OT: Shell Games & Hammertime
[This is an open thread.]
The backspin on Shell’s latest Alaskan Coastline Enhancement Initiative has already begun, with “we’ll probably mostly skate this time” apparently the central thrust. You should also send a thank-you note to the burglar who broke into your house because, hey—no arson. Thanks, bro.
Here now is some context involving
Conoco’s Alaska’s US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R).
Our friend Heather Aronno over at Alaska Commons produced a July 2011 NPR interview she describes as “Shell making their sales pitch for the offshore drilling that’s going so spectacularly.”
“At the time, Senator Murkowski voiced concerns about the efficiency of the permitting process” and appeared to be more concerned with doing it fast than getting it right, according to Heather’s excellent Alaska Commons piece which you should totally read.
It’s almost as if there’s a pattern of companies putting profits ahead of safety in areas like Kodiak Island, Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Mexico, and in deadly West Virginia mines.
Nah… that’s just socialist crazy talk.
On a happier note, former exterminator, Clinton impeachment jihadist, Alpha House Republican, and Dancing with the Stars Contestant Tom “The Hammer” Delay was sentenced to 3 years in prison today. And we have to take our victories where we can get them. Here’s Twinkletoes getting in shape for the big house.