Spill Baby Spill

I know I’m supposed to be getting ready for my final that takes place in about 2 hours, but I came across this article regarding the Deepwater Horizon spill off the coast of Louisiana.

More than a week has passed since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers, injuring over a dozen more, and causing a massive oil spill that may eclipse the Exxon Valdez.

Yet the two most prominent political champions of offshore drilling — Sarah Palin and Michael Steele — appear not to have uttered a word about the incident.

Not that either one of them has been completely silent. Sarah Palin has published four new messages on her Facebook page since the initial explosion, including a post on Thursday titled “The Straight-talking ‘Hockey Dad’ with a Message for Reform” and another defending Rev. Franklin Graham after he was asked not to attend a Pentagon prayer event.

Likewise, Michael Steele has issued at least six statements over the past week, including one on a new Republican National Committee web video, “Mr. Obama’s Wild Ride.”

So now that this spill is on track to be a far greater ecological disaster than the Exxon Valdez spill, I’m sure these “leaders” will acknowledge just how “safe” all this offshore drilling really is… or not.

Remember, in the modern Republican orthodoxy, facts are inconvenient little things that just get in the way of ideological rhetoric and image making for personal gain.

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