Senator Eyes Prison, Compensation for Environmental Crimes

June 10, 2010

  • June 10, 2010 at 9:17 am
    wudchuck says:
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    with this bill, particularly with this line:
    “Earlier this week, Leahy also introduced a bill to permit families of victims killed in offshore incidents to seek non-economic damages. The BP PLc disaster resulted in the deaths of 11 oil rig workers.”

    you now want to backdate anything just because you feel it is right to do. this will not work because it’s after the fact. this should have been thought about before. it’s like stating, you had done these previous crimes and now since we have upgraded the sentencing on these crimes, your previous crimes will now be subject to upgraded sentence. these families will get money for their loss, but remember most families and laborers on these events know the risk. it’s like an event in the military that go to war! or a firefighter that goes to fight a fire and has to enter the building. or a police officer who engages into a shoot-out.

    yes, we all agree it is a tragedy for even 1 life that was lost. but i think we need to focus not on BP but in the spill itself and get it under control and beach/gulf cleanup. it’s going to take us all under one roof to assist each other.

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    Serge Strong says:
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    Lets start at the Whitehouse. Then we can move down the street to the Capital.

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    dwaardlow says:
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    Dick Chaney was right as to the advice he gave to this guy. The question remains as to whether he took ut,

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    Sue Smith says:
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    How about Barney Frank lying about Fannie and Freddie just weeks before they went into receivership? The pols better be careful, the American public is mad as hell, but it seems the anger is finally turning toward DC and state capitols where a good share off the blame should be placed. How about we get government to enforce the laws and regs already in place? Let he who is without sin….

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    Dick Cleaver says:
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    And his butt buddies Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd who between the two of them were responsible for the devastating housing collapse ride off into the sunset free and clear. This absolutely makes me sick. These Washington politicians are the most reactive scum I have ever seen. God help this country.

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Mike N says:
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    How about the misuse of trillions in tax dollars, stolen from taxpayers? I think Leahy, Frank, Pelosi, Reid, and Dodd ought to receive stiff prison sentences for the financial crimes they have committed against this country. What about our Social Security money that has been stolen (oh yeah, it’s in a lockbox – ha-ha-ha), or the fact these lawyers are running Medicare into financial ruin?

    Leahy ought to be wearing an orange jumpsuit.

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    SFOInsurance Lady says:
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    I’m all for penalties and such with regards to environmental crimes, however, what I don’t get (using the BP debacle as an example) is how can they hand out jail terms to specific corporate officials on something that happened eons ago? Are cover-ups passed down from one official to another? You would think it would be pretty hard to prove..

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    Joe says:
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    We should outlaw both parties Republicans and Democrats and do away with paid politicians once and for all. We should only allow one term public servants who are arrested on site if the take any money for anything.

    We need Patriots not Politicians!

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    Wally says:
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    whoa…I actually agree with something SFOInsurance lady posted! Are we friends now?

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm
    Matt Lauer says:
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    Obama names BP CEO Tony Hayward as Oil Csar. Although he has not spoken to him in 52 days, he has given him all authority over all our coastal waters and polution prevention. In an interview with the president, he stated that if he does not like what happens down there he has someone else to blame along with Bush and might even “kick someones A*s”. When presented with a mirror he state that he was creating an Oil polution committee of congressmen to figure out how to stop the oil leak. Bwaney Fwank has agreed to head up this committee, due to his expertise and work in the Banking area, when asked what he thinks a solution could be, he stated that he would use a very large condom.

    Now that is leadership you can believe in! Hows that “HOPE AND CHANGE WORKING OUT FOR YOU!

    “HOPE” FOR NOV 2010 AND “CHANGE” IN 2012!

    Read more: http://www.insurancejournal.com/comments/?a=/news/national/2010/06/10/110607.htm&c=162098#ixzz0qTQIAPcM

  • June 10, 2010 at 1:18 am
    Tom says:
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    Leahy is a genius-immediately demagouge the issue, then feed the greenies raw meat to soothe their emotional state by making NEW LAWS. That will do it by gosh. Gov regulators didn’t have anything to do with the poor oversight, they are victims. And, while we are on the victim chant, how about including extra by making violations automatic “hate crimes” -Call it the Pelican and Other Marine Animal hate crimes act. As if BP wanted this and that American can afford to shut off oil if obaining oil must be risk free. Oil has been sucked out of the Gulf for over 60 years but let’s make this incident a reason to cut off our noses. Leahy, you first!

  • June 10, 2010 at 1:45 am
    Chad Balaamaba says:
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    Now that was good use of humor, sacrcasm, and actual examples of pinheads to weave a story that was enjoyable, readable, plausable, humorous, and ironic, which is probably making B.O. smack his head (once he puts down his cig first) and say ‘why didn’t I think of dat’?

    Did ya plug da hole daddy?
    Did ya kick some arse?

    Maybe we need an ‘buttocks czar’.

  • June 10, 2010 at 1:50 am
    nobody important says:
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    We have had term limits in Michigan for a long time. Look how much that helped. All you get is idiots who don’t have any knowledge on how to accomplish anything. A part time legislature with only non partisan might sound good, but this isn’t 1800.

  • June 10, 2010 at 2:35 am
    Tom says:
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    I think the point is missed that term limits can be limits on the length of the legislative seesion. 60 days sound about right, that way the most important items get attention while thinks like National Toy Day, get back burnered. As for individual term limits, the experience factor is way overplayed. Congress gets most of its input from people within the industries that are the subject of regulation. Lobbyists sometimes do play an important role in helping educate. The caveat is that we need to elect good people with great common sense and integrity. Right now we have a 1960-70s free love political class coming into their own and bringing with it the same lack or morals and self-centered mores that was the hallmark of their banal existence.

  • June 10, 2010 at 2:36 am
    wat4 says:
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    How about prison for stupid legislators!

  • June 10, 2010 at 2:45 am
    Tom says:
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    Maybe Leahy considers Bernie Madoff a hero sicne he and the other big spenders have run the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme for years, all while eempting themselves and railing against fraud. Of course the lack of Federal oversight had nothing to do with Madoff and only MORE regulation can solve the problem of poor oversight.

  • June 10, 2010 at 3:43 am
    nobody important says:
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    Nice post Tom, but in the real world experience does count. What we have here now are idiots that are on to the next office by the time they have a clue as to what the old office should mean. You simply can’t eliminate the career politicians with this type of limitation. I disliked Lyndon Johnson, but he was a power in the Senate because he had been there a while and had learned the use of power. My opinion.



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