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Big Government’s man-made disaster in Louisiana

Posted on June 15 2010 8:28 am
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Residents of the Bayou State may be forgiven for wondering what they’ve done to deserve this: Just in the past five years, they’ve been slammed by four of the worst natural disasters ever recorded, including Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Gustav and Rita. Now with the Gulf oil spill at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform 53 miles off the state’s coast, Washington politicians and bureaucrats are inflicting a man-made disaster of epic proportions on them. The degree of official mismanagement seen so far in the 54 days since the platform exploded, killing 11 workers, is truly mind-boggling.

As soon as it became clear the explosion had created a spill capable of pouring thousands of barrels of raw crude into the Gulf, foreign governments began offering aid to the United States. Three days after the explosion, the Netherlands offered to send ships capable of skimming oil off the water and submitted a plan to begin building sand dikes to protect the many environmentally fragile marshes along the Gulf Coast. “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ ” Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston, told the Houston Chronicle. Only now, seven weeks and millions of spilled barrels of crude later, Washington has finally emergency airlifted four of the booms from the Netherlands to be fitted to U.S. vessels.

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