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BP and Obama respond to the gulf oil spill

By Ann Telnaes  |  May 26, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Environment  
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Skunk or a lib? which one smells the worst?

Posted by: carbonhog | May 27, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Worms have bigger brains than libs

Posted by: carbonhog | May 27, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Ann, I'm gonna have to stop you and the other psuedo oil-experts right now. See the link where an actual oil tech expert with actual experience and actual knowledge of what's going on down there.

I don't want to cheer lead for the oil company but this meme that Obama and bp aren't doing anything is a complete lie. And makes no sense. Why wouldn't they want to do something? Even if you don't think they are about people, they care about their image and their stock value. And Obama apparently will let them do their job rather than mucking it up with their own people.

It's sad when the media misreports and misleads its readers. You of all people should know better. Rhetoric and photo ops don't fix anything.

Posted by: alliny02 | May 27, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Telnaes, you are a bona fide genius. Seeing your work reminds one that artistry and literacy are still possible in "newspapers."

Congratulations! Again!

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Geeze! Can't believe I said THAT. . .
. . . ." I'm waiting for the "Palin only slams Conservatives" worms to crawl out of the woodwork!"

Meant to say, Waiting for the " Telnaes only slams Conservatives" creeps to crawl from under their rocks"

I goofed because the bar tender put something disagreeable in my Martini (ice).

Thanks for another great visual editorial, Ms. Palin ... I mean Telnaes.

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 26, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm really unsure what people mean when they say that he needs to move faster. It's an irrational argument. BP, whatever you say about them, is doing whatever they can to stop this. What's Obama supposed to do? Take control of the robotic devices? That's be like Nixon firing the entire Space Program and manning the controls when Apollo 13 screwed up. This is a situation without any backup, a disaster in progress. We need BP to get us out of it, unfortunately. That's the long and short of it. And they're doing whatever they can, if only to stop their stock from tanking even farther. The idea that somehow we've got to get the president out there on the rig posing for an action movie is idiotic.

Posted by: jrbarry63 | May 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm....what's Obama supposed to do....send in an aircraft carrier?! The truth is, there is NOTHING the federal government can do to hurry this along. While BP (and possibly the government) might be doing more to protect the coastline (but what?), stopping the oil leak is another matter. Just because we want it done quickly (and don't you think BP would have loved to stop it in the first days after the disaster?!) doesn't make the job any easier. Working with robotic vehicles a mile down requires the utmost care. If you rush something and make a mistake (say, lose a vehicle, or puncture a new hole in the pipe), you could be set back for weeks, if not months. I am furious at BP for running a slipshod operation and putting profits ahead of safety. As a native of the Gulf Coast, I am heartbroken at the devastation that has already occurred and the potential for a disaster of epic proportions that could affect the Gulf for generations. Personally, it would not bother me if BP goes under because of this. But that doesn't change the fact that there are only a few people in the world who have any idea how to work this problem, and even they say that they are trying to accomplish something that has never been done before, at least at the depths they are working at. There is NOTHING Obama or anyone else can do to make the process go faster. Let's just hope that the engineers can figure out a solution that will actually work. (And that's NOT a given, folks.)

Posted by: mcstrasser | May 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Proper Job Ann
While we are frozen with frustration and disgust; incompetent government and arrogant CEO's are proving that we have lost control of our technology and our government.
Technology provides institutions the ability to either destroy the earth or enhance its attributes.
Uncontrolled technology will be the juggernaut that will be responsible for our extinction if we do not get it under control.
We need to reconstruct our economics and our use of technology if we ar going to survive much longer.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | May 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It's Bush's fault! (the initial spill, AND failure to clean this up!)

Posted by: OhTheHumanity | May 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

By the way the FISH mourns everyday for all of his friends in the Gulf. He says the fight against corruption and the exposure of the complete and absolute truth behind it must go on.
GOD BLESS AMERICA and those who rightly defend her.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 26, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Everyone should take special interest in the comments made below by MyVoice3. That pretty much says it all about our government and has been building up to this for a long time.

MyVoice3---I know you do not agree with my conspiracy theories. If you were in my shoes and had a portion of one of those conspiracies directed at yourself and immediate family members you would feel just as I do. It was businessmen along with Corporate, Federal, and those in charge of Local government who conspired against 4 good citizens who represented what was right about America. I am a direct victim of all of which you speak of in your comment.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 26, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Good cartoon. Obama has moved much too slow to reign in BP and to clean up this horrendous environmental disaster. But who is responsible for this mess? We The People are ultimately responsible for the economic, political, social and environmental crisis we are facing. We sit back and watched the corporate, military and financial factions of our world gain more and more influence and control. Using their vast resources they block, modified and often write laws and regulations. Regulators are branches of those they are charged to oversee. Legislatures become lobbyist and lobbyist are cabinet advisers, yet we continue reelecting legislatures, presidents and governors (both state and national)with sizable "campaign contributions" and special interest ties. Companies, individuals and organizations are wrecking havoc yet little is done to reign them in! They have become Too Big to Nail. Now I see a movement The Tea Party that wants to elect people who will only make the situation worse. What a world.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | May 26, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Summed it up nicely.

Seems like the solution BP is attempting today should have been tried in week 2.

Obama should be at least TRYING to make them respond faster, instead of keeping distance in an obvious attempt to protect himself from any possible responsibility.

Guess what - he IS responsible for the safety of the U.S. shoreline and population.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 26, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Excellent. No better way to describe the response. The Governor of Louisiana is doing his best. Why not the President of the United States?

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 26, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

The great technological disasters of history don't seem to make any impression on the people of the world after a very short period.
Chernobyl, Hydrogen weapons, Nazi-ism, State Communism, the monopolisation of mass media by hate-mongers at the service of giant corporations, the mass mis-education of Islamic young men in fundamentalist countries, the murder of the oceans, the poisoning of the atmosphere. These are just a few of our capital mistakes.
Promotion of false and irrelevant information will kill most of mankind.
Most of us know what to do.
We just don't do it !

Posted by: hamelinfish | May 26, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

I like Ted Turner's statement. "Maybe God doesn't want US to drill offshore."

I hope the "Voice of God" did not interfere with any decisions that were made by those managers and quality control personnel that were operating that derrick.

lufrank1---Bush/Cheney can not be held responsible for every catastrophe just most of them. Besides all the Hawaiian shorelines are safe.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 26, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Alarmingly, AS THE LAW IS WRITTEN NOW, the GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE INVOLVED IN ANYWAY IN THE CLEAN UP BEYOND AN OVERSITE POSSITION, it is totally the company's responsibility to do the clean up. We have all seen how unprepared BP has been; counting on them could be a fatal mistake.

BP’s people appear totally overwhelmed and under prepared to handle the well plugging let alone the clean up response and there is no effort within the O&G industry to jump in there and help. This problem is bigger than BP, bigger than the O&G industry, even bigger the US in that it could spread beyond the US waters all the way to parts of the Caribbean and even Western Europe.

There is 5 to 10 times the oil spilled by the Valdez heading for us right now. Let’s stop trying to put blame on anyone for now, there will be plenty of time for that after we handle the emergency at hand (people responsible for loss of life and environmental damage should go to jail for this). Now is the time for action, not when oil starts showing up on the shores of every state of the Gulf and Atlantic! We need to be prepared for the worst case possibility which means an all out mobilization of the nation’s resources, INCLUDING OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS. This is still a government by the people, and as never before this is the time to implement it like we have not done in the past by getting in front of everyone we know and encouraging them to contact their Congressman and Senator and demand action now not later if they want to keep your support. When a situation arises that is extreme, action that is extra ordinary is needed. Please get this message in front of everyone you know because laws need to be changed and action taken on a huge scale in a very short period of time.

Thank you for reading this. Please keep this in mind: What will you say to future generations you did personally at this crucial time of the worst man-made disaster to have ever happened?

Posted by: geebee3 | May 26, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Give our President a break just because BP gave him a $1 Million Dollar campaign contribution he had/s nothing to do about it.

Posted by: carbonhog | May 25, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Nailed it Again!

. . . . I'm waiting for the "Palin only slams Conservatives" worms to crawl out of the woodwork!

Actually, the Oil Catastastroke took root in 2005 through Bush & Cheney's romance with energy CEO's.

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The path to this disaster in the Gulf along with the recent killing of the coal miners in W.Va. began with Reaganomics, "government is not the solution but the problem" - Deregulation and the revolving door of greed!

Posted by: kemcb | May 25, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

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