from Leage of Conservation voters. Liberal he's not, lover and wana be protector of all things out doors he is.

    "Don't fall or we both go" Derek Hersey

    by ban nock on Sun May 16, 2010 at 08:19:20 PM PDT

    •  Wouldn't be the first time. (0+ / 0-)

      But I have read some very negative assessments on him.  However, I have not delved into it myself, so I must apologize for that shot.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Sun May 16, 2010 at 08:44:36 PM PDT

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  •  War on oil? Okay, you first. (3+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Rei, marsanges

    Do you drive a car? Don't.

    Can't take the bus; that uses oil too.

    So, for that matter, do many trains that aren't on an electrical third-rail system.

    (And if they are electric, you'd best do your due diligence and see where the city's getting its power from. Of course, you should also ensure that you aren't getting power from oil-fired plants - and if you are and can't change it, time to do without lights.)

    Air travel is, of course, right out.

    Oh, and time to not buy anything you own or use that has plastics that you can't confirm to be corn-based, because those are most likely made from petroleum. That doesn't just mean no more toys for Junior; that also means that if your margarine comes in a plastic tub, you don't buy it.

    Good luck.

    What have you done for DC statehood today? Call your Rep and Senators and demand action.

    by mistersite on Sun May 16, 2010 at 08:21:56 PM PDT

    •  You mistake my message (1+ / 0-)
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      Marja E

      While I did say declare war on oil, I capitalized it.  I then said declare war on oil companies, which is what I meant when I capitalized Oil.  And I said stop all offshore drilling, not all drilling.

      The oil companies in general, and in the area of offshore drilling in particular, are engaging in a massive assault on the environment, and it's clear that they just don't care.  Even if we could trust them, which we can't, the damage from blowouts on deep wells is, as we're seeing, immense.

      In any case, I don't agree with the implied equivalence of consumers to oil companies.  I would very much like to eliminate oil from the economy, but I don't have the power to start making that happen.  Consumers are very much constrained by the existing societal structures.  I have promoted the idea of a carbon feebate in previous diaries, which would at least encourage conservation, starting us in the right direction.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Sun May 16, 2010 at 08:40:35 PM PDT

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    •  This is a really stupid argument. (2+ / 0-)
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      tle, Marja E

      Riding the bus is better, hands down, than driving your car. They are not equivalent just because they both burn fossil fuels. One clearly uses much much less, and is therefore the better alternative.

      If we all started riding public transportation a few things would happen. 1) Our access to public transportation would improve. 2) We'd use significantly less oil, therefore we'd need to drill for significantly less oil. 3) From necessity comes invention, and so improvement in the efficiency of public transport and the very makeup of our infrastructure would soon follow.

      Plastics? How about instead of buying no plastics, you re-evaluate how much and how often you need to buy them? It's absolutely stupid to argue that since you might need something (say, a tube for your bike tire), then you may as well go nuts and over consume. Stupid. Buy what you need, and think about whether or not you actually need it in the first place.

      Take your asinine argument elsewhere, please.

      •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

        Because the busses around here are mostly empty and have to take long routes to pick up enough passengers, and if you do the math, everyone would be better off driving an SUV by themself.  :P  It's that bad.

        Busses work great in densely trafficked areas.  Elsewhere, not so much.

  •  OK but you need to cut US oil use 10%. (2+ / 0-)
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    tle, congenitalefty

    Remember that Saudis cutting US oil imports in 1972, just 5% of US supply, collapsed US economy. Gulf rigs 10% of US supply would zap US economy in two ways. Oil prices would likely double and US would need to import 10% more of its oil costing US economy close to $1T for increased price of oil and increased oil imports.

    US is 50% less energy efficient and we can cut our oil use by 50% by it would take a Manhattan Project effort over the entire economy and a 10-15 implementation period to do it in an orderly fashion.

    I'm all for doing that but have to be realistic and have a real plan and figure 5% per year reduction on oil bringing on more efficient technology, mostly in transportation.

    •  But we've had thirty years (0+ / 0-)

      since the Saudis decided to flex their muscle. Decades that we've wasted, cringing in fear, kowtowing to Big Oil.

      Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House roof. Ronnie Reagan took them down.

      We've known for a long time that there are viable alternatives to fossil fuel dependency, and they're more viable all the time, thanks to tech research and development -- but where're the big profits for the oil companies in that?

      I'm sick of nothing getting done unless there's profit in it for the few. As far as I'm concerned government shouldn't only protect the rights of the individual, but also promote the benefit of the many. Most of us just aren't making it being trickled down on.

      Our clean energy Manhattan Project should've started a generation ago -- think where we'd be now if it had.

      Better late than never? Or is it too late already?

      "And as she ladled more chicken soup into my already overflowing bowl, she'd whisper into my ear, 'The capitalists need unemployment to keep wages down.'"

      by congenitalefty on Sun May 16, 2010 at 09:28:23 PM PDT

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      •  We are where we are. No use bitch'in. (0+ / 0-)

        Two steps ahead of you on why we shouldn't be where we are but here we are nonetheless complain'in or wish'in otherwise doesn't change it.

        US can cut its oil use 50% in 10 years, 5% per year by an aggressive program of technological upgrading. We are 50% less efficient than developed economies so the means are there in current technology.

        But just shutting down the US off shore wells doesn't work.

  •  We need to successfully boycott BP (1+ / 0-)
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    Marja E

    Boycott BP and work to get others to boycott BP. If enough people stop buying their products, BP will go under. Every other oil company in the world will take notice that oil geysers = massive public anger = going out of business.

    Make oil companies fear oil geysers more than anything else. That way you can be sure they'll get their ducks in a row.

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