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Why Has Barack Obama Refused To Accept International Help To Clean Up The Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico?

As the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico enters a third month, many are now asking how in the world Barack Obama can keep refusing offers from other countries to help clean up the oil spill.  The truth is that cleaning up oil spills is not rocket science.  There have been massive oil spills in other areas of the world before and there are some folks that have some real expertise when it comes to cleaning them up.  But Barack Obama and BP have been stumbling around as if they are trying to reinvent the wheel.  So exactly what in the world is going on here?  When it comes to Obama's approach to this crisis, there are really two options.  Either this is one of the most extreme examples of presidential incompetence in modern American history, or Barack Obama is using this crisis for a particular purpose (such as advancing a particular agenda).  In either event, Obama's actions during this crisis have been completely and totally unconscionable.

The truth is that 13 different countries have offered to help clean up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Barack Obama turned all 13 of them down.

So let's get this straight....

We are dealing with the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history by far, and yet we completely refuse any assistance?

What kind of insanity is that?

In fact, it is being reported that just three days after the Deepwater Horizon sank to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico the Dutch government contacted Barack Obama and offered to loan BP ships outfitted with special oil-skimming booms.  In addition, the Dutch had a plan to quickly build sand barriers to protect the vulnerable marshlands along the Louisiana coast.

Needless to say, those plans were not implemented.

According to one Dutch newspaper, the European oil companies that offered to help said that they could have completely cleaned all of the oil from the Gulf of Mexico in just four months.

But now Obama is telling us that the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico could last for years.

So what would keep Barack Obama from accepting international offers of help?

Well, Obama is using something called "the Jones Act" as an excuse.

Howard Portnoy recently described what is going on this way....

In order to accept the offers, which have come from Belgian, Dutch, and Norwegian firms that claim to possess some of the world’s most advanced oil skimming ships, Obama would need to waive the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (P.L. 66-261). Also known as the Jones Act, the law requires essentially that all commercial acts conducted in U.S.-controlled waters be performed by “U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.”

So why not simply waive the act? Other presidents have under similar circumstances. George W. Bush waived the Jones Act following Hurricane Katrina, allowing foreign ships into Gulf waters to aid in the relief effort.

The truth is that the Jones Act is not a barrier to receiving assistance at all and Barack Obama knows this.

There would be absolutely no problem with waiving the Jones Act in these circumstances.

So Barack Obama has no excuse.

Either he is completely and totally incompetent or he has been trying to make this crisis worse than it should be.

You see, this is not the first catastrophic oil spill in the history of the world.  There have been others, and we have learned quite a bit about cleaning up oil from those events.  Anthony G. Martin recently described what happened during one particularly brutal oil spill in 1993 and 1994....

In 1993 and '94 the Saudis faced an oil spill of historic proportions in the Arabian Gulf as four leaking tankers and two oil gushers threatened to spur a catastrophic event that was 65 times worse than the Exxon-Valdez spill. 

An American engineer, Nick Pozzi, was part of a task force charged with developing a solution to the looming disaster.

Pozzi had used various methods to clean up oil spills prior to this event.  However, the time was short, and an effective solution was needed post-haste.

That's when Pozzi decided that the huge, empty oil tankers, sitting in the dock, could be used to simply vacuum up the oil right off of the top of the water.

The result was that 85% of the oil was recovered.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Pozzi explained that cleaning up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico should not be that complicated....

Keep in mind that what supertankers typically do is they sit in the middle of the ocean waiting for all the traders to come up with the right price. When they feel that the price is right, the tankers that are full, they take off, and they can be anywhere in the world in a few days. Right now there are probably 25 supertankers, waiting for orders, full of oil. So all they got to do is come to Texas, in the Gulf, unload the oil, and then turn around and suck up all this other stuff and pump it onto shore into on-shore storage. It's not rocket science. It's so simple.

So why won't Barack Obama and BP implement the "supertanker method"?

When asked about it they just brush it off.

Are they that incompetent?

Or is something else going on?

If this crisis had been handled properly, oil would not currently be blanketing our pristine Gulf coast beaches.

An increasing number of Gulf coast residents have become so frustrated that they have decided to take it upon themselves to stop the oil that is headed towards their homes and businesses.

But BP and the Obama administration have been running around trying to keep anyone else other than themselves from doing anything about this oil spill.  In fact, Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of more than 17,000 National Guard members along the Gulf coast to be used "as needed" by state governors, and BP is being allowed to use private security contractors to keep the American people away from the oil cleanup sites.

If they used as much energy cleaning up the oil as they are in keeping the American people away from the spill they might actually be accomplishing something.

Meanwhile, CBS News is reporting that there could be as much as 1 billion barrels of oil under the damaged BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and that it could keep flowing for more than a decade.

Apparently BP made one of the biggest oil discoveries in history, but the problem is that oil is now coming out of there at such high pressure that we simply do not have the technology to control it.

In addition, experts have discovered a massive gas bubble which is estimated to be 15 to 20 miles across and "tens of feet high" under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

So what in the world is going to happen if that thing blows?

Also, there are reports of fissures and cracks appearing on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead.

If this thing goes from a "leak" to an "eruption" it could be a catastrophe beyond anything any of us could even imagine.

So let's hope that nothing like that happens.

But there is another very serious threat that we need to keep an eye on.

Some environmentalists are now warning that North America could be facing years of toxic rain because of the highly toxic chemical dispersants that BP is using to control the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Because it is so poisonous, the UK's Marine Management Organization has completely banned Corexit 9500, so if there was a major oil spill in the UK's North Sea, BP would not be able to use it.  So BP really needs to start explaining why they are dumping so much of it into the Gulf of Mexico - especially since so much of it could end up raining down on us.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are busy playing golf and BP chief executive Tony Hayward has been busy watching his yacht race.

Well, considering the fact that Tony Hayward is set for a massive 10.8 million pound ($16 million) payout if he chooses to step down, perhaps he is not too concerned about exactly how things turn out.

As for Barack Obama, his main concern in all this seems to be advancing his climate agenda.  During a recent interview, Obama directly compared the current crisis in the Gulf to 9/11, and indicated that he believed that it would fundamentally change the way that we all look at energy issues from now on.  But the truth is that cleaning up the oil in the Gulf has nothing to do with the "cap and trade" carbon tax scheme that Obama is trying to foist on all of us.

What Obama needs to do is to accept all the help that is being offered, get everybody working together on cleaning up this mess, and find a way to stop all that oil from coming out of the ground. 

Until he makes some progress on those things, the American people are not likely to want to hear the first thing about all of the new taxes, rules and regulations that he is so eager to impose on all of us.

The Gulf of Mexico is literally being destroyed, and already this disaster has been so horrific that the effects will be felt for decades.  If Barack Obama cares one ounce about the American people he needs to start doing his job instead of playing politics with this crisis.

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  • Paul

    They are using Corexit 9500 because they are allowed to use it. Remember that BP is a company and if Corexit 9500 is a cheaper option than other cleaning methods they will use it. So you can’t really place all the blame on BP for using it because the US government has allowed its use.

    Anyway when is Warren Anderson’s extradition again?

  • Barry

    Dumb American ass8888 fail to understand the simple logic that the act of clean-up only starts when the gusher is contained/stopped. What is the point in cleaning when the gusher is continuously spewing oil and there will be more oil the next day after you’ve done your bit of cleaning today!
    American jerks..understand this simple fact…the oil is not going anywhere and you’ll get your due chance to clean-up all you want..when the time is right and if you’re lucky to be still alive.

  • http://ipadreviewsipadnews.theproductjudge.com IpadExposed

    Obama should have been begging for help from the international community on day one. Why his administration has refused help has been my question for months. Laws get changes all the time when changing them benefits the right people. Obamas’ acts in response to this disaster are grounds for impeachment.

  • Willow

    Obama is useless and is Congress.

  • George Wanker Bush

    You people are ignoring the obvious.

    He doesn’t want the problem fixed.

    Who benefits?

  • bob

    He will not ask for help, why? By using this situation, he can force cap n trade,i.e. holding this hostage to get something passed. Same goes for the border, wont send in the troops to help with border control till his immigration reform is passed? What a manipulating person.

  • http://Wealth-to-Freedom.com Cheryl

    We are having to live through this so that we can become angry enough to wake up to the lies and deceptions we are programed to believe is truth.

    Wake up to the hidden agendas. Who benefits from this not being fixed. There is truth when you ask the right questions.

  • http://www.silenceinthesound.com msavage

    The continuing health problems of people involved in cleanup of the Exxon Valdez spill present urgent lessons for the Gulf cleanup crews. This alert has been posted since day one of the Gulf crude oil spill, and I will continue posting until BP supplies beach oil cleanup workers respirators.

    Dear Gulf Residents.
    http://www.urbanconservancy.org/letters/gulf-coast-cleanup-caution-urged

    The crude oil is toxic. http://www.lvrj.com/news/exxon-valdez-oil-risks-spur-warning-for-gulf-cleanup-crews-93258964.html

    My name is Merle Savage, a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup, and one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers, who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

    Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches, and informed me that Exxon’s medical records that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5632208859935499100

    Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air — the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions, central nervous system problems, neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease. http://www.silenceinthesound.com/stories.shtml

    My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many — and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.

  • lh

    He does not want the leak stopped. He wants to use this disaster as an excuse to take over the oil industry. He already has taken over the car industry, health care, student loans and the banking industry.

    The citizens of the US should be bringing charges against this man!

  • yaridanjo

    USA citizens are laboring under the delusion that their government gives a damn about them or their well being.

  • flek

    HHmmmmmm

    Maybe for political leverage…like leaving the southern border wide open to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

  • SCLINDAH

    Two points:
    1. My guess is he is forcing the oil industry to extinction to push his green agenda (even though we don’t have the technology).
    2. As for the Jones Act, if other ships come in to help, they will have nonunion workers on those ships!

  • LJ

    Barry, so just let everything die on the coast line? you are whats called brain dead! if nothing is done right away, thats all the more oil to share with all the coast lines of the world

  • Big M

    I’m amazed that there isn’t one mention of Katrina here. This is the same exact thing that happened after Katrina. The so-called “response” of the “government” was to run a dress rehearsal for martial law.

    This is no accident. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the oldest and longest-studied drilling areas on Earth. Within 48 hours, if BP didn’t have the leak sealed off, their equipment should have been seized, their CEOs jailed, their workers expelled, and an international panel of experts should have been immediately dispatched to deal with this surreal situation.

    Something else comes to mind. How is it that this company was given a contract to drill a well 5,000 feet down, and attach it to a floating platform in Hurricane Alley without, apparently, giving anybody any proof that they knew what to do if something like this happened?

    This whole thing makes me sick to my stomach, and not only BP, but a whole lot of crooks and traitors in DC need to be held to complete account for this, up to and including the death penalty. To use their language, everything must be on the table. There are some things that can’t be tolerated, and deliberately screwing around and refusing assistance while this area dies is one of them.

    There has to be a special Hell reserved for the heads of corporations.

  • Mad Scientist

    Governments & Corporartions Do Not Believe In Wearing Condoms.
    If the Titanic can’t sink, and deep sea oil drilling can’t go wrong, then I guess I can’t catch AIDS. When you’re as good as BP at drilling mother earth, you don’t need to wear a condom, right? BP literally convinced our government through bribery to ride bareback in the Gulf Of Mexico. The lesson learned here for all: If you’re a prostitute or you’re sleeping with prostitutes, wear a condom at all times. Since bankers, business people and politicians are all sleeping with each other, and they’re getting top dollar for it, doesn’t mean they won’t catch and spread something terrible. Governments and politicians shouls always require the trick to put a condom on it. If Banks want to lend money, the lending process needs a condom on it; they should not want to catch that bad credit disease that’s going around. No ship should sail without having enough lifesaving condoms on board for everyone. No food manufacturer should produce our food without the appropriate condoms in place. And, of course, oil companies shouldn’t be deep-deep drilling without the proper double-layered, reinforced condom safety measures. Yes, condoms are an additional expense no corporation wants to incur. But look what has happened. We now have a very serious case of BOD [Black Oily Disease]. And the diagnosis is that if it ain’t terminal, we will at least have to learn to live it indefinitely.

  • Jimmy

    Barry is another internet coward, hiding in his mom’s basement and using her Mac to toss about insults. Grow up, little man.

  • Paul

    Obama does not want to let a crisis slip by with out taking full advantage of it and getting the expansion of government powers to encompass the issue. its all laid out in the communist manifesto and obama is using it as a play book.

    in this case his cap and tax

  • imp

    Barry, we are capable of doing two things at the same time. Like capping a spill and cleaning it up at the same time. That way it doesn’t cause greater damage before we can cap it.

  • Dan

    As I have said before. I truly beleive this was a planned explusion. Obama never intended to allow drilling in the gulf, but this was a good way to cover his butt by closing off the Rocky mountain front to drilling. Blow up an oil rig. Fire up all the greenies, and shut down all drilling in America. What a plan to incorperate into the rest of the government plans to destroy America and join us with Mexico and Cananda as a one union nation. Hold on people. We are about to go for a ride like this country has never sean before. Prepare yourselfs. If you don’t know God, search him out. He knows you. The plans are all in the bible. Read it. Learn it. Live it.

  • http://Theeconomiccollapse Dang

    Anyone see the HBO tv show called (GASLAND)? A true show about how drilling deep in the inner usa for natural gas. An how they are puting millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into the earth fracing the rock down below to help open the rockd for better production? An the show was showing pictures of how these high pressure injection are seeping into the ground water. They where showing where people where getting sick an cant use there water now. Also showed where even fracing the groud cause the natural gas to be intered into the water supply. One area showed a guy in his house turning his sink on an holding a lighter on the water an it turned into a huge fire ball. This show you dont want to miss seeing.

  • matt

    you can never let a good crisis go to waste. this guy knows no limits to further his socialist agenda. control at all costs.

  • http://www.danielrevelationbiblestudies.com Bob Stout

    These men must not realize the accountability to God Almighty for their actions!!! Not only does God hear everything that goes on in the Earth, but He sees everything too!!! My brothers and sisters, there is a REVOLUTION coming, and nothing is going to stop it!!!I believe the American people are so tired of this administration not doing their job, that thousands if not millions will rise up to the occasion!!!

  • Dmytro

    I would like to ask if its posible to make salary of Obama his senators, and parlament pay for all that damage in gulf?

    for each drop of toxic rain BP must pay damages caused!

    americans, ur home is robed by ur own dog
    toss stopid dog to jail

  • http://namaholston@aol.com Shell

    This great country has systematically dropped to the lowest it has ever been in it’s history! We are unable to elect an able, honest, legal American who has the survival of this country in his/her heart above their desire to make a name, or fortune, for himself. Are we ready for annihilation?

  • Niko

    Obama is not an American citizen where is his Birth Certificate? He doesnt care about our country just like what his Rev Wright says “God Damn America”

  • Demolition Man

    “You people are ignoring the obvious.
    He doesn’t want the problem fixed.
    Who benefits?”

    Uh-huh.. the centuries dead Illuminati perhaps ? Or the Lizard people running the US government ? [insert your own crap idea here]

    Now who the hell benefits from a dead world ?
    1 billion litres of oil or more, plus huge amounts of methane, plus possible oilcano, plus tsunamis, plus global sealife oblivion which trashes the whole damn ecosystem ?
    Oh, but they do have lots of money..
    Perhaps the NWO will live in an underground bunker for the rest of their lives ?

    Skip the secret society NWO crap and start living in the real world, where political and managerial stupidity & incompetence reign supreme, along with “extend and pretend”.
    That’s what these idiots do best which is why we’re seeing it.

  • tyler

    Obama and the mms knew about this well in february. They gave them the green light and they knew it was leaking. I think some great big picture points have been made about how this wasn’t the only deep rig in action. Here is the link about when obama knew about the deepwater horizon. Its at zero hedge in case the link doesn’t work.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-obama-administration-knew-about-deepwater-horizon-35000-feet-well-bore

  • Joe in JT

    The reason (I’m a 2 handicap golfer) O’Bama doesn’t want help from foreign countries is the Dutch and the Norweigians “know what’s going on” when it comes to oil in general, especially spills. The Norweigain oil experts would “let the cat out of the bag” and tell our media just how screwed up BP is and all the games they are playing.

  • Abbas
  • http://www.howtowritetermpapers.com/ stacey

    well God knows the reality…..

  • H Huynh

    Remember Americans! You have voted for your own candidate of your choice, a good talker. Even though the election has passed, many supporters still have not taken off their stickers on their cars and windows.

  • lostinmissouri

    The US Government should be the only one held to blame. Years of idiotic environmental regulations and laws, forced BP and other oil producers into mile deep waters.
    Now, Barry H.O., should be thanking his lucky stars that He has a BP to blame, and that the government can make them pay.
    How much money would the USA think they could get for cleanup, if that had been a Russian owned or Chinese owned or Mexican owned well? Brazil, Cuba, and Venezuela are all drilling there, also.
    This is all about raping another US industry and robbing them blind.
    Organized Crime calling itself our government could care less about the GOM. It is all about taking America down. my 2 cents.

  • cgk

    Barry, you are the dumbass!!! If you clean it up as it spills it doesn’t reach land, you jerk. This is what Obama and his ilk ALLOWED to happen. They let it reach land so they could use it politically to tax the hell out of us and put yet another private industry under their control.

  • Sky Pilot

    Obama, a Muslim, hates America. He was put into power to destroy America from the inside. That is why he wants to maximize the damage from this oil volcano. That is why he canceled our manned space program. That is why he refuses to protect our borders. That is why he wants to sue Arizona for daring to try to uphold the law that Obama won’t enforce. That is why he wants to see our armed forces worn out and exhausted in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is why he is trying to prolong and worsen our economic misery. He is trying to destroy us and he couldn’t be doing a better job of it!

  • Thinktwice

    You said it Mad Scientist. It wouldn’t be such a problem if it were only the bankers and the politicians who were catching something terrible. Unfortunately, we’re all likely to get it and be suffering the after effects for years to come.

  • justmeint

    For goodness sake, isn’t it time to swallow pride and gratefully accept the offers being made by others, who are qualified and available to come and help fix this dreadful situation?

    One would almost think the President either did not care about what is happening, or was too pig headed to see that offers of help – would be beneficial and are needed – otherwise the Requiem for The Gulf should be being practised right now! This will be the world’s largest funeral procession and the longest obituary in living memory.

    http://just-me-in-t.blogspot.com/2010/06/impound-seize-confiscate-make-use-of.html

  • Rev. Reggie Jackson

    The reason that Obama and his administration doesn’t want any help with this gulf fiasco; is that his puppet masters have told him not to accept any. Why? Because they want things to get much worse so that they can have their cap and trade and Carbon Tax Bill. This bill will cause Obama and the rest of his crime family (like Beck says) to become billionaires. For that is how they will be repaid for destroying the Great American Empire.

    The International Bankers/Bilderbergers/ and the Illuminati Freemasons have already robbed America with their Stimulus; 16 months ago. Now its time for Obama and others to cash in on the great American theft and takedown!!

    And after they have greatly looted America; they will create a World War; or a greater regional war; to cull (eliminate through genocides) the masses so that they will only have 2 billion to put their mark of the beast in; instead of 6 billion which would be very difficult.

    But according to Revelation 14:9-11; if you take their beast chip; you will forever be cursed by God because it will mean that you have given your soul and life to Lucifer and his antichrist beast leader son. For the beast leader will demand everything that you have; even your children and spouse. For that chip will send out radio frequency waves that will eventually brainwash you and make you worship and obey his every command.

    And he will then be your god and master. And you will wind up in the great lake of fire and brimstone with him when Jesus returns with His mighty angelic armies from heaven and defeat him and his antichrist beast system!!

  • Joe in JT

    Not getting help from other countries will be our undoing. You just wait. Do you think it’s bad now. A drop of oil in an oyster on a kids plate in North Carolina? Just wait until you hear the news in about 6 weeks that the relief well has failed.
    Just wait when you hear the news the second relief well also failed, and now the oil and gas is percolating threw the sea floor at 250,000 barrels per day. And the only thing to stop the leak now is a nuclear explosion.

    So you think it’s bad now….just wait till Christmas.

  • my finger

    Suck it up and refine it. Obama ignoring it won’t make it go away. He’s not an American….he thinks more like the Europeans Uk etc. Lack of common sense now-a-days. This is america, greatest country in the world, where you can have anything you want if you have the money to pay. They can devise a solution if they would get tree-huggers and other idiots out of the way.

  • dr scientist

    since when did conservatives start caring about the eco system so much? first off before they can clean up this up they need to plug it up which they weren’t able to do up until a couple days ago. and secondly why do we need the help of other countries? we have the resources and manpower to handle the situation

  • http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm ninja650

    Obama obviously has an agenda along with the democrats. The communist party of america was a major campaign endorser….theres a clue. If you look at the communist party goals checklist from 1963 you will see that Obamas actions directly line up from the health care bribes to the disarming of nukes. http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog Nancy

    I didnt vote him into office and frankly all of my family and friends dont know who did. You can bet marsial law will be enacted before he gets out of office that will be his plan. He is moving has fast has he can to implement all these laws against us so we wont be able to kick him out and there will be a uprising just what he wants so they can get rid of us. God have mercy on our souls. Dont forget he is MUSLIM that tells us everything.

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