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Friday, August 14, 2015

The Difference Between BP And The EPA

In April of 2010 an oil rig operating in the Gulf of Mexico and owned by British Petroleum ruptured.  Oil spilled into the gulf and before it could be sealed a total of 4.9 million barrels of oil had poured into the ocean. According to Wikipedia, "The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (a $20 billion fund) was administrated by attorney Kenneth Feinberg.  The facility began accepting claims on 23 August 2010.  On 8 March 2012, after BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys agreed to a class-action settlement, a court-supervised administrator Patrick Juneau took over administration.  Until this more than one million claims of 220,000 individual and business claimants were processed and more than $6.2 billion was paid out from the fund."  In addition to the billions of dollars payed out in settlements to people who claimed to have been financially harmed by the spill, the government of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika also used the accident to extract cash from BP.  Again, according to Wikipedia, "On 14 November 2012, BP and the US Department of Justice reached a settlement. BP will pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments, the largest of its kind in US history."  In addition, "On 2 July 2015, BP, the U.S. Justice Department and five gulf states announced that the company agreed to pay a record settlement of $18.7 billion.  To date BP’s cost for the clean-up, environmental and economic damages and penalties has reached $54bn."
British Petroleum has been fined, sued, and criminally prosecuted for a single accident.  Over fifty billion dollars has been legally, but immorally,  taken from the company.  Most of that money ended up in government coffers and in the pockets of profiteering people who suffered no financial harm from the accident but who knew how to work the system to their benefit. A relentless stream of propaganda has spilled forth from various governmental and environmental groups painting BP as worse than Hitler and claiming that the profit seeking oil company has consciously attempted to destroy the world.  This is all true despite the fact that the long term affects of the oil spill are non-existent.  Just like all "environmental disasters" involving oil spills the environmental wackos who promote them consistently lie about the impact of the oil upon the local environment.  Other than a few dead ducks, always photographed slowly dying as they wallow in sticky oil, there are usually no long term impacts from an oil spill.  The amount of oil as a percentage of the amount of water is just too small to do any real long term harm.  Furthermore, the natural ability of bodies of water to cleanse themselves is always ignored and government worshiping haters of profit seeking corporations always pretend as if the environment is incapable of cleaning itself up without their help.  What arrogance those idiots display.
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directly caused a leak from an abandoned mine in the area of Silverton, Colorado that spilled an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River.  The stream flow in the Animas river at the time was 81 cubic feet per second.  It is not hard to imagine the impact of such a spill upon such a tiny river.  In a matter of minutes the river had completely changed color.  Anyone who is familiar with the story has seen the images of a once clear mountain stream running mustard yellow.  The waste that was spilled into the river included all sorts of known carcinogens and poisons.  No doubt the fish in the river have been dying in droves.  And what is the public response to the EPA for what has happened?  Practically nothing.
Gina McCarthy, a big-wig at the EPA, has been running around making speeches in which she declares that she is "genuinely sorry" and that the entire situation is "heartbreaking."  She is also assuring the media types who are lapping up her every word that, "rest assured, we will learn lessons from this as we move forward in the work ahead."  How comforting.  Other than her litany of apologies it seems as if the EPA has been given a free pass.  The Colorado and New Mexico governors are squawking about filing some lawsuits in order to try and get some federal money and ingratiate themselves with the voters in their states but it remains to be seen if anything can ever come of it.  Remember, the federal government can only be sued if it agrees to allow itself to be sued.  I don't see that happening.
A series of letters to the editor were printed by the Denver Post and they all generally make the same argument.  Illustrative of the general content in the letters are these comments, "However, had the mining companies years ago given more consideration to all the chemicals they subjected the mountains to and been concerned about how their greed for gold would affect future generations, a clean-up would not have been necessary in the first place....the EPA would better serve the public interest by recognizing these sites were not created by the EPA but by irresponsible individuals, companies and corporations that relegated environmental safety to the lower priority over making a profit."  So there you have it.  The disaster that befell the Animas river was the fault of profit seeking companies that followed the requirements of the law perfectly when it came to controlling the hazardous wastes produced by their industrial enterprises.  The EPA apparently had nothing to do with it.  Amazing.
The spill was less than a week into history when the EPA came out with an announcement that the river had already returned to the exact same condition it had been in prior to the spill.  I do not doubt that statement.  As I mentioned earlier, bodies of water have amazing restorative power.  What I find interesting is that when the spill is the direct result of a government agency's malfeasance we hear that the water has already cleansed itself.  When the spill is the result of an accident at a profit seeking corporation the environmental impact goes on for decades.  Both cannot be true.
What is the difference between the EPA and BP?  That is not hard to see.  The EPA is a government agency and, as such, it is worshiped and adored by the idolatrous citizens of the SDA.  BP is a profit seeking company that does nothing more than produce high quality goods for the citizens of this envy-filled land for a price they are willing to pay.  But because they make a profit they are deemed evil by the sin-laden people who populate this sad and disgusting country.  The EPA can do no wrong, even when it does wrong.  BP can do no right, even when it does right.  The conclusions have already been made when it comes to the morality of government vs business.  Government is always morally pure and business is always evil.  That is one of the cardinal tenets of socialism and the SDA is a country filled with greedy people who are thoroughly committed to socialism.  

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