Monday, May 24, 2010

"We are doing all we can"

So what happens when the phrase "we are doing all we can," leads to the reality that you can't really handle the problem?

Apparently as it concerns the Obama administration, (35 days into this disaster) that means that BP had better step aside or be brushed aside, as the real "A Team" (Obama's green team) are about to step in and take over and show the world how it is really done.

The Obama administration questioned BP's competence Sunday, when Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told reporters he was "not completely" confident that BP knows what it's doing.

"If we find they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we'll push them out of the way appropriately," Salazar said.

That certainly sounds like some bold and decisive talk to me, but what do they have to back up and support their threats. One thing that I am certain of, the only thing governments have any historical track record in managing, are military build ups and war. And I am all but certain, that civilian contractors could do a superior job of those.

So once again the plan is what? Turn it over to the government? I am sorry folks, but that dog eared analogy of "we are from the government and we are here to help" just doesn't carry much weight or hope for me. Especially when dealing with disasters. Their track record just doesn't support belief.

While I realize that our dear president is anxiously looking for a means for him to come out on top and portraying him as the saviour of the planet, somehow I fail to see either him or his entourage of minions in the cabinet, as having either the experience or the magical powers to put an end to this nightmare.

As I said yesterday, our last best hope of dealing with this catastrophe is to follow the recommendations of scientist who have seen this before. Bring in nuclear weapon and seal the well. The Russians have done it before, so maybe we can give them a call. In either event, our time is running out, so unless Obama and Salazar have some 'hail Mary' plan that they haven't told us about, all this chest beating by Salazar is no more than politics as usual.

Meanwhile the CEO of BP had this to say....

Asked about Salazar's criticism, Suttles said BP is working with experts from other oil companies and the government to find a solution.

"What I do know is, everyone is frustrated. I think the people of the region are frustrated. I know we are, I know the government is," Suttles said on NBC. "The fact that it's taken this long is painful to everybody."

Suttles said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that BP's next shot at plugging the well this week stands a very good chance of success. But he said the global oil company has more plans in case the latest efforts fails, like several before it.

BP plans to use heavy mud and cement to stop the breach, a maneuver called a top kill. Suttles said on the CBS "Early Show" the effort should start Wednesday morning and they'll know the same day if it works.

So what will the plan be next week when this thing is still gushing? How about this...How about we bring in the heavy manure that has been spread from day one of this disaster and use that to plug the well. There ought to be enough of that on hand to plug this well and all the holes from here to Uranus.

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