Appeal court - Drilling

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Registered: 08-16-2005
Appeal court - Drilling
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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 9:43am

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/08/national/main6659568.shtml?tag=stack


NEW ORLEANS, July 8, 2010


Appeals Court Nixes Drilling Moratorium, Too
Federal Court Refuses Obama Administration Request To Maintain Ban on Offshore Drilling

(CBS/ AP)


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Registered: 03-10-2010
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 9:51am

"The harm is just too great to let this go on without a full safety review," she said"


I agree here.

 

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Registered: 12-02-2009
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 11:13am

Man, that Obama. What a flip-flopper. Whatever is politically expedient.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704699604575342843359124882.html?KEYWORDS=obama+oil+drilling

Less than four months after President Barack Obama took office, his new administration received a forceful warning about the dangers of offshore oil drilling.

The alarm was rung by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., which found that the government was unprepared for a major spill at sea, relying on an "irrational" environmental analysis of the risks of offshore drilling.

The April 2009 ruling stunned both the administration and the oil industry, and threatened to delay or cancel dozens of offshore projects in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite its pro-environment pledges, the Obama administration urged the court to revisit the decision. Politically, it needed to push ahead with conventional oil production while it expanded support for renewable energy.

Another reason: money. In its arguments to the court, the government said that the loss of royalties on the oil, estimated at almost $10 billion, "may have significant financial consequences for the federal government."

The U.S. Court of Appeals reversed its decision and allowed drilling in the Gulf to proceed—including on BP PLC's now-infamous Macondo well, 50

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 11:19am
Yes...many people jumped all over Obama for saying drill baby drill (not literally) in March. He sure learned his lesson! Oil drilling is NOT safe or environmentally friendly. It takes only one mistake to teach that lesson. Why, oh why didn't he listen to the environmentalists? Now, not only was he WRONG about offshore drilling, but he must step back from it altogether. If only instead of a total moratorium on new deepwater drilling (shallow water continues, existing wells continue), he had ordered a strict safety review of (first) BP deepwater drilling rigs, he'd be far better off politically. He should have known that corporations like BP play fast and loose with safety.

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Registered: 12-02-2009
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 11:30am

>>He should have known that corporations like BP play fast and loose with safety.<<

So in-other-words, HE played loose with safety.

I appreciate your candor.

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 11:35am
One of the things that I can't get out of my mind was that Obama was about to give BP a safety award, and I thought I read for this rig, when the explosion happened. In any case that tells me that they were looking at BP, their safety record and violation record...
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Registered: 03-10-2010
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 12:26pm
Yup...by trusting oil companies to do the right thing, he was playing fast and loose as was too deferential to the oil companies. If this had been Exxon, it would still have been too deferential. We can't trust corporations like oil companies and mining firms to do what is right for safety. We must assume that they will only do what they are forced to do with regard to safety. Obama and any president who trusted oil companies, mining firms, etc. were chumps.

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Registered: 09-08-2006
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 1:36pm


<huge economic implications.>>


Apparently, that takes precedence over ecological and environmental

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2005
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 2:29pm

Just FYI, I didn't underline or bold anything in the article, the stupid IE did.


iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2006
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 2:41pm

Laura, not meaning you when I responded.

 

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Registered: 02-28-2010
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 3:28pm
Hey,

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