Offshore Drilling Debate - Knoxville, TN

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Joe Rader

Knoxville, TN

#1 Jun 12, 2010
There will always be errors and catastrophies like the Gulf!

Summerfield, NC

#2 Jun 12, 2010
Yes, it's called the human factor.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Brentwood, TN

#3 Jun 12, 2010
Too risky over the long haul.

Since: Nov 08

Celina, TX

#4 Jun 13, 2010
I have heard that BP was leasing the drilling rig (that exploded)at a cost of $50.000 a day.How many days did they have the rig in this location?I am sure that BP has many,many millions of $$$$ invested in this oil well.Keeping all this in mind why would they want to plug the hole?It's very clear that this well is a MAJOR GUSHER and there is still many,many millions of $$$$$ worth of oil to be captured.The first oil tanker they were funneling oil to got filled very quickly.NO ONE is talking about the $$$$ that BP is still making from this oil well.It in the best interest of BP to capture what oil they can and the hell with anything else.If they plugged the well BP would go bottom up and I'am sure that they are looking at their best interest.It makes me sick that they feed the american public a bunch of BULLSHYT and expect us to believe it.such as the junk shot and golf ball bullshot.If the people believe this SHYT then I'AM in the wrong line of work.

Since: Nov 08

Celina, TX

#5 Jun 13, 2010
I made a mistake...The cost of leasing the drilling rig was $500,000 a day.

Knoxville, TN

#6 Jun 14, 2010
Ask your senators/reps these questions.

When was the leaking oil well in the Gulf first drilled?
How old is the blow out preventor?
Was the B.O.P. new when it was installed?
Was the drill site ever shut down and plugged?
(Due to perhaps a hurricane)
If the drill site was shut down,how long was it shut down?
If it was shut down,was the B.O.P. left in place?
Where they drilling out the plug when the blow out occurred?
Did they use sea water,instead of heavy mud,to drill out the plug?(If this was done,the dead were killed by criminal negligence.)
Could the B.O.P.,if left under the sea,have corroded/failed?
Could another B.O.P. been placed over the "old" B.O.P.?
What are the federal guidelines for such a hypothetical procedure?

Sevierville, TN

#7 Jun 14, 2010

“Obamunism - Political Failure”

Since: Feb 08

Out here in the country

#8 Jun 14, 2010
The idiot EPA collects samples while the Gulf Region suffers. Nothing wrong with sample collection, but this is the agency that is supposed to look out for America's environment.

Why has Lisa Jackson not been more visible. Can African Americans just not handle the jobs they have been so graciously given in this administration?

The EPA is a lot like the United Nations. They have become nothing of consequence and should be de-funded. They are useless.
c. t. linge

United States

#9 Jun 22, 2010
Alternative energy sources need to be explored and employed for the benefit of mankind.

Knoxville, TN

#10 Jun 22, 2010
NightSerf wrote:
Too risky over the long haul.
There is plenty of oil without drilling in the most difficult places imaginable. There are plenty which were capped decades ago, which are now usable again.

We will never be cut loose of this 100yr old technology without a bloodbath. Its too useful for us to be tethered to the state for energy. It isnt just the energy companies who suppress new tech, and individual power tech. They work hand in hand against us.

Just think of what would happen if we had our own unregulated power for our homes and our life, travel, etc. We wouldn't need the state for much, would we? In fact, we could shrink the govt by 80 percent. Overnight.

Ford sells diesel cars in Europe which get 65 to the gallon and have all the pep one could want and more. 25 years ago we had cars getting 40 to 45mpg.

Today they are showing commercials touting the MPG of 35 mpg cars. Its all bullchit. All of it. We live in a world of complete naiveté and bullchit.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Brentwood, TN

#11 Jun 22, 2010
We need a national strategy that combines timing the development of fossil energy within our domain and the development of non-fossil alternatives. If we develop the fossil resources too soon, they will not be available when other sources become depleted or are simply too expensive to use and possibly before newer resources and conservation can be combined to fulfill our requirements.

Those who know me understand that rabid nationalism is not a part of my makeup. But this is one instance where national interests override international cooperation unless a sound national plan can be reliably coordinated with an international one. This is one issue that requires all Americans to set aside political differences and work together.

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jun 23, 2010

The abrupt halt to new sign-ups for TVA’s Generation Partners program has rallied the state’s fledgling solar industry to action.

About 40 industry representatives joined a quickly arranged phone call Friday to discuss TVA’s decision, which froze new applications to the alternative energy program and put in limbo a number of local solar projects already in the works.

Through the Generation Partners program, TVA credits customers for electricity generated at their homes or businesses via systems powered by the sun, the wind or biomass. Most of the customers chose solar systems, which with state and federal grants have encouraged Tennessee companies to build and finance such projects.

TVA has agreed to meet with solar companies Wednesday prior to a meeting in which the agency and its distributors will discuss how to restart the program. TVA said an influx of applications has put the pilot program at risk of exceeding a 200-megawatt,$50 million limit for such initiatives.

According to TVA, the onslaught of applications followed changes to the process that allows customers to get pre-approval for their projects before installation.

Knoxville, TN

#13 Jun 24, 2010

TVA reversing Generation Partners program suspension

"...."TVA is honoring all 264 agreements, and we are launching a process to evaluate additional projects totaling more than 200 kilowatts each"

I predict the process will not be so appealing

“My Bad! Just hold me. ”

Since: Aug 07

Orion's Belt

#14 Jun 25, 2010
Until this oil flow/leak has stopped, there should not be any drilling at this time. My heart goes out to all the workers standing about on 'hold' at the moment. But think it best for now.

Summerfield, NC

#15 Jun 27, 2010
I'm doing my part. We have a BP boycott going on here but I am boycotting the boycott. I am now buying all my gas from BP and enjoying every minute of it. Where else but America could one have the privilege of boycotting the boycott. The Obama-Soros-Brazil triangle is doing well I hear. More power to them.

Knoxville, TN

#16 Jun 28, 2010
MrOwl1939 wrote:
I'm doing my part. We have a BP boycott going on here but I am boycotting the boycott. I am now buying all my gas from BP and enjoying every minute of it. Where else but America could one have the privilege of boycotting the boycott. The Obama-Soros-Brazil triangle is doing well I hear. More power to them.
It figures.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#17 Jun 30, 2010
Boycotting BP is only hurting your local business people. They had nothing to do with the oil spill. If BP goes under how will they continue to fund cleaning up the spill? Think about it. Oh wait, it will fall to the American taxpayer and stress an already struggling economy.

If the Gulf coast economy is destroyed, the rest of the country will follow. I bet half of those people holding hands on the beach, jumped into their gas guzzling SUVs afterwards.

Summerfield, NC

#18 Jul 7, 2010
Obama doesn't like anything British, I.E. bust of Winston Churchill nor any thing with British in its name due to the interring and supposedly torture of his Mau Mau Granddad in Kenya. Soros/Obama, Inc. are using your taxpayer money to explore and drill for oil off the Brazilian coast, then move all the platforms from the Cuba/Russia/Venezuela/China Gulf of Mexico and the communist/socialist Soros/Obama, Inc. conglomerate can reap the dividends. Isn't capitalism wonderful? Even communists and socialists can reap capitalism.

“Laugh Every Day”

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#20 Mar 30, 2011
Offshore,onshore..America needs to use our own resources.

Knoxville, TN

#21 Aug 11, 2011
If we subsidized solar, wind, and bio renewable energy ventures by the same amount we do gas/oil, everyone would be able to afford it.

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