by Janet Crain
This is a very serious situation and I hope Americans are well aware of it.
We are now living in a country where wealthy politicians and celebrities can jet around the world upon the flimsiest excuses of importance (gotta take the little wifie on a date night to Timbuktu) and waste a quarter mil on jet fuel and that is OK. But the poor working stiffs who need to get to work will soon be paying $8. a gallon for gasoline if these elites have their way.
And of course this will destroy our country. We should have had a transition period to develop new technologies. But, no, the needed money went to bail out millionaires. So now I suggest we all start learning Mandarin.
By Jeffrey Folks
The commission appointed by President Obama to investigate the Gulf oil spill (the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling) does not include a single member with specialized knowledge of petroleum engineering. This is akin to performing a heart transplant with a surgical team that has never set foot in an operating room.
Of the seven members appointed to the commission, not one is a petroleum engineer, and all have long-standing ties to the environmental movement. This is certainly the case with Frances Beinecke, Donald Boesch, Terry Garcia, and Frances Ulmer, all of whom have close ties to environmentalist research and policy groups. Beinecke, in fact, is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, while Ulmer is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. How's that for an unbiased commission on drilling?
If the president's intention was to prevent future leaks, why would he appoint a commission with no knowledge of drilling? The answer, it would seem, is that this commission was never meant to perform the task it was officially charged with. It was never really intended to be a commission on drilling safety, but rather a group of environmental activists intent on regulating and taxing the oil and gas companies out of business. Its report is unlikely to focus on improved safely measures with the intent of increasing oil and gas exploration and production. It will more likely issue a blueprint on how to restrict drilling while extorting profits from oil companies by way of new fees and regulation.
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