I'm not much for conspiracy theories, but....OK, well, that's a lie. I love them. I don't obsess over them, but I like putting them out there just to see how it plays.
And the recent oil spill off the Gulf Coast has so many implications - political, economic, and yeah, environmental - that one has to wonder if the hand of a man who is so much smarter than the rest of us is behind it, manipulating us in order to achieve the result he wanted in the first place.
First, Jim Geraghty:
President Obama announces a change in national policy on offshore drilling, and 20 days later a platform explodes, creating an environmental disaster that, we’re told, may be worse than the Exxon Valdez. That’s timing so perfect it’s usually associated with Abbott and Costello. There are a lot of folks who passionately opposed the possibility of expanded offshore drilling and who would have the motive to help “enable” an accident that discredited the policy.
And it appears as if the "maybe, possibly, someday we might think about drilling" policy has already been tossed under the bus:
There will be no new domestic offshore oil drilling pending a review of the rig disaster and massive oil spill along the Gulf Coast, the White House said Friday morning. Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” senior adviser David Axelrod said “no additional [offshore] drilling has been authorized, and none will until we find out what happened and whether there was something unique and preventable here. … No domestic drilling in new areas is going to go forward until there is an adequate review of what’s happened here and of what is being proposed elsewhere.”
The administration recently announced that it would open new coastal areas to oil exploration, including regions off Virginia’s coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, ending a long moratorium on new drilling.
So much for Obama reaching out to the "drill, baby, drill" crowd. Jennifer Rubin knows where this is heading:
So now even the fig leaf of bipartisanship is gone. And that “review,” one can bet, will be just as slow as the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell review...
So when gasoline prices rise to $8- a gallon, "fueled" by shortages and cap & trade levies, a serious-looking Barack Obama can claimed he was open to the whole "drilling" idea, but the Great Gulf Spill of 2010 proves that oil is a thing of the past, and that we must spend trillions in subsidies for "green" energy, such as solar panels, windmills, and magic carpets.
Your SUV, unfortunately, is a menace to the well being of the People's States of America. So kiss it goodbye, and pack your family into a subsidized Government Motors-brand of subcompact "smart"cars! They may not run well, and they may be deathtraps, but really - isn't your death the ultimate reduction of your carbon footprint? What could be more loyal, more patriotic...?
Finally, there is this odd CBS report:
Mr. Obama said SWAT teams were being dispatched to the Gulf to investigate oil rigs and said his administration is now working to determine the cause of the disaster.
SWAT teams?? I wonder....
Update: Mark Levin wonders “Why did it take President Obama 8 days to do anything regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?”
Well, you need to create a crisis, before you can declare that "you can't waste a crisis..."
UPDATE II: Rush Limbaugh has a theory:
But this bill, the cap-and-trade bill, was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment. So, since they're sending SWAT teams down there, folks, since they're sending SWAT teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig?
There's a flaw in Limbaugh's thinking process here, and that's assuming liberal activists are smart enough to...think. Remember, these are the same people who are fighting Arizona's tough new immigration laws by boycotting Arizona Iced Tea, proudly made in...Brooklyn.
This kind of plot takes government smarts to pull off. Admittedly, that's not a lot of brainpower either...
(More on this vile conspiracy here, here, here, over here, and here, and most recently here, you should definitely read this, and this is somewhat related as well...)