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Mr. Obama? Mr. Hayward? It's Still There

Tuesday, May. 25, 2010 3:49 AM

In the wake of a strangely laissez-faire approach to the Deepwater Horizon spill, President Obama is slated to visit California this week and tour a solar power plant.

And as much as I think we need to pursue an aggressive, challenge-based program for alternative energy sources, the usual 'look forward, not backwards' approach of the Obama Administration isn't going to cut it.

Because the Gulf of Mexico is still polluted to hell and back with millions of gallons of British Petroleum's finest.

The problems facing us are considerable, starting with BP's soft-pedaling of the spill's size and output. It took a month before they admitted the spill might be larger than they thought. This includes the '5,000 barrels' figure - which the media dutifully repeated; and, more recently, the 'mile-long pipe' non-sequitur - again, dutifully repeated by the media.

BP also bandied about the term 'fail-safe' early in the disaster, when it's clear there wasn't one. Fail SAFE = containment. Fail HORRIBLY = uncontrolled gushing of oil into the Gulf.

And now that BP has dragged its heels for a month, the problem has gotten bigger. So we're reduced to golf balls and knotted rope, folks. Setting fire to the Gulf. Setting off some kind of explosive charge to seal the breach. Do these sound like anything other than desperate, last-ditch attempts to address a major-league fuckup?

BP CEO Tony Hayward says he's 'devastated' by the spill. Let's be honest, shall we? You're not sorry for the spill, you're sorry it's costing your company billions of dollars.

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