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Nov 17 - On this day in 2008, an article titled "How to Fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton" was published on the left-leaning Media Matters website. This piece by Eric Boehlert came out before she was even offered the position.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Transocean Tragedy

It troubles me to admit my first thoughts after my prayers going out to the rig operators involved in the Transocean accident and their families. Unfortunately, I could not help thinking of Rham Emanuel’s infamous quote, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” I also can’t shake Obama’s lamenting that Americans use a disproportionate amount of energy per capita than the rest of the world. Finally, I thought of what a field day the far left environmentalists would have with this too.

Now, I sit here and hope this administration does not make a travesty of this tragedy. I hope we don’t have to suffer through another weak eulogy or moment of recognition from our tearless leader. If it is anything like his effort to turn lemons into lemonade with the recent coal mining tragedy in West Virginia, I’d rather him leave the prayer and condolences to those of us who really do care.

Obama, like many of the environmentalists and left wing politicians, simply do not appreciate the amount of work that goes into extracting oil and coal, which we absolutely need to survive as a civil society. Not to mention compete with the rest of the world. I have a grandfather that worked in the coal mines in France in the 1940s. I could not believe the amount of work they did and how dangerous it was for them. Back then they worked in about a three to four foot space and actually had to detonate

sticks of dynamite themselves before piling the coal into little wagons. Their wages were determined by the amount of coal they were able to haul out of the mine.

I have a cousin that used to work on oil rigs until the physical demands and his aging body were no longer a good match for the career. He gave me a great picture of himself out on the rig where he is covered in mud, hanging onto a chain about as thick as our tax code and as long as a stack of one dollar bills contributed to Obama by Goldman Sachs (that would be over $1 million, which is over 358 feet)! He was smiling in the picture and enjoyed the work, but he would never deny that it was a very physically demanding and dangerous job. Not to mention the weeks or months at a time that were spent away from family and friends. It is important for all of us to consider this every now and then when we turn on our lights or fill up our gas tanks. These resources are coming from somewhere, someone is working hard to get them to us and windmills and solar panels are a long way from meeting our needs.

When this administration goes for the throat of the oil industry armed with this new crisis, as they undoubtedly will, you have to ask if we really want to lose the remaining ability to drill for oil on and off our shores. The environmentalists will certainly be demanding the administration further restrict drilling, but do they think drilling will be done elsewhere with more safety and environmental regulation? That would only result in less control, as the global demand will require the extraction of oil elsewhere.

I suggest we pray for the lost crewmembers and their families. I also think we should support our domestic oil industry, especially through this crisis. I hope we determine exactly what went wrong, we are able to prevent it from happening again and there is proper penalty and punishment if there was a violation of law or safety requirements. However, I do not want to see this administration and their liberal media lap dogs make our energy industry their latest villain in their next round of populace propaganda. If it were not for the work of men like those on the Transocean rig or the West Virginia coalminers, our politicians could not fly to global warming conferences or cover the country begging for campaign contributions, and the left wing media would not have the energy to criticize this vital industry and all of its hard working Americans.


Red said...

First I would like to say thank you on behalf of an industry, that few people really understand, for your thoughts and prayers for the families of the fathers,sons,husbands and brothers who perished in this tragedy. The families and the loss of life seems to be overshadowed by a frenzy to try to set blame by the blah blah blah liberal media.

The rest of the world has a long way to go to match the overall safety record of the United States oil & gas industry, the offshore sector in particular ! The exploration of the deep hydrosphere for oil & gas or scientific research is extremely dangerous, just like the exploration of outer space. The loss of the Deepwater Horizon and the 11 crew members in my opinion is comparable to the loss of Challenger and Columbia. These were tragic events and once again we must learn from our mistakes and push forward to be the best at whatever endeavor we choose, that is what makes our great nation !

The smile on my face in that picture was probably from the pride and satisfaction of doing work that was not just a job.....
It was an adventure !!!!

Best regards,