Doc Hastings and Lisa Murkowski: Practical Jokers

Oh, that Doc Hastings.  What a kidder!

With Greenpeace activists planning to shadow Shell’s drillships in the Arctic this summer, some lawmakers want to know why the environmentalists’ vessels aren’t getting as much federal scrutiny as the energy giant’s fleet.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I’m thinking that Environmental Impact studies would be commiserate against how much impact something might have on the environment…  Like, one’s big and one’s small?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Washington, on Friday pressed the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to detail their plans for monitoring Greenpeace’s activities — and how they might affect marine life. “NOAA’s and BSEE’s analysis of (Shell’s) planned oil and gas exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas has devoted extraordinary and unprecedented attention to the potential impacts of vessels and other activities,” the Republicans wrote. “Though the potential for impacts is similar, there has been no such analysis or permitting of the planned protest activities or the operation of the vessels participating in them.”

And comments snarking in 3…2…1…  I’ll go with this one.
Green Peace is supported by Big Oil as a way to re-direct anger. Its a tactic they have been using for decades to inspire sympathy for Big Oil, and hate for anyone who tries to monitor them. Where do you thing GP gets all of its money for those huge ships. Who pays the actors and actresses? Alot of money there...
Naturally this will get a response from someone assuming they’re serious.
Counter editorial in Anchorage Daily.
Put simply, despite its continuing subterfuge and slick corporate sophistry, Shell is clearly not ready to safely conduct its 2012 Arctic drilling program. And, respectfully, the suggestion by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Doc Hastings that the “potential for impacts is similar” between one Greenpeace vessel and Shell’s massive exploratory Arctic offshore drilling program is simply ridiculous. The lawmakers may want to review some photos of the northern Gulf of Mexico from summer 2010.

In comments section, this strikes me as the same as the old “First!”
Stay retired Rick…

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