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OIL SPILL: Comparisons to Katrina are overwrought

Letter by Roy C. Mills Jr., Tacoma on June 1, 2010 at 10:52 am with 8 Comments »
June 7, 2010 9:16 am

I keep hearing that this oil spill is Obama’s Katrina? But is it?

Until we fill 1,800 body bags with the remains of our fellow Americans, until we use chainsaws to free grandmothers trapped in their attics, until we have half a million American citizens instantly homeless, until we even approach such a level of human suffering, I think we do a disservice to the people who fought to survive and to their loved ones who perished.

There exists a government agency whose duty it was to come to their aid in such a natural disaster. It was slow to act – it failed and our government failed. But there exists no government agency whose job it is to stop runaway oil wells at 5,000 feet, no government fleet of deep water submersibles standing by to carry out these efforts a mile under the sea. Private industry causes this spill, and it alone possesses the technology and resources to stop it.

The beaches will become fouled with oil, but we will clean them. Wildlife will perish, but nature will rebound. Sure there will be economic losses and job losses in tourism and fisheries. But thousands of new cleanup jobs will temporarily take their places, and BP’s deep pockets will make many whole again.

BP will continue to make billions in profits. The Gulf will recover. Will New Orleans ever recover?

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  1. Roncella says:

    Roy, I watched as Katrina approached la., they warned the folks in New Orleans for days to Get Out. The National Weather Station was blarring day and night about the size of the approaching storm..

    Reporters where down there interviewing residents. Many said, I’m not going anywhere, I’ve been through these storms many times, no big dea. Many said they didn’t want to leave their cat or dog, so they were going to tough it out.

    The Dem. Governor and Mayor dropped the ball. They had buses at their disposal, they had warnings from everyone to get the folks out Now. They were given hwy routes and encouraged to get people out asap, they did not follow through.

    The levey’s and dikes were very old and in need of repairs before the storm. The Mayor had used alot of the levy funds for other social programs he deemed more important and never re-inforced the levies as he should have.

    The Storm hits, Many Folks die and are injured, who gets blamed, Bush…Come on how about using a little common sense on this one.

  2. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    Who cares about New Orleans? I mean really… by now hasn’t anyone figured out that maybe the universe is trying to tell people that no one should inhabit that rat hole of a city?

    “Hey, I know… let’s build us a city below sea level that’s right in the line where hurricanes travel every year. It’s okay because if there’s ever a natural disaster, such as the most devastatingly predictable one, we can blame all our misfortune on King George W. Bu$h, II.”

  3. beerBoy says:

    A more accurate comparison would be Chernobyl.

  4. madmike272 says:

    Roy, Bush had federal laws to obey about federal interference with state and local authorities, like the democrap governor and mayor that refused to enact their contigency plans and refused to ask for federal help until it was too late so they could scapegoat the federal government to cover their butts. This spill is entirely owned by the federal government. It did not happen on state land. It was regulated by federal government and you want to defend Obama? go out to your garage and plant a big kiss on that Obummer bumper sticker on your Subaru Forrester.

  5. hansgruber says:

    the Labor Department is now reporting the economy lost 5.780 million jobs just during calendar 2009,

    This is Obama’s Katrina…..5.7 Million jobs never coming back!

  6. He who laughs loudest laughs last. Obama is getting back in spades what he threw at Bush. He has sat on his rear end, gone to Chicago to cut more deals with his anti-American buddies, gone on vacation and watched as this crisis has gotten out of control. He has the entire American military at his disposal, so far all he has done is appointed a fall-guy from the Coast Guard and sent his Attorney General down there to look at bringing charges against B.P. There’s plenty of time for that later, he should be concentrating on getting this mess cleaned up. He is not a leader, he is demonstrating that every day.

  7. madmike, I’ll excuse you for making the analogy about Suburu Forresters. I’m more conservative than Rush Limbaugh and I drive a Forrester, it’s a great car! Mine is probably unique since it doesn’t have an Obama sticker on it. I agree with everything else you said.

  8. beerBoy says:

    sorry frosty……there are lots of suburu forresters in eastern Idaho….and lots of folks more conservative than you.

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