Fox’s Hume admits BP oil spill disaster ˜verifies the concern of environmentalists

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Rubio flip-flops on his ‘Drill Here, Drill Now’ talk: “I think it makes us rethink” drilling technologies

The Sunday morning news shows were dedicated, in large part, to the unfolding oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast, as efforts continue to contain the 210,000 gallons of oil a day that are still leaking. The leak has reignited debate over offshore oil drilling, with the Obama administration saying that “further commitments for offshore drilling must await an investigation of the causes of the rig explosion and leak.” Even conservatives are back-pedaling, as seen this pair or reposts (with videos) from Think Progress.

Hume acknowledges oil spill disaster ‘verifies’ the concern of environmentalists

Yesterday Sunday morning news shows were dedicated, in large part, to the unfolding oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast, as efforts continue to contain the 210,000 gallons of oil a day that are still leaking. The leak has reignited debate over offshore oil drilling, with the Obama administration saying that “further commitments for offshore drilling must await an investigation of the causes of the rig explosion and leak.” Even conservative darling and drilling proponent Marco Rubio said that the spill should make us “rethink” our drilling technologies.

Today, on Fox News Sunday, Fox’s Brit Hume said that, while his pro-drilling stance has not been changed by the disaster, the spill validates the concern of environmentalists who warned that such a disaster was inevitable:

Think about what the environmentalists have always said about this. Is it’s not a matter of if there’ll be a disaster of this kind resulting in this kind of offshore drilling, it’s only a matter of when. This verifies that argument, and becomes a powerful factor in the debate over what to do next. I don’t see any way around the political reality that this will set back the cause of offshore drilling in the United States.

Watch it:

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, though, showed no hesitation about continuing offshore drilling efforts, saying “I’m a drill, baby, drill person.” He made the case that we should actually undertake more drilling closer to the shore, because it’s “less dangerous, less treacherous than trying to drill fifty miles out from the coast.”

Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who is now in charge of the federal response to the disaster, said yesterday that “it’s logical to assume” that the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida will be hit by the oil spill. As The Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson pointed out, if estimates about the flow of oil are accurate, this spill will be “on the scale of the largest oil spills in history.”

Rubio Reconsiders His ‘Drill Here, Drill Now’ Talk: ‘I Think It Makes Us Rethink’ Drilling Technologies

Following BP’s oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist (I-FL) reconsidered his previous support for oil drilling, stating that drilling is “the opposite of safe.” Crist announced this week that he will run as an independent and is expected to make his opposition to drilling a centerpiece of his campaign.

The oil rig disaster has caused problems for the Republican candidate Marco Rubio, a drilling proponent. In 2008, Rubio told Newt Gingrich’s big oil front group American Solutions for Winning the Future that he was proud to join the “drill here, drill now, pay less effort.” (Rubio also promoted drilling In a spanish-language endorsement.)

Now, Rubio is waffling on drilling. On the one hand, he said recently, “We should be very concerned with what led to this disaster, and until that question is answered I don’t think we can move forward on anything else.” But at another campaign stop, Rubio “didn’t give a definitive answer to questions from reporters” on the topic.

This morning, Rubio again continued to struggle to explain his position on drilling. He told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that it’s a “moot point” as to whether we should stop any plans for drilling expansion. And on CNN, he said we should “rethink” our understanding of drilling technologies:

CROWLEY:  And you have been for more offshore drilling.  Does this make you rethink that?

RUBIO:  I think it makes us rethink the technologies of offshore drilling.

Watch a compilation:

President Obama has said no new offshore oil drilling leases will be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion that unleashed the massive spill. But, Obama maintains his support for eventually increasing offshore drilling, a position that Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and a host of Democratic Senators are asking the administration to reassess.

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12 Responses to Fox’s Hume admits BP oil spill disaster ˜verifies the concern of environmentalists

  1. BillD says:

    When even right wing Republicants like Rubio step back from drilling off shore, you can be sure that the political will has changed direction.

  2. jean says:

    joe did you see this?

    Cuccinelli Targets ‘Climate-Gate’ Scientist
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/ken_cuccinelli_virginias_ambitious_and.php?ref=fpb

  3. Karen S says:

    Memo to BP
    cc: Kristol, Hume, Rubio

    It’s not BP’s ocean. It’s mine.

    Signed,
    The Planet.

  4. SecularAnimist says:

    Before you credit Brit Hume with “backpedaling”, note that his expressed concern about this horrific mega-disaster is just that “this will set back the cause of offshore drilling in the United States”.

    That’s just realpolitik, not “backpedaling” on the Official Corporate-Sponsored “Conservative” Pro-Drilling Dogma.

  5. Chris Dudley says:

    Rubio’s ‘pay less’ idea is a bunch of (+@^. Our domestic oil production is and expensive affair. It supports high prices, it does not lower them at all.

  6. MapleLeaf says:

    Limbaugh and Beck are now trying to suggest that the rig was blown up by either the Obama administration and/or some eco nuts.

    OMG! These “shock jocks” really are unbelievable. Talking of conspiracy theories and theorists, I highly recommend reading this:

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2888700.htm

  7. Unfortunately, once the denier industry “cleaners” marshall Big Oil’s mega-millions into ad campaigns, J. Q. Public will likely be well down the road of oilmageddon forgotten by this time next year.

  8. Marion Delgado says:

    A great deal of US, UK, etc. capitalist ideology comes from the Austrians – they say it IS, in fact, BP’s planet. If you pollute a pristine wilderness, it was pristine because not being capitalized for maximum profit. Therefore, you’ve “homesteaded” it. Therefore, it’s yours. And if people want to go see the vanishing wilderness after you’ve homesteaded it by polluting it, you should be able to either legally prevent them (trespass) using State power, or charge them rent.

    This is an apt time to point out that Gore’s “Earth in the Balance” was largely a whitewash of capitalist environmental devastation – because pollution in the East Bloc was all internalized – a given amount of industrializiton and income was “paid for” immediately with x amount of environmental destruction, by the same people receiving the benefits.

    The corporations based in, and profiting in, the Western capitalist societies devastated the entire planet – locals got peanuts, and had to live with the environmental consequences, and remote firms got the benefits.

    This is why it grates like teeth on tinfoil to hear how environmentalists are allegedly in thrall to Al Gore.

    I have to add that while his presentation was deceptive, in EITB Gore did acknowledge that the underlying issue with industrialization at the expense of the environment is lack of democratic oversight. You can get that formally, as in the former Soviet Union, or informally, as in the United States – regardless of how democratic or not the electoral process is – and it’s deeply flawed by world standards – the scope of the economy that has no oversight is so large, and everything is made part of the market economy, resulting in a practical lack of democratic oversight because what you vote for and whom you elect is meaningless.

  9. Karen S says:

    Some of that we-own-the-planet plunderous ideology is in the comments section today. I have to cling to the hope that the Age of Selfishness is lurching to a close, perhaps to be replaced by a return to the Age of Community. But I wonder what it will take to make us “verify” the people we label as marginalized, who happen to outnumber us and whose Third World plights could overwhelm the First World if climate destabilization creates collapsed governments and a billion climate refugees?

  10. Mike Roddy says:

    I don’t think Rubio is evaluating anything except polling numbers. Republican politicians have become obvious nihilists, cloaked in patriotism and faux free enterprise.

  11. AC says:

    If you rub it in their face every time a Fox News anchor strays from the usual drivel (i.e. the headline above), you just cause them to be more careful about doing it again in the future. This is a very self defeating article.

    [JR: I don’t think they read CP.]

  12. John Wright says:

    Piggy Oil Companies:
    I do not think oil companies clean up the oil because they care about the environment. I think they just want the oil back! If our economy gets any worse, we are just going to look at an oil spill as an opportunity for cheaper gas. We will all drive down with our tanks and clean it up ourselves. However, to add insult to injury, the oil companies only have to spend up to 75 million for the clean up. Which I am sure they will just make it back by charging us more at the pump. Leaving them with zero accountability. Let me guess, the American Tax Payer has to pay anything that goes over 75 million? THAT’S CALLED A BAIL OUT! Apparently, the oil companies are also too big to fail. I think there should be a law that says that oil companies have to give American’s free gas that is equivalent to whatever they spilt. Now that sounds more fair to me! However, they instead make a 10 BILLION DOLLAR profit. When gas went up in the 90s, President Clinton responded “It looks like someone is playing politics.” Who knows, maybe that was the day that a law being passed that stipulated they had to pay more than 75 million. Maybe they rose the gas rates to remind the President that they have the power to create and economic crisis, with one stroke of a pen. HOW DARE THESE OIL PIGGIES HOLD OUR PRESIDENTS AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HOSTAGE WITH THREATS OF ECONOMIC SABOTAGE!

    Piggy Banks:
    But there is a bigger spill on the horizon my friend. This spill is going to effect every coast line in America. It is called the GREAT FORECLOSURE SPILL! It will also keep bubbling and bubbling and bubbling foreclosures. It is still going to happen, even though the American Tax Payer funded TARP with a potential 581 BILLION DOLLARS as BAIL OUT money to the piggy banks. I mean if the government is in the lending business, why not have just loaned it to the American homeowner directly? I mean these piggy banks caused the whole mortgage crisis in the first place. TARP gave one bank $45 BILLION DOLLARS! Now that bank is potentially “playing politics” with the modification process. While dealing with the piggy banks, President Obama and Bush had the same look of fear on their face as President Clinton did with the oil companies.
    HOW DARE THESE PIGGY BANKS HOLD OUR PRESIDENTS AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HOSTAGE WITH THREATS OF ECONOMIC SABOTAGE!

    I dedicate to both the Piggy Oil Companies and Piggy Banks the following song by George Harrision and John Lennon. Appropriately titled “Piggies” I invite you to listen to it on youtube as you read the words

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