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Oil addiction and accountability

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By Ann Telnaes  |  June 9, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Environment  
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America's industrial might, it's freedom of movement, it's opportunity for work, came from the life blood of oil. Why do liberals always feel guilty about the wrong things?

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

MyVoice3---We keep chosing individuals to represent US accordingly to what they tell US they will do when they are elected. Once they are elected for some strange reason they end up doing something completely different. We also need more choices in the selection process.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You missed the point in your conspiratorial expose. In any society nothing happens without either the active or passive support of the people. Laws are written, programs are initiated, products are created and evil deeds are done when the population demands or permits it. We do not live in a vacuum and a leader will not go without the support of those he or she rules. We are given choice and can either actively or passively make that choice.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | June 10, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

MyVoice3---Our government no longer operates like a Democracy! It has become way too corrupt. When our Congressman demand investigations about actions that have been taken by our military or other agencies they get the deceptive run around and even actually threatened by powerful individuals who are in actual control of this country.

The 9/11 investigation was a farce.

The reasons for the Iraqi war was a farce.

The way the Federal Reserve operates is a farce.

The fact that the NSA only spies on people and does not have the ability to control their minds is a farce.

The fact that EMF weapons and similar technologies are allowed to be used by anyone who has access to them in this country is a farce.

The way our major media is controlled and forced not to accurately expose all of these injustices against Americans is a farce.

MyVoice3 our economy has been deliberately sabotaged to force the Middle Class to accept a lower standing of living. The Deepwater Horizon was a case of sabotage and has created the greatest oil spill in history. That is the honest truth.

The oil gushing out of that well should have been shut off long before now. All they need to do is force explosives deep inside of that well and set them off. Instead BP is actually trying to salvage much of the oil coming from that well. The rest of that oil they lose will almost completely destroy all marine life in and around the gulf.

How much sacrifice will BP actually have to make considering the catastrophic damage this accident will cause for people and the enviornment? Do we really have a choice how all this goes down?

The last time I checked gasoline or diesel engines have been the only way to propel myself to work or to transport materials and goods over highways and railways. Those few who have been in control of how our nation's infrastructure operates are responsible most of all. Not Joe six-pack or a Mom who prefers a vehicle she can load up the kids in. At least that is the way I have been able to observe it here in Middle America.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 9, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Last time I looked we were a Democracy and elected those officials that make the decisions and appoint those who carry out those decisions. Furthermore we ultimately chose the energy we use and the way we use them. We cannot abrigate our responsibility from the actions others take.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | June 9, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

We have no one to blame but ourselves. We have known since the late 60s that we must have a better plan. Maybe this disaster will lead to cleaner, safer energy. Maybe Iam a Polly Anna?

Posted by: vacarollm | June 9, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

It's true we need to wean ourselves off oil.

But that doesn't mean BP can drill without taking the proper measures and precautions.

Look, in case no one noticed, the U.S. Gov't is filthy with oil people in it, running the show. Get rid of the oil people in the gov't and I bet things will change pronto.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 9, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

MyVoice3---Is it really our fault? Or is it the fault of those who make our decisions for US.

Obviously huge mistakes and the wrong decisions were made by those operating and managing the Deepwater Horizon oil derrick. The real problems in today's World is that government and corporations both have very strange ways of forcing decisions to be made by lower management. Ultimately this is a disaster that has those type of overtones concerning the creation of it.

It is very important how we manage our own domestic energy resources and the extraction process in the future. Shipping Alaska oil elsewhere around the World is not helping Americans. The US needs to find ways of becoming more self reliant in many other areas also.

Over the last 30 yrs we have had leadership in this country with no real positive vision for the future in modernizing and improving the way we all operate on a day to day basis.


Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 9, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Very good Ann. We initiated a mess, continue the madness and blame others for our predicament. Thou BP should be held accountable for this incident, they would not be in the Gulf if we had not demanded more and more oil and it's by products. When will we learn we are ultimately responsible for our failures and successes.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | June 9, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Hi Telnaes

It should have been a six pack of oil or a kegger and he should have puked it up over the floor and burped and farted carbon monoxide.

Posted by: walker1 | June 9, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

That is right Ann how do we power all those boats that are skimming and trying to control that ever larger oil spill. I live in area where heavy trucks and farm machinery are the norm. But I can see where electric and natural gas powered transportation is needed in all urban areas. Not to mention our antiquated rail system here in America. High speed electromagnetic railways with no crossings should have been built a long time ago. That could of alleviated much of the truck traffic on our highways. Instead they tore up many of the railroad right-aways that could of been used for an improved method of transporting goods.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 8, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

!As Malmo wishes in admiration.....burp!

Posted by: carbonhog | June 8, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

So True!
Reminds me of the redneck who insisted that "SUVs don't pollute any more than ordinary sedans" . . . then added, "I ain't giving My SUV up"!
'Course that particular individual probably needed an SUV to squeeze his obese behind and stomach into.

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 8, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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