Fox News’ Bill Kristol: Offshore Drilling is Safe until the Oil Rig Blows Up

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Fox News contributor Bill Kristol was on Special Report with Bret Baier tonight defending off shore drilling, when he made perhaps the stupidest statement of all time. He said offshore drilling is quite safe, “and very environmentally clean, except where there is a disaster like this.” Essentially Kristol is saying that offshore drilling is safe, until the oil rig bursts into flames.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

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Kristol said, “Look the data’s pretty clear in general that the offshore drilling of oil has become incredibly quite safe, not perfectly safe, but compared to other ways of getting energy, quite safe compared to the mining of coal for example, and very environmentally clean, except when there is a disaster like this spill, but Exxon Valdez was much bigger. If we cut down on offshore drilling, we will increase what coal mining in the US, or tankers? Tankers are less safe and tend to have bigger spills like the Exxon Valdez in 1989. I was in government then. That got cleaned up faster than people expected and did less lasting damage.”

Mr. Kristol was lying about the long term damage from the Exxon Valdez spill. Scientific American did a story last year on a study from the University of North Carolina that “showed that oil has persisted in surprisingly large quantities for years after the Exxon Valdez spill in subsurface reservoirs under coarse intertidal sediments…. Exposure to this oil, in turn, caused additional animal deaths. Salmon, for example, had increased mortality for four years after the spill because incubating eggs had come into contact with it. Larger marine mammals and ducks, meanwhile, suffered ill effects because their prey was contaminated. The team estimates that shoreline habitats such as mussel beds affected by the spill will take up to 30 years to recover fully.”

Kristol carefully selected coal mining and tankers to compare offshore drilling to. He didn’t bother to discuss any of the clean renewable alternative energy sources that really would be safer than offshore drilling. Leave it to Fox News to keep pushing the oil company propaganda, but Kristol’s comment that off shore drilling is safe and environmentally friendly until the oil rig blows up belongs in the Idiot Hall of Fame. Coal mining is safe too until the mine collapses and flying is safe until the plane crashes. These are the pearls of wisdom that Fox News pays Bill Kristol the big money to deliver.

4 Replies to “Fox News’ Bill Kristol: Offshore Drilling is Safe until the Oil Rig Blows Up”

  1. This is just like how “Bush kept us safe” — except for 9-11, anthrax, etc.

    The right just blocks out the bad stuff; they’re full of denial and repression. It’s how they survive.

  2. Oh yeah? Well its all fun and games till she says yes!

    Krystal should be committed.

    You know, this has been a key issue since the 1970’s and we have literally got no wheres

  3. Is he smoking crack????
    Shannyn Moore said today on her show, the oil spill has been leaking for 10 day and is now at 20% at what exon valdez was!
    “Scientific American did a story last year on a study from the University of North Carolina that “showed that oil has persisted in surprisingly large quantities for years after the Exxon Valdez spill in subsurface reservoirs under coarse intertidal sediments…. Exposure to this oil, in turn, caused additional animal deaths. Salmon, for example, had increased mortality for four years after the spill because incubating eggs had come into contact with it”
    Yes they just had a 20 yrs (whatever) about it and there is still tons more cleanup and Exxon got away with paying pennies on the dollar. In fact granny grifter was in Giddings last year getting money for Sarah pac and signing a great momentous allegiance with EXXON last year. She is been staying in Gidding the past few days now doubt soliciting fund from the same people in Giddings all oil people, Pumpco etc.
    How quaint.
    Hey Sarah…Drill baby Drill…right????
    also..too, the Giddings people like the Ruth Buzzi look. Look last years interview with Vaninity and you will see.
    And tonight she’s shillin’ for fake “crises pregnancy centers” who say they are 501c but not and I just hope they do not receive federal funding….
    I am sick of this bitch!

  4. People need to collect some of the oil that’s sure to wash up on the beaches from this disaster, and take it to Palin speeches. Not to throw on her, just to ‘accidentally’ dump in front of the stage – preferably right before the fake Q&A session (I mean scripted Q, and rehearsed A) – if you can manage to get a gull corpse in there with it, that would be great.

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