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Posted: 02-Jul-2010, 03:14 PM
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Here are the findings of a recently released report entitled, "How the White House Public Relations Campaign on
the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-up" by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform dated July 1, 2010.

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Committee staff has discovered the following based upon witness interviews and
documents provided by federal and state entities:

• Officials on the ground dispute key White House assertions about the number and
timeliness of assets deployed in the Gulf. Local officials describe White House
outreach efforts as more focused on stopping bad press than on addressing the
disaster at hand;

• The White House’s assurances that there are adequate resources are at odds with the
reality on the ground, where those on the frontline of the spill express significant
frustration over the lack of assets. Local complaints are supported by the fact that the
White House waited until Day 70 of the oil spill to accept critical offers of
international assistance. Local workers and boats could have been assisting more
with the clean-up if the Federal government had provided them with needed supplies
and equipment;

• While the White House has tried to use the delay in finding a visible leak to explain
its early silence on the oil spill, Transocean officials and Coast Guard documents
from the scene of the oil spill reveal clear and early indications of a substantial oil
leak days earlier than White House accounts;

• The failure of Administration officials to quickly waive laws preventing necessary
foreign assets from reaching the Gulf and other regulations are hampering efforts to
clean-up and limit damage from the oil spill. Local officials feel the federal
government is making the perfect the enemy of the good in cleanup efforts;

• Local officials strongly dispute President Obama’s insistence that the federal
government – and not BP – has been in control since day one. One Coast Guard
Admiral told congressional investigators that decisions on the ground are made
through a “consensus-based” process with BP. In practice, the Federal Government is
not in charge of oil spill response efforts through a command-and-control approach;

• Local officials strongly believe the President’s call for a drilling moratorium will
significantly compound the economic damage caused by the oil spill and will actually
increase risk associated with future offshore drilling projects.


Now, if the current administration is NOT dealing with the crisis in a straightforward way, what else are they not telling the American people about the spill? It is now the 73rd day since the well blew up on April 20 at approximately 9:45pm Central Time. There have been several attempts to stem the flow of oil from the well. Only the last attempt has been able to stem the flow but not stop it. And only in the last couple of days has the administration agreed to accept outside assistance.

Is the current administration capable to handle the situation? If they are then what is taking them so long? If they are not capable are they capable to handle other pressing issues as well, i.e. jobs, economy? Or is this situation an aberration and can be overlooked?





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Posted: 02-Jul-2010, 04:00 PM
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I believe they took credit "for controlling the operation from day one" two days before the capping operation", which was expected to be a success. From that point forward the lies started. They have shut boating down in the area and I would not be shocked if they would try to shut down the air space over the gulf.

This will dwarf Katrina in economic and ecological damages and in loss of life. Those in the medical profession feel that it will take twenty years to see the damage to human health and loss of life.

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QUOTE (stevenpd @ 02-Jul-2010, 04:14 PM)
Here are the findings of a recently released report entitled, "How the White House Public Relations Campaign on
the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-up" by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform dated July 1, 2010.

QUOTE
Committee staff has discovered the following based upon witness interviews and
documents provided by federal and state entities:

• Officials on the ground dispute key White House assertions about the number and
timeliness of assets deployed in the Gulf. Local officials describe White House
outreach efforts as more focused on stopping bad press than on addressing the
disaster at hand;

• The White House’s assurances that there are adequate resources are at odds with the
reality on the ground, where those on the frontline of the spill express significant
frustration over the lack of assets. Local complaints are supported by the fact that the
White House waited until Day 70 of the oil spill to accept critical offers of
international assistance. Local workers and boats could have been assisting more
with the clean-up if the Federal government had provided them with needed supplies
and equipment;

• While the White House has tried to use the delay in finding a visible leak to explain
its early silence on the oil spill, Transocean officials and Coast Guard documents
from the scene of the oil spill reveal clear and early indications of a substantial oil
leak days earlier than White House accounts;

• The failure of Administration officials to quickly waive laws preventing necessary
foreign assets from reaching the Gulf and other regulations are hampering efforts to
clean-up and limit damage from the oil spill. Local officials feel the federal
government is making the perfect the enemy of the good in cleanup efforts;

• Local officials strongly dispute President Obama’s insistence that the federal
government – and not BP – has been in control since day one. One Coast Guard
Admiral told congressional investigators that decisions on the ground are made
through a “consensus-based” process with BP. In practice, the Federal Government is
not in charge of oil spill response efforts through a command-and-control approach;

• Local officials strongly believe the President’s call for a drilling moratorium will
significantly compound the economic damage caused by the oil spill and will actually
increase risk associated with future offshore drilling projects.


Now, if the current administration is NOT dealing with the crisis in a straightforward way, what else are they not telling the American people about the spill? It is now the 73rd day since the well blew up on April 20 at approximately 9:45pm Central Time. There have been several attempts to stem the flow of oil from the well. Only the last attempt has been able to stem the flow but not stop it. And only in the last couple of days has the administration agreed to accept outside assistance.

Is the current administration capable to handle the situation? If they are then what is taking them so long? If they are not capable are they capable to handle other pressing issues as well, i.e. jobs, economy? Or is this situation an aberration and can be overlooked?

I posted the same thing in this thread: US Accepts Help For Oil Spill, A Dozen Nation to Help

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I read it and wondered where "my" reply wend. Maybe I forgot to hit "post."

This one was worth two replies.

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