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Saturday, May 01, 2010

New York Times Reports U.S. Failed to Act Quickly with Spill

The NYT today reports that the Obama Administration has upped its criticisism of BP, but the paper is also reporting that DHS, the Coast Guard and the Administration could have moved a lot faster and more effectively.

Story here.

The Obama Administration is famous for placing blame elsewhere, which is not to suggest BP is free of culpability. But as I've said before, and as I've been saying all along, the government is ultimately responsible for oversight and authorization. BP can't make a move without the prior approval of the U.S. Coast Guard, the E.P.A. and possibly DHS, the parent department of the U.S.C.G. And it's the U.S.C.G. and the EPA that are tasked with protecting the public through regulation and enforcement of anti-pollution laws. We pay taxes for this. So does BP.

Napolitano acknowledged she didn't even know the military had oil-recovery and remediation resources.

Not to pat myself on the back, or that it made a difference, but I"m glad I sent the Times a letter to the editor yesterday asking them why they hadn't been wondering about the Administration's slow response.

Mark my words. You're going to see more fingers pointed at the U.S.C.G., DHS, the U.S.C.G. and the White House in the coming months.

~seabgb

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