I have received a number of emails about the environmental impacts of the BP oil spill. The size of the spill and the impacts on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems have prompted a number of readers to write:
“Bob, it looks like you are right, the environmental damage and pollution are the goal and not the unintended consequences.”
Others have noted the irony that the leak is believed to have started on Earth Day, April 22, when the Deepwater Horizon sank. 
Dana Milbank, at the Washington Post, appears to realize there is story behind the story of Obama’s bizarre behavior at his lengthy news conference yesterday at the White House.
“For eight years we had a president who refused to accept blame. Now we have one who seems to enjoy it.
He decorated the East Room with wuddas, cuddas and shuddas: “We should have busted through those constraints. . . . pre-deploying boom would have been the right thing to do . . . I do think our efforts fell short. . . . They should have pushed them sooner. . . . I think that it took too long. . . . Where I was wrong was in my belief that the oil companies had their act together.”
As I sat in the fourth row on Thursday, I was struck by the weirdly passive figure before me.
He delivered lawyerly phrases and spoke of his anger about the oil spill but showed none in his voice or on his face.
He was, presumably, there to show how aggressively he has handled the disaster, but he seemed cool, almost bloodless. Continue reading