June 29, 2010

An Avertible Catastrophe

For those of you who missed this at Instapundit.

Some are attuned to the possibility of looming catastrophe and know how to head it off. Others are unprepared for risk and even unable to get their priorities straight when risk turns to reality.

The latter is a perfect description of the empty suit who is living in the White House.

The Dutch fall into the first group. Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. "Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour," Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

So we took the Dutch up on their offer, right? Wrong! But wait! There's more!

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn't capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana's marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks.

Well we know that's a non-starter since the feds wouldn't even allow Bobby Jindal to do that.

The Dutch know how to handle maritime emergencies. In the event of an oil spill, The Netherlands government, which owns its own ships and high-tech skimmers, gives an oil company 12 hours to demonstrate it has the spill in hand. If the company shows signs of unpreparedness, the government dispatches its own ships at the oil company's expense. "If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands," says Geert Visser, the Dutch consul general in Houston.

Too bad our gummint is too incompetent to do this.

In sharp contrast to Dutch preparedness before the fact and the Dutch instinct to dive into action once an emergency becomes apparent, witness the American reaction to the Dutch offer of help. The U.S. government responded with "Thanks but no thanks," remarked Visser, despite BP's desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer --the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge. Even after the U.S. refused, the Dutch kept their vessels on standby, hoping the Americans would come round. By May 5, the U.S. had not come round. To the contrary, the U.S. had also turned down offers of help from 12 other governments, most of them with superior expertise and equipment --unlike the U.S., Europe has robust fleets of Oil Spill Response Vessels that sail circles around their make-shift U.S. counterparts.

Here's what happened. When Jug Hussein Ears' aides said Gulf Coast, he thought they said golf course so he went out and played a round.

Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn't good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million -- if water isn't at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

Can you believe this shit? Anyone with the intelligence of a third grade pissant would tell the EPA to go pound sand. Jesus H. Christ! WTF is wrong with these people? You have to try to be this incompetent.

When ships in U.S. waters take in oil-contaminated water, they are forced to store it. As U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the official in charge of the clean-up operation, explained in a press briefing on June 11, "We have skimmed, to date, about 18 million gallons of oily water--the oil has to be decanted from that [and] our yield is usually somewhere around 10% or 15% on that." In other words, U.S. ships have mostly been removing water from the Gulf, requiring them to make up to 10 times as many trips to storage facilities where they off-load their oil-water mixture, an approach Koops calls "crazy."

Crazy. Insane. Incompetent. This just boggles the mind. Just think. These are the same people we're gonna put in charge of our healthcare system. How does that make y'all feel?

But wait! There's more!

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer -- but only partly. Because the U.S. didn't want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

Union jobs are more important than cleaning up the worst ecological disaster in the history of this country.

A catastrophe that could have been averted is now playing out. With oil increasingly reaching the Gulf coast, the emergency construction of sand berns to minimize the damage is imperative. Again, the U.S. government priority is on U.S. jobs, with the Dutch asked to train American workers rather than to build the berns. According to Floris Van Hovell, a spokesman for the Dutch embassy in Washington, Dutch dredging ships could complete the berms in Louisiana twice as fast as the U.S. companies awarded the work. "Given the fact that there is so much oil on a daily basis coming in, you do not have that much time to protect the marshlands," he says, perplexed that the U.S. government could be so focussed on side issues with the entire Gulf Coast hanging in the balance.

As my friend Cindy told me, "Obama is a racist. He hates white beaches." After all, these are red states except for Florida. Hey, you Floridians, how do you like Obummer now?

Then again, perhaps he should not be all that perplexed at the American tolerance for turning an accident into a catastrophe. When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker accident occurred off the coast of Alaska in 1989, a Dutch team with clean-up equipment flew in to Anchorage airport to offer their help. To their amazement, they were rebuffed and told to go home with their equipment. The Exxon Valdez became the biggest oil spill disaster in U.S. history--until the BP Gulf spill.

The country is in the very best of hands. Thanks Obungler voters.

Posted by denny at June 29, 2010 02:07 PM  

I've said it before and I'll say it again: 52% of the VOTERS put this incompetent Soros sock-puppet into the White House, but now 100% of the PEOPLE are paying the price for that monumental screw-up.

Posted by: Scottiebill on June 29, 2010 02:37 PM

Are all of those Dutch folks union? That 'splains it.

Posted by: Alan on June 29, 2010 03:10 PM

Yeah, we CAN'T deny the unions their rightful place, y'know...Environment be damned...And WHERE is Our Media on this...They'd ALL be shittin' Holsteins by now if it was Chimpy McHalliburton Bushitler or any other hapless Republican "In charge"...They'd done had the gallows built, the tar a-boilin' & the geese plucked...

Posted by: Sandy G. on June 29, 2010 03:49 PM

Even White House Muzzy and his inept staff arent as stupid as they seem to be on this one. I believe their hope was to turn this into a major calamity (they succeeded) and then get their media buttlickers to blame it all on someone else. They know the utter stupidity of their voters and the nitwits that watch the MSM.

Posted by: Navyvet on June 29, 2010 04:19 PM

But wait! There's more! The US has about 2,000 oil skimming ships scattered at various places along the US coast in case of oil spills. How many are in the Gulf?
When asked why the others have not been moved into the Gulf, the government response was that they had to be left in place "in case they had to deal with a local oil spill."
And of course the MFM, so eager to crucify Bush for not having his response to Katrina designed to take into account the complete and utter failure of the city and state governments to do their damn job, have nothing to say about the nigh-incomprehensible incompetence of the Obama administration on this spill.
The EPA has reacted with such stultifying retardation during this event they ought to be hauled in front of Congress and told they better have a god damn good reason why their entire department shouldn't be rolled up and tossed in the dumpster, since it is clearly incapable of accomplishing the only job it has to do.

Posted by: Toren on June 29, 2010 04:29 PM

Another "Inconvenient Truth" about Katrina- How LONG did we KNOW the gotdang thing was comin' ?!? Seems like I remember it bein' sumthin' on the order of several days, maybe a week..Did ANYONE in Nawlins see the big, ugly red blob makin' a bee-line right for The Big Sleazy & think to themselves, "Uhh, we live in a place that's uhh, 10' below Sea Level, & there's this Mother of All Storms headin' our way...Mebbe we oughta Make Like A Tree 'n' Leave ?!?" I mean, even here in NE Tenn, virtually every TV showed the feckin' thing gettin' closer & closer...I'd a-hi-tailed my arse the hell outta there pronto...But then OTOH, I have enuff sense NOT to live there in the 1st place...

Posted by: Sandy G. on June 29, 2010 05:50 PM

Of COURSE The Won doesn't give a damn about the Florida Panhandle....we are primarily white and conservative. And don't forget about the huge military bases there; that many more people who don't support him, his minions or his policies.
I've had my doubts about whether he is really as incompetent and stupid as his actions over the past year and half demonstrated, but now I'm sure it's malicious. I just can't figure out the end game. Can you?

Posted by: Candy on June 29, 2010 06:20 PM

Candy, end game is to take this country and cut it down to size compared to the rest of the world. Redistribute our wealth to the rest of the world via cap and trade and even out the economies. Worldwide socialism, sounds great don't it?

Posted by: kerrcarto on June 29, 2010 07:34 PM


Without a doubt the worst President in the last 100 years if not the worst of all time. The only one`s smiling at this point are Jimmy Carter & most of the Democratic welfare base who are too stupid to understand they are being used.

As for the rest of the 52% who elected this clown prince......"How`s the hope &change working for you all now?"

By the way.....Where is TDHO now that her prince charming Obunghole has failed so miserably & the country is headed for the toilet? Wonder if she will be stupid enough to vote for the clown in 2012 or has finally wised up & is to ashamed to admit it? I`d bet she still has an Obama sticker on her car.

Posted by: dudley1 on June 29, 2010 09:52 PM

Where is TDHO now that her prince charming Obunghole has failed so miserably & the country is headed for the toilet?

Y'know what's funny is that I forgot all about that dumb bitch. After 01/20/09 she pretty much all but vanished didn't she? Voter remorse maybe? Nah, I bet she's another example of blind allegiance to "anyone but Bush" without any rhyme or reason. I would bet good money that asshole still has a JHE/Plugs sticker on her hybrid piece of shit...

Posted by: CharlieDelta on June 29, 2010 10:26 PM

Obama is NOT stupid.

Obama HATES:

White Anglo Christians & Jews who created the current America through sweat, tears and blood.

Obama DOES NOT LIKE Hispanics, but:

He will ignore the Mexican illegal immigrant situation in Arizona in his concerted effort to DEMOLISH the current capitalist America.

It's my view that Obama not only DOES NOT want the oil spill contained so as to bring the Gulf coast States to their knees,


He's responsible for the rig blowing in the first place. I guess that makes me a "truther".

We're so screwed!

Posted by: Toejam on June 30, 2010 01:55 AM


Obama is not responsible for blowing up the rig......he is responsible for milking the crisis in an attempt to gain political or popular advantage which so far has backfired.

A responsible President would have taken the help offered , resolved the issue.....then assign blame & develop plans to address future possible occurances.....Like Bush would have done.

If the media was responsible & honest instead of being the propaganda arm of the Socialist democrats.....Obama`s incompetence, arrogance or stupidity would be the story of the day not the daily sob stories & pass the buck blame game they are promoting.

Posted by: dudley1 on June 30, 2010 08:30 AM

If anyone understands coastal waters...it would be the Dutch. After all, they do live below sea level.

You're right about Obungler. I love that term.

Posted by: Yabu (EOTIS) on June 30, 2010 09:25 AM

I can't think of a better word to describe our government than "kakistocracy".

kakistocracy n., pl. -cies. Government by the least qualified or least principled citizens. [Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; -cracy, government, regime]

Posted by: KarlU on June 30, 2010 05:02 PM

Ya know KarlU, I took a year of Classical Greek. The Prof once told us that somebody did a study, and found that everyplace in the Texts that had the word "Kakos" or a variant, it could be replaced by "Shit" or the relevant version. I think that holds true here as well.

As for Bambi, I'm also becoming convinced he's trying to not let this crisis go to waste. It's almost impossible to believe he's really this incompetent.

Posted by: Gun-Totin-Wacko on July 3, 2010 11:14 PM
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