Yesterday as Governor Jindal, joined by a few officials and members of the press, took a helicopter ride along the Louisiana coastline accessing the current level of exposure to “thick crude” to ecologically sensitive marshy areas along our southeastern coastline.
It did not take but a few minutes in the air before the dark tide of oil could be seen in pools collecting now within the marshland itself. This area of our state that is the habitat for many of our native species of animal and sealife as well as a source of income for many in related industries.
The federal government and officials at BP are engaged in a fencing match of blame and responsibility, each darting and thrusting in an effort to CYA.
All of this as the Obama administration in their typical ever-opportunistic manner, use this event to both renig on promised new exploration off of the American coastline and simultaneously push their climate reform agenda.
The unfortunate side effect for Louisiana and the Nation as a whole is that as the oil industry is once again under assault, so is the job creation and positive economic effects drawn from such a huge national employer, whether directly of visa vie support industries.
Oil prices are at $68 per barrel, a 20% drop in a month, yet gas prices remain high. We are constantly told that when oil prices rise, we must suffer the increase at the pump. Yet a 20% drop in such pricing does not find it’s way to the gas pump.
It does not take much effort locally to find a friend or family member who’s very livelihood has been adversely affected by this administration’s indifference to the oil industry and any and all adverse occurrences like the oil spill that may be related to it.
Our energy needs and industry, have become hyper-politicized and used as a tool to facilitate the continued efforts of reform by this administration. Which makes little sense in a time where American jobs are dropping like flies across the nation.
While we are told by this administration that “Jobs are number one” to them, all we ever see are legislative and regulatory reforms being proposed and initiated that have a direct and adverse effect on the very job market they say they are concerned with.
In the mid 1980’s a mass exodus occurred in Louisiana as many abandoned this state to seek the greener fields of income elsewhere. Are we ready for another such loss to our economies locally? Or is this the final straw that finally wakes up the voting population to the fact that the undefined “Change” they voted in to office, is the wrong change for America.