| Obama's Woeful Lack of Presidential Leadership
Is Making The Gulf Catastrophe Much
by William Schmidt, Ph.D.
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The Gulf of
Mexico is now being destroyed by British Petroleum. Obama
is tied up in knots of indecision. On
April 20, 2010, an entire month ago, BP
lost control of is deepest well. To save
$500,000 in the well's construction,
BP chose to not install a remote
emmergency cut-off valve that would have
prevented this spillage calamity. Since
then a volcanic eruption of oil from
4 miles below the surface of the sea has been
spewing into the Gulf. Estimates
are now that 95,000 barrels of crude oil are leaking
each day. This is 19 times
larger than British Petroleum admitted at
first. The oil is coming out at a rate
four times greater than any other Gulf oil
well. Instead of destroying their well
with the help of US NAVY explosive experts, BP has
been flooding the sea with a
highly concentrated oil dispersant that will
eventually destroy all sea life. The EPA
has just demanded they use another dispersant, but BP
How could British
Petroleum not have foreseen the risks. Why were they not
much more careful? Why should they
be now trusted to fix the volcano of oil they
have recklessly created? Profits not the
environment are their chief concern.
Can BP really be made
to pay for all the ill tragic consequences of their disregard
for basic safety and environmental
concerns? The cost will be hundreds of
billion dollars, when one adds up the all the
lost jobs and all the people who get
sick from eating contaminated sea food in the
years to come. Their assets should
be seized now. Otherwise, they will never
pay for the damages and suffering they will
have caused. Why has Obama entrusted them
with fixing the problem?
Obama - "What? Me? Do
Why is he silent
on the week-after-week delay in stopping the leak. Why has he not
called for ideas from the world's best minds to
solve the problem? What will it take
to make Obama do something, other than chatter
vacuosouly about the spill?
What will it take get him personally angry
enough about the calamity to show that
he actually cares and, for once is a leader,
instead of just being an empty orator
seeking votes? Does he realize how
disgusting is his lack of use of the Presidency
to be a real leader? He should resign.
He is just not up to the job!
The news seems
overwhelmingly bad. I think one of the problems is that the
national leadership is seen only responding to
worsening events and not offering
hope through leadership. Obama is great with
words, a crowd and a teleprompter.
But he is excruciatingly cautious. He is good
at restating problems. But he seems
utterly unable to think for himself. He needs
experts to tell him what to do. He delays
a solution by getting others to study the problem for
months. With oil streaming out
of the man-made volcano every minute in the Gulf, the
weakness in his dilatory approach
could not be clearer.
Meanwhile the Gulf comes closer and
closer to being a vast Dead Zone, a sea
with no oxygen or sea life.
"Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the
Gulf of Mexico, including
one as large as 10 miles
long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak
from the broken undersea well
could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.
Theres a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see
in the surface water,
said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of
the first scientific
missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. Theres a
tremendous amount of oil in
multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.
The plumes are depleting the oxygen dissolved in the gulf, worrying scientists, who
fear that the oxygen
level could eventually fall so low as to kill off much of the sea life near the plumes.
What is worse, Obama is turning the job of finding solutions over to the same people
that created the problem or have shown no ability to solve it when Bush was
This has been true with his handling of Wall Street's big banks, Iraq-Afghanistan,
health insurance and now the Gulf. I don't doubt that Obama has held meetings
the Gulf crisis. The problem is nothing comes from these meetings!
Obama too often is unwilling to
offend and challenge the biggest corporations. It seems
clear that British Pete put their profits ahead of protecting workers and the environment.
This is not the first time that they have done this. Now they only want to
use as methods
to stop the vast oil flow they have created into the Gulf, those which will save their
They prefer to use golf balls and mud, instead of getting the US Navy's help in just
blowing up the pipeline. The more dramatic approach would probably work quickly and
effectively. It would save the Gulf from slow death by oil
strangulation. Left to BP's experts,
the leakage may continue for months and months.
Is such an approach feasible?
The pipeline that is spewing unmeasured amounts
of raw crude actually goes down 15000 feet below the bottom of the ocean to the oil
Exploding the pipeline would not mean opening up the whole oil field to sudden release.
The pressure of the seawater 1 mile down is tremendous. This pressure would hold
displaced sea bottom in place if explosions were planted to push in and cave in the
pipeline from all sides. This would certainly block the hole better than mud and
Here's the argument for caution and not
trying to blow up the well directly from above.
"The problem is the downhole
well pressure. I am sure it exceeds
the BOP rated pressure of 15,000 PSI.(even with a BOP safety factor of 25%.
It may exceed 20,000 PSI at present) . Thats why they are waiting for the
pressure to reduce to an acceptable safe pressure to try the "Top Kill"
or "Junk shot" solution. If they try either of these two solutions
the pressure drops below the BOP threshold it could compromise the whole
BOP and well itself. You think we have a problem now, LOL If
it up it will do nothing but put a crater down there (on the ocean floor) and
then you will have a real gusher (open well with more than 5+ million barrels
a day blazing out) So I respect the caution because it is warranted... Let
them try on Sunday because you dont want an open well hole that's 36" wide
blowing at 20,000+ PSI (Trust). "
>A reply to this: "My
thought was that they could cause the 15000' well to
cave in on
itself by placing explosions on all sides. You're assuming a big crater
the hole." (
But Obama wants to study the cause of the
whole mess and he has given British Pete
complete operational control of fixing the problem. Is it too harsh to say
that he is
afraid to make a decision and is with just passing the buck? Worse, he is
again turning it
back over to the very "experts" who caused the problem. I have said before
the backbone of a jellyfish. One might have hoped he would relate better to the
of millions of sea creatures. While I hope I am totally wrong, Obama's mode of
making big decisions is now all too clear. I think we are in big trouble with him as
Trusting British Petroleum seems foolish.
"safety record" and see
for yourself. An ABC
News report said that OSHA issued 860 warnings of very serious
safety violations at their refineries. By comparison, Sunoco, the next highest, had
warnings and Exxon had only one.
A month ago, numerous state and federal Web
sites sent out-of-work Gulf
fishermen to a BP Web site, which offered cleanup contracts povided they agreed
to limit their future claims against the company. BP has refused to stop using the toxic oil dispersant that the EPA asked
it to discontinue using. Obama
remains silent. BP has
continually refused to let others monitor the rate of spillage. How can they be serious
about getting help from other experts, if they are not honest about how much oil
is coming out. Clearly, they want to save their well and reduce claims that may be
on them. The outcome is apt to be a new Dead Sea.
it time to blow up the leaking Gulf oil well?
doing its best to keep that option under wraps
"If we demolish the well using
explosives, the investment's gone.
They lose hundreds of
millions of dollars, from the drilling of the well,
plus no lawmaker in his
right mind would allow BP to drill again in that
same spot. So basically, it's
an all-or-nothing thing with BP: They either
keep the well alive, or they
lose their whole investment and all the oil that
they could potentially get
from that well.
"We need to seal this thing off. ...But why hasn't anyone been bringing
a complete shutdown of the
well to the table? ...(T)he reason why we haven't seen
that option is because,
frankly, BP is still at the helm....Obama needs to take
charge of this, bring all the
assets of our military to bear, bring the U.S. Army
Corps of engineers, bring the
U.S. Navy, and bring in all the private-sector
organizations that have the
equipment for deep-sea operations to make
this happen. Let's explode
this, collapse the well, and put an end to it."
"Call in the Top Brains from around
the world and come up with some "Viable Solutions.
BP obviously does not
have the brain power for the job!..Why wouldn't you drill down 1000 - 1500 ft
close to the existing
leaking pipe and set off an adequate underwater explosive charge in the new pipe
that would severe the
leaking pipe, 1,000 to 1,500 under ground." (
1) A giant toilet to cover up
the well. This failed.
2) Golf Balls and Mud.
Kill" and "Junk Shot".
The "top kill"
method involves shooting heavy mud into crippled equipment
on top of the well, then aiming cement at the well to permanently keep down the
oil. Even if it works it could take several weeks to complete. "This is all being
at a depth of 5,000 feet and it's never been done at these depths before,"
said Doug Suttles of BP PLC.
If the top kill effort fails, BP
is considering a "junk shot," which involves
shooting knotted rope, pieces of tires and golf balls into the "blowout
3) A "relief" well
may be working in six months to reduce the pressure of the primary well.
4) Dangerous chemical (Corexit) is being used to break up the oil, regardless of
big dangers to clean-up workers.
No one should eat ANY seafood from the Gulf.
How will BP ever pay all the
damages they will owe. Their assets should be seized now.
"Concentrations of Corexit
like those used by BP kill "50 to 100% of all marine life! AND
100% by newborn marine life!!...THE GOM IS DEATH!! BP MADE 40 MILLIONS PROFIT
BY USING THIS STUFF!!! It doesn't make the oil go away! It just makes sure that it doesn't
float to the surface and ruins photo's of the beaches!!! It's highly TOXIC,
and causes MUTAGENIC CHANGES IN MARINE LIFE!!! " ( Source
been told by EPA to change dispersants. BP has refused. (5/22/2010)
Dispersants In Gulf Banned In U.K. For Being too toxic ...
"The heavy reliance on chemical dispersants to break up the spill has raised
increasing concern among scientists
and environmentalists. More than 600,000 gallons of chemicals have been sprayed on the
surface of the Gulf with
another 55,000 injected directly into the oil billowing out of the ocean floor.
"Scientists say the chemicals could be doing more for the oil company's PR, than
the overall clean-up of the Gulf.
The chemicals that break up the oil in small droplets help prevent giant tides of oil
washing up on shore, with their
disturbing images of oil-encrusted wildlife.
"But they are carcinogenic, mutagenic, and highly toxic, and it is unclear how
much damage they are causing
to marine life in deep water a
risk acknowledged by the EPA chief, Lisa Jackson.
"Corexit has never been used in such high quantities before, Jackson told Congress
earlier this week.
"There has been a real reliance on them, maybe more than anybody thought would ever
Jackson said. She added: "I'm amazed by how little science there is on the
The crew of a Basler BT-67 fixed
wing aircraft release oil dispersant over an oil discharge
from the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon, off the shore of Louisiana,
May 5, 2010. Photograph: Ho/Reuters
5) Skimming 3,000 barrels a
day from surface that it can resell.
Will any of these do the job? "They're clearly out of ideas", says Dwayne Spradlin,
InnoCentive Inc., which has created an online network of experts to
Is Obama Helping BP Avoid Paying Full
Fishermen for shrimps and crabs in the
Gulf are out of work.
restaurants for five hundred miles along the Gulf may not
They have no much less or no money coming in. Because of
spill and the toxic dispersant used, they will lose their normal
for years and years. Are they expected to suffer in silence and
champion of their cause? What is Obama doing to make sure
getting money immediately from British Petroleum?
Obama is doing nothing! Obama got $71,000 from BP in the
last two years as
campaign contribution-bribes, much more than
American politician. Obama has communicated that
raising the cap on liability for damage claims in oil spills
from a measly $75
million to $10 billion. This is entirely inadequate.
Obama knows fulls
well that the government's own predictions of
years of job
losses and destruction of the gulf ecology are running
up the cost to at least
a $1 trillion. Obama knows what he should
do. He should
immediately seize all BP assets, before they are
hidden. He should
nationalize BP. This is the only way the US
tax payer and the poor
working people of the Gulf are not wiped out.
Obama is only listening to
his BP buds, at this stage.
Obama Is Either A Very Slow Learner or A TOTAL
America's Biggest Corporate Criminals!
"Today, On the Today show on CBS, the U.S. Coastguard threatened
to have the camera crew and reporter arreasted if the didn,t stop filming
the thick black oil coming on shore along the coast of Miss and Bama.
Two BP officals were on the U.S. cutter instructing the coastguard
what to say. I guess this will sit well with you to have the U.S. coastguard
being commanded by BP. " (Source)
"Local animal rescue workers have volunteered to help treat birds
affected by the slick and to collect data that would also be used to help
calculate penalties for the spill. But federal officials have told the volunteers
that the work must be done by a company hired by BP."
Military "Experts" have given him the Afghanistan Quagmire.
Trillion Dollars Wasted.
Street "Experts" (Geithner, Summers and Blankfein) have made
and their cronies rich at the expense of Main Street America.
Health Insurance "Experts" are pushing up
there is no competition from a Public Option.