TLP: At Least He Didn't Call the President 'Brownie'

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Source: FEMA (really!)

As the CEO of BP mildly dissed his company's plan to put a giant condom, err "containment dome," on its surging oil well, former FEMA head Michael Brown was trashing the Obama administration's response to the spill as some sort of ploy to stop offshore drilling.

We'll get to Heck of a Job Brownie in a minute, but the story of BP's latest effort to keep the overflowing gusher under control deserves a mention if only because of the incredible "OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO" NYT dateline: (trade secret: reporters are dateline whores)

On a helicopter ride Thursday morning to survey the response effort to a ruptured oil well, the chief executive of BP said he was skeptical about a plan to use a giant steel container to trap the leaking oil, although the amount of oil that appeared to be in the water made him hopeful that other tactics were working.

“It’s only one of the battle fronts, and we’re not counting on it,” the executive, Tony Hayward, said about the contraption known as the containment dome as it was moved into position to be lowered into the Gulf. Officials hoped to soon begin lowering it by cable to the sea floor, 5,000 feet below the surface, and sit it atop the larger of the two remaining leaks.

“We’re not guaranteed of success, but it’s the next shot,” Mr. Hayward added.
I may not be a petrochemical engineer, but I can assure Hayward that some gushers are endless. Even after the "next shot." And the one after that. Anyway, good luck with that.

Meanwhile, Brown emerged from whatever he found to do after quitting FEMA to offer his assessment of the latest Gulf of Mexico disaster. From CNN:

"They want a crisis like this, so that they can use a crisis like this to shut down offshore and gas drilling," he said Tuesday night on CNN's "AC 360°."

His remarks came a day after he told Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" that the oil slick is "exactly what they want, because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say, 'I'm going to shut it down because it's too dangerous.' While Mexico and China and everybody else drills in the Gulf, we're going to get shut down."
When you hunt oil, sometimes you hit a dry hole, sometimes you get a strike and sometimes there are problems. Seems that some of these problems are tough to solve and the long-term impact would appear to be open for debate. Critics, of course, make the game more interesting. But you'd hope that the "drill, baby, drill" crowd would have come up with a better spokesman this time. Oh, well. What was that about dry holes?

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