How can this not remind us of the aging pipelines carrying oil sludge and crud which now exceed their engineered longevity or are being built in risky locations. The solution (like that of DC lawmakers) is to assure us that all is ok, while in reality the pipes may fail at any moment, dumping poison into our aquifers and even polluting the Great Lakes where they cross the Straits of Mackinac between the upper and lower Michigan peninsulas. The Republicans take a ‘don’t worry be happy’ posture, too lazy to demand replacing the pipes or the screwball in the White House who they are pinning their hopes on to facilitate their greedy, short-sighted agendas.

And when the pipe inevitably bursts and inundates a region with their dirty carbon, the knee jerk response will be to somehow connect that disaster to Hillary or Obama or to a freak of nature. They are playing games with our environment and our country. If we don’t unload as many as possible in the next election cycle we are going to be screwed. In the meantime, so far as Trump is concerned, it seems that their appetite for looking the other direction is somewhat limitless. It may take a nuclear event to move them from their current culture of political malpractice.

The GOP (Government of the Potholes) is proud of their potholes and will probably simply begin say that potholes are an admirable sign of freedom that we should all rejoice in.


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stabilizer 49 weeks 5 days ago

1. Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, even with frequent leaks.

2. Unless the pipeline leaks into a body of water, the environmental threat is low, much less than tankers or traincars, cleanup is easy, and you can sell what you clean up, the oil doesn't become worthless just because it escaped for a while.

3. Oil is much lighter than water - I can't think of any way an oil spill could contaminate an aquifer. Surface water - lakes and streams - yes. Almost all spills are on land and do little or no damage. The corporate media only reports a tiny minority of leaks - those into lakes and streams.

4. Pipeline inspection has been pretty much eliminated. The logic is simple. Most states no longer inspect or check inspection records (thus reducing "excessive regulation"). Also, modern instrumentation allows remote monitoring of flow and shutting of valves, so leaks can be almost instantly stopped. Last, it costs more money to maintain pipelines than "running to failure".

5. While leak monitoring is simple, it's rare that anyone is actually looking, because the pipelines aren't the only thing that is no longer maintained - most of the time the leak detection is shut down because one or more sensor isn't working.

6. State regulations require remote monitoring and shutdown - or frequent inspection. Those regulations were deemed excessive, and aren't inforced.

7. Lack of maintenance, monitoring, and inspection means leaks are larger and more frequent than ever before.

8. However, as I pointed out, oil really isn't that big of a polluter and is cheap and easy to pick up, plus you can SELL what you recover. As with all US industries, the bean counters make the rules, and minimizing leakage costs more than cleaning up leaks.

9. The certain means to eliminate pipeline leakage is stop using oil, which means we have to replace it - nobody has much interest in freezing in dark houses and walking everywhere.

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zapdam. 49 weeks 5 days ago

quote sabilizer The certain means to eliminate pipeline leakage is stop using oil, which means we have to replace it - nobody has much interest in freezing in dark houses and walking everywhere." stabilizer what you have just posted is so rediculous i want to gouge out my eyes for reading it.

Coalage3 49 weeks 5 days ago

And then of course there is another opinion of what's going on in DC as put forth by Pat Buchanan:


For Trump ran in 2016 not simply as the Republican alternative. He presented his candidacy as a rejection, a repudiation of the failed elites, political and media, of both parties. Americans voted in 2016 not just for a change in leaders but for a revolution to overthrow a ruling regime.

Thus this city has never reconciled itself to Trump’s victory, and the president daily rubs their noses in their defeat with his tweets.

Seeking a rationale for its rejection, this city has seized upon that old standby. We didn’t lose! The election was stolen in a vast conspiracy, an “act of war” against America, an assault upon “our democracy,” criminal collusion between the Kremlin and the Trumpites.

Hence, Trump is an illegitimate president, and it is the duty of brave citizens of both parties to work to remove the usurper.

If Trump is brought down on the basis of what Putin correctly labels “nonsense,” this city will have executed a nonviolent coup against a constitutionally elected president. Such an act would drop us into the company of those Third World nations where such means are the customary ways that corrupt elites retain their hold on power.

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PhilfromOhio 49 weeks 3 days ago

Coal Troll:

Looks like the CoalTroll is apologizing for the Tantrum in Chief again. That is more than a full time job, with lots of overtime. It must be exhausting.....and painful when you have to pinch your nose closed at the same time to avoid the stench.

The lying extends to virtually all of the TIC's loosie, goosie staff and hangers on. I guess the uniform didn't fit Comey by a mile. Take, for example, the head of the Evironmental Non-Protection Agency chief, nut-job, bought-and-paid-for Pruitt who just announced thousands of new coal jobs like he was dancing in the end zone..........I suppose CoalTroll believes that ruse as well. (mandatory reponse required for this one CoalTroll) Total BS. Most jobs are for frackers and oil guys. Another total lie for Trump's loyal rubes. The list goes on and on and on. And, in the end, CoalTroll, it is hard to believe that you actually believe this farce, and by all means must be a paid schill.

Do the right thing, CoalTroll. Come into the confessional with your bro Vladimar and seek forgiveness. It may not be too late. (shower off the coal dust first, though, thank you, I just had the velvet cleaned)

Have a blessed day and please promise to refrain from perpetuating falsehoods--that's Vladimar's main job, and he'll get jealous.

Monsignor Phil from Ohio can help.

Coalage3 49 weeks 2 days ago

Or, in other words, you have no response. Pat Buchanan was right.

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PhilfromOhio 49 weeks 1 day ago

Yes he was, twice a a broken clock.

Coalage3 49 weeks 1 day ago

Well at least he's right twice a day.

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PhilfromOhio 49 weeks 1 day ago

Can you set the bar any lower? Your savior is good at sloppin the hogs. Trolls and rubes will be lapping this up until the last gob dribbles from the bucket--and it will, of course, before much longer. If you hurry you might be able to shine his shoes before he leaves for the big house.

Stay tuned and enjoy the pig sty while it is still available. You guys just love the smell of pig slop in the morning. Think of the stories you can tell your grandkids about the pig slop days....oops, NOT.

Monsignor needs to shower now after just thinking about it.

Have a blessed hour and repent.

Coalage3 49 weeks 23 hours ago

Well, it seems that you must be an authority on pig slop and stys. matches with what you write. Now I get the connection.

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PhilfromOhio 48 weeks 3 days ago

You said a mouthful dude, Coalage is just your kind of guy.

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