Obama should be trying to save the ocean and the surrounding states, not waiting for BP to do the job.
Obama should commandeer all the gear and personell BP has been using and other gear from other oil companies. He should be directing all information management BP has access to.
He should be calling in suggestions from all over the world on how to shut the damn well down, not rescue it.
Retroactive Elimination of all limits on Corporate Liabilities
Obama should be calling on congress, immediately, to remove, retroactively, all restrictions on corporate liability, period-- not just for oil companies, for all companies. Why should congress protect companies from damages they cause? Any member of congress who opposes it should and probably will lose their job.
Emergency Researcher Funding
The plumes were discovered by the Pelican research vessel, which is funded by NOAA. That funding runs out TODAY!!. They're hoping for more funding. Congress and Obama should immediately authorize at least a billion dollars in emergency research funding to pay for scientists, vessels and gear to saturate the gulf with observation and analysis systems and programs. These should study the water chemistry, biology, ecology, the estuaries, breeding grounds, beaches, the local economies and impacted industries, the families and the American culture. Yes, the funding should include cultural anthropologists. It should also include emergency disaster workers to treat the psychosocial impact of the catastrophe. Maybe homeland security can rearrange funds to provide for this. Where has Janet Napolitano been, anyway?
We need strong, dynamic leadership now, with vivacity and action, not quiet, wait and see passivity.
No, this is not Obama's Katrina. It is far, far worse, more like Obama's Hiroshima.
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