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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bobby Jindal On Oil Spill Damage: 'We Don't Have The Resources We Need'

Seven and a half minute video of Bobby Jindal explaining the massive amount of damage being done in Louisiana by the oil spill and the dire consequences from the government inability and incompetence in helping.

Well worth the time it takes to watch the video below.

According to ABC News, Jindal is prepared to act alone, even at the risk of jail.

Stop the spill or "get out of my way" say Jindal, because he is determined to minimize the damage as much as he can.

As thick oil flows into the sensitive marshes of the Louisiana coast, Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the White House and BP today to either stop the oil spill or get out of his way.

Jindal is still waiting for the federal government to provide millions of feet in boom and to approve an emergency permit for a state plan to dredge and build new barrier islands to keep the oil from reaching the marshes and wetlands.

Jindal is so desperate for the islands, he's said he'll build them even if it sends him to jail.

"We've been frustrated with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little, too late for the oil hitting our coast," Jindal said.

About 5 1/2 minutes into the video is the key statement.... Louisiana has requested supplies he hasn't gotten, come up with a plan he has already proven will work to help limit the damage and is still waiting for an answer.

Jindal in closing: "We've only got two option in Louisiana, there is only two options in front of us. We can either fight this oil off of our coast 15 to 20 miles away on barrier islands, on sand booms, where it will do much less damage to our marine life and to our wetlands and to our fragile ecosystem, but every day we do not fight this oil on a barrier island, every day we are not dredging sand, means one more day this oil has the chance to come into our ecosystem, into our wetlands, into the home of some of our nations most important fisheries.

30 percent of the nation's oil and gas comes off this coast, 30 percent of the nations fisheries. These are America's wetlands, lets make no mistake about what is at stake is our way of life. This is not just about keeping oil off of a rocky land or beach. This is about a way of life for our people and for our state, so we need to get this planned approved as quickly as possible.

Every day it is not approved is another day this choice is made for us and we are forced to fight this oil farther and farther in our wetlands instead of off of our coast where we would rather fight this. We don't want a drop of oil to hit our coast but as Governor of Louisiana I would rather fight this oil on a barrier island, on a hard rocky coast than have to fight it inside of our wetlands.

Thank y'all very much."

While the White House and BP are bickering about who is in charge and who is responsible for fixing the problem, Jindal and everybody affected is supposed to wait for them to get around to approving plans to minimize the damage?

Jindal and others are fed up with waiting and I for one cannot blame him for his disgust with the response to date.

America is watching all of this, and as of now, they are not overly impressed.

A majority of Americans, by 51 percent to 46 percent, now disapprove of Obama’s handling of the crisis, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. An Associated Press-GfK survey taken less than two weeks ago showed that only one-third of those polled gave Obama low marks for his response.