Obama Stops Oil Clean-Up

This is typical of the disconnected, centralized, red-tape approach that Obama has taken to the clean-up in the Gulf (from ABC News)

Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

“These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water,” said Jindal.

“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.'”

What an awful President. Obama caused this mess. Obama is stopping others from cleaning up his mess.

America made a mistake electing Obama, and the Gulf Coast states are paying the price.

11 thoughts on “Obama Stops Oil Clean-Up”

  1. Of course, the barges were halted for reasons not related to functionality of said barges.

    “But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.”

    Of course, who needs those silly things? I mean, that’s like having lifeboats on an unsinkable ship. Those silly gooses.

    Also, I find it convenient that you left out the Coast Guard’s explanation. I am sure, though, you had no intention of purposely leaving out details as you probably further assumed that everyone is going to click on the link and read the whole article.

  2. I understand that you think distant bureaucrats have a better understanding of the risk/reward situation of allowing locals to go out on boats and save their own communities.

    I just disagree with you.

  3. I agree that America made a mistake when electing Obama. But I think the mistake is to let its political life being defined and constrained by a two-party monopoly. The Republicans wanted to Drill Baby Drill. The Democrats ended up Drilling Baby Drilling, etc.

    I don’t think voting McCain in would have changed anything on this front.

  4. So if fire erupts on one of the ships sucking up highly flammable/combustible oil… well hey, there’s obviously no need for fire extinguishers. The sailor’s most important credo… “at sea you fight the fire or you die fighting the fire” unless you can jump off the ship into the water and make it long enough for help to arrive doesn’t apply here.

    Coast Guard people making those decisions are likely based in the Gulf Coast area and have been there longer than Jindal has been governor, knowing the area and the realities of the waters around it much better than a politician. They are not some distant bureaucratic entity. This is not a Cabinet Secretary making an *** of themselves in a turf war. This is people with very real concerns about amateur hour on the high seas causing further problems and delays in the cleanup effort. Jindal wants to ignore safety rules and regs that exist for very good reasons, seemingly following the BP playbook that got us here in the first place.

    Still, that doesn’t excuse Obama’s incompetence, the inability of the gov’t to get it together, Bush/Cheney’s gutting of the regulatory capacities and staff of the Interior Dept, and all the corruption that Louisiana has long been known for when it comes to its own policies and attitudes towards averting disaster on oil rigs. At the end of the day, there are no heroes here making daily press conferences and preening for future office or promotions. There are a hell of a lot of villains and obstructionists though.

  5. Eddie:

    “The sailor’s most important credo… ‘at sea you fight the fire or you die fighting the fire’ unless you can jump off the ship into the water and make it long enough for help to arrive doesn’t apply here. “

    …it doesn’t apply because…the water’s likely to catch on fire too?

    Dan:

    Only a small quibble. I don’t understand how an approach can be “disconnected” and “centralized” at the same time. Are you referring to some type of Chinese experiment in capitalism, the kind that leads to localized robber baron governors/mayors albeit centrally dictated? Please answer, forthwith.

  6. This certainly will be a case study in incompetence

    By disconnected, I mean in the Boydian sense of operating inside one’s own’s OODA with relatively limited input from external events to Observation.

  7. …risk/reward situation…

    I think the locals are making a risk/reward calculation.

    I don’t think the USGOV Bureaucracy is. They are doing a CYA/Blamestorming calculation, but that is very different from a risk/reward calculation.

  8. tdaxp,
    Oh how I’ve missed the sensational posts!

    I agree this spill has been an incompetent mess – but, as it hardly needs to be stated, Obama didn’t “cause this mess”.

    What incentive does the Coast Guard have to make matters worse? As a local yokel myself, I also assume I know what to do in my neighborhood better than federal bureaucrats- but I also know there’s more than plenty of folks in my neighborhood who do things they shouldn’t and foolishly risk everyone’s well-being trying to be heroic. We just had a huge sweep of tornadoes in my neck of the woods. Everyone was, of course, advised to “seek shelter” and if they saw a flash of light on the ground to know it wasn’t lightning but downed power lines. And still, people swarmed the streets and stood in the rain to see what was going on and to be available for help (I was one of them). But I didn’t criticize the National Weather Service because they told me to stay in my basement. I didn’t blame them for trying to hold me back. Their only interest is the public’s well-being.

    I still think you’re too smart to be posting silly garbage like this.

  9. And so the continued deliberate destruction of America continues. Now, the controllers get to claim that the public was complicit in this destruction, because of course members of the public actually took orders from the government and ceased their efforts to clean-up the pollution.

    The victims are always blamed for the crime in the end, it’s a technique that is as old as history. Since when do Americans take orders from mafia governments? There used to be a day we just shot the motha fuckas (ever been to Princeton University? The evidence of this is still there).

  10. dang, dan! are all of your readers prObama?

    for the 1st yr or so of this admin, i thought bambi was being incompetent. but lately i had been thinking that even incompetent people are occasionally correct or do the right thing.

    when hil “let slip” that fedgov was going to sue az, i became convinced that obama’s “incompetence” is on purpose.

    the purpose is to (a) provoke a violent reaction from the right, or failing that, provoke some violence from somebody.

  11. My general reaction to comments is that Obama is not that smart. I’ve been saying this before the election. He was chosen by the democratic establishment because he did not pose the threat to them that Clinton did. He is controlled by his advisers and allies, and has little strategic planning ability. His tactical planning ability is awful.

    We are witnessing rule by a de facto Central Committee. Slow, incompetent, annoying, and vaguely harmful.

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