April 29, 2010

The Short March Sideways

On the Sunday, April 25 edition of The National, the CBC did a dedicated report, pre-announced as such, on the recent oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Reporter Peter Akman began thusly: "The stakes have changed drastically on the choppy waters of the Gulf of Mexico when a drilling platform exploded and sank this week. Officials thought the environmental damage was limited to a surface spill, but now they've discovered the underwater oil well is leaking." Rear Adm. Mary Landry of the U.S. Coast Guard was shown saying "This is a serious incident and has the potential to be a major spill. I'm not going to quantify, I'm not going to use any major numbers now, it's way too early to project." Akman then explained "The oil rig platform drilling 65 kilometres off Louisiana burst into flames on Tuesday. Now, British Petroleum is saying at least 160,000 litres of oil are pouring into the water each day." A BP spokesman was then shown explaining the details of the ongoing efforts to stop the leak.

Oh, and here, verbatim, is the conclusion of Akman's report on that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

"Environmentalists point out (that) Alberta's oil sands remain as dirty as ever, polluting not only the water, but also the air and the land. Peter Akman, CBC News, Calgary."

Oh well. We're all paying for the CBC, so...

Posted by EBD at April 29, 2010 7:04 AM

Al AGW + Mao Stlong + O + >>>>>


"The $10 Trillion Climate Fraud

Cap-And-Trade: While senators froth over Goldman Sachs and derivatives, a climate trading scheme being run out of the Chicago Climate Exchange would make Bernie Madoff blush. Its trail leads to the White House.

Lost in the recent headlines was Al Gore's appearance Monday in Denver at the annual meeting of the Council of Foundations, an association of the nation's philanthropic leaders.

"Time's running out (on climate change)," Gore told them. "We have to get our act together. You have a unique role in getting our act together."

"Time's running out (on climate change)," Gore told them. "We have to get our act together. You have a unique role in getting our act together."

Gore was right that foundations will play a key role in keeping the climate scam alive as evidence of outright climate fraud grows, just as they were critical in the beginning when the Joyce Foundation in 2000 and 2001 provided the seed money to start the Chicago Climate Exchange. It started trading in 2003, and what it trades is, essentially, air. More specifically perhaps, hot air.

The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) advertises itself as "North America's only cap-and-trade system for all six greenhouse gases, with global affiliates and projects worldwide." Barack Obama served on the board of the Joyce Foundation from 1994 to 2002 when the CCX startup grants were issued. As president, pushing cap-and-trade is one of his highest priorities. Now isn't that special?" (more)


"Obama’s involvement in Chicago Climate Exchange--the rest of the story

Obama's involvement in Chicago Climate Exchange--the rest of the story, Al Gore, Maurice Strong, Goldman Sachs

Posted by: maz2 at April 29, 2010 6:47 AM

I'm sure that by the time 'Power and Politics" airs this afternoon there will be "bombshell" reports from unnamed sources that Rahim Jaffer may or may not have been in the area prior to the explosion.

Posted by: wallyj at April 29, 2010 8:19 AM


About 17 people were watching that report. They were watching only because they are insomniacs, desperately seeking sleep that the CBC reliably induces.

Posted by: Davers6 at April 29, 2010 8:46 AM

Call me a conspiracy nutbar if you like but I find the timing a bit odd for this oil spill started by an explosion which cause is still a mystery.
With US citizens/Patriots/Tea Party movements growing and a very nervous WH Administration on the verge of pushing cap & trade which is the traitor in chief's next most unpopular planned move after Obamacare, I wonder if this "growing ecological disaster" has not been conveniently manufactured by the "New world Order" spooks.
Lots of exploitation of domestic energy could certainly give a much needed boost to a Republic on the edge of the financial precipice just like Europe which is almost if not completely at the mercy of the IMF and other world financial institutions now.

Sarah Palin and other true Patriots are promoting the importance for America to tap their own energy resources.

Is oil going to reach the coast and cover birds and other animals: dogs,cats?, maybe humans, yet a young child or a baby or two?: All to be plastered on IMF Corporate stream media 24/7?

Bamby needs to push the UN/IMF/Bilderberg agenda of scientific high tech global gorvernance forward...He has been chosen to do in the first place just like his predecessors were.

At the very least, even if this crisis was not manufactured, it might not go to waste if it helps change public opinion or more so create more public division.

Posted by: Right Honorable Terry Tory at April 29, 2010 9:05 AM

So can we start burning the tailings?

Posted by: Mark Peters at April 29, 2010 9:07 AM

I have a CBC viewer confession to make to SDA visitors.
The only thing I have watched on CBC during its regular season Sunday schedule is "Heartland", a bit sappy but reasonable plot lines....... so far.

However I suspect next season the plot to wander into man made Global Warming,tree hugging, oil sands pollution, fruit fly and endangered gopher and burrowing owl territory, the hall mark of decades of leftist crud eminating from the CBC.

At that point they will have lost me totally as viewer.

The rest of their programming of course is leftist tainted papp.

Posted by: Joe Molnar at April 29, 2010 9:22 AM

What does the oil sands have to do with an off shore oil rig explosion?

Mr Prime Minister, can we now have a national debate on the significance of the CBC? Can we hold a referendum on its future?

The CBC sucks up more tax dollars in a year than the gun registry has since its inception. The problem is that it kills way more people than long guns.

Posted by: Smitherenzes at April 29, 2010 9:41 AM

Some mid east oil producers import coal to power their own economies and to free up the much more expensive oil for export.
How clean is that oil?

Posted by: Stan at April 29, 2010 9:48 AM

"Environmentalists point out (that) Alberta's oil sands remain as dirty as ever, polluting not only the water, but also the air and the land. Peter Akman, CBC News, Calgary."
I couldn't believe this when I heard it. It made my blood boil...if they keep repeating a lie long enough they start to think it is true.
Bad journalism!!

Posted by: skipper at April 29, 2010 10:25 AM

Don't tell them about the "tar" volcanos spewing their dirty oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That oil is "natural".

Posted by: Skip at April 29, 2010 10:43 AM

Only a CBC journalist could make up an obscure (nonexistent?) connection between an oil rig explosion in the Gulf and oilsands operations in Alberta but fail to understand the economic importance of energy production to all Canadians. As mentioned yesterday, CBC = air-heads.

Did any CBC report mention that energy industries in NA are extremely safety conscious and follow environmental regs to the letter. The reality is that industries with moving machinery and flammable material can never achieve a perfect safety record. Equipment malfunctions, human error and forces of nature can never be completely controlled.

It must be nice being in a profession where your biggest safety concern is a papercut and, being taxpayer funded crown corp, are immune to market forces.

Posted by: LC Bennett at April 29, 2010 11:08 AM

Why did all the fail-safe, automatic blow out prevention safeguards not work? Human error? Sabotage? Or just a case of one-in-a-million probabilities.

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at April 29, 2010 11:37 AM

Eyjafjallajokull. Icelandic for, "My other car's a Prius."

Posted by: Thomas_L...... at April 29, 2010 11:47 AM

No biggie, crude oil runs into the oceans 24/7, google "natural oil seepage" or check out:

Posted by: bob at April 29, 2010 11:50 AM

If PM Harper should ever stand up for Alberta against the growing anti-west campaign now on-going in Tranna's hostile to anything or anybody Conservative MSM, why, he'd probably be called "a Rodeo Clown!" Take note of the National Post's Chris (Silly) Selley's "Full Pundit" item in today's paper ridiculing Calgary's Ezra Levant for standing up to the gang-up on CBC Power and Politics re: taxpayer-enriched millionaire EKO pollster Frank Graves' Cultural War advocacy against Alberta. Harper, clearly, has not got the balls to come out and try to put a stop to this divisive left-wing crap that might well tear my country apart. The NP's Don Martin (he knocked Conservative governments going as far back as Peter Lougheed in Alberta) said today that the "Almighty forgot to insert the compromise Chromosome" into Stephen Harper's DNA. Compromise? Does that mean bowing to the lunatic lefties in Parliament? The hostile media (including now, it seems, the NP)? The CBC threat to this nation? As I said recently, it's time for Westerners like Ezra Levant, Link Byfield and others to organize a new Prairies Bloc Party with our oil-producing neighbor, Saskatchewan. T'hell with trying to appease Upper and Lower Canada while filling their coffers with dirty oil cash.

Posted by: garrysworld at April 29, 2010 11:54 AM

You don't need conspiracy theories to understand that combining explosive gases and flammable liquids with the very human tendency to err is asking for trouble:

Posted by: GreenNeck at April 29, 2010 11:55 AM

Either an on-air directive from the mothership- "Peter, also say the following.." or Peter suddenly remembered he had a CBC 'performance review' the following week.

Posted by: Grant at April 29, 2010 12:05 PM

Here, read this and tell me Al Gore doesn't have a hidden agenda:

Then read this:

Form your own conclusions.

Posted by: a spook at April 29, 2010 12:12 PM

The grapevine has indicated that the well flowed and the BOP stack excuted Step 1 of shearing the pipe but was not able to complete Step 2 of closing the rams. A shear ram doesn't seal by design. Early indications a design flaw in the system (not the shear design however) and human error occuring at same time.

Posted by: J at April 29, 2010 12:15 PM

The grapevine has indicated that the well flowed and the BOP stack excuted Step 1 of shearing the pipe but was not able to complete Step 2 of closing the rams. A shear ram doesn't seal by design. Early indications show a design flaw in the system (not the shear design however) and human error occuring at same time.

Posted by: J at April 29, 2010 12:15 PM

So, then we can all agree that the MSM "is on the job" over this incident?

All agreed, or that certain parties won't use this incident for other purposes? We are all agreed on that?

Of course, "the grapevine" has told us what really happened.

Gotta link for what you said J?

Posted by: jt at April 29, 2010 12:25 PM

And from the "Gaia doesn't care" file ... More than two times the oil from the Exxon Valdez seeps naturally into the Gulf of Mexico each year and is cleaned up by bacteria or churned up by waves ...

"... Using a technique they developed in the early 1990s to help explore for oil in the deep ocean, Earth Satellite Corporation scientists found that there are over 600 different areas where oil oozes from rocks underlying the Gulf of Mexico. The oil bubbles up from a cracks in ocean bottom sediments and spreads out with the wind to an to an area covering about 4 square miles.

"On water, oil has this wonderful property of spreading out really thin," said Mitchell. "A gallon of oil can spread over a square mile very quickly." So what ends up on the surface is an incredibly thin slick, impossible to see with the human eye and harmless to marine animals.

When oil spreads out over water, surface tension causes it to act like a super-thin sheet of Saran Wrap, flattening down small waves on the ocean surface. To spot the oil slicks, EarthSat scientists use radar data from Canadian and European satellites. The oil slicks stand out in the radar image because they return less of the radar signal than the wavy surfaces.

To get an estimate of how much oil seeps into the Gulf each year, the researchers took into account the thickness of the oil-only a hundredth of a millimeter, the area of ocean surface covered by slicks, and how long the oil remains on the surface before it's consumed by bacteria or churned up by waves. "The number is twice the Exxon Valdez's spill per year, and that's a conservative estimate," said Mitchell.

Posted by: Mark W at April 29, 2010 12:33 PM

I really love how the msm continue to show Williams(the 'alleged' military killer)..along with Peter McKay.CTV has been doing this all am.
BTW,cbc's focus today,is poor Omar having a pain in his eye so didn't want to go to hearing.Bill Gillespie gives us the tragic background about how poor Omie 'lost one eye,and has shrapnel in the other'..ctv's Lisa LaPhlegm is in Gitmo doing the Brenda Martin rerun..poor Omar,bad PMSH,poor child soldier,bad Cons gov't.Soooo tiresome.

Posted by: Sammy at April 29, 2010 12:45 PM

Sammy, it just begs the question of:
HEY - CBC where it the other side of this murderous "killer kid's" story?

Where are the voices of the remaining family members of that "killer kids" actions? Hm CBC? That American Medic's family is not ever given equal time by this stinking progressives-military hating mouth piece.

Two sides of the story hey CBC? CBC dictates to us and calls all the shots of what they want broadcast on our airways....yeah. CRTC where are you in this? Useless as the cbc's ombudsman.
How do we address this? Must be a way...

Almost a 2 BILLION a year for this? How big is their viewing audience? 6 hundred thousand or so? RDI can still exist if cbc is gone. Will still be on our dime as la-la-land is, but a much smaller amount and that'll keep the ones who do view "CBC"=RDI happy.

33+ mil. Canadians would benefit greatly from erasing this over bloated budget.
CBC exists only for CBCs top level management to keep their lofty positions and luxurious lifestyles, while broadcasting this crap daily. I hope to see them dismantled, or privatized, or dumped, or closed down or whatever, so long as they cease existence and stop sucking off the publics teats in my life time.

And Sammy thanks for viewing as I won't select them on my system at home. CRTC gives them these numbers and they count as viewers. I know this sounds childish, but at night I leave it on FOX...hoping some ivory tower cbc/crtc elitist squirms a bit. We were denied FOX for so long that that's all we watch now for American and international news and the internet for CDN news. None of the other CDN TV news broadcasters deviate away from the progressive creep think, so we don't watch them at all now, either.

Posted by: ldd at April 29, 2010 2:37 PM

the old Amoco trick of trying to close the shear rams on the drill collar.

I recall a couple of incidents like that in the 80s

Posted by: cal2 at April 29, 2010 2:41 PM

The city of Toronto is thinking of allowing residents to keep chickens in their back yards.

In a related story the Tar Sands are polluting the air, water and chickens.

Posted by: albertaclipper at April 29, 2010 4:25 PM

In another related story,highly placed sources have alleged that Prime Minister Harper was watching a hockey game,yes a hockey game, last night while this enviromental disaster was unfolding.Harper,for reasons that have not been disclosed,has yet to comment on this allegation...

Posted by: wannabecbc at April 29, 2010 5:06 PM

Oil companies in Alberta are spending billions in an attempt to clean up the oilsands and they get dissed. The media and wackos never show pictures of what the oilsands are, just the development of them. Stop the development and the problem would be hundreds of times worse. Mother nature put the oilsands there. We have oil seeping across miles of land, oil companies didn't put them there.
Maybe we have to change the wording and call it attempting to clean up the environment from all that natural leaking oil.

Posted by: MaryT at April 29, 2010 5:09 PM

Its now purported to be bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.
Meanwhile in Alberta people are on trial for 500 dead ducks in an oil pool. Yet 30,000 birds are killed every year by wind turbines.
Adler today pointed out the asbestos trailings left in & being produced in Quebec. No problem from the MSM on how this Province sells this poison world wide.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at April 29, 2010 6:54 PM

Alberta's oilsands:

Love em... or walk!

Posted by: eastern paul at April 30, 2010 12:26 AM