Yesterday President Bush removed the government imposed ban on offshore drilling so that he can now place the blame for high oil prices squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats. As any good Conservative puppet will tell you, allowing more drilling in the gulf and off the coast of California will soon give us lower gas prices and will not be of any environmental worry despite what all the tree huggers try to tell you.
The head Bush puppet and prospective GOP nominee for the President John McCain continues his push away from claims of the 3rd Bush term by spewing the same talking points as part of his “plan”. He likes to point out that even natural disasters to the extent of Rita and Katrina caused no significant spills. He even had his energy adviser, whom has made a career of protecting polluters, repeat these same claims MSNBC yesterday.
What almost every one of these claims by the right has as a basis of their talking points in favor of new drilling is a claim that hurricanes pose little threat to these platforms and that any oil spills will be minimal at best. The right even brought out Louisiana Governor and possible McCain VP pick Bobby Jindal to repeat the Katrina claims. The problem? Apparently Jindal doesn’t know what happened in his own state and the rest of the puppets either don’t know or refuse to admit that these claims are patently false.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Caused 124 Offshore Spills For A Total Of 743,700 Gallons. 554,400 gallons were crude oil and condensate from platforms, rigs and pipelines, and 189,000 gallons were refined products from platforms and rigs. [MMS, 1/22/07]
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Caused Six Offshore Spills Of 42,000 Gallons Or Greater. The largest of these was 152,250 gallons, well over the 100,000 gallon threshhold considered a “major spill.” [MMS, 5/1/06]
Putting aside the fact that the oil companies already have 68 million acres of unused leases and any oil discovered from new offshore drilling will not even hit the market until around 2017 and that the same oil will just go onto the world market likely just helping to feed the ever growing demands from China, claiming that new drilling offshore poses little or no environmental threats is an outright lie.
If the American public really wants to debate the pros and cons of offshore drilling, a real debate with all the facts should be the way it is done. Unfortunately the right knows that the WND crowd will accept anything they say making any real debate unlikely and as usual the Democrats will be seen as the bad guys again.