Dramatic and graphic testimony to the utter bankruptcy of capital's ruthless pursuit of, and worship of, the god of profits, heedless to safety concerns, the fragility and preciousness of the planet, and scientific counsel. This Deepwater Horizon explosion may turn out to be the worst anthropogenic environmental disaster ever.
"Exclusive close-up photos reveal the dramatic demise of the Deepwater Horizon, the BP-managed oil rig responsible for the huge oil slick that now threatens the Gulf Coast. Obtained by BNET Technology blogger Erik Sherman from a confidential source, the photos include a timestamped series in which the rig goes from listing heavily to sunk beneath the waves in just four minutes."
From Michael Tomasky at the Guardian UK:
"From the Wall Street Journal:
The oil well spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico didn't have a remote-control shut-off switch used in two other major oil-producing nations as last-resort protection against underwater spills.
The lack of the device, called an acoustic switch, could amplify concerns over the environmental impact of offshore drilling after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig last week...
... regulators in two major oil-producing countries, Norway and Brazil, in effect require them. Norway has had acoustic triggers on almost every offshore rig since 1993.
The U.S. considered requiring a remote-controlled shut-off mechanism several years ago, but drilling companies questioned its cost and effectiveness, according to the agency overseeing offshore drilling. The agency, the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, says it decided the remote device wasn't needed because rigs had other back-up plans to cut off a well.
The U.K., where BP is headquartered, doesn't require the use of acoustic triggers.
"The Journal's report doesn't come out and say this, but the environmental lawyer, Mike Papantonio, said on the Schultz show in an interview you can watch here that it was Cheney's energy task force - the secretive one that he wouldn't say much about publicly - that decided that the switches, which cost $500,000, were too much a burden on the industry. The Papantonio segment starts at around 5:00 in and lasts three minutes or so."
See also this link to Media Matters' fine chronicling of the "Drill, Baby Drill" cheerleaders from Sarah Palin et al. This is must reading.
Rather than any mea culpas from this lot of environmental disasterites, we get instead Rush Limbaugh claiming that this disaster perhaps was carried out by left wing environmentalists to give the oil plutocrats and their cheerleaders a bad name.