Obama blames the policies of George Bush and the oil industry for this accident. Once again, he is going to use this crisis to seize more control over the economy and make his case for Cap-and-Trade legislation. The bill’s real name is American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Hang on, this is going to cost you big time!!
Obama and the Feds have only approved only 2% of what has been proposed to clean up the BP oil spill, according to Senator Vitter (R-LA). How can Obama say he has been “on board since the beginning” when he has approved nearly nothing? He was MIA for more than 2 weeks. Why do the Gulf Coast states have to get EPA and other federal agency approvals for common sense clean up practices???? Why??
Hair and hay absorb oil nicely. Throw it around the marshes?? Dredged sand protective barriers “islands” have a proven protective track record. Dredge, baby dredge! I saw several great inventions on Huckabee this weekend for cleaning up oil and many were organic materials. None, not one, has been approved by the government yet, but all are in use today somewhere – just not for oil spills. Realistically, though, we don’t have oil spills occur very often, in fact the last was in Alaska 1989.
Americans are the innovator so the world – let them free to solve this problem!
The Fed’s have not even taken the help of foreign countries who could have been on scene in 3-days after the leak began. Obama administration officials declined because of the Jones Act, which prohibits any foreign flagged and manned vessel from assisting in clean ups (i.e., US unions want all the work). Stupid it, huh? Some of the biggest and best oil spill equipment was offered to the USA in the emergency – Obama said no.
You are right to point out the shortcomings of the Obama Administration, there are many and I am sure we will see more. However, don’t leave out previous administrations and a weak congress, more interested in keeping power than they were or are in doing the true work of our nation. This oil spill has been years in the making and regulation/oversight along with poorly designed laws from egocentric legislators are more to blame than we will ever hear.