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.
How many more oil rigs must blow themselves up on our shores before we recognize the danger of Petro-Sharia?
Sure glad the Obama administration was blocked from putting drilling in the Gulf on hold for safety inspections. http://is.gd/eRF2a
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.
Based on past experience, President Obama will really capitalize on this oil rig explosion. Mark my words. Gamechanger.
Allowing oil companies to locate near Ground Zero must surely now be considered a slap in the face of Americans.
End times reportedly nigh: http://ow.ly/2yzq5. Probably will be ushered in by Muslim president.
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.
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