Skip to comments.Louisiana deserves answers, Mr. President: An editorial
Posted on 06/04/2010 5:47:47 AM PDT by Zakeet
As you visit us today for the third time since the Deepwater Horizon started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the people of Louisiana have questions that must be answered.
We're already reeling from the loss of thousands of fishing industry jobs. We now could see an estimated 20,000 oil-services jobs vanish due to your six-month federal moratorium on deepwater exploratory drilling. That could do even greater damage to the economy than the well-chronicled fishing industry losses.
Louisianians understand the imperative for improved safety on drilling rigs. The carelessness that caused the disaster, the fumbling response by industry and government, and the damage to our waters and our coast must never recur, here or elsewhere.
But we need to know what you are prepared to do to prevent catastrophic damage to our battered economy.
It is not clear, Mr. President, why it will take six months to determine what went wrong on Deepwater Horizon and how to remedy safety deficiencies. The joint hearing by the Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service already has highlighted several existing tests and safety procedures that might have prevented the blowout. There have already been nearly a dozen oil spill-related hearings on Capitol Hill.
When you were here on May 1 you talked about the possibility that the oil gushing from BP's well could "jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home." It is doing exactly that. Now we need you to keep the damage from getting any worse.
... ultimately, [your] administration will be judged on what is within its power, including your ability to assess the physical and economic damage to our communities and to ease their suffering.
(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...
The Wee Wee is already doing everything possible to help your state. Click the image directly above for a brief list of his accomplishments if you don't believe me.
You deserve more ... a lot more. But if you poor people think this incompetent community organizer can help, you're in for a sad disappointment.
You hit it on the head, coming to the coast for his ‘once a week’ vitit today, whoopee...
Visits by 0bamao are purely political photo-ops. He wouldn’t even bother, except Comedy Central is giving him heat. How appropriate for an illegal regime of a usurper. It would be funny, if the situation wasn’t so serious.
Unfortunately - Obama’s expertise in making speeches and backroom deals can’t plug an oil leak.
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