New Orleans Stinks
You know it’s bad when the Drill Baby herself feels compelled to extend condolences.
But it’s even worse than you think:
The state departments of Health and Hospitals and Environmental Quality said the strong odor blanketing much of coastal Louisiana and the metro New Orleans area is “possibly” the result of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Then again, Mary Landrieu isn’t letting the stench stop her:
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., took to the Senate floor this afternoon to warn that the response to the deadly oil rig accident and spill shouldn’t be to limit future off-shore drilling – as some environmental groups advocate.
While Landrieu said the spill is a major disaster and substantial threat to her state’s coastlines and wildlife, at least the oil isn’t the thick kind that caused substantial damage to the Santa Barbara, Calif., coastline in 1969, leading to an four-decade moratorium on drilling off the California and Florida coasts.
But Obama’s backing off, at least for now:
“All he has said is that he’s not going to continue the moratorium on drilling but… no additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened here and whether there was something unique and preventable here,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on “Good Morning America” today, defending the administration’s policy.
So: We’re now debating whether it’s comparable to the two iconic oil spills of the twentieth century. Might as well throw in the towel. They could use it on the beach.