How Obama failed in the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the most common indictments of him are wrong, and overlook his biggest errors.

Summary:  Obama has failed to adequately cope with several aspects of the Deepwater Horizon crisis, probably due to his inexperience as a leader and politician.  His knowledge of the law and campaigning ill-serve him as President.  This is an opinion piece, my views based on the 12 previous posts about the disaster.  (most posts on … Continue reading How Obama failed in the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the most common indictments of him are wrong, and overlook his biggest errors.

The new estimate of the Deepwater Horizon spill rate (bad news)

Summary:   The most credible estimate for the leak before the riser pipe was cut on June 3 is 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day.  The technical team hasn’t yet calculated the volume beyond June 3. Based on the midpoint of the latest approximation of 30,000 barrels, from April 22 when the Deepwater Horizon rig sank until June 3 the well gushed … Continue reading The new estimate of the Deepwater Horizon spill rate (bad news)

Important update about the Gulf oil spill

An article in the McClatchy newspapers challenges the official oil estimates, but the careful words of the cited expert are easily exaggerated:   "BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says", 7 June 2010 -- Red emphasis added.  Excerpt: BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well may be spewing what the company once-called its worst case … Continue reading Important update about the Gulf oil spill

Obama’s press conference says much about him – and us

Summary:  This is another post about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which vividly illustrates America’s dysfunctional OODA loop — increasingly contaminated by ignorance and hysteria.  At the end are links to previous chapters of this saga. This is sad, that the President of the world's most powerful nation must perform such acrobatics.  Pretend to hands-on management of … Continue reading Obama’s press conference says much about him – and us

Let’s seal the Gulf oil well by using atomic weapons!

Summary:  Now that BP's third and fourth attempts appear to have failed (the "top kill" and "junk shots"), discussion turns to darker methods of sealing the Deepwater Horizon well.  Most of our journalists and Internet experts get the story wrong.  Often grossly so.  But the truth is available, for people who exercise care when selecting their sources … Continue reading Let’s seal the Gulf oil well by using atomic weapons!