“It’s a bummer, dude!”
“What is it this time, dude?”
“The newest government agency, dude.”
“How can you tell if it’s a bummer or not, if it ain’t even started yet?”
“Well, dude, how the hell else am I supposed to pronounce B – O – E – M – R – E? Huh?”
“Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement … Y’know, dude, there are some people out there who think that government agencies are bummers by definition. But the government doesn’t usually go out of its way to announce the fact. Sounds like some Beltway Bandit wasn’t payin’ attention to his drivin’.”
“That might depend on who you’re talkin’ to, dude.”
“Yeah. Y’see, the BOEMRE used to be the MMS. The Minerals Management Service. Which, from some accounts, really was providing a service. A few drinks, a few dancing girls, a few cheesy drilling permits for exploding offshore oil wells …”
“Well, dude, ain’t gonna be no service no more. Management. Regulation. Enforcement. Turn out the lights, the party’s over. A bummer for the oil companies. Eh?”
“You think the oil tycoons are gonna take this lyin’ down?”
“I should think, dude, that with a gazillion dead pelicans out there, most of ’em would by lyin’ low right now …”
“Right. And in a year or two, who the hell do you think’s gonna remember a one of them birds, when gasoline hits $10 a gallon, not a drop of which is coming from the USofA, and the oil companies can all point to the White House and its new bully boys and scream ‘They did it!’ Huh?”
– O Ceallaigh
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