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THE TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN OIL BOOM? This surge in domestic production would leave Iran, Kuwait and the Arab emirates combined in the rear-view mirror”July 16, 2011
Just a year after the BP oil spill, America is on the verge of a new golden era of oil exploration and production — unless President Obama and his environmentalist friends get their way.
Arthur Herman is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise via ibloga.blogspot.com
(Telegraph) Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama – and BP – at the Cannes film festival, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
The star of the 1969 road movie Easy Rider was in Cannes for the premiere of The Big Fix by Rebecca and Josh Tickell, the only feature documentary in the official selection at the Cannes film festival this year.
Fonda – a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences – accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue.
“I sent an email to President Obama saying, ‘You are a f—— traitor,’ using those words… ‘You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military – in this case the coastguard – what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do’.”
Peter Fonda told this writer Tuesday that, before a press conference, a government representative warned him to say nothing about certain things, such as the thousands of dead baby dolphins in the Gulf. Still aiming for Easy Rider freedom, Fonda’s response was, “I will tell them about the dead baby dolphins — and much more.”
Chris Hedges holds a major role in the film. He inspires personal responsibility and resistance — peaceful revolution as the only remaining solution to corporatism, another word for fascism.
At the premiere after-party, Tickell ended his speech with that ultimate solution to the ongoing energy disasters globally caused by corruption, “Viva la revolution!”
BP said safety systems on Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon rig had failed.
Separately, BP also sued the maker of the rig’s blowout preventer, alleging the device failed to stop the huge oil spill that followed the explosion.
Both lawsuits were filed on Wednesday on the first anniversary of the explosion, which killed 11 workers.
Overnight on 20 April 2010, Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon burst into flames while drilling a well for BP.
In the months that followed, more than 200 million gallons (780 million litres) of oil flowed in the Gulf of Mexico from the well, soiling hundreds of miles of coastline in the worst US oil spill in recent history.
In federal court in New Orleans on Wednesday, BP said Swiss-based Transocean and Cameron International, the Houston company that supplied the blowout preventer (BOP), should help it pay for tens of billions of dollars in liabilities resulting from the spill, which include clean-up and compensation costs.
BP also wants the court to declare that Cameron caused or contributed to the disaster.
“The Deepwater Horizon BOP was unreasonably dangerous, and has caused and continues to cause harm, loss, injuries, and damages to BP (and others) stemming from the blowout of Macondo well” and resulting spill, the BP lawsuit said.
Cameron has filed counter-claims and defended the integrity of its products. Transocean did not immediately comment on the BP lawsuit but has also requested court judgements against BP, Cameron and others.
BP has estimated its liability at $40.9bn, but could face tens of billions more in fines and penalties.
it is important to find the real cause of this disaster. I support petroleum, but it is important that this kind of disaster is diverted in the future. I feel the same way about other forms of energy development.
Obama claims the glass as half empty without stating a correlative truth that the glass can fill itself.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com ….He just can’t stop lying.
Each time Obama tells the truth, but the truth misleads. The final example towards the end of the video is the most interesting. Obama points out that America is two percent of the world’s crude, but the potential is there for America to be Seventeen percent of the world’s crude and therefor America could be completely self sufficient.
As recently as 30 minutes ago, Facebook has removed the main “Boycott BP” from it’s page. With it, it leave almost 800,000 fans hanging.
This group was created with the intent of sending a clear and strong message to BP and to Washington that what has happened in the Gulf has to stop everywhere.
People from all over the world shared video clips, pictures, and frustration over what has been seen incredibly slow process to an ever growing economic and environmental disaster.
Boycott BP and it’s creator, Lee Perkins, have been focused in several interviews recently, one of which was done with Diane Sawyer. To say he has made a large impact in a short amount of time is an understatement.
The question is: Why did Facebook suddenly take down the site? Some will call it a media black out of what is really happening down here in the Gulf. Some might say he was doing more harm than good given the fact that the Boycotting of BP was actually beginning to take hold if you judge by some of the photos and videos being posted of station owners either changing to a new brand, or closing altogether.
Whichever way you look at it, the voices of the people were being heard in a most unique and powerful way. We felt we were making a difference.
If we were not, then why the sudden removal of the page?
UPDATE: Lee Perkins has put a new Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-bpARCO/138332356184294?ref=mf#!/pages/Boycott-bpARCO/138332356184294?v=wall&ref=mf
Boycott bp/ARCO I can’t believe they shut us down with no explanation. I could not even say goodbye to my friends. We must have been doing something right. Calling the media now. bayoulee.com is up and running. ty Bayou Lee”