Quote Of The Day

“First, the Environmental Protection Agency can relax restrictions on the amount of oil in discharged water, currently limited to 15 parts per million. In normal times, this rule sensibly controls the amount of pollution that can be added to relatively clean ocean water. But this is not a normal time. Various skimmers and tankers (some of them very large) are available that could eliminate most of the oil from seawater, discharging the mostly clean water while storing the oil onboard. While this would clean vast amounts of water efficiently, the EPA is unwilling to grant a temporary waiver of its regulations.” — Paul Rubin, via David Henderson

4 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”


  • According to several sources the right-wing talking points in this WSJ opinion piece are B.S. Here are a few:

    http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/reporting/oilexem.htm
    http://www.factcheck.org/2010/06/oil-spill-foreign-help-and-the-jones-act/
    http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/30/2055268/gops-false-talking-point-jones.html

    I freely admit to not being an expert on oil spill regulations, and don’t intend to become one, so I haven’t studied this thoroughly. That having been said, my general feeling is that the WSJ is probably mostly wrong or entirely wrong just on the grounds that a fast and efficient clean up is in the best interest of the Administration. In other words, my default position is (contrary to crazy leftists) that BP is doing everything it can, and that (contrary to crazy rightists) so is Obama.

  • Your reply makes sense to me too. Thanks for the correction LaurenceB!

  • “LaurenceB; In other words, my default position is (contrary to crazy leftists) that BP is doing everything it can, and that (contrary to crazy rightists) so is Obama.”

    The democrats always pushed the idea that they could handle an oil spill better.

    At least that is how it was perceived, and then came an oil spill.
    Rather larger than either of us could believe.

    Democrats kept silent, nothing on the spill. Till a Republican heard the deafening silence and typed out several words.

    Where are the democrats? Where is there magic solution? The politics of an oil spill reversed on the democrats. :)

  • You’ve lost me a little bit here, Fernando.

    If there were Democrats that said they could handle an oil spill better than Republicans, or claimed to have a “magic solution” (Who were these Democrats?) then I completely agree with you, that that was a silly thing to say.

    Perhaps it would be illustrative for us and a little less confusing for me if you could provide a link to the Democrats that you’re referring to.

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