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Original post made by Carly, Downtown North, on Sep 2, 2010

CNN is reporting that another oil well blew up in the Gulf of Mexico this morning. 13 workers went overboard and there is a big new oil spill off the Louisiana coast. Web Link

This is all Obama's fault. What happened to the moratoriums and new safety regulations that he promised? Do we need even stricter government oversight now?

And when are the Feds going to open up the northern California coastline to oil drilling? It is not fair to Louisiana to have repeated oil spills off their coast, in addition to all the hurricanes. We need should be sliming rich and poor communities equally!

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Posted by etc.
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm

1) There was a moratorium, then a judge reversed it... Don't blame Obama.
2) The moratorium was on exploration I believe, not on oil production. So in this case, it would have made no difference.
3) How about we stop drilling in Louisiana rather than open up our coast here? Enough with oil, let's move on to alternative sources of energy as the rest of the world is doing.

Posted by John
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

"let's move on to alternative sources of energy as the rest of the world is doing."

You mean nuclear, like France?

Posted by Carlz
a resident of University South
on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Obama will use this to push for more moratoriums and government regulations on private business. We don't want more regulations in California so keep drilling in Lousiana. People are learning that more government regulation causes more mishaps. There would be none of these accidents if the government would leave the oil companies alone.

Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Nuclear power lasts forever. With breeder reactors they can create more fuel than they can burn ... with ZERO carbon emissions.

We have 60 reactors now that produce about 20% of our power ... 300 reactors would meet all our needs. Many reactors have been operating without major incident for 20-30 years now and the accidents that count, unlike Chernobyl which was pure idiocy, have been very containable.

I'm estimating with about 400-500 reactors we could also power all cars and created hydogen fuel for airplanes, ships, whatever makes sense. ZERO carbon emissions, ZERO transport costs, a whole new clean national infrastructure.

As we build nuclear we also ramp up solar, wind and storage technology so we can perhaps limit our nuclear exposure if we can get the non-carbon alternative up fast enough.

NOW ... do I trust energy companies? No, because of things like this story - ABSOLUTELY NOT! If we do nuclear we should send a big message to non-energy industries that this is what is going to happen to them if they continue not to serve the country - that is, the government should run all nuclear plants for 12-24 years at a rate that is revenue positive to pay down the debt and pay for the infrastructure, and it should be run by NASA. After this time the infrastructure could be privatized at a reasonable profitable price by selling it to private energy companies that prove themselves trustworthy.

While this is happening we are ramping down oil and coal production, remediating the environment and developing solar and wind and technologies to store excess power.

That's my idea, I am sick and tired of reading about these spills, about significant areas of the world being destroyed, indigenous populations ... including Americans dismissed and treated like subhuman vermin, rising prices, a corrupted government, people being overcharged like CA was by the likes of ENRON, and being constantly lied to and ignored.

This technology will also create skilled high paying jobs that will never go away and cannot be off-shored. We need to ensure that it is not abused and mismanaged like virtually every other industry that we are dependent on and is "too big too fail".

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

CNN was wrong.

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