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May 28th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Oil spill threatens local businesses

(CNN) – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Normally, they would be packed with tourists, but this year no one's swimming or visiting, and that's putting local businesses at risk. Rhea Pelotto manages the Barataria restaurant and she joined us on Friday's American Morning to explain how the oil spill has impacted her business.


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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Why Did Bush-Cheney slap an impossible tariff on importing Alcohol for directly adding to America's Gasoline from Brazil?

    America's Ethanol plants are extremely far from even approaching what is needed for America's massive need for Ethanol being added to all Gasoline at 10% or higher mixtures, so it can't be that America doesn't have a critical need for Millions of extra gallons of Ethanol from Brazil.

    Brazil has rural community's with vast poverty and it would certainly seem they would sincerely want to sell America as much Ethanol from its massive sugar cane distillery's as they wish to export.

    America certainly has presented itself as a friend to Brazil and it certainly is in America's best interest to substitute 4-6 gallons of Middle East Crude Oil with a Gallon of Ethanol. And Ethanol needs no refinement, only a simple mixing with the available Gasoline.

    So why did Bush-Cheney screw Brazil and the American People by slapping a impossibly high tariff on Brazil's exports of Ethanol?

    Was it a crass and callous favor to Bush-Cheney's friends in the Big Oil industry, or something entirely nefarious which began when Bush Sr. was running the CIA up and down South America?

    Meanwhile thanks to this latest Bush-Cheney landmine, Brazil is now making polite overtures to Iran. It seems Bush-Cheney turning their backs on Brazil did not go un-noticed, go figure!

    President Obama should reverse and lift the heavy handed Ethanol tariff against Brazil and in good faith bargaining purchase as much Ethanol from Brazil as Brazil is willing to export.

    May 29, 2010 at 2:56 am |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    For decades, residents of Mossville, Louisiana, have said toxic chemicals in the air, soil and water have been making them sick. And for just as long, they say, Republican packed government agencies have done next to nothing to protect them. CNN investigates this town with 14 Petrol-Chemical plants that spew tons of cancer-causing chemicals and other toxic substances into the air. Watch the upcoming CNN special investigation to See how this once rural Louisiana community became overrun with toxins and how the residents now fear for their health.

    For as many decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

    Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm |