After having to wait 17 days for permission to build the sand barriers.... after watching Obamie refuse help from countries that know how to contain leaks because he didn't want to go against the unions..... after watching him dispatch lawyers instead of engineers and make a fool out of himself with his threats....
We now have this:
Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor's wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore
"It's the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. "Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges
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.
why stop now?
"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.'"
A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.
"We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.
Oh, really? Frankly Dan, I think you are a confused bureaucrat pretending to be a leader in the Coast Guard. Shame on you for that. Why do I say that?
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.
I just wonder if any of these supposedly smart people thought about checking these things while the barge was doing its job.
Oh, I know that these was some small degree of risk and if anything happened his rear would be on the line. But taking charge and doing what needs to be done comes with the terriority. He didn't. And that's why I say that Dan ain't a Cmdr....
OnTwitter I am Lesabre1“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” - William Pitt