President to Speak on Oil Catastrophe TonightJune 15th, 2010 by Lee Eldridge
The President will address the nation tonight about the BP oil spill. Never one to let a crisis go to waste, here are my predictions on his main points tonight.
Legislation: The President will discuss legislation that he wants Congress to act upon. Likely to include our new “green economy” and “stricter regulations” for oil companies.
Taxation: Prepare for increased taxes on the oil companies. Which of course will create higher prices for us.
Investigation: The President and his staff will consider criminal charges against BP.
It is also expected that he will urge BP to create an account that will be used to help businesses and people who have been adversely affected by this crisis. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter signed by 54 Democratic senators to BP demanding that they create a $20 billion account to pay for economic damages and cleanup costs.
The President will also try to explain how his administration acted quickly and has done everything within their power to cope with the catastrophe, but news reports are beginning to spring up outlining all the ways the administration failed to accept help from other countries. Here are a few quotes from DickMorris.com:
The president’s tardy requests for international assistance and his government’s bureaucratic response to their offers demonstrates his lack of command and control. The Washington Post reports that the Obama Administration initially “saw no need to accept offers of state-of-the-art skimmers, miles of boom or technical assistance from nations around the globe with experience fighting oil spills.” Arrogantly, State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid told reporters on May 19th “we’ll let BP decide what expertise they do need.”
Two weeks after the spill started, the State Department and the Coast Guard sought to figure out what aid they could use from abroad. On May 5th, the Department reported that thirteen international offers of aid had been tendered and the government would decide which to accept “in the next two days.” Two weeks later, it said that it did not need any of them.
Now, when it is too late, the U.S. has finally accepted Canada’s offer of 10,000 feet of boom. In late May it took 14,000 feet from Mexico, two skimmers from Mexico, and skimming systems from Norway and the Netherlands. Too little too late.
Why didn’t the Administration act sooner?
Bureaucratic obstacles stopped it and the president was not involved or active enough to sweep them aside.
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr Christopher T. O’Neil said that “all qualifying offers of assistance have been accepted.” But this bureaucratic-speak did not mention that the Jones Act – an isolationist law passed in the 1920s that requires vessels working in American waters to be built and crewed by Americans – disqualified many of the offers of assistance. But Obama could have waived the Jones Act whenever he wanted to.
A Norwegian offer of a chemical dispersant was rejected by the EPA – more bureaucracy.
When Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal sought to create sand berms to keep oil away from the coastline, the Washington Post reported that he reached out to “the marine contractor Van Oord and the research institute Deltares…BP pledged $360 million for the plan, but U.S. dredging companies – which have less than one-fifth the capacity of Dutch dredging firms — objected to foreign companies’ participation.”
Read the full article here.
The President has continued to compound his mistakes by failing to recognize how to handle a crisis. The President is a legislator and litigator by nature, thus his desire for new legislation and regulations in the face of this catastrophe. But what we need is leadership, and we’re getting precious little of it from this administration.