Update: Here’s a very direct little message to Bobby Jindal. I do love it.
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.
But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.
Louisiana Governor Couldn’t Overrule Coast Guard
The governor said he didn’t have the authority to overrule the Coast Guard’s decision, though he said he tried to reach the White House to raise his concerns.
“They promised us they were going to get it done as quickly as possible,” he said. But “every time you talk to someone different at the Coast Guard, you get a different answer.”
And who is the commander in chief of the Coast Guard? None other than Barack H. Obama.
It was estimated today by Tony Hayward that it could be two to four years before the oil in this reservoir is depleted – that is if it cannot be stopped.
And the Coast Guard is shutting down Louisiana’s attempt to do something, to stop the damage. This is criminal. Because of life jackets and fire extinquishers? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
Instead of shutting down the operation, why didn’t the Coast Guard actually HELP and take a boat load, or a couple boat loads, of life jackets and fire extinquishers down there, if that is their problem. Bring in enough to more than cover any requirements, hundreds of them, and if there’s not enough room on the barge, just sit there with them in case they are needed and let these barges do their job.
And the Secretary of State says that the government is going to sue the State of Arizona on the anti-immigration law. Governor Brewer says, “Bring it on.” Good for her.
There is no doubt about it, we’ve got a serious problem in Washington, D. C. and he’s in the Oval Office (occasionally).
Posted: 06.18.10 Updated: 06.18.10 @4:21 p.m.