The Coast Guard stops oil barges from cleaning up the BP oil spill
Barack Obama likes to state that he has been on the case since day one in regards to the BP oil spill, he also likes to claim that the federal government is doing everything they can to help with this disaster, but his rhetoric doesn’t quite match his actions since oil began spilling into the Gulf.
It has been reported that many foreign countries have offered to help with the oil spill by providing oil skimming ships or chemical dispersants, but the Obama regime has declined all of these offers.
“Belgian, Dutch, and Norwegian firms” all offered to help by providing the oil skimming ships, while Britain offered to provide the chemicals that potentially could have helped to absorb the oil that continues to spill into the Gulf immediately following the explosion of the oil rig. This hardly sounds like the actions of a federal government which is serious about containing the leak and cleaning up the Gulf in a more timely manner, and it hardly sounds like a government that has been on the case since day one.
Governor Bobby Jindal asked for a waiver from the federal government that would have allowed Louisiana to build berms to stop the oil from reaching the shore but received no authorization from the federal government. As he waited for approval the oil eventually made it to the shores, yet the government remained inactive so Governor Jindal eventually built the berms without permission. He had no choice, someone had to do something but regardless of the Obama regime’s claims no help came.
Now it is being reported that the barges the governor ordered to begin sucking up the oil from the water were halted from continuing their efforts to clean up the oil by the Coast Guard.
It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday.
The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil
The Coast Guard is claiming that the barges needed to be shut down so that they could verify that they were carrying the proper amounts of both fire extinguishers and life jackets. After a 24 hour delay that allowed untold gallons of crude to continue to spill into the Gulf, the barges were given the go ahead to resume their efforts to slow down this disaster.
While this interruption in the clean up effort cannot be directly laid at the feet of Barack Obama as can be the fact that he has declined to accept the help of other nation’s goodwill offers to help, Bobby Jindal does make a valid point:
The governor said the problem is there’s still no single person giving a “yes” or “no.” While the Gulf Coast governors have developed plans with the Coast Guard’s command center in the Gulf, things begin to shift when other agencies start weighing in, like the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”It’s like this huge committee down there,” Riley said, “and every decision that we try to implement, any one person on that committee has absolute veto power
There is no one person calling the shots but rather a committee of people who sometimes are at odds with each other trying coexist in and command the cleanup effort. There should be one person in charge of this effort– not big, bloated government bureaucracies with differing goals in their best interests. And that one person should either be Barack Obama or a person named by him, so yes, this delay implemented by the Coast Guard can be attributed to the fact that Barack Obama has failed to assert the proper leadership that is needed in this crisis.
We are left to wonder whether Barack Obama has just been inept or if he wants this disaster to be as bad as possible in order to gain more public support for his leftist cap and trade agenda.