Axelrod: Yup, it’s kinda too bad those oil rigs are leaving the gulf

Chris Wallace pressed the President’s chief advisor yesterday on Fox News Sunday about the administration’s decision to continue the moratorium on deep water drilling. Louisiana officials had warned the President that the moratorium would send idled rigs to other locations, like Africa. Well, its happening and all the administration can muster is “it’s not an optimal situation.”First the facts, via Ace.

Devon Energy Corp. had been leasing the Endeavor to drill in the same region of the Gulf as BP’s leaking Macondo well, which has been gushing crude since a lethal blowout April 20.

But Diamond announced Friday it will lease the rig through June 30, 2011, to Cairo-based Burullus Gas Co., which plans to send the Endeavor to Egyptian waters immediately.

Larry Dickerson, CEO of Houston-based Diamond, signaled that other of his company’s rigs could be relocated, too.

Ace has a great take on this including a look at why the courts won’t stop Obama … and yesterday Axelrod’s dismissal of the rigs leaving, is just further proof.


9 replies
  1. chris-os
    chris-os says:

    Fact: Drilling in the gulf does not drop the cost of oil.

    Fact: Drilling in the gulf does not give us independence on foreign oil.

    Fact: Drilling in the gulf is a national security liability.

    The people of the gulf have no future beyond that of deep water drilling? Jobs for Louisianna so we can all take the risk of the destruction of our ecological system?

    A job is not a good job because people make money-that's like saying the illegal sale of drugs is a good job.


    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Fact: Not drilling in the Gulf will take control of the oil in this region out of our hands and gift wrap it for the Cubans, Chinese, Venezuelans etc.  How good are their drilling techniques?  Good enough that you can trust them not to have spills?


      Fact: Utilizing all of our own resources and keeping control of said resources will reduce our vulnerability to fickle foreign interests.  It is easier to keep our own oil in a national crisis than to compete with others for foreign oil.


      Fact:  Not drilling in the Gulf is a national security liability.  Ever notice how narrow the Strait of Hormuz is?


      The future of the people in the Gulf region is a NOW thing, and not about future prospects.  You tell that to a oil rig worker whose job prospects have just evaporated, and for which no ecological gain will be had.  Our entire economy is linked.  They are not isolated.  See #1 above in my fact list.  Do you think that a spill by the Chinese will be any less disasterous?  Do you think they care?  Look at their own country and tell me that.   Should we abandon any job that has a risk?  No power plants, no nukes, you name it.  It was Øbama's point person at Minerals Management that dropped the ball.  And yes, BP is primarily to blame.


      A job is not a good job because the government deems it so.  Or deems it a "green" job.

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    "Astroturf" Axelrod was in his element, obfuscating and misdirecting.


    When the Øbamaroids care more about the country than their power grabs and social designs, then they will be worthy of the office.

  3. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Fact: Adding "Fact" in front of one's bullet points does not add to their effectiveness, especially if they are untrue.

  4. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    I'm sure that if all of this Obama-inspired drama drives up the price of oil, Barry will seize upon the opportunity, never letting a crisis go to waste, and socialize- I mean take control of- the oil companies…  It would be for the sake of the people and would be the last reasonable recourse…  Hitler, another democratically elected psychopath, frequently espoused regret for taking drastic actions but for the fact that his opponents gave him no other reasonable option.  One of his officers, Rudolph Hess, actually believed Hitler's sophistry and adored him so much that he flew into Scotland in an attempt to help Hitler secure the peace that Hitler desired so much!   But I digress!  What should we call our new oil company?

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Herr Hess sounds like an Øbama supporter before his time!  How long before we are eating ersatz food?


      As for the name of the new nationalized oil company, I am thinking of several acronyms and trying desperately to keep it clean!  😉

  5. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Newsflash!  Venezuela has recently been found to have potentially TWICE the technically recoverable oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.


    So much for the "we're running out of oil" and "we have found all the oil that will ever be found" crowd.

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