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Oil spill continues to haunt politicians
Hindsight is 20/20 and there will be plenty of analysis as the oil spill commission continues to drop bombshells about what really happened in the Gulf last summer.
Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 07:05 PM
HECK OF AN IDEA: Gov. Bobby Jindal and other local leaders got the president's ear during the Gulf oil spill and the result was a wasteful and ineffective plan. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
For critics of the Obama administration, the Gulf oil spill may continue to be the gift that keeps on giving — even if it takes out a few Republicans along the way.
This time the hubbub is about the oil spill commission’s report on the administration, Republican blowhards and an expensive and ineffective idea. The report, titled, “"The Story of the Louisiana Berms Project”
reveals how President Barack Obama was pressured into considering a plan proposed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. David Vitter and several others in Louisiana. The plan was to get Obama to push Admiral Thad Allen to consider drudging sand from coastal beaches to create barrier islands that would be connected by floating berms, all part of an effort to catch oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The plan got green-lighted when the president was taking a ton of heat as the oil kept leaking.
A blog this week by Joel Archenbach
in the Washington Post refers to the report’s revelation that the plan cost millions and didn’t really stop much oil when compared to other methods used at the time. The “Archenblog,” also points out that hindsight in these situations is always 20/20. It will be interesting to see how different folks spin new behind-the-scenes accounts of the spill as they come out in the weeks and months ahead.
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