lets see if there is any criticism of the federal gov’t for such a slow response.
There already has been plenty of criticism. Limbaugh called this “Obama’s Katrina” today.
Just as a reminder, this was the warning issued by the NOAA a day before Katrina made landfall:
…EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA…
…DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED…
MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS…PERHAPS LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL…LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE…INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.
Suffice it to say, no one received this type of warning immediately after the accident at the rig. Actually, BP reassured everyone that the problem was contained. It wasn’t until government scientists in Louisiana reported that BP’s estimates were wrong – on Wednesday (two days ago)- did we all fully realize the magnitude of this disaster. If anything, we should be blaming BP for poor reporting – no doubt in an attempt to conduct some preemptive damage control- and for an accident that BP’s own models suggested could never occur, even in a “worst case” scenario. (Ironically, government reports suggested this could occur in a “worst case” scenario, but BP had insisted otherwise).
If we are going to blame the feds for anything, we should blame them for believing and trusting in BP’s reports.
We should also remind them of the other injustices: Because of this, it’s possible that Louisiana commercial fishing will be halted, national wildlife preserves could be destroyed, hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, and animals could be killed- including the no-longer endangered brown pelican (the state bird), yet for decades, Louisiana never received a penny of royalties the feds collected. Last year, Exxon-Mobile made $35 BILLION in profit, but thanks, in large part, to subsidiaries on the Cayman Islands, only paid $46M in income taxes in the United States. (Compare Exxon to Wal-Mart).
This industry is one of the backbones of Louisiana, and as Russell Honore said, it needs to be made safer and better regulated. This disaster is slowly exposing the ways in which the offshore oil industry has been allowed to act with little regard for the people most affected by drilling.
(By the way, we should not forget that eleven people were killed as a result of this, including a young man from Central Louisiana and another young man who had numerous friends in Central Louisiana).
The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely…
…[The] Minerals Management Service (MMS) [gave] BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009…
per the washington post
i guess you deleted the twit about how they were in too deep of water, etc. etc.
you’ll print or say anything as long as it supports the progressive agend. who sends you progressive bloggers those press releases?
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