Oil Spill Sabotage: Why Do You ‘Have To Wonder’? Patrick Slevin May 3, 2010 Columns 13 In the days following the explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico of a BP oil rig, the news narrative gradually developed from a curio into a full-blown ongoing crisis. Originally, the worry was the explosion killed a few workers, which it likely did, but as the blow-out preventer on the rig, named Deepwater Horizon, failed to activate, the oil slick has grown and now threatens the entire Gulf area, where approximately 40 percent of all the wetlands in the U.S. are located. But apparently, the possibility of foul play has now entered the story. Former George W. Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, now a slightly less honorable shill for right wing interests on Fox News, said, “I’m not trying to introduce a conspiracy theory, but was this deliberate? You have to wonder if there was sabotage involved.” Why? The pill-popping voice of reason Rush Limbaugh pointed to the proximity of the spill to Earth Day, painting environmental “wackos” as the culprits: “The carbon tax bill was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day, and then it was postponed … The cap-and-trade bill was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plant investment. … What better way to head off more drilling and nuclear plants, than blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.” Why? “The question is, why the delay in response?” stammered Fox Business host Eric Bolling on the always painful Fox And Friends. “You guys were pointing out, nine days before it was even addressed, 12 days before [Obama] made a formal comment. The question is, did they let this thing leak?” Why? Why, why, why? Why would environmentalists participate in destroying the environment? To prove a point? And even if they could, why would they choose a difficult one? The Deepwater Horizon was the deepest oil well ever drilled. Environmental concerns are always in the news, why would that week be any different? And why would the Obama administration want the problem to get worse? It’s being labeled as “Obama’s Katrina.” So far, he’s had quite a few Katrinas, including the earthquake in Haiti, the Fort Hood shootings, H1N1, and the bankruptcy of GM. Far as I can tell, he’s doing okay with all those Katrinas. Bush only had one. Obama’s had about seven in 18 months. Right-wing pundits can run their mouths about energy policy all they want, but just like opposing economic reform and therefore looking like wimps to the American public, pushing for more offshore oil drilling puts the environmental and the economic livelihood of five “Red States” in jeopardy. And the arguments for unmitigated expansion of offshore drilling in the wake of the catastrophe (Sean Hannity is on record saying if we allowed drilling in ANWR, we wouldn’t have to drill in sensitive environmental areas like the Gulf Of Mexico. Huh?) are mindboggling. How does the “libertarian” angle of small government mouthpieces like Florida gubernatorial hopeful Marco Rubio coincide with relying on government cleanup during catastrophes such as this? How does small government protect the shores by “cutting red tape” or “untying their hands” and eliminating regulation, like making sure safety features like blow-out preventers work? Actually, on a whole, it seems they don’t—there exists numerous documentation on the failure of blow-out preventers, including 117 failures during a two-year period in the late ‘90s. And why would the deepest oil well in the world not have an acoustically trigged safety switch to operate the blow out preventer—a common feature—rather than sending down robots that aren’t working? Go ahead, show me how you’re going to protect the voters interests by stepping out of the way to let corporations “drill, baby, drill.” 13 Responses Ronnie Ray Jenkins May 3, 2010 You got to drill, baby, drill. To kill, baby, kill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_H6e6shloU Reply Killer Campaigning May 3, 2010 Seems like sabotaging an oil rig that far out in the gulf would be a very difficult thing to accomplish. When are we going to hear about the exact cause of the explosion? Reply Danielle May 3, 2010 I think its sabotage because its REALLY disgusting of what humans have come to over money and greed and is total disregard to the ONLY planet WE live on! Its not just like we can go to another planet in a couple of months..?? i mean are some people crazy and think like that? It’s a shame because we are destroying our selves and our wonderful animals on this planet. Maybe you all are fatalist or something?!?!??! Reply Petrov May 4, 2010 I’m not a right-winger. But the question did occur to me because the Obama administration just announced a month ago that it was in favor of renewed off-shore drilling. It is possible (but not at all likely) that a fringe element might have decided that one good oil spill would be a price worth paying to stop all future drilling. (By the way, how can you write, on May 3, that the explosion only “might have” killed some workers? Do you doubt that 11 are dead? Talk about your conspiracy theories!) Reply dog lover May 5, 2010 WOW you are stupid. Bush had 911. how much pot have you been smoking. Obama has done a piss poor job in everything he has put his hands on. The safest thing for the environment is him leaving it alone. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPEND. We do need to investigate and see if it was sabotage Reply alfred hussein neuman May 12, 2010 I would not put it beyond the extreme left to do anything for power. Look at what pol pot, mao and stalin did to further their goals. Whats the death of a few folks and crippling the fishing industry if it takes down capitalism. As far as obama having 7 katrina’s – that’s paritsan, suck-up talk. The ft hood shooting? Come on – he did nothing on that except say we shouldn’the tie the shooting to the man’s religon. What has obama done on the oil spill? Coast guard search and rescue? That’s what the do without any directive. Let see, he’s blamed BP. That’s about it. Obama is too busy pushing the union agenda and trying to reward the non-productive (democrat) voters as the expense of the productive. Reply JohnnyFreedom May 21, 2010 I guess like most lefties that like to attack Rush, Beck and others, you’ve NEVER actually listened to their shows you just spout lies. Rush didn’t say that. i know I listen daily. He touched why Obama didn’t even mention the spill for 9 days and took 12 days to send any help, and when he did, he sent Homeland Security, SWAT teams to the other platform and the DOJ with an army of lawyers. Based on this odd response Rush asked if the administration might think the explosion was purposeful. Nice try, but I can prove my point by the archives broadcast of the show. Reply Patrick Slevin May 21, 2010 Actually, he did say it. I have the archives too. Reply blackyb May 24, 2010 I think it was planned, carried out and prevented from being capped to promote the agenda of the White House Thugs and those who are gaining from disasters in the US. Who was manning the rigs? Any muslim extremists? Brittian is full of them. Get BP out and use our own people. Reply blackyb May 24, 2010 It is obvious that this administration is attempting to destroy America and that for which she stands. Those behind all these agenda should be tried for treason. If they do not like our country and her Constitution let them go where they can be appreciated and that would be most likely hell. Reply blackyb May 24, 2010 With the financial institutions being taken over, private industry bein intruded upon, FCC regulation to keep people from organizing, the Education Department being used to dumb down, create an atmosphere of “owning” peoples’ children and their lives, the slow response to disasters and taking morality and any mention of Christ in public places, blurring the lines of the three branches of government, allowing illegal aliens rights they have never earned legally, and the whole ball of “wax”, would indicate that chances of that oil spill and slow response to it was planned, perhaps by those connected to BP and reacted to against the best interests of the US by those in power. I really believe we are on a destructive course planned and manned by those who have an agenda that would collapse the United States from within. Reply Bold Believer June 27, 2010 The question still remains…could it have been sabotage? No one has answered this question.. The WHO is irrelevant. Reply Bold Believer June 27, 2010 to Killer Campaigning: For trained Special Forces, it would not be hard at all, if that were the case. The US Navy or Coast Guard should have patrols near all rigs in proximity to the border to prevent this sort of thing. Reply Leave a Reply to Patrick Slevin Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.