June 18, 2010 5 Comments
Congressman Joe Barton, a top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, personally apologized to BP, saying the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish in order to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a “tragedy in the first proportion.”
“I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.
It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a 20-billion-dollar shakedown.“
Uh Oh. Big no no!!! Such a statement is pissing off the American people and will most definitely impact the upcoming elections. Still – I don’t get how the Republican GOP can refer to the oil spill as a ‘natural disaster‘ …. really? But they sure are back peddling and fast with this one!
The oil spill in the Gulf is this nation’s largest natural disaster and stopping the leak and cleaning up the region is our top priority. Congressman Barton’s statements this morning were wrong. BP itself has acknowledged that responsibility for the economic damages lies with them and has offered an initial pledge of $20 billion dollars for that purpose.
The families and businesspeople in the Gulf region want leadership, accountability and action from BP and the Administration. It is unacceptable that, 59 days after this crisis began, no solution is forthcoming. Simply put, the American people want all of our resources, time and focus to be directed toward stopping the spill and cleaning up the mess.
I guess Senator Joe Barton will be moving away from the United States to say, England to go work for BP?
Perhaps he’s more pissed off that his stock value in BP are plummeting – badly.
I smell upcoming election tactics at play and nothing about being genuinely concerned about the American people who are deeply affected by this epic tragedy.
CLEARLY – some politicians have oil so far up their asses they can shit bullshit easier with unconscionable ease.
And in this situation – its pathetic.
More than 20 countries have offered assistance of various kinds to the US, of which very little has been accepted. In fact, it was turning down offers to help! That’s insane! Why? Why would the State department refuse help that could have prevented the mess from its present state?
Yes – where it can due further damage to what is happening now – rejection isn’t a bad thing.
But where there are valid, environmental help available – and due to the urgency of the matter – why say no?
It appears as though they sat on their hands saying “I didn’t do this. Not my fault…. Not bad enough yet… nope, not yet… Well its looking kinda bad, but yeah – still I didn’t do this! Wait, Americans are pissed off at me? Really? BUT I DIDN’T DO THIS!! Man… must I do EVERYTHING around here?? No I don’t need your help – I can handle this. No worries. Wait. What am I supposed to do? Clean that up? BUT I DIDN’T DO THIS!!! ” And so the mess of who’s to blame continues rather than getting and accepting clearly available help – far far too late.
Almost 10,000 feet (three kilometers, two miles) of boom from Canada, 13,780 feet of boom from Mexico, skimmers and three sets of sweeping arm systems from the Netherlands, and eight skimmers and more boom from Norway, have been accepted.
The United States has said it will pay for whatever foreign assistance it receives, although BP has purchased much of the equipment accepted so far.
The 22 countries offering assistance are: Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Qatar, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
Many offered their help through the International Maritime Organization, which is also sending notifications about the spill to its 169 member states.
Croatia’s mysterious offer of a “proposed solution” has been shown to engineers and technical experts and will be incorporated into the response as needed, the State Department said, without providing further details.
Yes. Because skimmers are the only solutions to the problem. We’ll just contain it with ‘skimmers’ rather than fixing the problem. I didn’t do this so I’m not going to fix it. Nope. Noway. Naaa-haa.
Clearly – the current administration is showing its lack to actively and PRO-actively handle crisis on a larger scale. They can’t even craft up beautiful words to spew forth in an effort to woo constituents, as it did during the elections. Completely and utterly…. disgusting.