The Political Fray - Political Forum
Go Back   Political Fray > The Political Fray > Current Events

Current Events Latest news, current events, and headlines from around the world


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old July 31st, 2010, 06:20 AM   #1
myp
Founding Father
 
myp's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2009
From: US
Posts: 5,841

Oil spill reform pending

The House passed a oil spill reform bill that would increase regulations on big oil after the BP oil spill. Included in the bill is an end to the Federal moratorium on deep sea drilling for companies that meet new safety requirements. The Senate has a similar bill on the table, without the moratorium.

The bill's passing in the House comes at an important time for Democrats as it is an election year and this could help them. House Republicans warned of reduced oil production in the Gulf that could lead to higher prices and a lower supply. President Obama supports the bill.

source: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66T0NP20100730

Thoughts?
myp is offline  
Old July 31st, 2010, 11:49 AM   #2
Representative
 
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 138

Democrats are in an tight position as far as legislation being passed with elections coming up that is for sure. I think stricter safety regulations are necessary but a significant reduction in oil production and higher gas prices will resonate more with the people than the provisions will. Especially considering more than 75% of the US is not experiencing a direct effect of the oil spill in the form of oil in their waters and beaches and messing with their fishing.
jdsingle is offline  
Old August 1st, 2010, 09:51 AM   #3
Anarchist
 
Dirk's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
From: Disunited Queendom
Posts: 1,943

Well, yeah, I mean, that's fine - probably a good idea, ultimately, even. But just one thing - wasn't the spill due to BP's failure to adhere to safety standards in the first place?
Dirk is offline  
Old August 1st, 2010, 01:24 PM   #4
Representative
 
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 138

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
Well, yeah, I mean, that's fine - probably a good idea, ultimately, even. But just one thing - wasn't the spill due to BP's failure to adhere to safety standards in the first place?
LOL. Don't you know that the way to fix a problem is to create more regulation? Only thing that I see happening is increased fines for safety violations (that will continue to happen regardless of what bill is passed). Possibly force oil companies to pay a little extra in taxes to fund an expansion of safety offices who inspect rigs built/in construction. Who knows anymore. It's either expand to fix or contract to fix.

Think it is time for my afternoon dose of Fukitol. Two a day keeps my brain okay.
jdsingle is offline  
Old August 4th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #5
Senator
 
obtuseobserver's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 862

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
Well, yeah, I mean, that's fine - probably a good idea, ultimately, even. But just one thing - wasn't the spill due to BP's failure to adhere to safety standards in the first place?
Yup. Which was going to be my point.

If bad acts were eliminated by making them illegal or regulated there would be no crime nor industrial "accidents" of this nature.

There is little that can be done with people determined to violate the law. We can punish them after the fact and hope others are deterred but...
obtuseobserver is offline  
Reply

  Political Fray > The Political Fray > Current Events

Tags
oil , pending , reform , spill



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tom Coburn's ideas for healthcare reform myp Government and Politics 10 December 14th, 2012 06:49 PM
Campaign Finance Reform a777pilot Government and Politics 19 October 25th, 2012 10:11 AM
Intellectual property rights reform myp Government and Politics 2 August 19th, 2011 08:17 AM
President Obama pledges energy bill push amidst BP spill talk myp Current Events 7 June 9th, 2010 12:35 PM
What effect will the recent oil spill have on climate change/offshore drilling plans? myp Current Events 9 May 6th, 2010 10:50 AM


Facebook Twitter RSS Feed



Copyright © 2009-2013 Political Fray. All rights reserved.