What kind of fools do they think we are?
When the oil company "three stooges of pollution" finished pointing at each other the story they left on our doorstep was, after all “Stopping that leak is like doing surgery at 5,000 feet."
Ah excuse me, a few Americans that actually know about science. I mean some Americans do things much more difficult than surgery at 5,000 feet.
Example 1 - Nanotech Scientists have built little tiny little nano-sculptures using ATOMS for building blocks - Look Ma no hands there TEX!
details: ( for example, in a gold cluster with seven atoms. In a charged state, the atoms arrange themselves differently than when they are uncharged. This was discovered by scientists at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences in Canada and by scientists working with the FELIX free electron laser at the FOM Institute in Rijnhuizen in the Netherlands.)
Example 2 - We use technicians in Nevada to remotely control unmanned predator missiles attacking Afghanis. Even an Oil Industry Exec knows the distance between the pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and the pollution in the Gulf of Oman
details: (There, in the Nevada desert, Anderson is training to become a "commuter combat pilot" — one of an increasing number of Air Force pilots who have hopped out of the cockpit but are still flying combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.)
Example 3 - JPL scientists have driven Remote controlled joy-rides on Mars. You know, Mars the planet! That's a little further than 5280 feet down. (Where it seems you CAN video!)
details: (On Mars, NASA's robot rover Spirit is spinning its wheels on the soft shoulder of planetary exploration, up to its axles in silt millions of miles away from tense engineers who are struggling to extricate it by remote control.At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., mission planners are testing ways to drive it free of the Martian sand trap in a last-ditch effort to save a $300 million robot that, after puttering across alien terrain for five years, may have rolled its last few feet.)
So as the Congresswoman from Santa Barbara put it – The Oil Industry has been banking record profits for decades. You have researched how to drill in deep water. Why haven't you researched how to drill SAFELY?
Don't imagine you’re going to get away with ... "It's like doing surgery from a mile up." Tell that to the NANO Scientist, the Afghanistan Drone Pilots in Nevada and the Martian Rover Drivers in the JPL Labs.
We're not buying that CRUDE!