Wednesday, June 16, 2010

State of the Union Address

Ok... I will admit, I wanted to watch this really bad. I was at work so I have to YouTube it a day later. Before I get started let me give you a back story. CH and I have a television in our apartment, but it is not hooked up to anything except his Game Cube or 64. We have no channels and we have no cable. I do not get to watch the news and most of the stuff I hear about, it makes me not want to know anymore.

The oil rig exploding has been a huge thing. Not only because of what it means to the Gulf but what it means for our country. It is important to learn and to know about the issue. I might not get it right all the time, so I look to everyone reading to make sense and to explain, but for now, lets look at Obama's address.

It is now June 16th Obama sat down for his address yesterday. This horrific thing that happened was on April 20th. I know that he has been to the Gulf a few times between these two dates, why hasn't he come forward sooner? Three months is a long time to go without saying a word. Did he think that it was going to get better and was he just 'waiting it out'? My aunt lives down in Florida. She called and told me that it is good that I got to come and visit last year, because I got to see the white sandy beaches before they were destroyed. The oil balls are destroying the coastline and she is pissed. Down there they still talk about Hurricane Ivan that came through and the destruction that is still seen. Ivan came in 2004.

The rig was responsible for the death of 11 workers, and almost 20 injured. What I would like to know is this. Recently the Supreme Court ruled that companies are to be seen as people in regards to campaign contributions. They are allowed unlimited spending on candidates because they are allowed the freedom of free speech. Their contributions are their way of speaking out, deciding, just like a person. Obama stated that this was,“a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

So big oil has its voice. Big oil is like a citizen of this country that can contribute to what it wants when it wants. IF big oil is in itself a citizen, then why can they not be tried in the deaths of 11 workers. I know that if I killed 11 people I would go to jail, so why doesn't the CEO the person in charge of safety for these rigs be tried with murder? I might be going a little over board, but we are not just losing our coastline, we lost lives, if this was in another country you bet your ass soldiers would be over there "cleaning up the mess", but because these corporations are so huge, they are now, untouchable.

Obama wants BP to pay. They are making an account that BP will not be in charge of and putting this 20 MILLION dollars into escrow. That amount is not capped, if they need more BP will pay it out. BP will then have no control over the compensation of this account. Which leads me to this query--if Obama said that the Mineral Management Service was so corrupt that it allowed Big Oil to get away with anything, then why would this BP having no control over the money work out. Anything and anyone can become corrupt if the money and the opportunity is right. How will we know that the escrow account will be untouchable? Obama said that MMS needs to be the watch dog to the Oil industry not its partner, I just hope that this account remains untouched by BP and actually does the good it intends to do.

Then Obama changed topics to discuss drilling, why he allowed it--because the Industry told him it was safe and what he is doing now to ensure that this never happens again. He put a six month moratorium on off shore drilling. He wants to gather more facts about it so that something like this never happens again. A little too late Obama, a little too late. You should have looked at all the facts before you approved something that requires drilling 50 miles off the coast and 5 miles into the Earth. For a President why wouldn't you look into the process before you approve it, and why would you take the word of the Oil Companies?

When he mentioned the Clean Energy Bill I did applaud him. When he mentioned that China does it yet we are not, I laughed and applauded him louder. Nothing will enrage Americans more to know that one of the most over populated dirtiest air quality countries is taking more strides than we are to become cleaner. Go you Obama play the America is not #1 card!

There is an energy bill out there, there is cleaner ways for people to live than using fossil fuels. The options are out there. It is time after looking at what has happened for us to stand up and DEMAND that our government works for us to protect our interests not the interests of big companies and corporations. Look at the devastation in the gulf. When big business is running and controlling the game the consequences are at the least tragic and devastating. Obama started this rolling. We should look to what happened in the Gulf and from 1991 over in the Persian Gulf. Things will turn around and things will look better, but after it all settles will we look back and say we made it through and sit down with a look of apathy or will we fight to make sure this never happens again? It is not up to the few, it is up to us all to raise up and to demand better sources of fuel, and to demand that things like this never happen again.

2 comments:

  1. good job! this needs to be posted elsewhere. I think political writing is your calling!

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  2. Obama has addressed the nation 3 or 4 times regarding the spill, you can watch his speeches here http://www.whitehouse.gov/live if you don't want to watch it on tv. Deep water drilling was deregulated on Bush's watch. Along with the the gas prices of 08' the oil companies made a public campaign to request the public ask for regulations to be lifted to bring down the cost at the pump. They made assurances in these campaigns that technology was safe & advanced. This probably would never have happened if construction guidelines had been followed and warnings had been heeded.The Mineral Management scandal also broke in 08' why the agency was not cleaned up then is beyond me. Why didn't Obama heed his campaign promise & clean up Washington of corruption? It seems the ball has been dropped time & time again and this is the sad outcome, but I hesitate to say this all rests on the current administration, where was the public outcry at the false rise in gas prices induced to get regulations lifted, or the outcry about the many crimes of the mineral management agency.(they have also "lost" the money paid to native American's for mineral use of their land)
    Finally where is the willingness to conserve, and peer pressure to ask others to conserve? ~Claire

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