Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Right Wing Wonders If God Or Conspirators Caused Oil Spill

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has not shaken the support for offshore drilling among many prominent right wingers. Proving once again their imperviousness to reality, conservative politicians and pundits have resorted to novel theories that include the following:

• Governor Rick Perry (R) of Texas asked whether the disaster was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril. He added, “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented."

Rush Limbaugh wondered whether "environmental whackos" blew up the oil rig to "head off more drilling." On April 29, he stated, "Lest we forget ... the cap and trade bill was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist whackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants. ...[W]hat better way to head off more oil drilling and nuclear plants then by blowing up a rig? ...I'm just noting the timing here."

• Former George W. Bush press secretary Dana Perino stated, "I don't want to introduce a conspiracy theory" but then introduced one, asking, "...was this deliberate? ...Was it sabotage?" 

• After his false premise that it took "nine days" to address the spill, Fox Business Network host Eric Bolling continued, "The question is ... why the delay in the response? ...did they let this thing leak? I mean, BP said maybe a thousand barrels a day, it went to five thousand. ...The conspiracy theorists would say, 'maybe they'd let it leak for a while, and then they addressed the issue.' ...That would be a humongous accusation...but if they're going to try and pull drilling, that may be the way they do it."

Watch as Perino and Bolling pose their dark imaginings on Fox, of course:


J.R. said...

If the oil rig explosion was sabotage then that needs to be pursued and prosecuted. The point that seems to be overlooked is the explosion isn't the disaster. The uncontrolled spewing of oil into the Gulf is the disaster. That rig should have immediately shut down when the rig blew up. It didn't, so is that the fault of the supposed terrorists? I think not.

Drilling in the Gulf has obviously not been perfected and is not safe.

Jeff Tone said...

Agreed, the flow of oil is a disaster and drilling is not safe. But the explosion was a disaster too, since it killed 11 workers.

J.R. said...

I certainly agree that the loss of eleven human lives is a tragic event, but I still contend that the oil spill, "an overwhelming ecological disruption...on a scale sufficient to require outside assistance," is the disaster.

Perchance, was the sound I just heard that of a splitting hair?

I really do enjoy your blog.

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks. I enjoy your comments.