Drill, Bobby, Drill!

From Wikipedia:

In 2006, Jindal sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act (H.R. 4761), a bill to eliminate the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf.… Jindal argues that 30-40% of oil reserves of the United States are near the Louisiana coast and increased drilling would reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

Just conserving those dollars for their rich friends

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From Shorthand Hero’s Deviant Art page.)

16 Responses to “Drill, Bobby, Drill!”

  1. let's Says:

    let’s conveniently forget obama was proposing more offshore drilling prior to this disaster. you liberals are so brain washed, I hope you pay taxes!

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    Let’s be a retarded moron conservative instead!

    Let’s assume that everything is black and white!

    Let’s assume that everybody else is as stupid as we are and think that because Conservative A has advocated damaging policies that we can let Faux-Liberal B off the hook for advocating those exact same policies!

    Yes, let’s do that. It makes the world a very simple place. We hate complexity and nuance. It makes our head hurt.

  3. let's Says:

    right, because Obama is literally on record for pushing for more off-shore oil drilling directly before this fiasco. i love how brainwashed liberals even start to find their own vomit appetizing!

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Congratulations, let’s! I didn’t think it was possible for somebody to be even more retarded than the typical Fox News viewer, but you managed to do it!

    After all, I just told you that I’m not letting Obama off the hook, and what do you do? You still believe that because I’m a liberal, I must be giving Obama a complete pass! I’ve seen stupid in my day. I’ve seen retarded. I’ve even seen drooling, Terri-Schiavo-class brain dead before. But I’ve never seen a conservatard as completely, mind-absently, brain-hollowly STUPID as you!

    This truly is an amazing world we live in. I’m still being surprised by it!

    STFU

  5. What kind of name is let's? Says:

    Here is what Obama had to say about offshore drilling…

    In the short term, as we transition to cleaner energy sources, we’ll have to make tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development in ways that protect communities and coastlines,

    The bottom line is this: given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth, produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we’re going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.

  6. Syldoran Says:

    I’m failing to see how it’s that much of a problem if he changed his mind anyway. Seems like a good bit of hindsight rather than simple hypocrisy.

    “Oh, look at this disaster because people were stupid. Maybe we should look at this again before we ruin more environments and businesses.”

  7. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Well, Obama has made no official statement contradicting his previous stand on offshore drilling. I wish he would. I wish he would just say, look. I was wrong.

    One thing that should be pointed out. Obama was making this “tough” (code word for shitty) decision on expanded offshore drilling in order to get Republicans to vote on his energy bill. It was his oil soaked olive branch.

    So, is Obama a douche for proposing it? Yes. Absolutely. But I don’t need to agree 100% lock-step with the leader of my political party. In fact, I’m not sure I want to. I like to be challenged. That said, this was a shitty decision. He should back away from it. Whether he truly believes we need the oil or was just bipartisanizing as he is wont to do, I don’t know. But I want him to back away from it. A six month moratorium is insufficient.

    Yea, so conservatives: bigger douches. They want to drill like a mofo and don’t give a shit what the consequences are until it hits their shoreline.

    Interesting side note. The total gulf spill is going to be something like three to ten times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill. You can see the slick from space. It’s absolutely massive. Yet, this is only a drop in the bucket of what the total oil capacity of the well is. Worse, the entire well, pumped dry, represents about one day’s worth of oil consumption in the United States.

    Holy fucking shit!

    With consumption like that, how can anybody possibly think there is no global negative impact (eg, global warming) from those emissions? I mean I always thought global warming deniers were stupid, but when you start picturing it like this… It brings it to a whole new dimension.

  8. Oatmeal Says:

    Here’s what Jindal’s Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006 (H.R. 4761) has to say about the advantages and dangers of oil exploration on the outer Continental Shelf:
    “[T]he United States is blessed with abundant energy resources on the outer Continental Shelf and has developed a comprehensive framework of environmental laws and regulations and fostered the development of state-of-the-art technology that allows for the responsible development of these resources for the benefit of its citizenry.”
    Moreover,
    “(5) [I]t is not reasonably foreseeable that . . . development and production of an oil discovery located more than 50 miles seaward of the coastline will adversely affect resources near the coastline;
    “(6) transportation of oil from a leased tract might reasonably be foreseen, under limited circumstances, to have the potential to adversely affect resources near the coastline if the oil is within 50 miles of the coastline, but such potential to adversely affect such resources is likely no greater, and probably less, than the potential impacts from tanker transportation because tanker spills usually involve large releases of oil over a brief period of time.” The words ‘fine’ and ‘penalty’ appear nowhere in the act. Sadly, starry-eyed recklessness is not at all foreign to fantasy-land conservatives like Jindal.

  9. ericsan Says:

    The scary part? According to a poll last week, the percentage of Californians in favor of off-shore drilling has dropped from 51% (peak when gas prices were at an all-time high) down to… 41%. Opponents are now in the majority with 48% but how can 41% of the people be such clueless morons is beyond me.
    At least now Palin’s cretinous “drill baby drill” is coming back to haunt her. What a fucking piece of shit she is.

  10. Parrotlover77 Says:

    ericsan – It’s the universal law of NIMBY. As long as Gullyfohnya’s coast lines are not affected, they are all for it!

  11. james hill Says:

    This is READ MY LIPS an accident. No one planned a mine collapse or a space shuttle crash. BP is the lease holder. They contract out their drilling and well services. BP did not do this thing. Bobby Jindal did not do this thing. Obama did not do this thing. HALIBURTON, DICK CHENEY’S GAY MARRIAGE TO HALIBURTON DID THIS. BUSH AND CHENEY GAVE HALIBURTON ALL THE BREAKS. NOTICE HOW QUIET BUSH AND CHENEY ARE NOW? THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES! HALIBURTON’S CEMENT PLUGS FAILED TO HOLD AND THE WELL BLEW OUT. THE FAILED BLOWOUT PREVENTER BELONGS TO CEAN ENERGY, NOT BP.
    However, BP is responsible for everything that happens on their oil lease.

  12. james hill Says:

    “OCEAN ENERGY”

  13. Ron Britton Says:

    James:

    An accident is when something goes wrong where you have nevertheless taken every reasonable precaution.

    This is negligence.

    No, Bobby Jindal is not directly responsible. However, this is the result of his (and other Republicans’) policy of reckless disregard for the environment.

    There is such a thing as cosmic justice. Too bad the rest of us are collateral damage.

  14. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I think it was on Maddow where I first saw a satellite image with every oil platform around Louisiana with a little dot in the ocean.

    I laugh heartily (and weep just as heartily) when I hear the NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED argument.

    You want to see a repeat of the Gulf tragedy waiting to happen in the near future? Look at this, but not before you have a tissue in hand. We’re only at the very beginning of a century long battle against rich assholes and oil spills.

    http://www.cruisebruise.com/gulf_of_mexico_oil_platorms.jpg

    Star Trek had it wrong. The oceans weren’t brown enough when they visited Earth in the 23rd century.

  15. nazani14 Says:

    I keep hearing people rant about “our” oil. I know there are some regulations limiting the sale of Alaskan oil outside the US, but how about oil from other regions? Anyone have any good links for the amount of refined petroleum sold abroad?

  16. Shanya Almafeta Says:

    Y’know… I know that image is supposed to be a scathing blast against conservatives, but I have to admit that it’s a beautifully laid-out image. I keep trying to say something nasty, but that juxtaposition of idyllic nature scenes with happy American industry… yeah.

    So whomever made that, you deserve a cookie. That’s a lovely pic. (And that’s all I have to add to this particular article.)