Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, a top member of the Obama administration assured citizens that the government is "prepared for the worst," and "We have been prepared from the beginning."
But if that's true, what sort of preparation was it?
Preparation to stop the leak? If so, it hasn't worked...and some estimates now suggest that the oil could flow unchecked until August.
Preparation to contain the leak? Again, this hasn't been effective, and the plume of oil is spreading ever-further through undersea currents.
Preparation to protect waterways, shores, and ecosystems? Nope, sorry, not really happening. In fact, Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal wants to immediately build "barrier islands" to protect his coastline, but can't convince the president to expedite either federal permits or funding.
And so it would appear that this administration "prepared for the worst" only by exercising their pointing fingers. Which might have helped with a leaky dike, but offers no help whatsoever with a crisis that should have been planned for...and wasn't.