Friday, May 21, 2010

You Pay For What You Get

Gov. Bobby Jindal toured part of Louisiana's vast coastal marsh this past Wednesday and found thick, oily sludge encroaching on the fragile ecosystem.

"We saw some heavy oil stranded in the wetlands. The oil is no longer just a projection or miles from our shore. The oil is here. It is on our shores and in our marsh," Jindal said at a news conference after the airboat tour in Plaquemines Parish.

Unfortunately for his home state of Louisiana, Jindal sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act in 2006. It was a bill aimed at eliminating the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf. He and other Republicans, like Sarah Palin argued that increased drilling would greatly reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

I love this little quote (Below) from The Heritage Foundations's website
(Located halfway down the page under The DOER Act)

"Myth: Drilling poses great risks of oil spills. The last major offshore oil spill in America occurred off of Santa Barbara in 1969. Critics of offshore drilling still refer to this incident, but much has changed in the interim. Drilling technology has greatly advanced in recent decades, and any new drilling will have to comply with strict safeguards that did not exist then."

And who can forget the 2008 Republican National Convention?


I mean really ... What could possibly go wrong?

It's truly beyond me why no reporter has the guts to ask Bobby Jindal if he regrets that pro drilling stance now.

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