Jun 16 2010
Beyond a deck lies one of the few green patches in my cube of Brooklyn backyards. Most backyards had been done over in cement, turned into nice patios mind you, some full on stone, but no grass.
There were various attempts at gardens in a select few, but the last of the lawns was just below my deck.
First floor got the lawn, I got the deck. Each party was happy. In the corner of said lawn was a mighty oak, full of bird and squirrel activity. It was the green lung of the collective backyards and offered shady a-go-go and was the toast of the block.
Then one day, the mighty oak was just gone.
They even took the stump.
Like they drug a body out back.
And shot it.
Jun 16 2010
As the oil spill (gusher) reaches towards higher and higher estimates of it’s size (today’s ‘new’ estimate: 35,000-60,000 barrels per day) the American president reaches for more rhetoric, in hopes that will work. A bunch of passing the buck, a very small amount of promising things that obviously should have been done yesterday, some religious mumbo jumbo, and nothing else.
Yesterday, he said this:
“in the end, I am confident that we’re going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before.”
By hiding the problem with dispersants? And hoping the resultant cancers and liver disease don’t get noticed until he’s out of office?
That is a “ridiculous statement, and worrying,” said Susan Shaw, the director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute. “Obviously he has no idea of the consequences, or doesn’t want to.”
(speaking of Obama’s statement) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…
Today, he offers this:
So I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party – as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels. Some have suggested raising efficiency standards in our buildings like we did in our cars and trucks. Some believe we should set standards to ensure that more of our electricity comes from wind and solar power. Others wonder why the energy industry only spends a fraction of what the high-tech industry does on research and development – and want to rapidly boost our investments in such research and development.
Uh, right. “ideas from either party”
These parties have no ideas.
You have no ideas, Mr Obama, yet you promise to “look at” ideas from the two parties.
The fact is, this is Obama’s third chance to do something positive for alternative energy: the stimulus, the bailouts, and now his BP spill. And each time he’s failed to deliver anything; less than Jimmy Carter delivered in 1975 in fact.
Jun 16 2010
BP Call Center Just A ‘Diversion’
6/13/10 A KHOU interview reveals that the BP call center in Houston for the company’s oil disasters is just a “diversion” to prevent concerns and ideas from reaching BP corporate.
Transcription of this Channel Eleven News Report KHOU-TV, Houston.
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