Today on ABC’s This Week BP Chairman and President Lamar McKay put to rest all of the right wing conspiracy theories that the Gulf Oil spill was an act of terrorism carried out by left wing environmentalists, or a foreign government. Instead McKay said the probable cause less sinister and more mundane, “I believe we’ve got a failed piece of equipment.”
Here is the video from This Week:
When Jake Tapper asked about BP’s less than stellar safety record, McKay replied, “Well, the investigations are going to show the cause of this accident, and we want those investigations to be done. My belief that is that that does not have anything to do with it. I believe we’ve got a failed piece of equipment. We don’t know why it failed yet in this contracted rig, and BOP system will figure that out. But let me just tell you, our focus, our focus right now is dealing with the source of the oil, dealing with it on the surface, and dealing with it on the beach or the marsh if it occurs.”
This seems much more probable than the conspiracy theory blaming left wing environmentalists advanced by Rush Limbaugh last week:
Limbaugh laid out his conspiracy theory, “Now lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade, that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day, I remember that, then it was postponed for a couple of days later, after Earth Day…This bill the cap and trade bill was criticized by hard core environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment, so since they’re sending swat teams down there folks, since they’re sending swat teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants than by blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.”
What a surprise, Rush Limbaugh and the right wing conspiracy theorists have been proven wrong again. They are at least in consistent in that they never let facts get in the way of their desperate attempts to bring down Obama. The Gulf oil spill is no more Obama’s Katrina than the Exxon Valdez was George H.W. Bush’s. It was an accident, and it looking more like an environmental catastrophe, but comparing this to Katrina is an apples and oranges argument.
Limbaugh’s desperate attempt to blame the Obama and Left for the oil rig explosion defied all common sense and overlooked the most likely explanation that the explosion was caused by some sort of on board accident. Since it would be impossible to blame Obama for an accident, the right had to fabricate all sorts of tall tales to feed their paranoid delusions. The Right has to blame Obama or else they might have to admit that offshore drilling is not as safe as they make it sound, and since they can’t have they, expect the crazy conspiracy theories and the blame of Obama to continue.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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