Friday, June 27, 2008

Mythology

"A Great Reminder," indeed.

The Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh and John McCain have all said similar things in support of their "drill now, drill everywhere" plan of getting more money for oil lobbyists.

They've been repeating it for weeks now, but it took Mike Huckabee on Fox News to really cap it off. Here's the party line they want you to believe. Here's the party line they want their supporters to repeat, over and over, until the public is led to believe something that is patently untrue:

"When Katrina, a Cat-5 hurricane, hit the Gulf Coast, not one drop of oil was spilled off of those rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico. So we know that the technology to drill offshore is extraordinarily safe and environmentally friendly."
- Mike Huckabee

Whenever you hear this said, refute it. Katrina put at least 11,104 barrels into the Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana coast. Rita added even more.

Oyster has been tracking this for some time, but right here, right now, the truth cannot be repeated enough.

Update: For those of you wondering, the myth that "not one drop of oil was spilled" comes from the idea that "there were no major oil spills during Katrina and Rita." Oyster documents this here. Further, Oyster continues by tracking down where this talking point seems to be coming from (with links), and that - in addition to Huckabee - Gov. Jindal also seems to be propogating this myth.


Here's even more links to right-wingers parroting this talking point. In response to Dante's comment, here's the transcript of Rush Limbaugh defending drilling with the "even with Katrina and Rita....we have had no major oil leaks." (Link HT: White Noise Insanity)

This may not be a "conspiracy" as Dante pointed out, but why then would so many of the right's strongest voices, from talk radio to presidential candidates, be telling the same untruth over and over and over? They've laundered the information and are now free to use it on the national stage.

Unless it is repeated again and again that the "no oil spilled during the 2005 hurricanes" is a patently untrue thing to say.


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6 comments:

Dante said...

I've been listening to Limbaugh quite a bit lately and I can't recall him ever giving a f--- about oil spills, especially oil spills as they relate to Katrina. If you've got anything that contradicts that, I'd love to see it.

As far as I can tell, Limbaugh wants us to drill and doesn't particularly care about the environmental impact. That's not really his thing. I do believe he's mentioned on a few occasions that domestic drilling and refining operations would be run more cleanly than they would be run overseas but he really doesn't dwell on that matter nearly as much as Hannity does.

Keep looking, Pat. There's no vast right wing conspiracy here. Huckabee is just a moron. Yes, a lot of us want to drill domestically but most of us aren't going around lying about the impact of the drilling. We're just willing to accept the risk, especially if it takes a cat 5 hurricane to spill 10,000 or so barrels.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Nope, I heard Limbaugh talking about it the Saturday I was driving back to New Orleans from Georgia. It was on the station out of Tallahassee. I know they were from his "best of" or his radio shows during the week.

So far, the WSJ has picked it up, and McCain himself repeated it during one of his press conferences. It isn't about conspiracy, they may beleive it - or the people who write their stuff may beleive it - based on incorrect facts.

But the only way to combat incorrect facts is to refute them in public, as many times (if not more) than people say them.

DADvocate said...

I heard a guy from some oil industry group state there were no production related oil spills in Katrina. I didn't follow all your links but it seems qualifiers are being used.

Here's an interesting point that tourism may do more harm than offshore drilling. One certainly can't claim that all those hotels, condos and highways have kept the beaches in a natural state. All the driving to Florida certainly contributes a lot of pollution in various forms.

I've also tagged you, if you're interested.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

To be honest, I don't know what, exactly, the oil industry itself defines as 'production' related spills. If someone had quantified these statements with operational definitions beforehand, I'm sure there would be less problem with this line of arguement. But I haven't heard or read anyone doing such a thing.

My problem is with the terribly misleading and untrue statement "no major spills/not one drop of oil was spilled" during two major Gulf hurricanes.

The statements currently being made, over and over again, from so many respected voice of one side, taken in context and as stated, are untrue statements at absolute face value.

One thing I have been unable to understand, however, is why the pro-drilling folks are using untrue statements to justify a position that has legitimate justifications. Another thing can't understand is why the anti-drilling folks aren't just slamming the other side over the head with this in every media market they can get their hands on.

Dante said...

"Nope, I heard Limbaugh talking about it the Saturday I was driving back to New Orleans from Georgia. It was on the station out of Tallahassee. I know they were from his "best of" or his radio shows during the week. "

I really wish I knew which day so I could have someone with a 24/7 membership download the transcript. Not that I doubt you. I'm just really interested in how the conversation/monologue went. It was probably either Thursday or somewhere in hours 2-3 assuming the "best of" just covered that week (which is usually the case).

"Another thing can't understand is why the anti-drilling folks aren't just slamming the other side over the head with this in every media market they can get their hands on."

They are. You're just seriously overestimating the media markets they "can get their hands on."

A bit off topic, but check out the update to the hostile takeover post. I found it while searching Limbaugh's somewhat limited site (for nonpaying visitors anyway) for info on this post.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Look back into the post, I've provided the link to the Limbaugh transcript in the update. Paragraph 12.