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On March 30, 2010, President Obama announced plans to open up vast new areas to offshore oil drilling.
Three weeks later, on April 20, 2010, the biggest offshore oil platform explosion (pictured above) in American history is looking like it might turn into the worst oil-related ecological disaster ever in this country.
Now all the new offshore drilling plans are suspended.
Isn't the timing of all this a bit...interesting ?
Ten days after the disaster, all we've heard from the media and the government is that the cause of the explosion is unknown. We haven't even heard any speculation about the cause, despite the fact that 126 workers were evacuated from the sinking oil platform. Has anybody seen any interviews with any of them ? I haven't. Shouldn't at least some of them have a pretty good idea what happened ?
I don't want to jump the gun and become a paranoid conspiracy theorist here, but I can't help but think back to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That was in 2005. Those events caused many oil rigs in the Gulf Of Mexico to sink, drift off their platforms, or suffer damage, but there were no significant oil spills then. No explosions.
And now they are saying it might take MONTHS to stop this oil spill.
From what I've been able to discover, there are roughly 800 oil rigs operating in the Gulf Of Mexico. Oil companies have drilled in thousands of spots in the Gulf for many decades. There was never a major problem, until now.
Three weeks after Obama announced plans to expand drilling.
Yesterday, I heard several government officials say at a press conference that they didn't know what caused the explosion, but they all blamed BP at the same time. I'm not sure how 'unknown cause' translates into 'BP's fault,' but BP will be responsible for the cleanup costs. Meanwhile, BP's CEO is blaming the owner of the oil rig (BP contracted the rig from it's maker, Transocean).
What I haven't heard anywhere is the word....eco-terrorism.
Not that I'm saying it is that. I don't know, and I sure don't have any proof.