Despite the millions of dollars we have already paid in the form of taxes, the US did not have a single fire boom on hand to control the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Congress set a cap limit in the 1990 in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska at $75 million that oil companies would be expected to pay to cover the costs of oil spill clean ups. This is known as the Oil Pollution Act. Later in 1994, the Clinton administration produced the "In-Situ Burn" plan in 1994 calling for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.
Problem is, they never purchased the booms.
Again, our government has failed us by spending our money that was intended to protect us against these accidents by spending the money elsewhere, most likely on some pet project in some congressman’s back yard.
Congress is now back peddling trying to raise the cost that oil companies must pay to $10 billion retroactively.
Obama, being the largest recipient of campaign donations from BP Oil had exempted them from a meeting on offshore oil safety.
No matter what his chatter, it’s business as usual in DC.
Taxpayers will again take it on the chin to pay twice and more for lack of government responsibility. If they succeed in raising the cost to BP to $10 billion, gas prices will go up. The fire booms that are now on order (6) that we already paid for will be paid for again using our tax dollars.
This in turn will lead to all costs rising again on food and consumables that are delivered using any method that requires oil and gas, which is everything we use. This is just what we need at this time. the economy despite the democratic talking heads, is not recovering. This has a real possibility of putting us into a real depression, something the Obama administration will be over-joyed about bringing about the "change" they have been looking for as spelled out in Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" that Obama taught in college and Hillary idolizes.
I can’t state strong enough the need to find the most conservative candidates and get them elected in 2010 and 2012. We thought the republicans were bad until this lot of criminals got put into the White House and are systematically destroying our country by “using whatever means possible” as quoted by Ms. Pelosi and “never let a crisis go to waste” Chief of Staff (as Sean Hannity refers to him) “Rahm Rambo Dead-Fish Emmanuel”