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Let's see Zero try to blame Bush for this one....

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Jun 9, 2010.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Handled just like you'd expect from a community organizer.

    Steffy: U.S. and BP slow to accept Dutch expertise<br>
    By LOREN STEFFY Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle<br>
    June 8, 2010, 10:13PM<br>

    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.

    Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

    U.S. ships are being outfitted this week with four pairs of the skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days. Each pair can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.

    At that rate, how much more oil could have been removed from the Gulf during the past month?

    The uncoordinated response to an offer of assistance has become characteristic of this disaster's response. Too often, BP and the government don't seem to know what the other is doing, and the response has seemed too slow and too confused.

    Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

    “What's wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands.”

    Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn't needed, wouldn't it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

    BP has been inundated with well-intentioned cleanup suggestions, but the Dutch offer was different. It came through official channels, from a government offering to share its demonstrated expertise.

    Many in the U.S., including the president, have expressed frustration with the handling of the cleanup. In the Netherlands, the response would have been different, Visser said.

    There, the government owns the cleanup equipment, including the skimmers now being deployed in the Gulf.

    “If there's a spill in the Netherlands, we give the oil companies 12 hours to react,” he said.

    If the response is inadequate or the companies are unprepared, the government takes over and sends the companies the bill.

    While the skimmers should soon be in use, the plan for building sand barriers remains more uncertain. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal supports the idea, and the Coast Guard has tentatively approved the pro-ject. One of the proposals being considered was developed by the Dutch marine contractor Van Oord and Deltares, a Dutch research institute that specializes in environmental issues in deltas, coastal areas and rivers. They have a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks.

    That proposal, like the offer for skimmers, was rebuffed but later accepted by the government. BP has begun paying about $360 million to cover the costs. Once again, though, the Jones Act may be getting in the way. American dredging companies, which lack the dike-building expertise of the Dutch, want to do the work themselves, Visser said.

    “We don't want to take over, but we have the equipment,” he said.

    While he battles the bureaucracy, the people of Louisiana suffer, their livelihoods in jeopardy from the onslaught of oil.

    “Let's forget about politics; let's get it done,” Visser said.

    Loren Steffy is the Chronicle's business columnist. His commentary appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Contact him at loren.steffy@chron.com. His blog is at http://blogs.chron.com/lorensteffy/.
     
  2. bigdogtx

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    they will TRY,,,,probably that Bush favored them too much and hussein couldn't have that....
     
  3. crusha

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    The Democrats are too busy lining up which of their cronies will get the lucrative cleanup contracts. This will make Halliburton look like a Kool-Aid stand.


    The Dems have too much to gain from this turning out badly. I actually think they're happy about this. It's never really about the environment with them...cap and trade, clean energy, pick your issue...it's about whose palms get greased.
     
  4. Model Number 12

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    The leadership exhibited by the White House has been nothing short of incompetent. The containment and recovery of this oil spill is of a magnitude that required the complete attention and resources of all involved, as well as assistance such as offered by those with the equipment and experience to be of real help,like the Dutch. There will be plenty of time for lawsuits, blame-placement and hind-sight analizing, after the oil is contained and recovered.
     
  5. 391 shooter

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    Obamy needs to change his name to "Forest Gump"- Stupid is as stupid does.

    He has surrounded himself with marxest communist liberals, socialists, union labor organizers, community organizers and pundits that have absolutley no buisness sense what so ever, all they have is an agenda and bullshit.

    I absolutley get nausiated when I see or hear him, he is absolutely sickening.
     
  6. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    391, why are you insulting Forrest?? I think he was smarter than Obammy. Bulge.
     
  7. 391 shooter

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    Bulge,

    I don't feel too bad insulting Forrest that way, cause, like Forrest, Obamy is a fictitious person as well.

    This would be funny if it were not so true.
     
  8. RobertT

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    Of course it's Bush's fault, isn't he the wealthy prodigy of oil interests? Obama is going to stop all this by ending oil exploration and shutting down existing oil rigs. He is going to replace the need for fossil fuels with green energy and pay for it all by means of cap and tax. He has also been in contact with Aliens from another planet who are going to provide him with the technology necessary to achieve his goals, something Bush refused to consider due to his financial oil interests.

    Robert
     
  9. halfmile

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    The Dither Faction is hard at work, Their waffle iron at the ready.

    Watching those bastards gives me a case of ping pong neck.

    HM
     
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