Katrina on Steroids

Many people argue that the Federal Government deserves no blame in the handling of the BP oil spill.  The claim is that any comparisons to Katrina are apples to oranges since the Federal Government could have done something in the minutes after Katrina due to the advanced warning yet they chose not to act.  The argument continues that with the Deep Horizon oil well explosion there were no advanced warnings and the government is limited in their options and expertise in how to handle such an event.  Most of this argument has already been debunked because there were plenty of signs of regulatory creep in the MMS as well as a highly publicized NOAA oil spill contingency plan that was ignored until it was too late.   This is not the end of the story.  There is new evidence emerging about just how absent the Federal Government has been in their response to the oil catastrophe in the Gulf.   

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/steffy/7043272.html 

“Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help. 

It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands. 

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.” 

The government’s failure to act is more on the order of obstructionism than incompetence.  It really should be no surprise why this is the case.  The main objective of the administration is one of exploitation not resolution.  Moratoriums on drilling, demonization of hydrocarbon fuel, new taxation on oil, Cap and Trade and even taking the opportunity to blame the last Administration’s “deregulation” positions are what the Obama Administration has been focusing on in the wake of this disaster.  None of these actions by the Administration has taken a single drop of oil out of the festering Gulf of Mexico.  Above and beyond the refusal of the Dutch offer of oil skimming booms, the Federal Government has also prevented oil eating microbes from being used, has prevented sand bag barriers from being erected and to date has still rejected the use of oil removing centrifuges that the Gulf State governors have been wanting in the water for weeks.  On day 54 the President is now reconsidering the Dutch offer as well as other previously suggested solutions and is finally meeting with BP CEO Tony Hayward only after intense public scrutiny.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/05/19/2010-05-19_gulf_oil_spill_bp_oks_tests_of_kevin_costners_invention__device_to_clean_oil_fro.html  

Costner’s high-speed centrifuge machine has a Los Angeles-perfect name: “Ocean Therapy.”  

Placed on a barge, it sucks in large quantities of polluted water, separates out the oil and spits back 97% clean water.  

“It’s like a big vacuum cleaner,” said Costner’s business partner, Louisiana trial lawyer John Houghtaling.  

“The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water,” he said.  

http://cbs4.com/local/oil.cleanup.microbes.2.1738263.html  

“Microbes have been around a long time and they’ve been used in situations like this before,” said Rhyne, a retired bond trader who moved to the Florida Keys in 1999.

Rhyne owns the Coconut Cay Resort in Marathon and for the past three years, he, along with a local scientist, have been cooking up their own special blend of microscopic organism.

“We have microbes that are adept at eating sewage,” he said. “We have microbes that are adept at eating grease. and we have microbes that are adept at eating oil.”  

A President who claims to be about environmental protection is doing very little to validate those claims.  Maybe he can hold a strategy meeting to repair his shattered image in his Chief of Staff’s rent free apartment courtesy of BP?  I doubt another award for safety is in his Administration’s plan for BP, but you never can tell.  

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/06/rahm-emanuel-bp-gul-oil-spill.html  

“In case you were tempted to buy the faux Washington outrage at BP and its gulf oil spill in recent days, here’s a story that reveals a little-known corporate political connection and the quiet way the inner political circles intersect, protect and care for one another in the nation’s capital. And Chicago.  

We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama’s 2007-08 campaign.  

Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.”  

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