Saturday, June 5, 2010

Obama Knew BP Oil Spill Was Going to be Huge From The Beginning

Unfortunately there is a wide gap between knowing something is going to be a massive problem and knowing how to prevent that. That said, if Obama really did know how bad it would get he should have been quicker to approve and implement mitigating techniques some of which are still sitting idle on the drawing board.

"Article - Dramatic Oil Spill - Gallery Launch

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama's team from the start.

Little that has happened since has changed their mind-set. Now six weeks later, the president’s top advisers expect the oil spill—and the negative stories—to continue through August."


  1. Why should he have done that? Maybe the free market will fix it.

  2. @Ian Spencer Dubrowsky - big government sure is not doing much, despite this actually being in their job description...

  3. Yes, mostly because we "elect" people who do not want to act in a basic way that a government interested doing so would act.


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