It has been 60 days.
Wait, I don't think that those words typed up there convey my true feelings.
It has been 60 days!
There. That is better.
I have written about this already, but after leaving a comment on a recent blog from Ian, I realized that I need to say more...especially in light of the fact that it is now 60 days. If strong language offends you, then don't go read Ian's post...but in reality, sometimes there just aren't less offensive words that convey the truth of a situation. In this case, I think it is justified and I agree with everything he said.
This is the comment that I left:
"I grew up on those gulf coast beaches. My husband proposed to me on those beaches. They have been a big part of my life. I fear that my daughter will not be able to say the same.
I agree with every word you wrote...and you know what? That is after the actions from the last two days by BP and the government...I still agree with every single word you wrote.
Almost two months. It is still gushing. There is no excuse.
It is time to repeal the ridiculous Jones act so that the 17 other countries who have offered to come help us clean up this mess can be allowed to help. Oil is spewing out of the earth headed to our country and when Norway and England offer to send skimmers and tankers to pick some of it up...we say, no thank you. WTF?
There is no excuse for what they are allowing to continue to happen in the Gulf. No excuse....and sorry won't cut it. That areas is destroyed for a very long time."
We finally accepted a couple of skimmers from Norway. Less than what they offered to send us.
The government is now going to allow 4 booms from the Netherlands to be outfitted on American ships. The Dutch are still scratching their heads wondering what took them so long to accept this offer, and why we only want four. As for the sand dikes that they offered to build (and that Governor Jindal has pleaded for) the federal government still hasn't decided, and there is the little matter of the Jones Act which would prohibit the Dutch from coming in and doing it. You know what? I'm all for job creation...but this isn't the time to spread a little stimulus around. This is the time to get the people who know how to do it, and let them get it done as quickly as possible!
This is Orange Beach, Alabama.
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Make no mistake. The oil has reached our shores. It isn't just "tar balls". Look at that picture. Are you going to swim in that? Are you going to eat fish that swam in that? I'm not. Not for a long time. Here are some more pictures. Have you seen enough? I talked to my father in law who lives in Pensacola tonight. They found dead dolphins this week. What Bp is doing, what the government is doing is too little too late.
The cover up from BP and the help that they received from our government is real. I hate to get political here, but that is true and I just can't walk around it. I can't ignore it. They don't want us to know the full story. I was talking with a friend on facebook last night and she said that she would prefer not to think that was true, but then she would have her head in the sand. My response to that? ....considering the fact that the sand is soaked in oil....that wouldn't be very healthy!
It's a good thing she isn't a fish. Then she wouldn't have any choice.