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    Morning Bell: Why Does Louisiana Think This is Obama's Katrina?

    President Barack Obama finished-up his 10-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard yesterday by flying down to New Orleans where he gave a speech at Xavier University marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The President specifically linked the 2005 disaster with the region’s most recent troubles telling the audience: “Even as … More

    Obama to Gulf: Oil Ban Stays

    When President Barack Obama’s own oil spill commission first met in July, they said that the President’s decision to ban oil drilling in the Gulf fell outside their mandate. But after a number of highly charged field hearing in the Gulf, the commission did a 180-degree reversal and promised to … More

    Obama's Oil Moratorium Victims Speak Out: "We Need to Return to Work"

    Businesswoman Lori Davis didn’t mince words at Tuesday’s U.S. Senate field hearing in Lafayette, LA: “The Obama administration has done absolutely nothing to protect, help or support us as an industry that feeds and powers this nation.” Davis told the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, “We need answers, we … More

    Morning Bell: The Gulf Recovery Obama Does Not Want to See

    Next week, for the fifth time since July, the first family will board Air Force One for yet another luxury vacation, this time to an exclusive Martha’s Vineyard estate that rents for up to $50,000 a week. But before they head north, the Obamas will first grace Panama City, Fla., … More

    Businesses Hurt by Drilling Moratorium Left in Dark by BP, Feinberg

    As businesses along the Gulf Coast patiently await the expiration of President Obama’s offshore drilling moratorium, they’re faced with a new hardship: Neither BP nor the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will pay for lost income resulting from the ban. Last week BP announced it was deferring all moratorium-related claims to … More

    Drilling Moratorium Devastating to Gulf

    Gulf Coast residents were in Washington last week to explain the high cost of President Obama’s oil drilling moratorium. The president’s policy, they said, halts more than energy exploration: It also hurts the coastal economy and the day-to-day lives of workers. Their trip, which included briefings on Capitol Hill, was … More

    Gulf Spill Update: Listen to Residents and End the Oil Ban

    On Monday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the federal government’s oil spill recovery efforts, held a town hall meeting in Theodore, Alabama. Rather than dictating their plans to the citizens, he said the government wants to listen to the residents of the … More

    Morning Bell: Let's Get the Gulf Back to Work

    Last night after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled his oil spill response bill, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) told reporters: “The key question is, whose side are you on? Are you on the side of Big Oil, or are you on the side of citizens in coastal communities?” Menendez … More

    Live Video from the Gulf: The Moratorium In Their Own Words

    One of the many questions Heritage’s team in the Gulf asked locals when they visited last week was how they thought the President’s drilling moratorium would affect them. We have highlighted some of the many concerns they shared in a new video. They were roundly critical of the composition of … More

    Morning Bell: Cap and Ban

    The front page of USA Today claims: “President Obama’s attempt to use the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to help propel comprehensive energy legislation has failed.” Don’t believe it for a second. On Monday the Obama administration reissued a ban on offshore oil drilling in the gulf after federal courts … More