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June 23, 2010

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She's not so dumb after all.

It seems Ma Gaia is still kicking his ass.
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peter

Is it 2013 yet? when does this bad dream end? How funny is that fly landing on his lip look? There is a God.

Clarice

Maybe the reporter is BFF with whomever at the WH is urging more thuggish behavior by the light bringer.

Jack is Back!

Reuters does have a great cafeteria on Fleet St. down from Ludgate Hill.

Janet

That fly on his lip picture could end this Presidency. Really, young people would be done with him. I know it is superficial, but they only voted for Obama cause they thought he was cool. A BIG fly on your lip makes you uncool....no way around it.
That picture & the video LUN of Obama killing a fly...well...that should finish him with the superficial crowd.
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Clarice

I think typepad ate this so I'll repost it.
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/judge-was-right-to-lift-obamas-deepwater-drilling-moratorium/?singlepage=true>Drilling moratorium

Clarice

Now the administration has stopped sand dredging to create the protective berms

EW ORLEANS -- The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.
The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.
Nungesser said the government has asked crews to move the dredging site two more miles farther off the coastline.
ttp://www.wdsu.com/news/23997498/detail.html

Captain Hate

Skimmers are being left idle instead of scooping up the oil. Il Douche should be getting pounded with questions about this 24/7.

Pofarmer

Can't remember now where I heard the comment yesterday. Maybe by the former President of Shell on Hannity. Anyway. They said that there are now 20 skimmers working in the gulf. The U.S. apparently has 2000, but, they are reticent to use them because there might be an oil spill.

Extraneus

Great article, Clarice.

On to the politics of Obama illegally shutting down offshore drilling, so as not to let a crisis go to waste.

Appalled

Clarice:

Interesting analysis. I think this will turn out to be more important as an outline as to how the EPA regulations on carbon emissions can be overturned, than as a successful injunction. I think the administration can find an administrative record that supports a moratorium fairly easily. They just need to make sure the experts they select actaully agree to the conclusions in their report. Alternatively, they can impose the moratorium on drills going deeper than 1,000 feet, rather than 500 feet. I wonder if Salzaar is regretting the stupidty of misrepresenting the opinions of his peer reviewers right now (or was the change the White House's bright idea?)

I have a bad feeling that we are going to see a lot of cases which deal with the limits of regulatory power under the Administrative Procedures Act. This administration likes to use its regulatory authority and really does not seem to care much for jumping through the rather minimal hoops of the APA.

Pofarmer

Makes Nagin look competent.

Jane

All I can say is we need a lot more Feldmans in this world.

Clarice

Appalled, I do think the EPA case will, subject to similar scrutiny , also fail.

salazar can not again make up facts and hope to get away with it. I predict his new moratorium will be much smaller than the original one and there will be continued scrutiny now of every step he takes.


Janet

Our President -

and following close behind....

Pofarmer

I wonder if Salzaar is regretting the stupidty of misrepresenting the opinions of his peer reviewers right now

More than likely simply regretting he doesn't have more dictatorial powers.

Janet

His cycling buddy -

Extraneus

I would imagine Salazar does regret being caught in a blatant, bald-faced lie. "Misrepresenting" seems a tame way to describe a claim that experts agreed with the moratorium when they didn't. That's pretty egregious.

So is Salazar a complete idiot, or was he just hoping they'd be wise enough to keep their mouths shut and not give Dear Leader any trouble?

Pofarmer

So is Salazar a complete idiot

Salazar, Chu, Napalitano, Sebelius, Jones, Jarret- There's just too many to chose from.

Jane

And every one of them is cut from the same cloth.

Appalled

Extraneus:

I think there is a good chance someone in the White House made the change in the report -- not the Interior Secretary. As you say, a change like that is pretty egregious, and it suggests Chicago politics, rather than the politics Salzaar is used to.

So, there was a complete idiot invovlved -- just not sure it was Salzaar.

Ther irony of this is that it is pretty clear from the record that the experts were OK with a moratorium of drilling over 1,000 feet. Why didn't the WH just latch onto that? It would have had the same "dramatic" feel as the moratorium they proposed, and would have been far more defensible.

Sue

Janet,

LOL.

Clarice

Thanks, Jane. Appalled, I think that's what Salazar's new moratorium will involved, but if so he'd better be sure every i is dotted because if I can figure that out so can the industry and the states involved and they surely will shred his sorry ass in the next hearing if it isn't better than the first report accompnying the initial moratorium.


EPA better double check its slide rules, too. The techno-militias are grouping.

Danube of Thought

Didn't the Supreme Court already rule that the EPA can regulate carbon?

Danube of Thought

Unexpected:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sales of new homes collapsed last month, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer get government incentives.

The Commerce Department says new home sales fell in May from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 300,000. That was the slowest sales pace on records dating back to 1963.

They are crazee in this administration about energy and climate.

The EPA is dead in the water. They depended upon IPCC science, and it is compromised.
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narciso

If this was an isolated instance, I would consider it a fluke on Salazar's part, only
Dickinson at RS, thinks Salazar is an oil industry flunky; the cancellation of the Arctic Survey, the myriad tax loophole reversals, all 'death by a thousand cuts'

Clarice

I believe they did,DoT, but do you suppose that absolves of the EPA of their responsibility to act in a rational manner based upon real evidence?

glasater

On the topic of plugging holes:

Enquirer Bombshell: Al Gore in Sex Attack

Appalled

glasater:

So, Al Gore attacked a really cute, stacked girl working for the Enquirer? Ewwwwwww

All this global warming has really cooked his brain.

Did you all read the report from the Univ. of Pa's Center for Law and Environment?

That's the key, C, and they don't have evidence that will stand up in court. I don't remember exactly the details, but the EPA must do its own science, and they haven't. Now, their subcontracted science turns out to be massively flawed.

This is the only thing that gives me hope. The EPA can be held off in court until 2012.

In court, a real climate debate can be held. And the alarmists haven't a case.
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How do you like my verb 'is knocked out' to describe the future?

It is just another example of the fecklessness of this administration. If they had sensible feelers out they would know that the skeptics are winning the battle and they would alter tactics, but no, full speed ahead into the Big Muddy.

A lot of other countries aren't catching on either, though. Kevin Rudd is knocked out tomorrow at least partly because he backtracked on his Emissions Trading Scheme, the Aussie cap and trade.
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Ignatz

--Didn't the Supreme Court already rule that the EPA can regulate carbon?--

I believe they ruled that they can regulate CO2 but only subject to a specific, scientificly robust finding that it is a pollutant. As kim notes, they may have a bit of trouble establshing that finding in a court setting subject to scrutiny of their "science".

Going, going, going.

I'd like to plead 'international date line' but really, I'm just confident in the reports from there.
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glasater

Appalled--I don't think the Enquirer has this masseuse on their payroll--but one never knows..

It really is an "eeeewww" headline though:-)

That is straight out of one of the skeptics' playbooks.

Ah, the poor little Clinton wannabe. I'll bet Bill is laughing his ass off over this climate business. Not long ago, Bill called CO2 'plant food'.
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Funny if both Hillary and Sarah took up the cause.

I thought that 'plant food' comment was the first shot of the upcoming Clinton/Obama slugfest. He's still got feelers out.
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Dave (in MA)

How Kennedyesque.

OK, I'm gonna have to think about that one a little before I'll defend it.

How male. Ducks. You don't see women politicians in these messes much.
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PD

Looking at the rear tire in that photo of Obama on the bike, it's clear he doesn't follow his own advice about keeping tires inflated.

He's an idiot either way.

Maybe the trailer is poorly balanced.
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PD

That whole thing about ass-kicking was a loser from the start. If you need to be *advised* about where to deliver the blow, it's clear you're no leader.

Even giving away 20 years.

Guess who'd win a bike race, Dubya or the One?
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JM Hanes

Precisely what were Fish & Wildlife's "concerns," I wonder?

Appalled, I think what the experts recommended was more pause than moratorium. IIRC, someone on the Salazar team also stated that the add-on came directly from "the White House."

Dave (in MA)

Janet, that bike looks like it needs a few accessories to make it look right:

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:9a9BMWK-DTzaHM:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4193jgj8GVL._SL500_.jpg>
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:xzNWCgqxHEaGzM:http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.11935391.jpg>
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:xUBW2BeDr8cq3M:http://glenysromeandbeyond.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/pink_metal_bike_horn.jpg>

Rob Crawford

Guess who'd win a bike race, Dubya or the One?

Dubya'd give him the win, because Dubya has nothing to prove.

Extraneus

In case anyone didn't see they NYT video of the blowout protector, or more specifically the blind shear ram, click the link.

Rob Crawford

Ext -- I thought that was going to be about Biden. You know, "blowout protector" and "blind... ram".

Extraneus

Heh, yes I probably should have added some context, especially after that Enquirer thing about Gore.

(It's the failsafe device that was supposed to cap the well.)

Neo

“It’s kind of like a kid coming to school saying, ‘The dog ate my homework.’ It’s childish. This is what children do until they mature. They don’t accept responsibility.”
Pee Wee Obama … don’t let this guy near a theater

daddy

Begich">http://www.ktva.com/politics/ci_15349129">Begich Calls for Creating Spill Escrow Account

"The Guaranteed Oil Spill Compensation Act of 2010, which has garnered co-sponsorship from Democratic senators in Oregon and Minnesota, would put the secretary of the Interior in charge of assessing damage caused by a spill and determining how much money a company would have to deposit in the account."

Don't know about you guys but I'm not comfortable with this lying Secretary Of the Interior having the authority Begich wants to give him.

flodigarry

That picture of Obama reminds me of the scene in The Terminator where Arnold has a fly hanging out on his face. Apparently the Cyborgs have landed.

Pofarmer

Interesting. Found out this morning that I know one of the guys on the Helix ship that is doing the collection and separating at the BP well. I thought it was his vessel, but I wasn't sure. His take? Govt intervention is making this much worse than it would otherwise be. BP and contractors wanted to go "assholes and elbows" on several different things, and govt regulators have called them off, everytime. We're not hearing nearly all of it.

Rob Crawford

BP and contractors wanted to go "assholes and elbows" on several different things, and govt regulators have called them off, everytime. We're not hearing nearly all of it.

Did he offer any guess as to why? What excuses are the regulators giving?

Pofarmer

Did he offer any guess as to why? What excuses are the regulators giving?

No specifics at this time. He said the govt regulators, not BP, cancelled the top kill operation. BP wanted to continue it. BTW, the "top cap" that they are using to collect the oil, is, I bet, a modification of a system that is designed to be hooked onto a bouy floating underwater to do production work. BP and Govt had nothing to do with it. That thing is Helix baby. Don't let somebody try to convince you that some sooper dooper govt team came up with the idea.

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