Letters: Spill thoughts

Letters: Spill thoughts

There are 24 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jul 1, 2010, titled Letters: Spill thoughts. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

As to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, two things upset me the most. 1) Back in the late '70s, here in El Paso, a young man named Tom Ogle built a carburetor that was said to give a car 200 miles per gallon.

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FYi

El Paso, TX

#1 Jul 2, 2010
Great! I love the New York...the World's Greatest city! Where high art (well, maybe the high part belongs to California!), entertainment, and culture are supreme! I don't mind if all of the Supreme Court Justices are from the Big Apple! They will be more sophisticated and aware coming from this Greatest city of cities---New York, New York!

EPISD is a Test Factory. Congratulations! Students can pass tests! Teachers can pass gas! It's just swell!
Sal

El Paso, TX

#2 Jul 2, 2010
Mike Halliday - Spill thoughts

Horrible accident, but we’ll survive

The BP oil well leak into the Gulf of Mexico is indeed a horrible accident, but not the end of the world. The gulf is huge, covering 615,000 square miles and containing 660 quadrillion gallons of water. Assume the BP well is leaking 20,000 barrels per day and does so for 120 days (four months). That would be about 100.8 million divided by 660 quadrillion and would be one gallon of oil for every 6.6 billion gallons of water in the Gulf. That would be roughly equivalent to one-millionth of an ounce of oil in a typical bathtub of water.

The Mexican Pemex oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979 was far worse than the BP well: 140 million gallons poured out of the Mexican well. After four months, an oil slick had covered about half of Texas' 370-mile gulf shoreline, devastating tourism.

During the first Gulf War in Kuwait (1990), 10 times as much oil spilled into the Persian Gulf, which is one-sixth the size of the Gulf of Mexico. What were the consequences? A 1993 UNESCO study reported "little" long-term damage was done to the environment. Half the oil evaporated, a million barrels were recovered and 2 million to 3 million barrels washed ashore, mainly in Saudi Arabia.
FEDUP

United States

#3 Jul 2, 2010
Because the polititians protect big oil!
Also the education BS is just another giant taxpayer rip off!
When are we going to wake up? The whole government is the biggest cosa nostra in existence!
And we wonder why there are so many crooks?
Just look at all your elected representatives, they're the biggest crooks around!
Shame on us for allowing these jackals to usurp our government!
The Star Chamber is true!
FEDUP

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2010
Sal, you fool, stop defending BP!
This oil spill will be America's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, republicans! Why haven't they come out woith some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Obama and apologizing to BP?
The scum bags!
Concerned Citized

El Paso, TX

#5 Jul 2, 2010
Don't 'use' Students

Garcia using students as props reminds me of someone else who used medical doctors as props. Garcia's style and tactics (intimidating, condescending, threatening, deceiving...)also remind me of someone. His reckless tax and spend philosophy remind me of someone. Garcia's empire building and cronyism hiring techniques remind me of someone.

Can you say 0-B-A-M-A
Hank

El Paso, TX

#6 Jul 2, 2010
FEDUP wrote:
Sal, you fool, stop defending BP!
This oil spill will be America's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, republicans! Why haven't they come out woith some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Obama and apologizing to BP?
The scum bags!
Obama admitted that he was in charge and in control. He accepted total responsibility idiot.
Sal

El Paso, TX

#7 Jul 2, 2010
FEDUP wrote:
Sal, you fool, stop defending BP!
This oil spill will be America's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, republicans! Why haven't they come out woith some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Obama and apologizing to BP?
The scum bags!
I was stating a fact.

Where are your facts that I am defending BP you anal orifice.

By the way - It was in federal waters and the responsibilty of the feds - MMS was busy watching porn. Don't accuse me of not knowing my facts when you liberals can't handle facts but only your own drool which is nothing more than excrement.
Danny

El Paso, TX

#8 Jul 2, 2010
FEDUP wrote:
Sal, you fool, stop defending BP!
This oil spill will be America's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, republicans! Why haven't they come out woith some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Obama and apologizing to BP?
The scum bags!
Hey FEDUP, you need to stay away from those fire hydrants, your damaging your 'head'.
Tommy G

Royse City, TX

#9 Jul 2, 2010
Concerned Citized wrote:
Don't 'use' Students
Garcia using students as props reminds me of someone else who used medical doctors as props. Garcia's style and tactics (intimidating, condescending, threatening, deceiving...)also remind me of someone. His reckless tax and spend philosophy remind me of someone. Garcia's empire building and cronyism hiring techniques remind me of someone.
Can you say 0-B-A-M-A
What an intellectually stimulating comparison to the president. That was G W Bush's style, not Obama's.
Tommy G

Royse City, TX

#10 Jul 2, 2010
Danny wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey FEDUP, you need to stay away from those fire hydrants, your damaging your 'head'.
Gosh that was funny, you might have a future as a comedian.
Tommy G

Royse City, TX

#11 Jul 2, 2010
Hank wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama admitted that he was in charge and in control. He accepted total responsibility idiot.
Don't remember the president accepting total responsibility. Then people wonder why the US electorate is considered the least informed of all industrialized nations.
Tommy G

Royse City, TX

#12 Jul 2, 2010
Sal wrote:
<quoted text>
I was stating a fact.
Where are your facts that I am defending BP you anal orifice.
By the way - It was in federal waters and the responsibilty of the feds - MMS was busy watching porn. Don't accuse me of not knowing my facts when you liberals can't handle facts but only your own drool which is nothing more than excrement.
Wow, now that was a real civilized response, your mommy must be proud.
Manuel Alvarez

El Paso, TX

#13 Jul 3, 2010
Tommy G wrote:
<quoted text>Don't remember the president accepting total responsibility. Then people wonder why the US electorate is considered the least informed of all industrialized nations.
Tommy G, your information is clearly lacking any sort of intelligence. Sorry to burst your little liberal bubble but President Obama did in fact accept blame for the BP oil spill. Here are the facts jack:

“President Barack Obama took responsibility for the U.S. response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday and extended for six months a moratorium on offshore drilling, dealing a potential setback to his own energy policy”

http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-48861...
Manuel Alvarez

El Paso, TX

#14 Jul 3, 2010
Tommy G and FEDUP get your information straight before spouting off your BS and misinformation.

“Harsh reality has a way of making itself felt, and this act is wearing thin. A small army of liberal and left-liberal apologists is on hand, however, to try and shore up illusions in the Democratic Party and Obama.”

“At an April 30 press briefing, for example, ten days after the oilrig explosion off the coast of Louisiana, by which time the monumental dimensions of the disaster were obvious to anyone paying attention, Obama issued a perfunctory statement. He made not a single reference to the 11 workers who had died, nor to the potentially devastating ecological and economic impact of the giant oil spill.”

“On the contrary, he devoted the final portion of his brief comment April 30 to defending, by implication, his government’s support for offshore drilling and making clear that he continued “to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security.” As far as concern for human life and the environment went, the remarks could not even be called going through the motions.”

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/oba...
Manuel Alvarez

El Paso, TX

#15 Jul 3, 2010
“The Obama administration intervened in court to ensure that BP’s Gulf drilling operations would go forward, even in the absence of serious environmental and safety studies, a World Socialist Web Site analysis of 2009 legal documents reveals.”

“A May 11, 2009 legal brief written on behalf of Obama’s secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, requested that the Washington, DC federal court of appeals overturn or amend an earlier decision blocking new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico’s outer continental shelf. The petition referred specifically in several instances to site “206”—the same area where the Deepwater Horizon would explode in a blowout less than one year later.”

“The court of appeals had earlier ruled that expanded deep sea drilling related to the Bush administration’s “Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 2007-2012” violated the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) because it failed to adequately analyze the “relative environmental sensitivity” of impacted areas.”

“That decision came on April 17, 2009, only 11 days after the Obama administration granted BP a “categorical exemption” from producing a legally required environmental impact study and approving its exploration plan for site 206, the future location of Deepwater Horizon.”

“In appealing this ruling, the Department of the Interior argued that the Center for Biological Diversity, which had brought the suit, had “‘not identified any injury arising from the mere existence of these [drilling] leases, nor from further exploration and development activity on the Gulf of Mexico leases.”

“Even since the explosion on the rig, the Obama administration has continued to grant “categorical exemptions” for deep sea oil drilling—27 in all, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. On March 31, Obama issued his own “Five-Year Program” for offshore and deep sea drilling; the plan surpasses even that of the Bush administration, calling for opening up areas for drilling stretching from Delaware to Florida on the Atlantic Coast as well as along Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

“The media has largely ignored the growing evidence that implicates the Obama administration in the disaster. Coverage of the oil spill, already one of the worst ecological catastrophes in history, has been eclipsed for more than a week by media focus on the failed Time Square bombing attempt.”

Obama is worst than Bush, oh the irony.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/oba...

“Support SAR, get lost. ”

Since: Oct 08

East Haven, CT

#16 Jul 3, 2010
FEDUP wrote:
Sal, you fool, stop defending BP!
This oil spill will be America's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, republicans! Why haven't they come out woith some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Obama and apologizing to BP?
The scum bags!
Why didn't Obama come up with a solution? Ignorant fool.

“Support SAR, get lost. ”

Since: Oct 08

East Haven, CT

#17 Jul 3, 2010
FEDUP wrote:
Sal, you fool, stop defending BP!
This oil spill will be America's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, republicans! Why haven't they come out woith some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Obama and apologizing to BP?
The scum bags!
Manuel Alvarez wrote:
“Even since the explosion on the rig, the Obama administration has continued to grant “categorical exemptions” for deep sea oil drilling—27 in all, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. On March 31, Obama issued his own “Five-Year Program” for offshore and deep sea drilling; the plan surpasses even that of the Bush administration, calling for opening up areas for drilling stretching from Delaware to Florida on the Atlantic Coast as well as along Florida’s Gulf Coast.”
“The media has largely ignored the growing evidence that implicates the Obama administration in the disaster. Coverage of the oil spill, already one of the worst ecological catastrophes in history, has been eclipsed for more than a week by media focus on the failed Time Square bombing attempt.”
Obama is worst than Bush, oh the irony.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/oba...
FEDUP, you fool, stop defending Democrats!
This oil spill will be Obama's undoing economically, thanks to the deregulating swines called, Democrats! Why haven't they come out with some sort of solutions, instead of blaming Bush and sucking the teat of BP?
The scum bags!

Ignorant fool.
Special Eed

Central Islip, NY

#18 Jul 3, 2010
flywatt wrote:
<quoted text>
Why didn't Obama come up with a solution? Ignorant fool.
Can you really blame Obama for the oil spill or do you blame your wife for your limp dik also.
Edwin Drake

UK

#19 Jul 3, 2010
NEWSFLASH!

OIL IS GOOD FOR BIRDS AND FISH!

3 July 2010 7:32 PDT (Reuters) In a stunning, just released case study, a group of Caribbean scientists have found that birds and fish exposed to crude oil and survive the experience become better adapted to oil spills through evolution.

"We are very excited about the preliminary findings," said Dr. Steven Coleman of the Petroleum Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, "This means that if oil spills continue, birds, fish and other wildlife will become adapted to it, possibly even utilizing crude oil as food. If such trends continue, it is theorized we could even see fish happily swimming around in pure crude oil within a decade."

There have already been observations of several pelicans, whose beaks hold more than their bellies can, greedily gobbling up delicious beach side tar balls and chasing the morsels with lighter crude, floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

"Crude oil is energy-packed and full of vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates. In addition, crude oil is also very low in cholesterol," a slurring Doctor Coleman added at the end of the interview, taking another swig from a bottle of rum.
Referee

Lonoke, AR

#20 Jul 3, 2010
Manuel Alvarez wrote:
“The Obama administration intervened in court to ensure that BP’s Gulf drilling operations would go forward, even in the absence of serious environmental and safety studies, a World Socialist Web Site analysis of 2009 legal documents reveals.”
“A May 11, 2009 legal brief written on behalf of Obama’s secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, requested that the Washington, DC federal court of appeals overturn or amend an earlier decision blocking new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico’s outer continental shelf. The petition referred specifically in several instances to site “206”—the same area where the Deepwater Horizon would explode in a blowout less than one year later.”
“The court of appeals had earlier ruled that expanded deep sea drilling related to the Bush administration’s “Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 2007-2012” violated the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) because it failed to adequately analyze the “relative environmental sensitivity” of impacted areas.”
“That decision came on April 17, 2009, only 11 days after the Obama administration granted BP a “categorical exemption” from producing a legally required environmental impact study and approving its exploration plan for site 206, the future location of Deepwater Horizon.”
“In appealing this ruling, the Department of the Interior argued that the Center for Biological Diversity, which had brought the suit, had “‘not identified any injury arising from the mere existence of these [drilling] leases, nor from further exploration and development activity on the Gulf of Mexico leases.”
“Even since the explosion on the rig, the Obama administration has continued to grant “categorical exemptions” for deep sea oil drilling—27 in all, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. On March 31, Obama issued his own “Five-Year Program” for offshore and deep sea drilling; the plan surpasses even that of the Bush administration, calling for opening up areas for drilling stretching from Delaware to Florida on the Atlantic Coast as well as along Florida’s Gulf Coast.”
“The media has largely ignored the growing evidence that implicates the Obama administration in the disaster. Coverage of the oil spill, already one of the worst ecological catastrophes in history, has been eclipsed for more than a week by media focus on the failed Time Square bombing attempt.”
Obama is worst than Bush, oh the irony.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/oba...
Shouldn't the republicans be applauding these initiatives. Wasn't expanded offshore exploration one of the McCain/Palin campaign's solutions to US dependency on foreign oil.

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