I suspected something like this was going on all along…
In other developments in what some people are considering to be earth’s first human caused extinction level event:
1. The US government has issued a new (soon to be revised) estimate for the amount of oil gushing out of the Macondo well head. Having uncritically accepted BP’s original estimate of a 1,000 per day, then 5k a week later, the last estimate had it at from 11k-19k pd. The current official estimate doubles that to up to 40k barrels pd., though the median estimate is a nice round 50k, or over 2 million gallons per freakin day!
2. BP claims to be capturing 15k barrels pd, which only highlights the total absurdity of their earlier lies.
3. The Brits are feeling all hurt about being associated with BP, US Public Enemy Number One. (UBL must be feeling a bit jealous these days.) Lots of pensioners in both the US and UK depend on dividend payouts on their stock, which has lost some 40% of its value since April 20.
4. A criminal investigation of BP has apparently been undertaken by the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder ought to recuse himself, given his previous experience in the private sector as an attorney working for the one of the largest law firms in the country, Covington & Burling who among others, has represented Halliburton, who did the cement work on the well-casing; and Southern Peru Copper Corporation, charged with polluting communities and causing health problems pursuant to its mining operations.
5. Speaking of conflicts of interest, guess who provided Rahm Emanuel a free D.C. apartment for five years? Why none other than BP adviser, Stanley Greenberg.
6. Rolling Stone‘s Tim Dickinson wrote a detailed and politically damaging article on what happened behind the scenes of the Obama Administration’s struggle to deal with the catastrophe titled: The Spill, The Scandal and the President.
7. Rethuglican Moronity Leader John Boner backed off his support of US Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue’s comment that the US taxpayer should help pick up the tab for the environmental cleanup and economic damages caused by BP’s criminal negligence.
Next week, BP CEO Tony Hayward will testify before The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. I hope its chairman, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) asks Tony Baloney how he feels about prophecy, Rev: 8:8 and 8:9 in particular:
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood
And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
With computer models showing a good chance that his handiwork will be caught up in Florida’s Loop Current, drawn up along the East Coast to North Carolina and thence out into the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Europe, Tony’s claim to fame as Public Enemy Number One will expand from the shores of the US to the rest of the world.
Heck of a job, Tony.