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Nov 02 2012

Energy Companies Forced to Hire Sea Turtle Monitors

One reason the economy does not thrive under rule by liberals is that companies are forced to waste time and resources on ideologically driven moonbat absurdity:

The Department of Interior (DOI) is requiring private oil companies to hire marine mammal and sea turtle monitors if the companies are granted a lease to drill offshore. A marine mammal observer’s job is to watch for whales, dolphins, and similar sea creatures and to advise on minimizing the underwater noise created by offshore drilling, which can affect the sea mammals.

Among other ridiculous and onerous requirements, those attempting to provide us with the energy we need will be forced to

“observe for marine mammals and sea turtles while on vessels, reduce vessel speed to 10 knots or less when assemblages of cetaceans are observed, and maintain a distance of 90 meters or greater from whales, and a distance of 45 meters or greater from small cetaceans and sea turtles.”

Coming soon: a requirement that all employees of oil companies fall to their knees and praise Gaia five times daily.

No wonder the Obama Regime keeps missing the deadline for submitting a report on the economic costs of its ubiquitous regulations.

Unlike American citizens, sea turtles have friends in Washington.

On a tip from J. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

13 Responses to “Energy Companies Forced to Hire Sea Turtle Monitors”

  1. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Simply extortion payments to the environazi’s

  2. Jim says:

    Thankfully, locusts and termites are not endangered species.

  3. Ummah Gummah says:


    I’ve heard Rush talking about sea turtles. Local Palm Beach officials mandate that shoreline residents extinguish all outside lighting during turtle mating or egg laying season.. sorry if I forgot which.. personally I have to say that sea turtle soup is pretty damn good but EXPENSIVE as hell.

    Vive la soupe à tortoise!!


  4. MicahStone says:

    “…hire marine mammal and sea turtle monitors…”

    Hey, Moonbattery, you forgot to mention that THESE USELESS JOBS MUST BE FILLED BY A UNION MEMBER. naturally.

  5. Tim says:

    theres a proper solution to this that the Liberals couldnt argue against. You hire the deaf and blind to be your “monitors”

  6. Bad Barry says:

    It’s true. Don’t argue. This guy says so and he means it and that is proof enough. Al Gore agrees. Even more proof.

  7. blue says:

    so how do I get to be a sea turtle monitor??

  8. Mr Evilwrench says:

    They’re just trying to employ all those idlers that took degrees in marine biology because dolphins are so cute.

  9. Bob Smith says:

    “Local Palm Beach officials mandate that shoreline residents extinguish all outside lighting during turtle mating or egg laying season”

    Pretty much the entire southeastern seaboard of Florida has such mandates.

  10. Jodie says:

    I think it’s pretty obvious why the libs are so obsessed with turtles:

  11. so what says:

    you think the chinesse who are drilling off our coasts are having to do this yea buddy

  12. Sam Adams says:

    When are operators of wind mills going to be required to post “raptor monitors” around their windmills?

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