Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on the federal response to the BP oil spill:
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.
Jindal warned that the state’s entire shoreline could end up polluted with black sludge if he doesn’t get more help, immediately.
“It is clear we don’t have the resources we need to protect our coast,” the Republican said. “We need more boom, more skimmers, more vacuums, more jack-up barges that are still in short supply. Let’s be clear: Every day that this oil sits is one more day that more of our marsh dies.”
“We are going to stay on this and stay on BP until this gets done and this gets done the right way,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.
But the White House is walking a fine — and sometimes contradictory — line.
In recent days, even some of President Obama’s strongest supporters have expressed concern about whether he has shown a lack of leadership in plugging the leaking hole.
On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Democratic operative Donna Brazile said, “One of the problems I have with the administration is that they’re not tough enough.”
Democratic consultant James Carville echoed that sentiment, saying on CNN, “They’re risking everything by this ‘Go along with BP’s strategy’ they have that seems, like, lackadaisical on this.”
They’re incompetent… they’re buffoonish… they have no clue what they’re doing… and they’re led by a man with a history of not showing leadership.
We’re reaping what we sowed… and this, so sadly and tragically, is, I’m afraid, only the beginning.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.