“The effects on the entire food chain in the gulf will be devastating. Whales and other mammals will suffer from having to break the oily surface to breath and by having to dive to eat the fish swimming in plumes of BP excrement.”
“Why have they not used the Jones Act to prevent this in the first place.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (P.L. 66-261) is a United States Federal statute that regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports.
Section 27, also known as the Jones Act, deals with cabotage (i.e., coastal shipping) and requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. The purpose of the law is to support the U.S. merchant marine industry, but agricultural interests generally oppose it because, they contend, it raises the cost of shipping their goods, making them less competitive with foreign sources.  Furthermore, its establishment is de facto protectionism and a union-oriented legislature.
In addition, amendments to the Jones Act, known as the Cargo Preference Act (P.L. 83-644), provide permanent legislation for the transportation of waterborne cargoes in U.S.-flag vessels.”
jhb90277 on Jun 18, 2010 at 00:03:44
“There's got to be some catch. Perhaps since the rig doesn't travel between ports, it doesn't somehow qualify. I'm not a maritime lawyer, so I'm just guessing.
The Jones Act is one of the reasons we still have a US Merchant Marine. The Jones Act also factors in when a US ship gets repairs at foreign shipyards. Too much foreign work and the ship can be disqualified as US-built ship.”
“He did not apologize for his comments he apologized form them being misunderstood. Surprise! nobody misunderstood what a sock puppet statement it was. Nobody mist the tragic loss of credibility the leaders of the the republican party have suffered from the statement.”
“Chris Mathews was rough but, right in his critique. Obama should call up the nation to take part in the effort to save the communities of the gulf coast. The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).should be rebuilt to help with the tending of booms and cleaning the beaches. Their are careers in coastal restoration for some years to come. Veterans Green Jobs could serve as a model to provide the volunteers with proper safety training and temporary camp construction and maintenance.”
“Matthew, Excellent observations. I hope I'm not the first to tell you that there are many very patriotic Americans that feel the same way you do. Those of whom I write are Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are at this minute remembering the lessons they have learned and are sharing these lessons about sustainability and the true costs for the way we chose to live. More info on the Operation Free Tour that is wrapping up this weekend go to http://www.operationfree.net. While we can never relive the past. We can repeat the same mistakes as well as have the capacity to create great big new ones, we can also learn from the past and from our successes and failures. We may be able the only species able to recognize our impact on the planet and become concerned about it. But to survive our own impacted is quite another matter. While we have lost the instinctual lessons of sustainability that animals used like common sense. The question is; can we change enough to become sustainable again?”
As a military veteran and volunteer from day one of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustov and Ike, I know that our government has turn disaster relief into a political football. I has nothing to do with saving lives or property anymore.The goal of FEMA and it's republican subcontractors is to maximize on the opportunities and profits that come about during and after such disasters. Opportunities like testing their models for a police state and at the same time being so incompetent as to waste billions of dollars on absolutely nothing of value and a contract with built in costs plus 10% profits and no accountability. Wow, What a Racket!”
LCLA on Oct 14, 2009 at 22:35:39
“As an example of the corruption, the Shaw Group (much like Halliburton in Iraq) got a no competitive bid contract after Hurricane Rita to put "blue roofs" on for a guaranteed $175 per square. The "blue roof" repairs consisted of rolling our blue plastic over damaged roofs and tacking it down with furring strips. If this doesn't sound too bad, consider that a proper reroofing job using standard shingles which have a 20+ year life expectancy instead of a few months would cost about the same price.
All Shaw brought to the table was its size and political connections and ability to put together a large work force in a short time.
While it is not the government's job to do all of the rebuilding, the Bush administration played a particularly cruel hoax by raising hopes by publicly promising massive aid which mostly failed to materialize except for corrupt deals like the Shaw deal.”
“The Black Knight of the Green Revolution has fallen on his sward to prevent the Glen Becks of the media from using the specter of communism to cloud the issue of energy sustainability. And good for Van Jones. He is now free to go out into the media and defend himself. The White House needs to show examples of green jobs that are reducing our dependents of non sustainable resources. This time they should choose a veteran instead of ex commie to take charge of the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans and convince them, green energy and sustainability is the only option for true national secureltyl. I hear Gen. Zinni is a green minded vet and views the energy policy as a national security issue. He won't fall on his sword for Glen Beck.”
“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan don't make the US a dime, yet costs trillions each year. The majority of our problems stem from spending on military conquest not health care but you don't get that debated point debated from either side.”
fauxmccoy on Sep 1, 2009 at 20:03:17
“might i add that they are also bankrupt, morally?”
“We need them to tend the vegetable garden, mow the lawn and clean the house while we go off to work for the corporate interests to pay for the house payment and the insurance, the health care insurance, the gas for the car to get there and the insurance. Not to mention taxes for social security insurance and two illegal wars and bailouts for the banks and insurance companies. I would rather stay home with the kids and tend to the garden.”
“Except the fact that Klien was not in a bar. He was posting to a group of journalists and policy think tank editors about Greenwald without giving Greenwald any notice.
Greeenwald was not on the list. The emails were given to him by someone on the list. Ethics were lost by the person that gave Greenwald the emails. Greenwald did the proper thing by publishing the information that ethics were lost for. That may not seam ethical to you. But that is why it was a honorable and ethical. Ethics Rules are not meant to be broken. But they are are broken for good reasons just no often enough for me.”
admiralmpj on Sep 1, 2009 at 14:17:26
“I don't know if proper, honorable or ethical are a words I'd use here. Greenwald used his platform...
Actually, let me take that back, he DIDN'T use his platform at Salon.com. He used a free blogger.com site. He made sure NOT to involve his platform. That seems to acknowledge that this is at least a bit of a legal grey area, enough so that he shielded Salon.com from even the possibility of liability.”
“Isn't it interesting that the only Katrina Cottage built in Louisiana over the last four years is inside the walls of the National Guard's Jackson Barracks? This 600 million dollar reconstruction effort will theoretically serve first responders. Provided that they are not in Iraq or Afghanistan or drown from slow and inadequate levee reconstruction by the Army Corps of Engineers.
How about Spinal Tap and the Blues Brothers doing a concert tour for Hurricane Preparedness? I know you guys would do a "Heck of a Job".”
Aug 13, 2009 at 11:14:38
“The houses Brad built has created a sustainable environment for the community to grow into. I know this because I've been working in the Lower Ninth Ward since the water receded as a volunteer and now as a director for Veterans Green Jobs INC,. In my opinion, the Make It Right project will succeed when Brad can focus of the media attention he is getting on the people, the their lives, and the knowledge they have gained form rebuilding New Orleans. His project would gain the momentum needed to become a sustainable model for green city redevelopment everywhere. As he saif they are building 150 homes where 5000 once stood. In my opinion he should make documentary. it will be a instant hit and allow for the time needed to explain to America what independents, security and sustainability can mean.”
levoyageur on Aug 13, 2009 at 14:40:07
“150 homes.. good job brad and the countless volunteers.”
aycarumbaros on Aug 13, 2009 at 12:33:20
“The houses are very cool!”
PeaPod3 on Aug 13, 2009 at 11:53:23
“150 homes where 5000 once stood.
wow, maybe next he will he will by the quarter and turn it into the eight”
Aug 2, 2009 at 11:38:09
“Michael Moore is a mirror to the American Culture. If there is something you don't like about him, more than likely, there is something you don't like about yourself or your country. I love Michael Moore and America despite their faults. At least Michael Moore is willing to hold up the mirror and ask the tough questions. You know what I'm talking about, Guns in Schools, War of Terror, Health Scare, Financial Socialism, Hurricane Katrina FEMA. The questions media refuses to ask for fear of upsetting the cultural norms. That fact that he can make us laugh at the saddest aspects of our culture is what is so telling about Michael Moore ans America, if there is laughter, there is hope. I hope everyone in America would laugh at their mirror!”
kesmarn on Aug 2, 2009 at 11:51:56
“Thanks for posting. Mike is a national treasure.”