RUSH: Well, what have we learned here, ladies and gentlemen, about the oil spill? We have learned some interesting things. We have learned that the regime inspected the rig that blew up. We have learned that the regime inspected the rig. We have also learned that the regime gave the rig its blessing. It was a model of safety. Not the Bush presidency, but the Obama regime. ‘Since January 2005, inspectors issued just one minor infraction for the rig. That strong track record led the agency last year…’ This is the Minerals Management Service. Last year, that would be 2009 ‘…to herald the Deepwater Horizon as an industry model for safety.’ So the regime inspected the rig, it gave the rig its blessing; they said the rig was a model for all other rigs to follow, and the rig blew up. We have an accident and now we have all this oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. It seems to me that we need to halt inspections. Well, remember we were told last week that it was a permit that caused the problem. The rig is sitting down there a mile under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, and the regime told us that it was a lack of a permit that caused the problem. So the rig sitting down here, ‘A-ha, a-ha, I can blow up now because they gave me a permit.’ We still haven’t had explained to us how a lack of a permit has caused this to happen. Regardless, maybe we should just suspend all inspections until we find out why the regime’s inspections don’t work. Seems to me like it would make a lot of sense.
Now, last week on this very program we had a story that many of the environmentalist wackos — and, by the way, since we’re looking to affix blame for this, which is a standard American tradition, started by the left, Democrat Party: blame America, blame America. The left, this regime, continues that tradition. So let’s maybe assign some responsibility to the environmentalist wackos. How much more dangerous, expensive, and involved is it to have to go out 65 miles or a hundred miles in the Gulf and then a mile down to get oil when it’s right here on the coast or onshore in various parts of the country where it would be cheaper to get it, less dangerous, and, by the way, we’ve got a website here that tracks oil spills, and this is a bad one but it’s not the worst. We’re just not hearing about all the others, but a couple Mexican oil spills have been pretty bad and of course we’ve had some tankers that have run aground and so forth.
So this spill fulfills the needs of the left to blame America, to blame capitalism, to further the agenda. So last week we had this story, ‘Where is the oil? It’s not on the shores yet, we haven’t seen the birds, all these things that were predicted, where’s the oil?’ A third of it might be missing, the story said. Just like global warming activists and hoaxers are trying to find the missing heat, these guys are trying to find the missing oil. The story said some of it might actually have evaporated. Now there are stories that there are plumes of oil beneath the surface of the sea, some of them ten miles long. This led to a discussion of this phenomenon yesterday on Fox News Sunday. It was during the roundtable. Brit Hume, Juan Williams of NPR, Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard, had this discussion.
HUME: That’s a good question today, if you’re standing down there on the Gulf, and that is, ‘Where is the oil?’
WILLIAMS: Where is the oil?
HUME: Except for little chunks of it, you’re not even seeing it on the shores yet. You know where the greatest source of oil that seeps into the ocean is? It’s from natural seepage from subterranean deposits. That’s where most of it comes from, not from drilling accidents. What’s badly needed here is some perspective on our energy policy and also on the hard realities of what really goes on when it comes to oil spillage.
WILLIAMS: I think Rush Limbaugh went down this road. ‘Oh, the ocean can handle it.’ I just think, you know, we have to take some responsibility for the environment and be responsible to people who live in that area, vacation in that area, fish in that area. It’s just wrong to think, ‘You know what? Dump it on the ocean and let the ocean handle it.’ Why can’t we…
HUME: Who said that?
HAYES: Nobody’s making that argument.
HUME: Who is saying that?
RUSH: Nobody’s saying that. So this is how Juan Williams and the left deal with it: ‘Oh, okay, you’re going down the road that Limbaugh went down.’ Brit Hume is exactly right here. The amount of seepage, seepage is what it is, not a gusher, but seepage. Throughout the world oil from subterranean deposits leaks out and it never reaches the surface because it’s eaten up and destroyed by the ocean. So let’s not panic here, folks. If there’s plumes of oil ten miles wide under there it’s probably not going to be nearly as bad as all the doomsayers say. It never is as bad as the doomsayers say, is it? Global warming is not as bad as they say. In fact, it’s a hoax. So why not have a little common sense, a little reason attached to this, but you can’t do that because then you stall the advancement of the left’s agenda, then you have Juan Williams, ‘Oh, yeah, well, let’s just go pour some oil in there, let’s do that, yeah, ocean will take care of it,’ and these guys said, ‘Who said that?’ Nobody is saying that. Nobody, not one person that I know of has ever said let’s just go dump some oil in the ocean. So it’s just fascinating to watch this. And again, the environmentalist wackos, I think this oil spill is a lot on you. I really do.
When does the nation connect dots on all of this? Look at the environmentalist extremists, the greeniacs and say, ‘Are you guys happy now?’ Remember we’ve had Democrats and media leftists saying, ‘Ah, thank God for the spill, this proves God’s a Democrat.’ What kind of thinking is that? God is a Democrat? What kind of God do you Democrats have? God pollutes, God destroys? This is what you think? God raises taxes? I mean what the hell is going on here? God gives Iran more time to get their nuclear weapons by coordinating a deal with the Turks and the Brazilians? God is going to feed 200 people from Michelle God’s White House garden at a Wednesday night state dinner? Thank God, God must be a Democrat? When do we ask the Sierra Club to pick up the tab for this leak? Everybody’s focus is on BP and Halliburton and Transocean. Let me connect the dots here for you. The greeniacs have been driving our oil producers off the land from offshore to way offshore to way, way, way out there offshore, from low risk to high risk, to higher risk. We are now forced to drill. One mile under sea, that’s 5,000 feet. Obviously it’s going to be a much more expensive problematic proposition to get oil from that depth than elsewhere and yet that is what has been forced on everybody here.
From the Los Angeles Times: ‘Biologist Dennis Takahashi-Kelso peered into the cobalt waters of the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles off the Louisiana coast. The only sign of pollution was a plastic bag floating beneath the surface. More than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded,’ because of a bad permit, ‘resulting in a leak spewing 210,000 gallons of crude per day into the Gulf, the fouled beaches and dead seabirds that are the hallmarks of catastrophic spills have yet to materialize. But Takahashi-Kelso, who was Alaska’s commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez disaster, warned: ‘It’s going to be bad.’ Even as the spill breaks into separate strands, a nasty environmental storm is brewing below the surface, in deep columns of water teeming with life, from shrimp and fish eggs to dolphins and whales. Last week, researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology reported on their website that they had found what they believe are large plumes of oil far beneath the surface.
”We have no idea where the oil that isn’t reaching the surface is going,’ said James Cowan Jr., an oceanography professor at Louisiana State University. ‘It could go everywhere.” It could go everywhere, not just anywhere. It could go everywhere. ‘Tar balls have washed ashore in three Gulf Coast states, strips have slick ribboned Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands, and the whiff of petroleum has permeated the morning breeze. But most fishermen and residents haven’t seen any signs of the spill, aside from the media trucks parked in marinas and military helicopters whirring overhead,’ and eighth graders from St. Louis on field trips trying to see the destruction. Now, my friends, I’m not minimizing this whatsoever, not in the slightest. I’m just pointing out that all of the disasters that have been predicted with this spill have yet to happen. I’m not saying it won’t, but they have yet to happen, and I’m urging suspicion of all leftist media. Remember The Four Corners of Deceit. This spill — thank God, God’s a Democrat — this spill is nothing more than an opportunity for the left to continue to attack this country and the people who make this country work.
So now they got a hose down there, somebody finally succeeded in getting a hose down there, and some of the oil is now being suctioned from the leak through the hose into oil tankers, they think maybe a fifth of it. So an effort has been working, and of course there’s some jokes going, ‘Well, where’s the regime here, what did the regime do?’ Well, the regime’s lead environmental guy was on a raft trip or something when this happened, did not come off the vacation for it. And people are saying, ‘Well, what do you mean, Rush, where’s the regime? You’re always saying the government should be doing these kinds of things, the government ought to get out of people’s lives.’ Well, this is the kind of thing that a government private business partnership is all about, pooling our resources, like getting our men back on Apollo 13. This is one of those areas where it would be responsible for the regime to be involved, serious problem. But the regime’s not concerned about this. The regime sees this as an opportunity to blame capitalism again, to blame the people who make the country work, and to blame oil, to further their stupid, idiotic green agenda that brought Spain to its knees.
Meanwhile, the regime continues to give money away that we don’t have, which is not the role of government. Anyway, I’m long here. I gotta take a brief time-out. There is no hypocrisy in asking, ‘What did the regime do to