Big Oil run amuck was not something that has recently been happening since Obama took office; it has been something that was happening long ago when the push for deregulation started eight plus years ago. Louisiana voters need to ask themselves was the push for jobs more or less important than the preservation of the land and wildlife then. The voters now favoring Mary Landau’s block of this president’s appointments could have done the same thing earlier in the game. Believe, if you will the reasoning for the lifting of this ban according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who says that the “new rules imposed after the spill had reduced the risk of another catastrophic blowout,” but what should be surprisingly believable are those who still can find nothing but negative things to say about it.
“Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, applauded the decision to lift the ban but said she would not release her hold on Jacob Lew, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Office of Management and Budget.” “Landrieu has blocked a Senate vote on Lew, in part, to protest the moratorium.” “A federal report said the moratorium probably caused a temporary loss of 8,000 to 12,000 jobs in the Gulf region.” “Sen. David Vitter, R-La., contended there would be a “continuing de facto moratorium” on drilling that could extend for months or years.” “Clint Guidry, a shrimper in Lafitte, La., said getting the oil industry cranked up should be a top priority.” “Todd Hornbeck, CEO of Covington, La.-based Hornbeck Offshore Services, said lifting the moratorium would leave the industry in a “de facto moratorium stage” until the government fully explains how new drilling permits will be issued.” “We’re still in the dark,” said Hornbeck, who heads up one of the companies that sued to block Interior’s initial moratorium.” “His company provides vessels and other services for the offshore industry.” “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican and fierce opponent of the drilling ban, called the announcement good news, but added: “The devil is always in the details.” “Both the American Petroleum Institute and the National Ocean Industries Association said they were concerned that a “de facto moratorium” would replace the one the administration lifted Tuesday.” “Dan Favre, campaign organizer for the Gulf Restoration Network, a Louisiana-based environmental group, said the decision to lift the moratorium put the region at risk.” “Ensco Offshore, which owns and operates offshore drilling rigs, asked a federal judge last month to overturn the moratorium.” (Daly, Matthew, 10/12/2010, Associated Press, Back in business: US lifts deep water drilling ban, Retrieved from www.finance.yahoo.com).
How soon we forget that the “April 20 BP spill triggered an explosion that killed 11 people, gushed an estimated 200 million gallons of oil and continue to harm wildlife and severely cramping coastal businesses,” but apparently no one cares to mention that or how these new rules may help to save lives, wildlife and businesses now and in the long term. Voters seemed to have forgotten that had these rules been in effect 11 people would be still with us today or does the cost of American lives pale in comparison to the cost of doing business?