Senator Menendez: Offshore drilling “not too safe to fail”

Here’s video of Senator Bob Menendez’s statement during his offshore drilling press conference with Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bill Nelson. It’s a great statement:

For those of us who are more attention-span challenged, Frank Pallone’s twitter post is good too:

Was on @CNBC this am – BP was finalist for award to recognize offshore drilling safety. Ceremony was postponed for obvious reasons.

Now maybe you prefer scientists to politicians. I am an optimist so I hope this one is wrong:

Robert Weisberg, a physical oceanographer at the University of South Florida, told a conference call the so-called Loop Current that sweeps around the Gulf was poised to connect with the spreading oil slick.

Once “entrainment” occurs, he said, the oil would be pulled quickly south along Florida’s Gulf coast and out into the Florida Straits, between the United States and Cuba…

“Once it’s at the entrance to the Florida Straits it’s only another week or so before it could be in the vicinity of Miami or Palm Beach and one more week or so until it could be as far north as Cape Hatteras,” Weisberg said.

After that quote, I don’t think it takes a lot of imagination to think that a Virginia spill or a Delaware spill could affect the Jersey Shore.

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