Grab the Hipboots, It’s Getting Deep Here!

May 4, 2010 by

So kids,  it’s disaster time again and you know what that means! That’s right, more bullshit from our politicans, pundits, and British Petroleum.

You would think we had had enough by now of both engineering failures and political agendas distorting the much needed truth of the situation. It is completely revolting. So, since many people seem unaware of FactCheck.org, I’m going to share some of their analysis of the cowflop being served to us this time. They are non partisan and reputable, Google around. You’ll see.

This addresses some spin presented in On ABC’s “This Week.” Info via FactCheck.org, as compiled by Viveca Novak, Lori Robertson and Brooks Jackson:

BP’s Safety Spin

On the same program, a top BP executive tried to put positive spin on a 2009 letter from the company opposing proposed new safety regulation of offshore drilling rigs, like the one that blew up in the Gulf of Mexico and caused a giant oil slick. Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America, said most of the letter “actually recommends improvements,” when in fact it recommended deletions of proposed new rules.

ABC’s Jake Tapper: Just a few months ago, a BP executive protested proposed new safety regulations for oil rigs, writing to the government that quote, “while BP is supportive of companies having a system in place to reduce risks, accidents, injuries and spills, we are not supportive of extensive proscriptive regulations.” . . .

BP’s Lamar McKay: The rest of the letter actually recommends improvements and specific recommendations around safety regulations should they choose to change them. So we’re not fighting anything about safety. Safety is the number one priority. We’re going to figure out what happened here, and that is going to help the MMS and help ourselves and help the industry get safer, so we’re not fighting anything about safety.

Tapper accurately quoted the Sept. 14, 2009, letter from BP’s Richard Morrison, which went on to say that “voluntary programs … have been and continue to be very successful.” But McKay’s idea of “improvements” were in some cases actually recommended deletions. For example, the letter says “BP recommends deleting the Contractor Selection ‘element’ ” because “[t]here is no need for additional documentation of contractor competency.” (BP now constantly stresses that the rig that blew up was owned by one of its contractors, not by BP.) The letter also recommended deleting any “prescribed schedule” for auditing the company’s safety measures and leaving the timing to the discretion of the companies based on “performance and risk.” And it recommended deleting a provision requiring companies to notify the federal Minerals Management Service prior to conducting a safety audit.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and it is the best argument for complete data transparency I can think of. The entire Gulf Coast is suffering the worst ecological disaster on the books and it’s all about people’s agendas? I’d be shocked if I had not watched the same thing of the past four and a half years in the wake of the levee failure. Just take a look at the press to this day. It is still referred to as Katrina even though the New Orleans disaster was an engineering failure (sound familiar?). That detail alone speaks to the quality of coverage and amount of spin imposed on the event.

Feh.

I encourage all of you, Left and Right, to use FactCheck. It is good for debunking the misinfo and flat out propoganda being promulgated. And do not delude yourself, no matter which side of the political spectrum you are on there is a lot of BS to sift through.

When it comes down to brass tacks we all want the same things: survival, food, a roof, a chance for happiness and a future for our children. Isn’t that more in common than left wing, right wing? As I understand it anything with only one wing flies around in circles until it starves.

-Loki, Founder ad Curator

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