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An oil rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico has exploded, sending all 13 oil workers into the Gulf, one of whom remains missing. A search and rescue effort by the U.S. Coast Guard is already underway. The explosion comes shortly after oil finally stopped flowing into the Gulf (for the moment) from another rig that had been severely damaged by a large explosion. Fortunately, early reports say this explosion occurred at an oil rig that is not currently producing, drastically reducing the potential for further environmental damage.

Despite strong encouragement from many liberals and environmental activists, that crisis did not secure sweeping energy reform legislation or the full Democratic backing of long-sought cap and trade proposals. Even President Obama's offshore drilling moratorium was initially knocked down by a state court. In the wake of that long and difficult episode, many are greeting this most recent event with deep, almost macabre cynicism about our ability to learn from disaster.

After this, surely Gulf politicians will see the folly of building a drilling-oriented economy. #haha #everythingisterribleless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

How many more oil rigs must blow themselves up on our shores before we recognize the danger of Petro-Sharia?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Sure glad the Obama administration was blocked from putting drilling in the Gulf on hold for safety inspections. than a minute ago via Seesmic twhirl

Whew. The rig that exploded today wasn't a deepwater. So it'll only spew oil into the Gulf for 2 months instead of 4.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Based on past experience, President Obama will really capitalize on this oil rig explosion. Mark my words. Gamechanger.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Allowing oil companies to locate near Ground Zero must surely now be considered a slap in the face of Americans.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

End times reportedly nigh: Probably will be ushered in by Muslim president.less than a minute ago via web

remember when you were playing Sim City 2000 and suddenly everything started going to hell and exploding? that's how i feel about the Gulf.less than a minute ago via web

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