Okay, not to harp on this subject or anything, but the Gulf Oil Spill continues to be horribly mismanaged by Obama. I don’t care how much he and the White House try to deflect attention away from Obama’s own shortcomings, whether by blaming BP CEO Heyward, or harping on Heyward taking an afternoon sail with his son while Obama hits the links – again (after just having been to a ballgame two days before). There is NO DOUBT Obama is not doing everything at his disposal to help get the Gulf cleaned up from this spill. Frankly, I do not understand it.

And I am not the only one, though. Senator LeMieux of Florida has this to say about Obama’s not using all resources at his disposal (h/t to Bronwyn’s Harbor for the video):



Why in the hell is Obama not using these skimmers?? Why were they not pressed into duty immediately following the oil spill? What the hell is wrong with him, claiming he was going to let them sit idle, just in case they were needed somewhere. They ARE needed somewhere – the GULF!!!!!

And still – just about 10 weeks into this disaster, Obama has STILL not lifted the Jones Act to allow more ships in from other countries to help. Senators from the Gulf Coast area are tired of waiting for Obama to actually do his job, and are introducing a bill to allow foreign ships to come in and help with this devastating spill:

Three Republican senators from states on the Gulf of Mexico have introduced a bill they say will make it easier for the United States to accept foreign ships to help the BP oil spill clean-up effort.

Florida Senator George LeMieux, along with Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn of Texas have drafted a bill that would temporarily suspend the Jones Act in the Gulf region, which they say is keeping foreign ships from offering aid. The 90-year-old law, which already includes a provision that allows waivers for foreign ships on a case-by-case basis, mandates that vessels may only partake in coastwise transport between U.S. ports if they are “constructed in the United States, owned by United States citizens and crewed by United States citizens and/or permanent residents.” The bill’s sponsors say that given the emergency situation, the provisions currently in place do not go far enough.

“With still only 20 skimmers off the coast of Florida, we need to expedite additional assistance,” LeMieux said. “Any vessels ready to help should be allowed into the Gulf.”

No freakin’ kidding – and they should have been allowed in IMMEDIATELY following this spill. Here we are 2 1/2 months into this mess, and STILL, Obama is dragging his feet. Not so with his predecessor:

Former President Bush temporarily suspended the law in the wake of hurricane disasters in 2005. According to Keith Hennessy, who served as Bush’s deputy at the White House National Economic Council at the time, the waiver’s actual impact was “small and diffuse … [but] every little bit helped.” The senators say they are taking action because President Obama has not issued an executive order to waive the protectionist law.

“The administration has failed to issue a waiver on the Jones Act, which is blockading foreign vessels from working with their American counterparts to remove the oil from the waters of the Gulf,” said Hutchison. “The federal response to this spill has been unacceptable, and we cannot wait around until the disaster gets worse.”

Despite reports that some foreign aid has been turned away
, a June 15 letter from U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen to Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson explained that all international offers that meet a “validated operational need” have been accepted, including skimmers from Mexico. Nelson’s office concluded that there is no need for any legislation for a blanket waiver.

“In no case has the [Federal On Scene Coordinator] or [Unified Area Command] declined to request assistance or accept offers of assistance of foreign vessels that meet an operational need because the Jones Act was implicated,” Allen wrote. “To date, no Jones Act waivers have been necessary because foreign flagged vessels involved in the BP Deepwater Horizon response have not been engaged in activities that would require such a waiver.”

Well, gosh – how to explain the ships that have been turned away? It would seem a waiver was in order:

Supporters of a blanket waiver say the current process involves more red tape than necessary.

“This bill will provide for a streamlined waiver process for any foreign vessel willing and able to help mitigate the impacts of the spill,” said LeMieux. “We can no longer wait for the Administration to work through its bureaucracy.”

A spokesman for the maritime industry said that the so-called barriers to getting foreign ships into the Gulf are much lower than reported.

“The waiver itself is not cumbersome at all,” said Mark Ruge of the Maritime Cabotage Task Force, adding that ships that operate beyond three miles of shore do not even need a Jones Act waiver.

Still, Hutchison said in a radio interview Monday that there was no reason why the U.S. should not be as open as possible to foreign aid.

“It’s just nonsense to not have every hand on deck,” she said.

I agree – it is nonsense. There is simply no excuse – NONE – for not doing everything humanly possible to get this spill cleaned up. All Obama is doing, especially with his cavalier attitude (“Fore!) is to highlight his incompetence.

Might be spills elsewhere while the Gulf is swimming in oil? Oh, brother. For what the hell is he waiting already??

  • TeakWoodKite

    We priced one out for 25 kw in CA and if you go above 30 kw in Ca you need a special permit from PG&E, which would have PG&E paying me for the juice….

    The system cost 70k with  a 7 ROE. The most I could afford was to make a minor dent in reducing my 2 and 3 tier rates.

    Drives me crazy. The state could be a net exporter of electricity.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Thank you, Peggy Sue.

  • TeakWoodKite

    It comes across like “those empty words”….

    No I was serious. 🙂

  • beyond_words

    Damn way too late to this great blog post by Amy. Goldengrahme that “bubbling” water in the ocean has been reported in the past to be large quantities of Methane gas (highly explosive) reaching the surface.
    Of course we know where it’s coming from. Believe it orn not there is actually more gas in that resoirvoir than crude oil.

    Some scientists have written that they believe over million of years methane has built up in the sea in pockets throughout the world naturally and some went so far as to say there was an apopolyptic explosion of massive methane from one of these oceanic deposits that created a mass extinction in the Pre-Cambrian period. World wide.

  • Captain Jack Sparrow

     NLBIB MORON… try taking you head out of your ass and your ass out of your mouth. This from a Admiralty Lawyer and retired USCG Captain. But then again big mouth six pack barrel raft captains like you know better. But what does one expect from a mindless court jester like you…. get real !

    Is the Jones Act Stopping Foreign Ships from Helping in Oil Spill Cleanup? WMFE News – Wednesday, June 23, 2010 By: Nicole Creston

    June 23, 2010 — As tar balls from the BP oil spill continue to wash up on Panhandle beaches, there’s a lot of talk about a US law that may or may not be keeping foreign ships from helping with the spill cleanup. It’s called the Jones Act. Florida Senator George LeMieux signed a letter late last week with over a dozen of his colleagues asking the White House to clarify the law. Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison wants Congress to suspend it altogether. But some say the law doesn’t even apply to the oil spill. 90.7’s Nicole Creston talked to a Florida maritime expert to get a lesson in The Jones Act.

    Retired Coast Guard Captain Dennis Bryant of Gainesville practiced maritime law for 15 years. He says the Jones Act is one of several regulations that have been around in various forms since America was founded.

    “This is purely an economic statute to foster domestic maritime commerce by restricting certain trades to US-flagged, US-crewed vessels,” Bryant explains. In other words, only domestic ships can carry goods from port to port within 3 miles of the US coastline, unless they get a waiver from the federal government.

    Some lawmakers say they’ve heard the Jones Act is stopping foreign oil skimmers from helping with the oil spill cleanup. But Bryant says the law probably isn’t to blame. “The impediment, if there is one, has been that there hasn’t been a valid offer for a foreign response vessel,” he notes.
    Bryant adds that many foreign oil skimmers may not be willing or able to leave their current jobs yet to help with the spill cleanup. “The vessels over there are probably gainfully employed doing other things, and they would then have to get them out of whatever contract they’re under now,” says Bryant. “The amount of oil spill response vessels in the world is not that great.”

    Bryant also points out that, since the strictest provisions of the Jones Act only apply within 3 miles of the US coast, it’s easier for foreign ships to help with cleanup operations farther out in the Gulf, near the Deepwater Horizon well itself. In fact, the ship siphoning oil from Deepwater Horizon’s broken wellhead is a foreign-flagged ship; the Discoverer Enterprise was built in Spain and flies the Marshall Islands flag.

    Also, Bryant says the Jones Act waiver process has been fast-tracked like it was during Hurricane Katrina, so if any foreign ship wants to help closer to the shore, it could have a waiver within 48 hours.
    Click here to listen to story

  • Breeze

    Judge refuses to delay
    ruling on Gulf drilling ban

    Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    6/24/2010

    NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge in New Orleans has refused to delay his decision to strike down a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to stay his ruling while it appeals to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Feldman rejected that request Thursday. Two days earlier, he struck down the Interior Department’s decision to halt approval of new permits for deepwater projects and suspend drilling on 33 exploratory wells.

  • goldengrahme

    Forgive me for putting this out of sequence but when I saw these pictures, my heart dropped as it did on 9/11 wondering what the future would hold.

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Video-Pensacola-Ocean-Wa-by-the-web-100624-933.html

    I have been on the Gulf beaches and they were indeed some of the most beautiful in the world, white, white sand, clear water as far as the eye could see.  I am devastated and I now live a thousand miles away from Florida.

  • Breeze

    An American Chernobyl?
     
    American Thinker,
    by Jim Mahoney   

    Original Article

    6/24/2010

    The calamity in the Gulf has the markings of the disaster that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. Our federal government led by our god-like president, an omnipotent structure in the starry eyes of many, shows itself to be an incompetent, uncoordinated monster, capable only of interfering with productive efforts to salvage our coastlines and livelihoods. The once-Olympian Obama is reduced to a sniveling nebbish bemoaning his inability to suck it all up with a straw.

  • Breeze

    Obama accused of defying
    court on drilling ban

    Politico,
    by Josh Gerstein   

     Original Article

    6/24/2010 

    Drilling companies and others who won an order from a federal judge Tuesday lifting the Obama Administration’s moratorium on deepwater oil drilling are accusing the administration of defying the court’s order by announcing plans to reimpose the moratorium. Moratorium opponents filed papers in a New Orleans federal court Wednesday afternoon requesting an emergency hearing before Judge Martin Feldman, who entered the order blocking the moratorium. Since that time, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar indicated both in a statement and Congressional testimony that he plans to re-impose the moratorium soon based on information that wasn’t fully developed when the six-month drilling

  • Susan

    Breeze

    I believe that the Feds want a plan from LA on how are they going to replace the sand that they are dredging out to make the berms. Dredging along coastal wetlands can have serious impacts if not done properly. They think that they are solving one problem, but may be creating an even bigger one.

  • FLDemFem

    Flies breed in horse poops, I know, I drag my fields regularly to keep the fly population down on the farm. Works pretty well, usually. Perhaps Obama should be dragged, preferably out of office, asap.