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Obama's Gulf Eco-Catastrophe, Far Worse than Katrina, More Like a Hiroshima; Emergency Legislation Needed

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History will view Obama's response as too little, too late, too passive. New findings by a research vessel with a grant that ran out today show walls of oil-saturated death, miles long and wide, depleting oxygen from ocean water.

Obama must commandeer BP's resources, pass immediate legislation ELIMINATING all limits on ALL corporate liability for damages, & fund at least a billion dollars of emergency research & science funding for assessing and analyzing all aspects of the gulf catastrophe-- marine, estuary, economic.
On Friday, President Obama lashed out at oil companies for finger pointing and blame passing. The problem is, he's doing the same thing, one iteration higher.


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This disaster has been going on for over three weeks. Obama had to know how bad it was, and if he didn't that would have been even worse. There's little doubt that he knew, though, and has known just how bad this was.

When he blamed the oil companies for their failure to take responsibility he was really dumping responsibility on them, trying to avoid taking presidential responsibility.

People have called this catastrophe Obama's Katrina. They're wrong. It's much worse than Katrina. It's worse, not only because of the damage we'll be seeing as the oil does it's damage to sea life, estuaries, breeding grounds, jobs, industries, families and entire ecosystems, but also because of the massive failure of leadership on Obama's part.


Obama had to respond to a disaster quickly. He didn't. He let the perpetrator of the crime try to fix it and also allowed the perpetrator to try to cover it up, to conceal the video evidence. Perhaps he did this because of the misguided idea that he was being sure that BP paid for the cleanup. But that was a mistake. He could have commandeered BP resources and directed to cleanup, rather than just watching.

Obama is still being duped and sabotaged by big oil, directly and indirectly. The government's MMS is riddled with Oil company friendly decision makers. NOAA scientists used a mode of estimating the flow of the out of control undersea gusher that the NY Times discredited as weak science.

Obama is not in charge. BP is. That should not be.

It appears that Obama is not in charge of the use of dispersants. The government authorized the use of them under water. They contain unknown chemicals, unknown because the manufacturers claim proprietary secrets. This is a national state of emergency and Obama should order them to release the ingredients, at least to government scientists. I don't think that's happened. We're dumping the largest amounts of dispersants ever used in one location. It's an experiment. It's another way that could kill the ocean, starting with the phytoplankton that form the base of the food chain. If they are killed, the rest of the food chain could very well be lost.

Walls of Death
Reportedly, there are over 500 vessels involved in the response to the Gulf eco-catastrophe. Yesterday, the NY Times reported that there are huge, 10 miles long, three miles wide, hundreds of yards thick "plumes" of oil soaked water. Think of them as walls of death. Scientists are seeing 30% decreases in oygenation near them. If the oil-eating micro-organisms continue to digest these plumes, the oxygen content in the water could drop low enough to produces huge dead zones, as I've written about earlier. This is the science and reality underlying the previously predicted dean zone scenario. A whale or dolphin might be able to swim through these death walls fast enough, but fish and the phytoplankton at the bottom of the food chain will die, asphyxiated or poisoned. It will take longer for these deaths to rise from the bottom up, until the fish commercial fisherman trawl for are hit, but they will be hit. The questions is, will they be wiped out? Will the marine ecology, even after the oil is gone, be the same, or will new ecologies develop as bottom up food supply and top down predator balances shift drastically.

Decisive action was key to dealing with the out of control, mile down sea florr gusher. It didn't happen.

Is the Obama Personality That Helped Win Elections Part of the Problem?
I have a theory that the part of Obama's personality that played a big role in winning the presidential election is what's keeping him from dealing effectively with the Gulf Catastrophe. He is a very calm, unruffled man. It's been said that a black president can't afford to be seen as an angry black man.

But Obama has needed to get upset or angry-- angry about the Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and the Republican fillibuster machine, angry about BP.

And it's not just anger. Obama may be too calm, so relaxed that his flight of fight nervous system doesn't kick into gear enough. doesn't give him the passion that gets the adrenalin flowing when it is appropriate and needed. .

The Gulf catastrophe is not someting to leave to committees or aides or departments. It's something that the president has to fully engage with. And timing is a big part of it.

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He's already allowed this to go too far without ta... by Rob Kall on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 9:58:37 AM
If this president has some blame (and I am not sur... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:27:05 PM
BP tells obama what he thinks and what to say... by tjb on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 10:32:36 AM
Too bad we did not elect you... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:25:12 PM
. . . writing, "Bush should commandeer all the gea... by Dana Pico on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:14:18 AM
Obama has to kick the sh*t out of BP, to make an e... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:17:19 AM
I'm an ardent Obama supporter and this is the firs... by HarveyY on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:47:38 AM
He made some mistakes, but you are mostly incorrec... by BFalcon on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:30:11 PM
It will certainly stick in the craws of all those ... by Marika on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:08:12 PM
BP is a British company.Transocean (the maker of t... by Scott Baker on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:10:42 PM
Much of your final paragraph observations were spo... by Sherry Mann on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 1:15:04 PM
The case for seizure Click to read 10 Crit... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 1:55:28 PM
Obama hasn't the constitutional legality to seize ... by Recce1 on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:47:14 AM
"Neither of these can be "seized" without causing ... by Ian MacLeod on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 8:38:56 PM
Rob,This is perhaps the most insightful article pu... by James Murtagh on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:25:17 PM
I work for a relatively small corporation and we h... by 911TRUTH on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:41:18 PM
No Ifs, Ands or Buts.BUT, is there anybody that's ... by Jay Farrington on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 1:32:47 PM
Do we live under a monarchy or dictatorship ?? The... by Markageloo Breza on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:15:06 PM
Corporations don't have the right to destroy lives... by Mac McKinney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:35:31 PM
The Bolsheviks seized total economic controlthey d... by Markageloo Breza on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:46:23 PM
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What humanity must realize is the reality of being... by boomerang on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 8:30:18 AM
I take exception to your statement that all there ... by Scott Baker on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 8:31:47 AM
Go back to the glory days of Eisenhower with 90%+ ... by Markageloo Breza on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:41:45 AM
This thing could go on 'til July or longer and we ... by Jay Farrington on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:58:42 PM
Thanks Rob for this article. I was actually workin... by Janet Loughrey on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:35:23 PM
and I alreaady wrote my messsage to Obama in my ar... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:44:04 PM
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Just one paragraph from Wiki. The man had grit as ... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 6:44:42 PM
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As the French say, the more things change, the mor... by Eugene Elander on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:23:08 PM
The possibility that a problem could happen has al... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:10:56 AM
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It's amazing how adept we've become at destroying ... by Ralph Dratman on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:28:27 AM
We know to our regret that Barack Obama is the las... by Perry Logan on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 5:35:38 AM
It made MY day. Ahhhh, what a nice mooning morning... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:47:22 AM
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Should I ask, "Vat es zat?"or just duck?... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:01:18 AM
Lloyd, my friend, your humorous (Vonnegutian 'blac... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:16:57 AM
will have a huge impact on the United States. What... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:58:55 AM
Rob you know I love your blog! But isn't this arti... by Paul Kruger on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:20:33 AM
Like FDR, Obama just needs to be 'pushed by us'.Ar... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:51:24 AM
We live in a society where the only people who hav... by Freddie Venezia on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:40:32 AM
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thats true, though katrina was a terrorist attack.... by roch schultz on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:37:10 PM
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This is largely crap. The only correct thing he ha... by LiberalDemocrat on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:26:32 PM
Rob, you have a point in saying that Obama's "figh... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 6:49:03 PM
Rob you finally get it now, don't you? Jeremiah Wr... by Herbert Calhoun on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 5:24:39 PM
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