Pointing fingers in the Gulf

The disaster was waiting to happen; kudos for Grover; and gangsta talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 9, 2010

Now that we have enlisted the aid of James Cameron, Kevin Costner, Betty White, and the Olneyville New York System Oil, Olestra, and Anal Leakage Institute to help plug the BP underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, let’s take a look at what is really behind this debacle.

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While President Obama has barely raised his blood pressure a few points, for which he deserves criticism (ooh, but he said “ass” to Matt Lauer!), the BP disaster owes more to the policies of Dick “Prince of Darkness” Cheney — policies sculpted in close consultation with his oil and energy business cronies.

Bureaucratic timidity played a role too, of course. The Minerals Management Services’ administrators and employees weren’t about to buck the Bush White House. Indeed, like the workers at any good federal agency, the MMS drones realized that if they just went along with whatever they were told to do, they could outlast the officeholder and slowly climb the pay grade ladder en route to an easy retirement on the Carolina coast. If Dead-Eye Dick and his ventriloquist’s puppet Dubya said there was no need for a responsible environmental impact assessment before slapping up an oil rig in a sensitive area, well, there was no way the underlings were going to press for one. “Looks safe to me, too, Mr. Vice President.”

That frothing, know-nothing right wing reactionaries like Rush, Glenn Beck, and the skanks on the female side — who owe their jobs to junior high school peroxide jobs and makeup they put on with a trowel — are blaming this on environmentalists who “wanted it to happen” defies belief, but obviously not the ignorance of the American public.

And as far as long-range effects on the food chain through the Gulf and beyond? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, darlings.

Sleep tight, Jacques Cousteau.

KING OF THE COAST

Speaking of watery affairs, a huge kudos from Casa Diablo to our old pal and colleague, Grover Fugate, the executive director the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, for being awarded one of the Oscars of the environment, the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration’s Walter B. Jones Memorial and NOAA Excellence Award in Coastal and Ocean Resource Management.

Grover was one of the three winners of the Susan Snow-Cotter Award for Excellence in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, a jewel in anyone’s crown. P+J have known and worked with Grover since he arrived here in the mid-1980s, and it is safe to say that he is one of the reasons why the Ocean State’s coastal program is regarded as one of the best — if not the best — in the entire country, and enjoys an international reputation for all its incredibly valuable and cutting-edge work in the field.

We hope that the governor and General Assembly recognize what an asset Grover is for the state, and ensure that we don’t lose him. As Scott Wolf of Grow Smart RI always preaches, we have a lot to be proud of here, and Grover should be a large part of that pride, as anyone in the environmental community will tell you.

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