Oil Spill (Part 2 of 2)

So the big question, who cleans it up? Obviously BP should pay for 100% of it. Its their mess, they need to clean it up and pay for it. Here is what I don’t like though. I think the Obama administration has dragged its feet way too long, he is not doing anything, he’s providing no leadership. All he’s done is be frustrated that they haven’t been able to stop it. The long term damage of this to the environment, could possibly be worse than Katrina in my opinion. It is going to change the face of the gulf coast.

With a hurricane, it does damage, then we build it back. I’ve seen it happen a hundred times. But with oil, it could destroy the economy of an entire region of the country for decades. The ecosystem is destroyed, and consequently, the fishing industry, the tourism industry, the restaurant industry, etc. will basically fold up and die if something is not done. You want to talk about financial crisis? This is only the beginning.

It seems like there is no leadership taking place to organize people to clean it up. Now don’t get me wrong, BP should pay for it as I said earlier, but I have no problem with the federal government stepping in and mobilizing people and local citizens to do something about it. There are millions of people with a vested interest in cleaning this mess up. Why are we not mobilizing American citizens to go out there and volunteer? Why is the federal government just sitting around and President Obama not doing anything about it? I don’t get it.

In my opinion, someone, and I think it has to be the government in a disaster of this magnitude, needs to step in, bring some leadership, keep a record of how much it costs us and give BP a big, fat bill when its all done. I am thoroughly disappointed in this administration and its response to this disaster. It will be a black eye come election time and in my opinion it should be.

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5 thoughts on “Oil Spill (Part 2 of 2)

  1. here’s an email I received yesterday summing up what the Obama administration has been doing:
    “Yesterday, I visited Caminada Bay in Grand Isle, Louisiana — one of the first places to feel the devastation wrought by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While I was here, at Camerdelle’s Live Bait shop, I met with a group of local residents and small business owners.

    Folks like Floyd Lasseigne, a fourth-generation oyster fisherman. This is the time of year when he ordinarily earns a lot of his income. But his oyster bed has likely been destroyed by the spill.

    Terry Vegas had a similar story. He quit the 8th grade to become a shrimper with his grandfather. Ever since, he’s earned his living during shrimping season — working long, grueling days so that he could earn enough money to support himself year-round. But today, the waters where he has worked are closed. And every day, as the spill worsens, he loses hope that he will be able to return to the life he built.

    Here, this spill has not just damaged livelihoods. It has upended whole communities. And the fury people feel is not just about the money they have lost. It is about the wrenching recognition that this time their lives may never be the same.

    These people work hard. They meet their responsibilities. But now because of a manmade catastrophe — one that is not their fault and beyond their control — their lives have been thrown into turmoil. It is brutally unfair. And what I told these men and women is that I will stand with the people of the Gulf Coast until they are again made whole.

    That is why, from the beginning, we have worked to deploy every tool at our disposal to respond to this crisis. Today, there are more than 20,000 people working around the clock to contain and clean up this spill. I have authorized 17,500 National Guard troops to participate in the response. More than 1,900 vessels are aiding in the containment and cleanup effort. We have convened hundreds of top scientists and engineers from around the world. This is the largest response to an environmental disaster of this kind in the history of our country.

    We have also ordered BP to pay economic injury claims, and this week, the federal government sent BP a preliminary bill for $69 million to pay back American taxpayers for some of the costs of the response so far. In addition, after an emergency safety review, we are putting in place aggressive new operating standards for offshore drilling. And I have appointed a bipartisan commission to look into the causes of this spill. If laws are inadequate, they will be changed. If oversight was lacking, it will be strengthened. And if laws were broken, those responsible will be brought to justice.

    These are hard times in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast, an area that has already seen more than its fair share of troubles. The people of this region have met this terrible catastrophe with seemingly boundless strength and character in defense of their way of life. What we owe them is a commitment by our nation to match the resilience they have shown. That is our mission. And it is one we will fulfill.

    Thank you,

    President Barack Obama”

    I know it’s not perfect but meh.

    I don’t know why people aren’t volunteering to clean up but I think it might have to do with the number of oil spill related illnesses. I know that I would love to be out there myself but can’t afford it at all.

    • Yeah, I think he’s way to late to the party. He’s doing stuff now because he was getting a lot of heat for not doing anything for a month.

      As far as why people are volunteering? One word, leadership. No one has stepped up to the plate to make it happen. That’s my thoughts at least:)

      • Leadership pretty much sums it up. I just read today that BP isn’t allowing photos of the dead animals covered in oil to be released to the public and now there is a movement (on change.org for what it’s worth) to get that to change.
        Maybe if the public could see more of what’s going on, someone might be more motivated to act. But meh, without me being willing to go out there and do it myself I can’t really criticize.

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