Europe still worships him and Washington’s Obamatrons remain smitten, but former supporters are turning on the President..
Whereas Europe is stuck in November 2008 and still hopelessly in love with Obama, Americans have got over the historic symbolism of it all and are now moving on as they live with the reality. That reality has now begun to dawn on some of Obama’s natural constituency – Hollywood and the Left.
The “no drama Obama” demeanour that served him so well on the campaign trail is now becoming a liability…
By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune
President Barack Obama on Friday said he knows that his six month moratorium on deepwater drilling will negatively impact Louisiana’s economy — and that’s an important acknowledgement.
But Louisianians still want to know in detail how the administration plans to help soften that potentially devastating blow, which could include thousands of job losses in a region still recovering from the 2005 and 2008 hurricanes and the failure of the federal levee system.
We also expected the president to say whether he supports legislation to give Gulf states our fair share of oil revenues now instead of in 2017. These resources are crucial to pay for coastal restoration projects. Yet the president did not mention the bill during his visit. That was disappointing.
Louisianians understand how vital it is to improve the safety of oil production, so that we don’t suffer another catastrophe like the BP oil spill. President Obama said that’s the goal of his commission tasked with reviewing the disaster and making safety recommendations during the 6-month moratorium.
But as Gov. Bobby Jindal and local officials requested, the president ought to speed up that review to minimize our economic distress. President Obama said that if the commission can “front load” its analysis and draw conclusions sooner, it should do so.
We hope that means the administration will work with the commission to implement measures that could allow safe operators to resume production earlier. Hearings by the Coast Guard and Congress, for example, have identified a series of practices and tests the government can require to improve safety now.
In the meantime, the Obama administration needs to detail its plans to assist Louisianians affected by the moratorium. The government has said workers who lose their jobs can get unemployment benefits, and small businesses can get hardship loans. But those measures would not begin to make up for the substantial economic losses we face.
At a live bait shop in Grand Isle Friday, the president said, “There are small companies like this across the Gulf and we need to make sure their voices are heard … You’ve got Thad Allen, but I want you to know that behind Thad Allen is the president of the United States.”
His words give comfort to Louisianians. But residents need to know how that will help them weather the economic hardships they now face.
The Oil Drum – By Heading Out
There has not been much change down on the sea bed where Thursday evening BP were able to put a cap onto the short riser section coming out of the Lower Riser Assembly (LRA) that sits on the Blowout Preventer (BOP) at the top of the well. I have looked in a variety of places for information on steps forward, and did discover that there is a second assembly above the cap, that I had seen, but had not been able to recognize until watching the video on capping available at the Deepwater Response site. It is here that the methanol is sent down to the cap to make sure that no crystals form within the cap. So for those who wish to keep the right names for the right parts, take note. UPDATE: I have added a request to the end of this post.
And given that I was calling the cap the 7th generation LMRP when it was (as the big 4 on the side of the yellow structure showed) neither, means I need to take my own message to heart. In this post I am going to talk about the seal under the cap.
There are four ports on the top of the cap, that continue to allow the oil that is flowing into the cap to flow back out while the cap was initially positioned, and to reduce the flow according to BP’s plans, until the system has been checked out to ensure there are no unforeseen problems. BP only slowly raised the flow rate up the pipe when they first started using the Riser Insertion Tool (RIT) starting out with a flow of around 1,000 barrels/day and then ramping it up, at the time reporting that flow ramped up first to 2,000 bd and then up to 4,000 bd. However they later rescinded the latter number and dropped the maximum flow level to around 2,200 barrels a day. Oil and gas have started flowing up to the drillship at the top of the riser where the oil is separated and stored, and the gas is being flared…]
Renew America – By Sher Zieve
Almost as if it had been created for him, it seems that the BP oil spill couldn’t have come at a better time for Obama. Just when The Obama was cogitating over how to reintroduce the Energy Cap & Tax bill — which will skyrocket energy rates so that many of us will not be able to afford basic electricity — the BP oil spill occurred. This was most convenient for Obama and his plans to continue gutting the USA and its citizens.
Suffice it to say, if US and US-based oil companies had not been forced by environmentalists to drill at depths to which humans cannot safely travel, this would not have happened. If the spill had occurred at more human-friendly depths, the clean-up would have been much easier to handle and much faster to affect. And, why is Obama still dragging his sizeable feet in allowing Louisiana and the other Gulf Coast states to begin cleanup on their own? Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) begged Obama for weeks to allow the placement of berms (raised barrier separating two areas). Obama ignored the Governor.
Even leftist James Carville — a resident of the State — begged his leader to assist with: “We’re dyin’ down here!” Finally, on 3 June, Obama relented and said he would allow the placements to begin. But, even this has not happened yet. But, it now appears it may be too late as the famously beautiful and pristine Louisiana marshlands have already been glutted with oil. Native birds are now covered with the deadly blend, while Obama fiddled, golfed, went on vacation and attended a Paul McCartney concert. Nero would be proud.
However, Obama believes this will work to his advantage. He thinks he can and will — as he did with ObamaCare — shove Cap & Trade down our throats and virtually complete his enslavement of we the American people. Don’t let him do it folks. Call your Senators and Congress people, especially those up for reelection in November, and tell them NO CAP & TRADE OR YOU’RE OUT! Obama must have his power base removed. At this juncture it truly is Obama & Co vs. the American People. He cannot and must not be allowed to get away with his newest atrocity. It is We-the-People who must now decide who is to survive. I’m counting on us!
© Sher Zieve
NY Times – By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and MICHAEL COOPER
HOUSTON — Oil continued to gush from a runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday as engineers worked to close two of four vents on a capping device lowered onto the gushing riser pipe.
“The vents remain open,” Adm. Thad Allen of the Coast Guard, who is in charge of the federal response to the oil spill, said at a briefing on Saturday morning.
Admiral Allen said that while engineers were able to bring 6,077 barrels of oil to the surface on Friday, they were hesitant to close the vents out of fear that if they did so too quickly, water would rush in and form the kind of icy hydrates that doomed a previous attempt to cap the leak.
A technician working on the operation said the engineers were also working slowly and deliberately because of a concern that the volume and velocity of the escaping oil could create so much friction on the inside walls of the 5,000-foot riser that it could force the pipe entirely off.
“It’s a complicated deal,” said the technician, who spoke on the condition that he remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly. He said the engineers began working on closing the vents Saturday morning. The speed at which they would close all four vents “depends on how everything reacts,” the technician said.
It was not immediately clear how significant a gain the initial capture of the roughly 6,000 barrels represented.
Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, official estimates have put the flow rate at 12,000 barrels to 19,000 barrels a day, although some scientists have said it could be substantially more. Government officials also said the volume might have increased by as much as 20 percent when engineers cut the damaged riser, which they did before lowering the containment dome.
Now, technicians involved in the operation say they are concerned that as they succeed in gathering more and more oil, they may have trouble handling and storing all of it. A ship on the surface is capable of collecting 15,000 barrels a day, Admiral Allen said…]
HOT AIR – By Allahpundit
The White House appears resigned to living with the BP oil spill for some time to come. But that’s not surprising—since President Obama and his team were briefed from the outset that the blowout at the Deepwater Horizons rig was epic in scope—and would not be fixable for a long, long time.
Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, a senior White House aide told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said. (Browner’s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment).
That bleak prognosis, delivered so early on, has infused Obama’s senior team with a sense of fatalism about the spill from the start. Little that has happened since has changed their mindset. Now six weeks later, the president’s top advisers expect the oil spill – and the negative stories – to continue through August.
That’s from frequent Olbermann guest Richard Wolffe. I’m not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, no less than the New York Times op-ed page was ripping Obama for being slow off the mark in dealing with the spill as far back as April 30.
On the other hand, if he really is powerless to do anything because the feds simply don’t have the expertise to cap a well the way BP does, what was he supposed to have done after Browner briefed him? He could have given a national address right away leveling with the public about the potential magnitude of the disaster — he was Captain Transparency during the campaign — but why risk that when there was still hope at the time that BP could get things under control relatively quickly?…]
Over two weeks after the catastrophic explosion and fire that killed 11 workers and caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, details are beginning to emerge about what went wrong. This diagram helps explain what was supposed to happen, and what failed.
Related Previous Posts:
The Times-Picayune: More Gulf fishing areas closed because of creeping oil spill
The New York Times: Readers’ Photos: The Gulf Oil Spill
American Thinker: Barack Obama: Let Them Eat Tar Balls
UPDATE: Rolling Stone: The Spill, The Scandal and the President
UPDATE: ZeroHedge: Why Did The U.S. Refuse International Help on The Gulf Oil Spill?
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