Saturday, June 26, 2010

Why doesn't bo allow US Allies to help?

The Dutch and many other US allies have offered to help with the oil spill in the Gulf. bo and his team have steadfastly refused. Us so called environmental regulations are a disaster for the environment.

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.

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.

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 offload their oil-water mixture, an approach Koops calls “crazy.”


Shawn Abigail said...

A crisis must not be wasted, because it is a great opportunity for the Left to demand more government control.

The oil spill is a terrible event, and BP will pay a heavy price. But when it comes to the court cases, I think a great deal of BP's defense will rest on U.S. Government inspections and permissions. If the Government wants to be all controlling, then it is all responsible. My prediction is that the courts will cap BP's liability and force the U.S. Government to repay BP much of the money they are currently spending.

Anonymous said...

Take it for what it is worth: rumour is that Bo is going to make millions on the downfall of BP, like many others. BP will change control and this may have been planned. What I don't know yet is what the White House has against the gulf states aka Katrina too. (real conservative)

Anonymous said...

He wants to sell carbon credits.

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