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Words from the founding fathers – 6.24.10

Words from the founding fathers – 6.24.10

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 2:33 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist

Who would our founding fathers be without the founding wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters? Therefore I quote Abigal Adams, “We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”  What would she say today if she were the wife of President Obama in light of the oil spill and his response to it?
Let’s look at the President’s words from his address to the nation 57 days after the oil spill in the Gulf. Let’s put them up against Abigal Adams’ words. Are they just high sounding or are there actions corresponding with them?
“I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge – a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation’s Secretary of Energy. Scientists at our national labs and experts from academia and other oil companies have also provided ideas and advice.”  
So where’s the action? It takes more than someone with a Nobel Prize to come up with a solution. How about the over 80,000 suggestions on how to handle the oil spill?  I believe some of our common sense people could have plugged the hole by now.  
Most, or even none of the oil, should have reached the coast or marshes if action had been taken. There are products and ideas out there that work. Now is not the time to listen to all the environmentalists. It’s time for action.
There are people with products made out of organic materials that if laid on top of the water will soak up oil and leave the water. Other products are a super-shammy and a recycled carpet-fiber product. Both of those products were created to absorb the oil instead of the water. There are even people who use hay to soak up the oil.
Then there are more technologically-advanced ideas. Ecosphere is a company that manufactures mobile water and oil separation machines that can clean over half a million gallons of water a day. Louisiana asked for a barrier island to be erected, but couldn’t without the okay of the federal government. They finally okayed 6 of the 24 requested by the governor.
Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department is stopping the dredging of the berms (as of June 23) because they have  concerns  about where it is being done.
Then there are the other countries (13) who have offered help, but our response, “No thanks, we’re good.” I say lead or get out of the way. The people whose lives depend on the Gulf would have never let the oil reach them if they were given the freedom to protect their livelihood.
“Tonight I’d like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going forward – what we’re doing to clean up the oil, what we’re doing to help our neighbors in the Gulf, and what we’re doing to make sure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.”
Battle plan? Since when do you get a battle plan 57 days after the battle has seized you? The only battle plan I see is for this administration to blame others, promise to litigate and make someone pay and use a crisis to pass radical legislation.
A real battle plan would have taken all offers seriously and use all feasible options to prevent the oil from reaching the shores. Let BP work on plugging the hole.  The oil should have never become this nightmare on the shores.
The federal government had a policy (Oil Pollution Act of 1990) in place to deal with an oil spill. The act authorizes the President to either federalize the spill or oversee the cleanup efforts of the responsible private party or parties.
They were supposed to burn off the oil at the beginning, but because of environmental concerns they didn’t. The needed clean up equipment seems to not have been in place and was days in coming. Chemical dispersants were another part of the policy, but were stopped after environmental concerns and not being used properly.
 The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.
 From President Obama to Hillary Clinton to Rham Emanuel, they have all expressed the same sentiment of not wasting a good crisis to push your agenda. We finally see action, but it is to push his radical agenda of Cap and Tax.
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WCP 6.24.10


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