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Failing to Follow Government Plans in Gulf Disasters

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:18 pm - May 3, 2010.
Filed under: Katrina Disaster

A piece by Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner reminds me of something I read about the Katrina disaster:

Why didn’t federal officials implement an oil spill clean up plan they’ve had on the books since 1994 as soon as possible after crude began pumping into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform 53 miles south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico?

The Mobile Register reports that Ron Gouget, who formerly managed the oil spill cleanup department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as a similar unit for the state of Louisiana, is criticizing the Obama White House’s failure to act according to existing government plans in the event of a spill in the area now being deluged with thousands of barrels of crude oil every day.

Emphasis added.

Who failed to follow an existing government plan as a hurricane now nearly five years ago, not an oil slick, threatened to make landfall on the Gulf coast?  Was it the Bush Administration?  Oh yes, that’s right, it wasn’t a Republican who failed to follow a government plan, but a Democrat.  It was ten-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin who failed to follow his own evacuation plan.

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  1. Quite obviously, Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people.

    Comment by Draybee — May 3, 2010 @ 2:32 pm - May 3, 2010

  2. OK. Turnabout is fair play. The Democrats tarred Bush with Katrina with open glee. Seemingly, Bush caused devastation and neglect to run rampant in New Orleans, but the equal devastation in the rest of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were totally ignored. Apparently, only people who live below sea level and won’t heed warnings are worth screeching about.

    Now we have a ginormous oil slick about to suffocate the nurseries of the seafood industry and uglify the sugar white beaches of the Gulf coast. Obambi has dithered and blathered and his EPA and his FEMA have sat back assessing and assessing and assessing and celebrating Earth Day and playing golf and assessing. So …… Let’s all tar Obamabi.

    Except, this whole notion that curly light bulbs can save the planet and the President can fly over the zone in Air Force One and only the Feds can tell you to get out of the way of a hurricane or an oil slick or a forest fire is really just daffy.

    Doubtlessly, Obambi took plenty of time playing political theater on this oil mess and there were plans in place that were not implemented. School bus Nagin can tell you all about strutting your pretty self on the eve of disaster and then squawking like a wet chicken after the levies take the hit. He got immediate cover from the Democrats and the MSM who were ready, willing and able to blame everything and anything on Bush.

    No MSM is going after Obambi. He is too black to fail. Ergo, the game plan for tarring Obambi is a non-starter. Even if he sends community organizers to assess the damage and redistribute the left-overs and spends all matter of stimulus cash and is caught ordering kittens to be drowned, Obambi is untouchable.

    The only solvent agent that will make any difference in matters like this is in the hands of the TEA Party. We need to return to responsible people who take the reigns and respond with determination and a clear eye to restoring the government to the people, for the people and by the people. We have seen more than enough of this oligarchy of Czars and Clowns.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 3, 2010 @ 4:58 pm - May 3, 2010

  3. Snopes is telling you not to hotlink. 😛

    Comment by Mitchell — May 3, 2010 @ 7:06 pm - May 3, 2010

  4. and uglify the sugar white beaches of the Gulf coast.

    Well, it’s trucked in from Florida. The beaches would be MS River silt otherwise. And then there’s the sewage from Gulfport & Biloxi that runs out to the Gulf. But that’s another story.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 4, 2010 @ 12:47 am - May 4, 2010

  5. Hey, that’s Mr. Yuk!

    Comment by Jim Michaud — May 4, 2010 @ 1:32 pm - May 4, 2010

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