Friday, May 14, 2010

Ramifications of Drill, Baby, Drill

It occurs to me that, as in so many things involving government, you don't need new regulations as much as you need to actually enforce the ones you have.

Because if you ain't enforcing the ones already on the books, and you ain't listening to the scientists already on your payroll, new regulations will be ignored as a matter of course, as will any new individuals or groups you hire to study your problem.



DADvocate said...

BTW - Mr. Obama doesn't seem to be all that environmentally friendly. (Or just plain incompetent, which seems quite likely.

since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

2009? Wasn't someone inaugurated then? I heard him making state ments on the radio today. They ring empty when this is brought into mind.

DADvocate said...

Oops, that's the article you linked to. Good Job. Oh well. Obama's performing below my expectations, which were pretty low to start with.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

You're absolutely right. While this kind of thing has been going on for a while, it was supposed to be a part of the change I was voting for.

I know he was new, and you can't just exchange the whole bureaucracy at once, but that's not an excuse here. It was a freshly exposed problem at the time.

I am angrily disappointed that the ship wasn't righted immediately, but this ends up being a wash as far as politics are concerned. It speaks volumes to the bipartisan nature of our national dysfunction - which is infuriating.

And now the media and political castes will scurry to conduct useless hearings and propose sweeping changes.

It could have all been prevented if either administration had done its job in the first place. The plans and proceedures were already there.

DADvocate said...

bipartisan nature of our national dysfunction

Amen. A huge part of the problem is that the two parties are so ingrained in American psyches that replacing them becomes a near impossible task. The question becomes, can either party, or both, be rehabilitated to actually serve the best interest of the people while preserving our civil rights?

I believe this is possible in both cases but it won't be easy.