Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Axelrod - 'Oil Rigs Exit From Gulf is Not Optimal'

That is about the lowest amount of regret you could muster. If they really did not want the drilling rigs to sail away want it to happen they could stop intentionally creating the uncertainty causing it. Especially considering that their own experts did not recommend it and they have already lost legally.

"The departure of deep-water drilling rigs to other countries because of the Obama administration’s moratorium is unfortunate but not reason enough to allow drilling to restart, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

“These are rented rigs, and they go from place to place,” Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s not an optimal situation, but obviously we’re dealing with the greatest environmental catastrophe of all time. ... It’s been a tremendous tragedy for that region. We don’t want a repeat of it because we’re imprudent.”

Critics of the moratorium have warned that the drilling rigs sign long-term contracts and that once they depart for other parts of the world, they may not return for years. One rig is already set to move from the Gulf to Egypt.

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