Sunday, June 6, 2010

More on the Big Slick

I sent the following letter to the Phila Inquirer this past week after reading a column on who is to blame for the spill in Monday's paper. The author, Charles Krauthammer, while saying that BP was to blame for the actual spill, spent most of the column blaming democrats and the environmental movement for the spill. I responded with the letter below.

In the meantime, as the week progressed, there was more criticism of President Obama for not being mad enough about this horrible disaster. As you can see by my letter, I also criticized our president, but not because he isn't jumping up and down having a hissy fit or swearing, or demonstrating his anger in some emotional outburst. I don't understand how that would help. We just had 8 years of a president who flew by the seat of his pants and made decisions based on his gut. Look where that got us!

As I said in my letter, I want the president to go on national TV, tell us the state of deep water oil drilling (like how many are there and how much oil we get from them). Maybe name some names, such as who were the government regulators who didn't do their job, who they interacted with and who at BP gave the orders that lead up to the explosion. But then, most importantly, tell us what we have to do to get off the oil addiction. What do we need to do, each one of us, to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Challenge us. Be presidential...and willing to lose the next election by telling us what we need to hear, and need to do.


To the editor:

Mr. Krauthammer asks an extremely poignant question in this week's column, "Many to blame for oil spill". Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water for oil in the first place?

Unfortunately, his answers leave much to be desired.

It is simple, sir. Rather than spending the last 30 years weaning ourselves from fossil fuels in general and oil in particular, we chose to increase our dependence on these finite sources of energy. Starting with President Reagan (does anyone remember him unceremoniously removing the solar panels from the White House after then President Carter practically begged us to kick our oil habit), we ignored our ever growing dependence on energy from unfriendly sources, pretended that the changing climate was unrelated to the release of carbon into the atmosphere, and discounted the thousands of lives and trillions of dollars that we wasted on wars to maintain our habit.

Think about it. Less than 10 years after President Kennedy challenged the scientific community to land a man on the moon, it was done, yet here we are, almost 30 years after the oil embargo of the 70's and we are worse off than before.

I do agree with one point made by Mr. Krauthammer; President Obama does share some of the blame. Like all of the presidents since Reagan, he lacks the political will to tell the American people, enough is enough. Rather than being presidential and challenging us to face our damaging dependency, he has chosen a course of conciliation with the powers that represent the status-quo, and which encourages us, the American people, to continue to live our lives waiting for someone else to step up to the plate instead of the person each of us sees in the mirror everyday.

2 comments:

  1. did say alot but somehow it voided out

    below is the lyrics to rude boy by rihanna that is played in the top 40 to 6 atleast 8+



    Come here, rude boy, boy; can you get it up?
    Come here rude boy, boy; is you big enough?
    Take it, take it baby, baby
    Take it, take it; love me, love me
    [x2]

    Tonight I'ma let you be the captain
    Tonight I'ma let you do your thing, yeah
    Tonight I'ma let you be a rider
    Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up babe
    Tonight I'ma let it be fire
    Tonight I'ma let you take me higher
    Tonight, baby, we could get it on, yeah, we could get it on, yeah

    Do you like it?
    Boy, I want, want, want whatchu want, want, want
    Give it to me, baby like boom, boom, boom
    What I want, want, want is what you want, want, want
    Nah nah-ah

    [Chorus]
    Come here, rude boy, boy, can you get it up?
    Come here, rude boy, boy, is you big enough?
    Take it, take it, baby, baby, take it, take it, love me, love me
    [x2]

    Tonight I'ma give it to ya harder
    Tonight I'ma turn ya body out
    Relax; let me do it how I wanna
    If you got it I need it and I'ma put it down
    Buckle up; I'ma give it to ya stronger
    Hands up; we could go a little longer
    Tonight I'ma get a little crazy, get a little crazy, baby

    Like it?
    Boy, I want, want, want whatchu want, want, want
    Give it to me, baby like boom, boom, boom
    What I want, want, want is what you want, want, want
    Nah nah-ah

    [Chorus]
    Come here, rude boy, boy can you get it up?
    Come here rude boy, boy is your big enough?
    Take it, take it, baby, baby, take it, take it, love me, love me
    [x2]

    I like the way you touch me there
    I like the way you pull my hair
    Babe, if I don't feel it I ain't faking, no, no
    I like when you tell me 'kiss you there'
    I like when you tell me 'move it there'
    So giddy-up; time to get it up: you say you a rude boy: show me what you got now
    Come here right now

    Take it, take it, baby, baby, take it, take it, love me, love me

    [Chorus]
    Come here, rude boy, boy, can you get it up?
    Come here, rude boy, boy, is you big enough?
    Take it, take it, baby, baby, take it, take it, love me, love me
    [x2]

    but since this is delivered in a nice beat where no one listens its ok (but the truth by a howard stern or a bubba the love sponge gets censored to be made as the bad guy (as they say in A FEW GOOD MEN) u cant hand the truth and thats the american public. We like everything nice and pretty vs what the truth really is and god forbid we show the truth then they are offended (some views may seem similar to the above 2 radio talk show hosts)

    maybe this time this will post

    cant remember everything i bad mouthed before

    BP who one week after the explosion were told by the Russians to use a small nuke to resolve the leakage, why not u ask (lost of rights therefore lost of $$$$$) and no one wanted to loose there jobs instead those who self insure like bp should loose everything) at first i thought maybe leasing agency until i heard they could see the pressure rising and still did nothing because of $$$$$$)

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  2. As I was laying in bed,

    What i forgot to mention, why cant anyone from the outside go inside of BP controlled waters? Maybe im wrong again, but isn't that international, and if not how can they say who comes and go in US controlled water. Who gave BP ALL MIGHTY POWERS on who can see what and who can go where. One big cover up if u ask me. worse then u can even imagine!!!!

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