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Big Oil Update: Oil is a Part of Nature

You may have heard the story that the BP Oil Spill from two years ago was causing problems for the fish in the Gulf of Mexico today. But that wasn’t necessarily based on … science. Apparently using terms like “evidence is nowhere conclusive…” gives away the fact that scientist are not even the least bit in “consensus” concerning what is causing the problem in the “relatively small portion of fish.” In other words, someone reported that fish were sick and dying and all the lefties immediately concluded that it was a result of the BP Oil Spill.

I like what Steve Maley of Redstate.com had to say about it:

Lest we forget, oil is part of the natural environment. Organisms have natural ways of dealing with it. Out of thousands of fish and shellfish tested for contamination, not a single tainted sample has been found. The article tells of fish found with traces of naphthalene in their bile — but you don’t eat bile.

I love those reminders. We need them in this politically correct world. Oil… occurs… naturally… in nature. In other words, oil is a part of nature, so introducing it into nature is hardly unnatural.

Hattip: Neil.

Rush Limbaugh Points Out the Obvious: God Has Designed the Planet to Take Care of Itself

I love it when the obvious becomes obvious. For years, we have been told that oil, a natural product of the planet earth, was some sort of foreign substance that if it ever got into the ocean or on the earth, that it would destroy everything. Yet, the dirty little secret is that oil is not a foreign substance, and the earth is designed in such a way to take care of it when it is dispersed into the sea.

We are seeing this with the BP oil spill. It’s so bad, so destructive, they can no longer find the oil. The reason: the earth is designed by God to take care of the oil. I can’t say this enough. Oil is part of the earth. It is not the evil substance the environmental wackos on the left would have you believe. It is natural. And since this is true, the earth and sea water break it down. Yes, the oil spill was a problem and we need to clean up what we can. But what we cannot clean up, the earth will take care of the rest.

Here is what Rush said:

They can’t find the oil.  ABC News: “BP Oil Spill: Clean-Up Crews Can’t Find Crude in the Gulf — As Size of Slick Shrinks, Experts Say Oil is Breaking Up, Staying Below Surface.” Once again, I, El Rushbo, was right. You remember how hated I was when I made this statement on May 3rd?  I was insincere and I was unfeeling and I had no compassion.  “Oh, yeah. It’s just going to break up.”  Now all of a sudden I am being validated.  “For 86 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s damaged well … BP and the federal government have amassed an army to clean the oil up, but there’s one problem — they’re having trouble finding it. At its peak last month, the oil slick was the size of Kansas, but it has been rapidly shrinking, now down to the size of New Hampshire,” and it’s not even that big.

If the Gulf of Mexico is, let’s say, the Superdome and you fill the Superdome with water, the amount of oil in the Superdome is equal to a 24-ounce can of beer.  It’s infinitesimal, and it is being dissipated.  Everything I said here is true.  Oil seeps from the sea floor all over the earth and into the ocean every day.  It never surfaces.  It gets eaten alive; it gets broken down.  In fact, at the end of this ABC piece: “‘(It’s) Mother Nature doing her job,’ said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.” Whoa, whoa, whoa! “Mother Nature doing her job”?  Who’s Mother Nature?  Mother Nature is doing her job?  Why doesn’t anybody ever say, “Yeah, Mother Nature is going to take care of this global warming stuff”? Mother Nature is being defeated by human beings in global warming but all of a sudden they can’t find the oil, and Mother Nature is doing just fine. Just fine.

I love it that Rush brings it back to the reason why the oil spill is being dissipated.

Okay, so they can’t find the oil.  They’re out there looking for the oil, they can’t find the oil.  They are reopening areas of the Gulf to fishing.  They aren’t gonna need $20 billion to pay people back for damages and yet they have swindled BP outta $20 billion.  The ex-CEO, Tony Hayward, who’s actually been sent to Siberia, I mean literally sent to Siberia, a BP Russian oil project, may as well be Siberia, said early on, “The ecological damage is going to be minimal here.”  He’s dead right and you pay a penalty in this country for being dead right.  You are hated, and you are despised, and you become a target.  So now BP has been swindled, shaken down for $20 billion for no reason.  There was no major destructive crisis.  The earth, Mother Nature — and to me, by the way, when I say Mother Nature’s taken care of it, who’s Mother Nature?  Mother Nature — listen to me on the left, listen to me on the left, Mother Nature, you know who it is?  God.  You spell it G-o-d. Mother Nature is God. Mother Nature is not a tree trunk.  Mother Nature is not some forest somewhere in the Amazon.  Mother Nature is the God of the Bible, the God of creation, and the God of creation taking care of all this despite our folly ’cause God loves us.

BTW, notice the picture above? We were told that the oil spill is the size of Kansas. Does that look like the size of Kansas to you? It doesn’t to me. It looks like the size of maybe Galveston island. That is hardly Kansas. This is what happens in the crisis-driven media. They try to tell us things we cannot verify for ourselves, except when NASA decides to release pictures of the spill from space. At that point, we can see for ourselves just how big the oil spill actually is. It’s not as bad as was reported. But that never brings in ratings.

Please don’t let Obama try to claim credit for this. If he does, know he is lying.

Obama Doesn’t Lead Because He Doesn’t Know How

One of the weaknesses of Obama has really come to light with the BP oil spill. He doesn’t know how to lead. He is merely a politician, one who can say a lot to lead the simpletons into believing he is in control, but when it really comes to action, he is worthless.

When this BP oil crisis began, I first thought that Obama just did not care. He was merely going to use the oil spill to raise taxes and the price of gasoline. Remember, during the campaign he complained about the fact that gas prices went up too quickly. He wanted them to go up, just not so quickly that people realized it and complained about it. He wants high gas prices, but he wants to bring it about in such a way that no one will complain. Good luck with that.

What is sad is that his response shows something far worse than apathy. It shows his incompetence. He is incapable of leading on this issue. This leads us back to those days during the campaign when there were warnings about the reality that he has never done anything in his life, other than learn Chicago-style politics. He has never run a business, never accomplished anything of note. All he knows how to do is assess blame and point the finger. That is fine if you are a talk-show host, or even a blogger. It’s catastrophic if you are the president of the United States. The most he has done of note concerning the oil spill is say that he wants to meet with BP officials so he will know who’s ass to kick. How absolutely brilliant! Just what we need, the mentality of a someone in the high school club for pantie-wearing men. Instead of being angry at terrorists and those who threaten our safety, he is going to get mad at the only people who have actually tried to stop the oil spill in the first place: BP officials.

Please do not misunderstand me. I’m not trying to give the BP officials a pass here. The bear the full weight of responsibility in this oil spill, along with the environmentalists. But the BP officials are also the only ones working to remedy the situation. All Obama has done is point the finger… again.

I really like what Mitt Romney has had to say about this situation:

Has it come to this again? The president is meeting with his oil spill experts, he crudely tells us, so that he knows “whose ass to kick.” We have become accustomed to his management style — target a scapegoat, assign blame and go on the attack. To win health care legislation, he vilified insurance executives; to escape bankruptcy law for General Motors, he demonized senior lenders; to take the focus from the excesses of government, he castigated business meetings in Las Vegas; and to deflect responsibility for the deepening and lengthening downturn, he blames Wall Street and George W. Bush. But what may make good politics does not make good leadership. And when a crisis is upon us, America wants a leader, not a politician.

We saw leadership on Sept. 11, 2001. Then as now, black billows seemed to come from the center of the earth. Lives had been lost. The environmental impact was immeasurable. The looming economic impact from lost tourism was incalculable. Into the crisis walked Rudy Giuliani. While that was an incomparable human tragedy, how the mayor led New York City to recover is a useful model for the president.

Rudy camped out at Ground Zero — he didn’t hole up in his office or retreat to his residence. His presence not only reassured the people of New York that someone was in charge, it also enabled the mayor to assess the situation firsthand, to take the measure of the people he had on the ground, and to understand the scope of the crisis.

The president has many critical matters that demand his attention, but brief and tardy tours and being photographed with a smudge of oil on a sandy beach don’t work on any level. There is no substitute for being there.

Romney is a true leader, along with Guiliani. I would prefer either one of those men to Obama any day. Romney continues:

The president must personally lead the effort to solve the crisis. He cannot delegate this quintessential responsibility of his presidency in the way he delegated the stimulus bill, the cap-and-trade bill and the health care bill. It may be an instance of learning on the job, but it is a job only he can do.

The first rule of turnarounds is to focus time, energy and resources on what matters most. The president simply cannot treat this crisis like another of his many problems. The oil disaster could hurt millions of families, slam the regional economy, kill untold numbers of non-human lives and irreparably damage the planet. Among other things, he must not hold more rock concerts at the White House — I understand James Carville‘s venting: His hero fiddled as oil churned.

Finding fault is easier than finding answers. And worse, it paralyzes many of the very people who may be needed to solve a crisis. When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast states, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco went on the attack; Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour went to work. His state’s recovery is textbook; hers is not.

President Obama’s instigation of criminal investigations of BP at this juncture is classic diversion politics — and worse, it will engender bunker mentality at a time when collaboration and openness are most critical. BP’s actions and inactions are reprehensible; it must be made to pay the billions upon billions of dollars that this spill will ultimately cost. But call out the phalanx of lawyers later — solve the crisis today.

The president can learn a good deal from the crisis leadership of men and women in government and in business. Giuliani is a notable example, but so too are Washington, Adams, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Reagan and Kennedy. In a time of national crisis, we look to our president to acknowledge, as Harry Truman did, that it is at his desk where the buck stops.

And even at Day 52, it’s better late than never.

It would be great if Obama actually realized he needs some OJT. But I fear his pride will not let him learn from others. That would mean that he would have to admit he is not King Canute, who declared that since his anointing, the planet would begin to heal and the seas would quit rising. There are times when you need help, and now is one of those times for Obama.

Another good column to read on this is Jonah Goldberg’s over at Townhall.com. Here is a sampling:

By now you’ve heard what he told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar,” Obama told Lauer. “We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick, right?”

Riiiiiiight.

A creature of elite universities with a progressive’s love of technocrats, Obama is most comfortable leading colloquia of perfect-SAT-score propeller heads.

He once explained to an interviewer: “I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, academically approved approach to health care. … But that’s not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately, what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people.”

Ah yes, damnable democracy, if only we could get that out of the way, we could really get things done. Where have I heard those arguments before? But I digress.

OK, one more update. I found this at Wintery Knight.