Given all of these benefits, why have Obama and the political establishment chosen to remain silent? The explanation has to do with retrograde and backward beliefs which have been hindering environmental progress for a generation.
On Sept. 3, when Jiles returned to Braithwaite after evacuating to Houston with a caravan of relatives, he found his neighborhood cordoned off because it was within a mile of Stolthaven. "We were under mandatory evacuation," he said.
Nalco Company, the maker of Corexit used to disperse oil from the BP spill, is using Louisiana state credits to build an $18.7 million polymer facility at its Garyville plant -- 35 miles upriver from New Orleans.
Residents worry about spills in the river, and wonder if oil lapping at the coast has affected their faucet water. Local, state and federal authorities, however, say the city's tap water meets and, under some criteria, exceeds their standards.