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July 2nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Oil spill cleanup gets political

(CNN) – The mother of all oil skimmers, a converted supertanker aptly named "A Whale," has moved into the Gulf. It offers promising results, able to skim 300,000 barrels in less than ten hours time. But there are nagging concerns that too much of the cleaning equipment is just sitting there doing nothing. Our Allan Chernoff reports on one Republican's accusations that the government is holding out on resources.


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  1. Smith in Oregon

    What the Gulf State Republican politicians don't want Americans to know:

    Marshes and Wetlands are natural hedgerows and protectors of the land against tropical storms and hurricanes. Without them, the storm surges and high winds easily push much farther inland with consequently far greater storm and hurricane damage, directly as a result.

    Big Oil's dredging for Gas and Oil wells in Louisiana alone has directly resulted in the loss of 2,000 Miles of Louisiana's marshes and wetlands. I have no doubt that greatly influenced the enormous impact Hurricane Katrina had on the levee systems surrounding New Orleans and the resulting disaster that occurred. Yes, Louisiana's Big Oil company's were directly in the middle of that environmental and human disaster also.

    The Louisiana swamp Parish Presidents and Republican Governor Bobby (drill baby drill) Jindal, Mississippi's Haley (Oil Lobbyist) Barbar are now acting like they are eco-friendly while the spotlight is on them. That is in my opinion, extremely far from the truth. They just stood there and received Big Oil royalty's as many Thousands of miles of Gulf State Marshes and Wetlands were previously destroyed and now are complaining about Big OIl's destruction of 20 Miles of Louisiana Marshes while blaming that on President Obama! That hypocritical psycho babble simply doesn't match their historical environmental records and actions.

    July 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  2. Tony Mississippi

    "one Republican's accusations that the government is holding out on resources."
    Not an accusation....a fact. Look at how this was handled, anyone could see people were being kept away as BP was allowed to dump huge amounts of toxic chemicals to sink and thus hide the oil. Until a major hurricane churns it back up, never mind the environmental impact. And all the skimmers and offers of international help that was not used?
    I could care less if it is a Republican or whatever, it should not matter to any of us. Only the facts should matter and everyone should have been demanding a response, sooner and larger, from our Government.
    I refuse to look to allow politicans or anyone else make this anything else than doing the right thing. Those that do are doing nothing but muddling the effort and trying to get attention.
    Everyone needs to get over themselves and try to clean up this mess which at this point may be too late.

    July 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  3. WHY

    Drill baby Drill, no wait, it's Obama's fault now!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  4. ronvan

    This, once again, just shows how screwed up this country is. It is not hard to understand why so many people's ideas have been put on the shelf. You have a converted tanker whos sole purpose is to skim oil and separate it from sea water and WE, are going to have to test it!?
    It is a brand new ship as has NEVER been used! SO why not let it go and see if it works? What could happen? It either works or it doesn't.
    If it does then it would be of great assistance in this disaster. If it doesn't at least you tried. And now you are arguing about it will still leave "some" oil in the water. Are you really that crazy? Vast amounts of oil in the gulf, or small amounts. DUH, where is the argument? And where are our "leaders", Mr. President, who could tell all these "do gooder" groups, politicans, etc. to shut up and lets see what "A WHALE" can do.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  5. James

    A Whale sounds great to me. So if it kicks out some oil it will clean a lot of the oil up if it does what they say it will do. Sure can't lose much. Saw one time about A Whale on the news. Have big shots killed A Whale.

    July 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  6. James Kastrick

    Everything in this country is political. For example, If there is a seperation of church and state then why do you have to get a license from the state and be married by an ordained minister? Kissing cousins? If politics wasn't involved (protecting the all mighty federal paycheck) then the oil would have only leaked into the ocean for no more than 2 weeks. I have the answers but no one wants to hear them.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:08 am |