Under the present system America's public seas are run by 24 different federal agencies operating under 140 laws with little or no coordination among them. The result has been decades of overfishing, pollution, coastal sprawl and beach closures.
Jackson looked worse than an oiled pelican in Barataria Bay as she tried to extricate herself from Mikulski's sticky questions. The Senator from Maryland demanded to know why Jackson did not know the extent of her authority as head of the EPA.
Pressure from Senator George LeMieux has paid off with an emergency federal rule to permit more oil cleanup vessels to leave their posts elsewhere along America's coastline and finally head to the Gulf of Mexico to provide help.
This isn't the time for the Lone Ranger leader. Those advising the president to get out in front of the problem have neglected to notice that his trying to appear to do so is actually part of the problem.
Maybe what we really need isn't a funnel or a cap or a plan to clean-up all the beaches that will doubtlessly turn black in the days ahead. Perhaps we need a few more leaders with the guts to look us in the eyes and tell us the truth.