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    From Disaster to a Catastrophe In the Gulf - What's Obama's Endgame?

    To many along the Gulf Coast, the oil spill response is Katrina… with a difference. With Katrina, says Mark Riley, an official in Louisiana’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Department, the problem was that the federal government showed up with its “hurricane bag” and found a disaster. This time, they showed … More

    Live From the Gulf: A Rallying Song for America

    As President Obama’s Oil Spill Commission met in New Orleans, Louisiana yesterday, they were met with an unexpected surprise. Drew Landry, a Lafayette native and singer-songwriter treated the commission to a rallying cry for the people of the Gulf, and some wise advice. The Huffington Post reports: “”We definitely need … More

    Louisiana Losing Patience With BP, Government on Oil Spill Claims

    BATON ROUGE, LA — BP has yet to make a single payment from the highly publicized $20 billion claims fund negotiated by President Obama last month at the White House. The fund, which Obama hailed as a breakthrough, is supposed to provide $5 billion by the end of the year … More

    Morning Bell: Oil Spill Response is "Stuck on Stupid"

    If you only listened to President Obama, you wouldn’t even know an oil spill is occurring in the Gulf. He hasn’t spoken publicly about the oil spill since June 22 when he announced it was on a laundry list of items discussed at a cabinet meeting. Before that, on June … More

    Live from the Gulf: Who are the Oil Spill Heroes?

    This is not Governor Blanco’s Louisiana. Since Katrina, the state has reformed and refitted its ability to respond to disasters to the point that it has become a national role model in many respects. It starts with the Gov. Bobby Jindal. Everyday, Jindal convenes a meeting of the State Unified … More

    Live from the Gulf: Oil Spill Follies... Bayou-Myth or Bureaucratic Red Tape?

    Angry. That is the first word that comes to mind listening firsthand to how folks on the Gulf Coast feel about the federal government’s response the oil spill disaster. For many, this far worse than Katrina. That hurricane swept through three states in hours, covering thousands of square miles; wiping … More

    Live from the Gulf: Shrimpers and Fishers Want Drilling Ban Lifted

    Every year, residents of the Gulf come to Morgan City, Louisiana to celebrate the lifeblood of the region’s economy: seafood and oil. This September marks the 75th anniversary of this symbiotic relationship. The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival emphasizes “the unique way in which these two seemingly different industries work hand-in-hand … More

    Gulf Spill Update: Gulf States Suffer Under De Facto Drilling Ban

    The Gulf states thought they finally caught a break last month when a federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s deep-water oil drilling ban, but it turns out they were wrong. With the federal government holding all the cards, a de facto ban on drilling continues, as does the economic … More

    Live from the Gulf: Obama's Oil Spill To-Do List

    On June 30, The Heritage Foundation released a list of ten actions President Obama could immediately take to make a positive impact on the increasingly overwhelming Gulf oil spill. Since then, there has been some action on two of the items. The skimmer known as “A-Whale” is finally being tested … More

    Jindal vs. Obama: Time to End the Drilling Moratorium

    First there was Hurricane Katrina, then there was the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal now says that the newest threat to the economy of his state is President Barack Obama’s moratorium on deepwater drilling. Jindal today joined in support of oil service companies who are suing to halt … More