I feel that the oil spill will have ongoing effects for quite some time... Small strides are being made, but couldn't more be done sooner? I found 10 things that could of been implemented from day three of four at least... We need to pray for some wisdom to get things moving...
1. Accepted help from the Netherlands when they offered it shortly after the accident. The Dutch, experienced in the oil business, offered prompt help for oil skimming booms and plans to create barriers to stop the oil from infiltrating into wetland areas.
2. Suspended the Jones Act, as President Bush did after Katrina, to allow foreign vessels into American waters to assist with recovery without having to swap ships and transfer equipment onto American flagged vessels.
3. Suspended the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws, as President Bush did after Katrina, to allow rapid deployment of new workers to help with containment efforts.
4. Suspended FEMA contracting and bidding rules, as President Bush did after Katrina, to allow a more rapid assignment of contracts to assist with the recovery effort.
5. Allowed coastal governors to immediately begin dredging to create barrier islands.
6. Talked to BP's CEO to establish initial metrics for progress to gauge BP's response so the federal government would have ascertainable metrics to determine when federal intervention was needed. Heck, Obama should have talked to BP's CEO period.
7. Not imposed a blanket deep water drilling moratorium, further crippling economies in coastal communities.
8. Talked to experts about how to fix the problem instead of trying to figure out whose "a_ _ to kick."
10. Not have wasted time trying to blame the accident on George Bush before diving in to take responsibility.
OK, Back to me, Karl... Honestly, we can get past asking, "Who to blame, Who's responsible, and who will pay?" We must start doing SOMETHING now, that's all I'm saying...