Tuesday, January 04, 2011

the Pacific Ocean (our backyard) is beautiful... it is one of the best places in the world to bring up my family... what a shame if our beach was destroyed like the poor beaches of the gulf because of our gluttony for oil!! at least our family rarely drives and I ride a bike for groceries...we could finally say enough... I will not pay taxes to a govt that promotes wars for control of the oil in the middle east and let them get away with saying the lie that it's about fighting terrorism...
oil company barons and the govts that are into the deep pockets of oil corporations are the real terrorists!
my letter to Huffington Post!
when will we as a people or the human race finally say enough??....and decide how essential it is for cleaner alternatives to black ugly oil...this black crud has helped destroy the earth and think of how much blood was spilled over a gallon of this crap that was spilled in the once beautiful gulf!

:WASHINGTON -- As deepwater drilling returns from a months-long hiatus in the Gulf of Mexico, the protections that Congress drew up to help victims of oil spills remains stuck in legislative limbo with no clear or likely path to passage.

The Obama administration announced on Monday that it would allow 13 companies to resume deepwater drilling, which it had suspended in May during the massive BP oil spill that followed the Deepwater Horizon's April 20 explosion.

Administration officials categorized the move, which would affect a total of 16 Gulf-area wells, as a logical step for a drilling industry suffering under the ban. All the wells had been operational before the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Moreover, the affected companies would have to comply with new safety rules, though not new environmental reviews.

"Safety is our top priority and the administration has already taken unprecedented steps to increase oversight and safety of offshore drilling," White House spokesman Clark Stevens said. "Any offshore drilling taking place in the United States must meet the rigorous new safety standards put in place since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill."

But while the oil and drilling industry was getting back to business, consumer advocates, legal experts and Hill lawmakers were airing concerns that Congress had essentially abandoned its efforts to improve protections and compensation for spill victims.
The major piece of legislation that Democrats drew up in response to the BP crisis has yet to pass the Senate, meaning that if another spill were to occur in the Gulf, the total compensation for economic damages would remain at a paltry $75 million.

"When you consider the risk that offshore drilling poses to our coastal economies and environment, the current cap on oil-company liability is just a spit in the ocean that does nothing to hold them accountable," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) one of the chief advocates of eliminating a cap on economic-damage liability for oil companies.

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