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Blind Envy
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 21, 2007

You knew someone would attempt to make a big deal about it and you also knew it would be someone from the Nutroots. My money was on Oliver Willis, but instead it was one of the mouth-breathers at FireDoggerelLake, home of the black-face Joe Lieberman.

Apparently our acceptance from the American Petroleum Institute of coach tickets in the horror that is modern airline travel and hurried dinners at 11pm EST (the result of a very ambitious itinerary)was enough for this whack-job to question my and Ed Morrissey's integrity without knowing either of us. Never mind that each of us openly disclosed that information (at the insistence of API although I'm sure I speak for Ed when I say we'd have done it anyway).
Because there couldn’t possibly be any better way to get straight answers out of the petroleum industry than to let them assume total responsibility for your well-being for several days as they ply you with food, alcohol, and disinformation. God damn. Could these two jokers be any closer to a surprise upset in the competition with front-runners O’Hanlon and Pollack for the “Overly Credulous Rubes of the Year, 2007? award? Doesn’t anyone but me find it a little humorous that the new oil rig they took these Right Wing stool-pigeons to view is called “Blind Faith”?
Heh ... even more humorous is the blind envy on display in the post. Let's see, we saw how they figure out where the oil is through a presentation by their exploration unit and then saw, with our own eyes, the investment they've made in a real, honest-to-goodness billion-dollar production platform. But apparently seeing, feeling, touching and questioning on someone else's dime make us "overly credulous rubes."

So what does that make the Reuters reporter who took the tour with us? Or the reporter from a German daily? Yeah, it was all about us and our credulousness. We were sure to be so "wowed" that we couldn't write anything but glowing reports. We're obviously so credulous that we'd never be able to see through any attempt to influence our writing. We obviously had our BS meters turned off.

Of course when Hamsher, et. al, camp out on daily rah-rah Demo conference calls, they're what, oh, intrepid activists and reporters of course. But when I talk to commanders in the field in Iraq about operational matters via Bloggers Round Table which is set up by DoD, I'm a right-wing shill and war-monger.

And of course when I had the temerity to mention that those I met from Chevron who were involved in the Blind Faith project seemed to be good solid folks like you and I, well, that just wasn't to stereotype or acceptable. How dare I grant such human qualities to obvious monsters. Why if I humanize them how can the left unreservedly hate them? Yup, when you say something contrary to the cobbled together narrow world view of the "reality based community" it has a tendency to upset them:
Mmmm, yeah. The petroleum industry is packed to the rafters with “good people”, of course. The oil and gas industry are, in fact, staffed entirely by people who reside permanently on Santa Claus’s “Nice” list, whereas Santa hates bad old liberal, environmentally conscious people who think maybe we should look for other sources of energy than oil. We are perennial residents of the “Naughty” column because, God knows, Santa took a beating when his Enron stocks tanked, and the rest of his portfolio is pretty heavily weighted still toward the petro-industrial complex.
Yeah, we all know that under those hard-hats were a pair of horns. No wonder they wouldn't take them off. And they were ingenious in their ability to hide the tail. Leave it to a rube like me not to figure that out until the enlightened lefty took the time to point it out to me.

Projection and envy. The last refuge of the ideologically blind. And this fellow apparently got his white cane eons ago.

Just call me a running-dog lackey of big oil (RDLOBO for short) if you want to. Yup, a coach ticket, dinner and a beer will see me roll over every time. Or maybe it was the hat and coffee mug that did the trick.

Although it shouldn't, I'm sometimes surprised at what a petty and bitter little world some people live in.

PS - just to fully make FDL's day, pssst - the Surge is working.
 
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Hi McQ,

I made the mistake of reading the firegodlake piece in full. I made the trip with McQ, and feel a little more strongly than most because I’ve been on both sides of the awl bidness as an explorer and consumer. Not that McQ needs defended (I think he’s actually a potential danger to threats) the idiot and I mean idiot comments following the disconnected and rambling piece identify who’s being influenced in the world. The creepy thing is there are so many. But Mark Twain identified the disease, indefatigable ignorance, that remains today a pandemic. God Save Us!
 
Written By: Brian Westenhaus
URL: http://newenergyandfuel.com/
McQ, this is why I have the firmly held belief that a Civil War II is in the future of this country. These are not rational people, with whom any sort of civil dialog, or civic process, is possible. And we all know enough history to realize that when they get into positions of power, no atrocity is too great, because "it’s for the Greater Good Of All The Pepull!!!".... except for those who don’t classify as people in their eyes, such as imperialist lackeys like you... and me... and anyone else who doesn’t agree with them.
 
Written By: SDN
URL: http://
Their biggest issue, I think, is that you were taken seriously, and they were not.
Projection and envy. The last refuge of the ideologically blind
Actually, the envy part is what’s driving their blindness... I’ve always thought so.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Or maybe it was the hat and coffee mug that did the trick.
Well, let’s just get it on the record that this is the first we’ve heard about these little tokens of esteem from our energy overlords. I guess you figured you’d better beat TRex and his crack research crew to these additional damning disclosures. Just try to pass it all off like it’s no big deal.
the Surge is working
Any DoD pens or mouse pads you should maybe tell us about?
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
URL: http://
Because there couldn’t possibly be any better way to get straight answers out of the petroleum industry than to let them assume total responsibility for your well-being for several days as they ply you with food, alcohol, and disinformation. God damn. Could these two jokers be any closer to a surprise upset in the competition with front-runners O’Hanlon and Pollack for the "Overly Credulous Rubes of the Year, 2007? award
Yeah, pawns of BIG OIL! It’s not a minor offense like being paid by various political figures to blog (Kos) or by Soros (Oliver).....
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
Mock if you will, do you have any idea how difficult it is to recruit exactly the right sort of people for the oil industry?

I mean there is actually a finite number of evil people to draw from for new projects and what not, and HaliBushco has already hired so many to work for the government!

Fierce fierce competition. So bad that they’ve started indoctrination camps to turn nice normal geo grad into authentic horn sprouting demons. But that takes time!
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
PS - to fully make FDL’s day - the Surge is working.
Oh sure... Twist the knife why doncha...

And lolz @ Linda. Very cute dear... Almost bought that for a second.

My Sarcasm Detector is working at about 75%...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
{snort}

That’s nothin’. I happen to know that you’re a racist because I once saw you (with my very own eyes) refuse to hang around for an R&B show sound-check.

I’m one of very few around here who know the full horrors of Bruce McQuain.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
My God, Billy. And we’ve been reading what he types...

Does that make us racists too?
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
Now, now Billy, if you’re going to accurately charge us I believe the lefty chant goes something like this: "Raaaaacist! Seeeeeexist! Aaaaaanti-gay!". There’s probably more but I usually tune out about then.

Bruce, you magificent bastard. Tool of Big Oil indeed.
 
Written By: John
URL: http://averagegayjoe.blogspot.com
Why do people like that always say things like this:
The oil and gas industry are, in fact, staffed entirely by people who reside permanently on Santa Claus’s "Nice" list, whereas Santa hates bad old liberal, environmentally conscious people who think maybe we should look for other sources of energy than oil.
I don’t have any proof or links (probably wouldn’t take me long to find them) but I suspect that big oil is in the vanguard of those searching for alternative energy sources. They know oil will not last forever and they want to remain at the top of the heap in energy production. It only makes sense that they are spending billions in researching alternative energy.
 
Written By: tom scott
URL: http://
I make no insinuations, Scott.

It’s all so sordid and unnecessary.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
"Raaaaacist! Seeeeeexist! Aaaaaanti-gay!"
Sounds like a street vendor with a push cart....
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
The oil and gas industry are, in fact, staffed entirely by people who reside permanently on Santa Claus’s "Nice" list, whereas Santa hates bad old liberal, environmentally conscious people who think maybe we should look for other sources of energy than oil.
I don’t have any proof or links (probably wouldn’t take me long to find them) but I suspect that big oil is in the vanguard of those searching for alternative energy sources. They know oil will not last forever and they want to remain at the top of the heap in energy production. It only makes sense that they are spending billions in researching alternative energy.
Silly, Evil Big Oil (led by Halliburton and the Bush Crime Family but REALLY controlled by the Joos)just plan on destroying the planet once they’ve drained it of precious oil. They’ll watch armageddon unfold from their plush atmoic mansions located in their lunar colony.

 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
"let them assume total responsibility for your well-being "

He no doubt feels that assuming total responsibility for your well-being is the government’s job.

" Any DoD pens or mouse pads you should maybe tell us about?"

Well, I think he gets a monthly check from them. He may call it retirement pay, or deferred compensation or some other nonsense, but we know its bribe money. Along with the hat and mug it is prima facie evidence of corruption and stoogery. He is in the pay of those Gaia rapers who want to stick long tubes into mother Gia and pump and pump and pump until all the pure and precious earthly fluids have been drained, leaving her essenceless and fluorodated and impure.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
So was this junket something to be envious of or was it a horror show? You can’t have it both ways.

API paid for you to hear their pitch and you wrote very positiviely about it, mostly about how cool the tech was and how they really need massive profits. No doubt the technical challenges to be overcome are considerable and meeting them is cool, but what does the fact that Chevron is going to the expense of meeting them tell us? Well, for one thing they expect the price of oil to remain high, the the $80 per barrel plus range for the foreseeable future or such expensive extraction as their undertaking would be uneconomical. So, for example, the techo prognosticators at Chevron don’t believe that Iraqi production is going to ramp 10X and bring prices down any time soon. I know that last crack was gratuitous but obviously the wizards at Chevron are not too worried about the surge working.
 
Written By: Retief
URL: http://
He is in the pay of those Gaia rapers who want to stick long tubes into mother Gia and pump and pump and pump until all the pure and precious earthly fluids have been drained, leaving her essenceless and fluorodated and impure.
Dude you’re working my side of the street, and I’m telling you move on....
 
Written By: Joe
URL: http://
Good to see you understand how the oil market works there Retief.
Pretty simple ain’t it?
That $100/bbl price is going right to the guys with their fingers on the oil spigot...right?

And of course, ya just drills a big ol hole into the crust today, and next week, that same oil is being loaded into trucks in Galveston!

Wow! It’s all so easy!
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
Oh, and did I mention, all so short term time frame wise.
Yep, drill em today, exploit em tomorrow, run em dry by New Years and on to the next site!
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
Who does he think he is, AlGore? The Goracle is the only one authorized to waste thousands of gallons of jet fuel flying everywhere to tell you commoners to freeze, stay put, and pipe down. Your self proclaimed betters are speaking.

Heaven forbid that anyone look around and make up his own mind. Even with full disclosure, that’s not allowed anymore, you know. The debate is over.

 
Written By: MarkD
URL: http://
Joe, would now be a bad time to run my Captain Planet schtick?
You know -
"looting and polluting is not the way, here’s what Captain Planet has to say!"

 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
Thanks, McQ, for treating us to a few morsels of delicious, chewy, DU-grade moonbattery for the holiday.

Do you think you could whip them into "ACTION ALERT!" frenzy for Christmas? Maybe you could take a trip to Iraq to check out whether or not General BetrayUs lied about the violence declining there.
 
Written By: Aldo
URL: http://
PS - just to fully make FDL’s day, pssst - the Surge is working.
Yeah, I’ll bet the surge is working...if you mean the surge of petro-dollars entering your wallet for selling out for Big Oil! Making a comfy living as part of the blogo-military-industrial-petroleum complex, huh? We’re on to you!
 
Written By: James O
URL: http://
looker, why are you so silly? Why do you pretend not to understand that the profitablity of an investment extracting a commodidty depends on the price for which that commodity will be sold? Why have you not noticed that the rig has been designed to have a lifespan of 25 years? Why in the world do you think that putting on your yokel accent is helpful to whatever your argument is?
 
Written By: Retief
URL: http://
"Why have you not noticed that the rig has been designed to have a lifespan of 25 years?"
>blink< You’ve gotta be putting me on.

All this time, I’ve thought they made these things out of gelatin and spun sugar.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
Retief is retarded, right?

I mean, he can’t possibly be normal...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
Yokel - well, I wanted to blend in with the people you think you’re addressing.
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
what does the fact that Chevron is going to the expense of meeting them tell us? Well, for one thing they expect the price of oil to remain high, the the $80 per barrel plus range for the foreseeable future or such expensive extraction as their undertaking would be uneconomical.
Chevron might well forecast the consumption growth that has been apparent for the last decade is going to continue unabated and that foreign production security is likely to be weak longterm.
So, for example, the techo prognosticators at Chevron don’t believe that Iraqi production is going to ramp 10X and bring prices down any time soon. I know that last crack was gratuitous but obviously the wizards at Chevron are not too worried about the surge working.
Chevron is buying up exploration and extraction rights to Iraqi oil production, partnering with Total Fina to secure rights to the Majnoon field in August this year. So obviously you are wrong about the decision making process at Chevron.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
URL: http://warisforwinning.blogspot.com/
I mean, he can’t possibly be normal...
(Chuckle)
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Man, I started a little internal countdown to when the first leftie blogger would jump on McQ for being beholden to Big Oil. I thought it might be a matter of hours, but to their eternal credit, it took until last night for me to find one such post over our Kinja feed.

TRex did make it worth my time, though. That was hilarious.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
"Dude you’re working my side of the street, and I’m telling you move on...."

Peace, my brother. The Earth Mother has room for us all in the depths of her ample bosom.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
But Gore is a saint when he promotes Global Warming while just happening to own a company selling carbon offsets....

And this is a related story from the Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28362
 
Written By: Harun
URL: http://
Yes, some people are petty and bitter, McQ.

Some people notice it in others but not in themselves. Next time you post about global warming, war critics, or the Democratic leadership, remember that. Be self-critical, as well as other-critical.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
And of course one of the differences here are that people like FDL and myself are often critical of the same Democrats who (in my case at least) occasionally invite me to a conference call. Don’t take umbrage the next time someone considers the source when you write about global warming denial, how the oil industry is looking out for you, or that a pentagon flack says the strategy is working like he did in 2003-2004-2005-2006 but no really its different this time!
 
Written By: Oliver Willis
URL: http://www.oliverwillis.com
Don’t take umbrage the next time someone considers the source when you write about global warming denial...
Take umbrage? Why Oliver, many here flat out ignore you - especially when you misstate our position as you so frequently and hyperbolically do.
 
Written By: bains
URL: http://
You know its kinda weird to respond to someone and say that you’re ignoring them, right?
 
Written By: Oliver Willis
URL: http://www.oliverwillis.com
IS your ability to read impaired, Oliver?
How in the world did you get that HE was ignoring you out of what he said?

Lemme guess... Government school?



 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Well, I for one think you need to carbon-offset this appearance of impropriety, McQ. Maybe you, Ed or both of you can convince NEI to assume total responsibility for your well-being while you tour NRG’s STP nuclear power plant where they are planning for an expansion. It being in Texas, you’ll be able to enjoy the really good food and alcohol again along with some different ’disinformation’ to pass on to us.

The project sounds cool and I’d love to hear about it afterwards.

BTW, Chevron invests in biofuel, geothermal and hydrogen energy research and production. Though maybe not greatly diversified, it is miles ahead of the Left, not that the latter cares one whit. The Left is solely invested in their own ruinous causes and have no interest in diversifying to mitigate their destruction of the political, societal and environmental habitats we all live in.
 
Written By: Dusty
URL: http://
I had the opportunity to visit a Marathon oil refinery this past summer, and I was also very impressed with the technology of the site and the professionalism of the workers there. The distillation towers, cracking vats and various other components of the refinery were extremely impressive, and I was a little intimidated by the scale engineering that the petroleum industry implies. Also, I got a sweet pair of safety glasses. For free!
 
Written By: Nicolai Paganini?
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