British Petroleum says to hell with public relatons, we’re gonna screw everybody we can…

Sick kids? Yeah...I know, like Christmas and oil spills all wrapped together...

It’s official.

“Making things right,” has been declared dead.

The priest has been to the hospital, performed last rites and was then thrown through the glass doors and spit upon by current British Petroleum CEO Bob Dudley, who whipped around, his black duster flapping lazily in the fall breeze, before he strode back into the hospital. Word is he was heading towards the pediatric ward to see if he could dash the hopes of any sick children, pull out their IV’s, blow his nose on their lunch trays.

And in the process, BP’s entire public relations department had a panic attack…

Why? What happened? How has this come to be?

Well, British Petroleum is trying to screw over participants of the VoO program still, while shrugging their shoulders at non-payment of workers and businesses who lost money as a result of the drilling moratorium. Oh, and didn’t you know they’ve signed an agreement with their trusty sidekick, the Coast Guard to agree the clean-up is for all intent and purposes over and when it comes to the trial beginning in February, those two big ‘ol reports the government did? They want those reports excluded from the trial, as well as any other litigation brought against BP in the past…

Making things right, for British Petroleum…but for the Gulf Coast?

Suck it.

When it comes to the VoO Program, 500 more fishermen have alleged in court they signed a contract with BP which states they would be paid a daily wage regardless of whether their boats are used until the contract is complete, which only occurs upon final decontamination of their boats. Turns out however, BP really scrimped on the decontamination supplies so many fishermen are still waiting for this, with unusable, oily boats. And of course, British Petroleum doesn’t want to actually pay these fishermen for waiting around for BP to complete their terms of the contract, so they actually sent out a new “transitional” contract, hoping some people would actually sign it and, you guessed it, the decontamination language is gone. Oh, and they sent this contract out in large part to Vietnamese fishermen who can’t read English.

Huh, fraud much?

So, on to that agreement with the Coast Guard; it’s a government plan to end most of BP’s responsibility for pretty much any more clean-up of any more oil that might contaminate beaches in the future. Not entirely, however…BP can still be on the hook for further cleaning, but first it must be proven the oil washing up is actually from the Macondo Well, which conveniently enough the company concedes, will be ever harder to prove as the oil continues to degrade. Also in this agreement, it is not specified who, if anybody, will be involved in long-term monitoring of the Gulf, regardless the lessons learned from continued problems with the major spills in Mexico and Alaska, problems which are continuing twenty years later. It should be noted Louisiana officials refused to approve of this Coast Guard plan, but BP and the Coast Guard had a novel solution for this potential problem…they have decided to just ignore Louisiana so therefore, no more problem.

Next, we come to that drilling moratorium. Bob and British Petroleum feel this moratorium is not their fault so they should not be responsible for any loss of income people or businesses may have suffered over those five months. You see, this was a solid case of arbitrariness at its best…that Obama character just loves to shut down drilling for no apparent reason. In fact, word is next week he’s going to pull the plug on every nuclear plant in the country, shutting them all down for six weeks because, well…because he’s the president and he can. Seriously though, of course the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States had nothing to do with that moratorium. That kind of cause and effect is more crap logic from business hating Democrats so this is why Bob feels BP should be totally off the hook on this one. To prove it, he plans to find the nearest bar where he will not only explain this in greater detail, but he’ll also show any fellow patron how natural gas fracking has nothing to do with earthquakes in Oklahoma…all while he does whiskey shot after shot until he’s sober.

Finally this week, BP has decided this whole trial thing in February just ain’t right, as is. British Petroleum went to a lot of trouble to buy so many scientists and science departments in Universities across the Gulf Coast, and thus being bought, unable to testify against them at trial. So it kind of flies in the face of that to have those two huge investigations by unbought government scientists and the resulting reports used against them at trial. Fair’s fair, right right? Hell, the Coast Guard report even said British Petroleum was ultimately responsible for the whole deal. This would be why they have asked for said reports to be excluded, oh and also excluded should be any other litigation brought against BP in the past, especially from places like Texas City and Prudhoe Bay. Bob would appear to feel this is certainly understandable as the last thing BP needs is their long record of mishaps be used to show a long pattern of mishaps.

Hey, details!

And the BP public relations department has officially passed out.

Really, who could blame them? They’ve been forced to eat this whole “Making things right” slogan for well over a year and it’s hard, really hard when your company CEO appears only concerned with making things right for the company shareholders, focused for the most part on the legal technicality and what he is legally obligated to do, instead of just sucking it up and doing the right thing, period.

I mean, hey, don’t get me wrong…the $20 billion escrow fund was a good thing in spirit…but Feinberg’s handling of it is a whole nother story and it almost seems at times this escrow fund’s main goal was to provide PR cover for BP to try and screw everybody and everything else they possibly could.

It’s kind of like the mediocre student whose content to just pass the course, rather than excel…yeah, Bob’s getting a D-.

So, to the Gulf Coast?

It would appear more and more, that unless you got the law, you are now officially on your own…not that you haven’t (really) been this way for a long enough time already…let’s just say BP finally ripped their mask clean off as it would appear they’ve decided moral bankruptcy and greed is back in style…

Have a nice day.

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Here come the lawyers…a day in Judge Barbier’s court…

Making things right...one attorney at a time...

Okay, so first we acknowledge the obvious:

Lawyers being lawyers, and British Petroleum having long since given up that whole “making things right,” and “actions, not words” schtick – at least in reality – of course BP is going to try to use every legal maneuver to pay as little as possible to anyone. Their company’s in trouble now that the Rosneft deal looks blown so yeah, that whole Gulf Coast thing…it’s one big financial/legal liability and since the media interest flags, it’s time for corporate law to rear the ugliest of heads to take the biggest bite they can…

So stated, let’s move on to the latest from British Petroleum’s attorneys in Judge Carl Barbier’s court, shall we?

Turns out (surprise) British Petroleum is of the legal opinion that the claims for economic and punitive damages as a result of their little ‘ol spill, including those who lost jobs/wages as a result of the drilling moratorium, including those first responders who got sick during the cleanup, including basically…everybody, should be summarily dismissed by Judge Barbier.

Oh…but why?

Because these people must go through Feinberg’s GCCF claims process, first.

Oh…but why?

That pesky Oil Pollution Act of 1990, that’s why. Andrew Langer, BP’s head legal talking head argues that OPA states claimants must first attempt to redress their grievances with the responsible party – BP, and if they are then denied by the responsible party, only then can they file a claim in court. Langer also claims the Oil Pollution Act supersedes maritime law, and since OPA doesn’t allow for the punitive damages allowed under maritime law, these claims must be dismissed as well.

Dismissed, just like that…upwards of 130,000 legal claims.

Judge Barbier gave no timeline on when he would rule on the matter, but perhaps Feinberg now should really want to hold off on closing all those GCCF claims offices, you know, just in case.

BP’s desire isn’t surprising, it makes sense they would want these people to go through the GCCF. Much as the oil company would like to control a United States court of law, they don’t, but the GCCF and Feinberg are a different matter. There they hold much more sway. Hell, their guy wrote the rules, the same man Judge Barbier already ruled can’t claim himself as independent of BP. Good ‘ol Ken, the lawyer whose law firm is paid $1.25 million dollars a month by BP. Way back when, the GCCF and Feinberg’s stated mission was to keep people out of court, but this didn’t entirely happen, especially when his “generous” payments turned out to not be so generous after all. So now British Petroleum argues Judge Barbier should rule in their favor and complete Feinberg’s mission for them, kick the claimants into BP’s court, where they can be delayed, stalled, and hopefully, so frustrated that some throw up their hands and take Feinberg’s “generous” claims instead of heading back into court to be delayed, stalled and frustrated anew by BP’s lawyers.

From a legal standpoint, it makes sense. What does British Petroleum really have to lose? Self respect? The goodwill of the Gulf Coast? Well, self-respect and goodwill ain’t worth a dime and this whole mess has appeared to be about the money for this company since day one. 

The plaintiffs’ attorneys, of course, disagree with BP, arguing OPA was created after the 1989 Exxon-Valdez spill because legal remedies available at the time were insufficient. They further argue the companies involved in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon shouldn’t be able to now use OPA as a legal shield to escape punitive damages and throw these legal claims into the GCCF mess. Besides, the oil pollution act of 1990 doesn’t expressly declare an intent to displace maritime law, whereas other statutes that prevent punitive damages do specifically prohibit them.

Judge Barbier, who questioned both sides’ arguments, asked how it is he is supposed to go through the 130,000 cases to determine which should be thrown out and which should be allowed to proceed. Nobody seemed to have an answer on this, beyond saying such a process will be exceedingly time-consuming.

Even more so pehaps, then the GCCF’s claim process.

But British Petroleum wasn’t the only company to get in on this four-hour hearing, and all involved had an argument on why these pesky economic claims should be dismissed. Represented in court were Anadarko, Halliburton, Cameron International and Transocean. Transocean argued that since BP is the responsible party, economic claims should only be made against BP under OPA, and then it would be BP’s right to go after the other companies to pay their share. You see, the people have filed suit against the wrong companies in the wrong order.

In other words, much like Feinberg’s screaming about unsatisfactory documentation, all of the big companies on the hook here are claiming the businesses and the people of the Gulf Coast are doing it wrong, not adhering to the correct process, not filing suit against the right company, not going through the GCCF process first, where they would inevitably be unable to document their claims in the correct way.

Or in other, other words…the claimants, the victims in this colossal fuck-all, the right thing for them to do would be to do as they are told, hurry up and wait, and go back to a GCCF process many consider long since broken.

All unless Judge Barbier, much like finally declaring Feinberg not independent, sides again on behalf of the people so harmed by this disaster, a catastraphuk not of their own creation.

Oh, but that’s not all, there’s more…

On the drilling moratorium: BP also asked for a dismissal of the claims by people who lost jobs/wages as a result of the drilling moratorium, saying it was the government who declared the moratorium, not BP, so why are they at fault? According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, the moratorium was something the government would reasonable feel was necessary when they realized, hey, those oil rigs aren’t as safe as we ignored/were led to believe and you know what? We don’t have the resources to fight off these kind of spills so we better do a safety check. The plantiffs’ attorneys are also guessing the moratorium wouldn’t have happened had the Deepwater Horizon not exploded and since, under OPA, BP is the responsible party…well…they should be liable because one plus one usually equals two.

Unless you’re watching the latest “making it right,” advertisement by British Petroleum.

Attorneys for Nalco were also in court, the makers of Corexit dispersant and they argued they should have immunity from damage claims by people who got sick inhaling their toxins because the Federal government was in charge of the response, and it was the federal government who chose to use Corexit, “This was a spill of national significance, which put all of the decision-making in the hands of the federal government,” said their attorney.

One might wonder if this attorney is referring to the same government whose EPA expressly ordered British Petroleum to stop using Corexit dispersant, only to have BP refuse…somehow equating BP’s ability to do as they wished throughout the spill response with the ability of the government to be in charge of all the decision-making. 

There’s also the matter of all the private contractors who claim they deserve immunity too because they were doing cleanup under the same fully authoritative decision-making of the same federal government who had everyone listening intently on that whole Corexit deal. The plaintiffs’ attorneys in this case rightfully argued said contractors weren’t working for the government, they were hired by and working for BP and thus, why should they have immunity?

The entire hearing lasted a total of four hours and there’s more, but damn, my fingers are getting tired so perhaps I should just try wrapping this up:

British Petroleum, Transocean, Anadarko, Cameron International, Nalco…dismiss everything so we can better direct our funds to making things right for the Gulf Coast…

Residents and businesses of the Gulf Coast…get out of their way, you’re doing it wrong so go talk to Feinberg and he’ll tell you in no uncertain terms just how wrong you all are, while he painstakingly helps you to move on, being the loyal neutral arbitrator that he is…

The lawyers? Well, they’re busy being lawyers…

But most importantly, Judge Barbier, it’s up to you now and I for one, hope your ruling continues the process of finally making things right for all the people along the Gulf Coast that British Petroleum has made so wrong.

Read the article:

Defendants in oil spill litigation seek to have groups of claims dismissed

Have a nice day.

BP Dares You to Care…Re-drilling?

Spill? Oh please, that was so last week...

With the lifting of the moratorium, oil rich eyes turn back to the Gulf of Mexico and the inevitable question was asked…will British Petroleum go after the remaining oil in the reservoir and tempt fate once again? BP officials wouldn’t comment on this, choosing to remain silent on their plans, but they are thinking about it.

C’mon, you know they are…

Back on August 6th, BP’s Chief Operating Officer, Doug Suttles said at a press briefing , “There’s lots of oil and gas here…we’re going to have to think about what to do with it at some point.” Experts estimate 100 million barrels of oil remain in the reservoir.

As the media shifts their coverage away from the Gulf, as people across the country stop paying attention, I would imagine British Petroleum exec’s are now doing some serious thinking. Will the hit they possibly take in the press be worth the profits of retrieving the oil? Would that hit be a one shot press story or would it still have enough resonance to entice editors and the publications’ owners to keep going with it?

I imagine the PR flacks at BP headquarters are pretty busy these days, trying to determine how much this country remembers and/or cares. They’re trying to figure out if the press story, “BP Re-taps Reservoir” would be the lead, or filler? Will it be on page one of the New York Times or page four, section B?

Hard to say right now, but I do know this: every day since that well has been capped, the balls of BP seem to get just a little bigger, new safety division or not, and each press cycle they stay largely free from appears to give them more freedom to just slap another ad on the television and go about making their plans…

Will they drill again?

Call me a cynic, but I’m putting my money on greed.

Read the article,

BP Silent On Future Plans In Gulf Of Mexico After Drilling Moratorium Lifted

Have a nice day.

So, What has Big Oil and Obama Learned? Apparently, Not Much

No worries about that safety thing, we're gettin' to it

In an article by AP, which spoke with oil industry experts and took a look at the Mineral Management Service, the Bureau of Ocean Management Service, not much has changed and with the drilling moratorium set to expire on November 30th, one might be inclined to question – what was the point of the moratorium in the first place, beyond a press story to give the American public the idea the government was actually doing something about all this?

Cited in the article:

A big problem within the MMS was that this government agency, responsible for policing the wells and handing out oil leases, also collected revenue from these same oil leases which created a conflict of interest. Whereas the Obama administration stated they were removing this conflict by dividing these two responsibilities, this is only half right. The new Bureau of Ocean Management Services is still managing leases along the Outer Continental Shelf and the new bureau responsible for environmental safety will still answer to the same official.

Big Oil is building a new system to contain a blow-out, one which won’t be tested and ready until February of 2012, if all goes according to schedule and if, the pressure from government and media doesn’t dissipate enough for them to put it on the back burner.

A new commitment from Big Oil to a complete culture of safety from top to bottom, pervading the entire industry.

And from Thad Allen, he recommends that in the case of another full blowout, a third-party from the oil and gas industry who does not have a stake in the profits from said industry be responsible for containment and cleanup of the blown out well. This would require a change in the law, but congress has not acted.

Cynicism aside, like with many tragedies the clamor is loud, deafening in its demands for change but as the noise begins to quiet events have a way of drifting slowly back to a pre-tragedy state of affairs. We’ve watched this happen time and time again. Take the levee system around New Orleans as an example, Hurricane Betsy hits in 65 and everyone knows they need to get the levees fixed but little happens and so we get their failure after Katrina. Even now, the levee system in California is falling apart, but there is little push to do anything about it beyond the occasional warning in the newspapers.

In the article, Elgie Holstein, a former Energy Department official comments: “I won’t be satisfied until the government demonstrates a continued willingness, not just a brief willingness, to be a tough cop on the beat, and the industry delivers on its promises that something like the BP blowout will never happen again.”

Agreed.

Read the article:

Big Oil ignoring crucial lessons from Gulf of Mexico disaster, experts tell AP

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The State of Mental Health on the Gulf Coast…BP Hasn’t Given a Dime

William Allen Kruse

On the Gulf Coast, the oil spill is taking another toll, one not as obvious as oil covered pelicans or slicks on the water: “The mental health impact here…and the level of uncertainty is taking a toll on people and that’s a huge concern,” Kindra Arnesen says, “Stress? Dude my clothes are falling off me (because of weight loss) The level of stress here is tremendous. My husband has aged ten years in two months…” Kindra is packing up her belongings, preparing to leave the Gulf Coast. Her husband is staying behind to work in cleanup crews for BP, but because their children are getting sick from fumes around Venice, she’s decided it’s time to go. Ricky Robin of Violet, Louisiana echoes Kindra’s concerns… “I can’t sleep at night, I find myself crying sometimes.” Robin, a Louisiana shrimper calls the oil spill, “a slow-moving hurricane. You’re looking at it and you can’t do nothing about it. Everybody’s acting strange, frustrated, stressed out, fighting brothers and sisters and mamas and family.”

Thousands of Gulf Coast fisherman face a disaster of financial ruin because of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Yesterday, the catastrophe entered its third month and by all estimates will be affecting the Gulf Coast for years to come and many say the stress is worse than after Hurricane Katrina. Then, they were able to go back to work despite the ruin the hurricane left in its wake. Now, this is impossible as nobody knows when the waters will reopen, especially since the well has yet to be permanently sealed. Gone are their livelihoods, their routines, any sense of security once held. Many of the residents were independent, used to making their own decisions and  running their own lives, but this has all now been replaced by a dependence on British Petroleum, either being hired to do cleanup or waiting for checks to come, their date of arrival as uncertain as anything else these past three months.

Psychiatrists who treated people after Katrina and have held group sessions in areas inundated with oil, say the symptoms they see are very much the same. Anger. Anxiety. Depression. Suicidal thoughts. Helplessness. Pressure. Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA President says he fears an uptick in cases of domestic abuse, child abuse and suicide similar to what happened in Hurricane Katrina. “Many of the people are the same who were impacted then, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike – and now once again, they are worried about what their futures will hold.” In mid-June, worries about the future likely claimed its first victim. Two weeks after he was hired by BP to help with the oil spill cleanup, William Allen Kruse killed himself on his boat. Kruse left no note, so though it is impossible to say for sure why he took his own life, Tom Ard, who fished alongside him for 25 years said, “There’s no doubt in my mind the oil spill caused this, it was just too much for him.”

Social Services around the Gulf Coast are beginning to see a trickle of people coming for help, and many in the mental health field recognize that in disaster zones, need often comes in clusters. As one person seeks help in a community, this will often open doors to others and soon the need quickly outweighs the supply. This is especially pertinent in locations like the Gulf Coast, where “unfortunately the people most affected, shrimpers and fisherman, are not people who traditionally seek mental health services,” says Jeffery Bennet, the executive director of the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center in Gulfport, “They’re kind of tough characters, and look at being depressed or not being able to handle their own problems as weakness.” Oftentimes, it takes the suicide of an acquaintance or friend for people to recognize the seriousness of their own depression. One counseling center in Alabama saw no people asking for services one day, but then two days after the death of William Kruse, five people came in saying they needed help because of the spill and as news of his death spread east to Florida, one agency publicized their crisis line and several calls started coming in daily.

John Ziegler, a spokesman for mental health services in Alabama said counselors have gone out to marinas, docks and other places frequented by fisherman. “They have had people break down and weep,” he said, “They have had people share some of their deepest feelings about their future and how they’re feeling now that things seem imminent.” The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital’s (DHH) crisis counseling teams have also been on the docks, engaging and counseling more than 2,000 individuals. Community based organizations such as LEAN, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network spend long days out, seeking to help those in need while Kindra Arnesen herself recently set up the Wives of Commercial Fisherman Network to respond to pressures in her community. The outreach providers all say many Gulf Coast residents are reporting similar experiences and symptoms: depression, worries about the future, feelings of failure and a loss of identity. Recently, a friend of Kindra Arnesen told her he was so upset about his failure to get hired by BP’s cleanup crews he was considering suicide. And this is the fear, left untreated, the frustration, depression, grief and anger can quickly develop into behavioral health problems that lead to the breakdown of the familial structures, domestic violence, substance abuse and suicidal thinking.

What is needed in the Gulf Coast is outreach. People don’t seek mental health assistance for many reasons. They fear being stigmatized by friends or families. They don’t want to appear weak to those who depend upon them for support. They don’t have the time, they’ll take care of that later, they don’t know where to go or who to ask. Outreach into the communities help to break down these barriers. A golden rule of social work: if people aren’t coming to you for services, bring the services to them. Outreach, and more outreach is crucial in these next few months to promote discussion, the communication between people of common experience so those in need can begin healing the psyches that continue to be battered with each new wave of oil.

The economies of the Gulf Coasts states have been shaken up by the recession impacting the rest of the country, budgets are running in the red, deficits extend city by city, county by county, and outreach costs money. “There is a dire need to access greater funding that can be used to serve the immediate and long-term needs of the growing vulnerable population,” Father Snyder says.

The requests are being made, but is British Petroleum listening?

The Lousiana DHH have requested $10 million dollars to support six months of continued outreach activities for their Louisiana Spirit Program to provide mental health services to those affected by the oil spill. Mississippi has also asked for $10 million dollars and Florida has asked too. Alabama has requested $5.7 million dollars so they can get more counselors in the field over the first three months and an additional $20 million dollars per year for the next five years to sustain outreach and work with people in need to find real solutions and provide professional care.

Justin Saia, a BP spokesman said recently each state’s proposal is going through the “review process” but three months in, no decisions have been made on any of the requests. This answer is unsatisfactory; the need is present now, growing stronger and the people attempting to provide services are frustrated at the lack of response from British Petroleum. After requests made on May 28th and June 28th, the Louisiana DHH advised the US Department of Health and Human Services in a July 9th letter they have requested $10 million dollars from BP without receiving a formal reply.

Feeling the same anger, Michael J. Fitzpatrick, the executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) wrote a public letter last week to Doug Suttles of BP:

“It is imperative that BP recognize the urgent mental health crisis that has been created by the oil spill, including the heightened risk of long-term, chronic mental illness triggered by immediate conditions,” Fitzpatrick writes, “In recent weeks BP has put considerable resources into media advertisements pledging to help people affected by the oil spill. The company’s apparent failure to respond swiftly to two appeals from Secretary Levine (Louisiana DHH) requesting financial assistance for mental health crisis counseling is inconsistent with that pledge. Louisiana’s mental health system has already been severely strained…The psychological impact of the oil spill on the lives of people is widely documented. Rates of depression, suicides and suicide attempts, family violence, alcoholism and substance abuse and other serious mental health problems are sharply on the rise in affected communities. These problems are so severe that mental health issues were identified as the priority health concern from the disaster at a recent meeting of the Institute of Medicine in New Orleans.”

Louisiana Health Department spokeswoman, Lisa Faust said following the release of Fitzpatrick’s letter, BP finally made its first acknowledgment of their request, by fax, yet no money has been promised. The Louisiana Health Department has since called again, but not yet received a response.

There is reason for this lack of response.

In a recent article in “On the Hill,” it is noted that “Louisiana’s demands have significant future implications for disputes over BP’s liability in the spill. Much like claims for damage from bodily injury, mental health is not covered under the oil pollution act, the 1990 federal law that holds oil companies liable for “removal costs and damages resulting from an incident.” BP’s response to the request could be seen as a precedent in a new area.

BP would appear to be protecting their bottom line, again.

The time for that is over.

Outreach is needed.

Helplessness and uncertainty is to be had in the Gulf Coast. It is being felt by the fisherman, the oil rig workers suffering under the moratorium and the families of everyone associated with the industries who suddenly find themselves and their way of life sinking amongst the slicks of oil. Families are being separated. Pressures are increasing. Stress, anxiety, depression are all being felt and experienced and people need the options outreach could provide. Uncertainty is also being felt by non-profits and mental health agencies who want to be there for the Gulf, to offer services, but the state money is quickly running out and more counselors are needed.

George Pfeiffer a boat captain on the Gulf Coast finds himself angry all the time, “Our families want to know what’s going on. When we get home, we’re stressed out and tired, and they want answers and we don’t have any.” His wife, Yvonne: “I haven’t slept, I’ve lost weight. My shoulders are in knots. My stress level has my shoulders up to my ears.”

The Gulf Coast is a proud community, filled with self-made people who enjoy a tough job on the water. Many suffered through Katrina and were made promises by one president, only to be let down. Now they are in need due to the malfeasance of British Petroleum. They didn’t ask for this. They obviously didn’t want this, and we can’t allow British Petroleum to let them down again.

Keep pressure on the bastards.

Have a nice day.

Source material for this article comes from the website, On The Hill; the AP article entitled Oil Spills’ Psychological Toll Quietly Mounts and the website al.com

 

Bobby Jindal’s Political Ambitions, Very Desperate

Hey Blanco, take your state back, I want to be President

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby…

Look man, we all realize that your Presidential aspirations are drowning in oil and you have a strong urge, a need to do something, now, right now. I get it and when you first brought up the whole sand berm approach I was all for it and all for you telling the government to piss off, you were going to do it no matter what they said because you care about the Gulf Coast. I was totally in your corner…

But then something happened.

I read the details and read why the Army Corps of Engineers and all the scientists didn’t want you building the sand berms, namely they will take far too long to build to be of any effect, that they could actually funnel more oil into the marshes and it will lead to even further erosion of the already eroding coast.

But you’re going to do it anyway…asshole.

Jarvis DeBerry in another great column in the Times Picayune goes on to discuss Bobby’s cherry-picking of scientific evidence; he writes of how he uses science to support his disagreement with Obama about drilling moratoriums, but then completely ignores it when it comes to the sand berms.

As Jarvis comments, Bobby…your need to appear to be doing something is getting in the way of doing the right thing. Louisiana public officials have been ignoring science for years and it’s how you all got into this coastal mess in the first place, not just the British Petroleum Catastraphuk in the Gulf, but the flooding during Katrina, the massive coastal erosion, the MR-GO. Bobby, don’t make the same mistakes of everybody who came before you.

Use your head, not your ambition.

If you want to be seen as doing something, how about activating the 6000 National Guard troops you have at your disposal to help fight the oil?

Read another excellent column from Jarvis Deberry of the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

In Louisiana, politics keeps getting in the way of science

Have a nice day.