Saturday, September 6, 2008

Wake Up People- The Situation in Louisiana After Gustav Is A National Security Concern

I was watching the FOX business show this morning and they were all complaining about Federal help for home owners in Louisiana after the hurricane. One guy said well that is the trade off you get for great weather unlike in Chicago. You choose to live there and deal with it. First let me say I would like Mr Chicago to get down here and suffer through the humidity we do.

We are not exactly like Alabama, Mississsippi, or Florida. Hell we don't even how beaches besides two small slivers of sand on the whole Coast.

As I keep pointing out in my posts on Coastal erosion we are a working Coast and the nation needs people on it!! That is one reason why I am excited about Governor Palin. She runs a state that also supplies a good bit of the nations energy and seafood but is pretty much ignored. It is an asset that is often neglected.

Crunchy Con had a good article talking about the situation at Bobby Jindal, in command.
Please note the other blogger he links and his post here at 'Now do you care about Louisiana?' He says
IF THE NATION'S ARBITERS of newsworthiness happened by accident to take a look at Friday's Times-Picayune -- after all, it is a New Orleans newspaper -- they might want to rethink their lack of attention to what was hit by the "bullet" the Crescent City dodged:
Three days after Hurricane Gustav made landfall, more than 95 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production is still shuttered and a key hub for the offshore petroleum industry remains without power.
Gustav slammed into Port Fourchon, a hub used by more than 60 companies to service Gulf rigs and platforms, before coming ashore in Cocodrie on Monday.
Port Fourchon also houses the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, a facility that receives about 12 percent of the nation's oil imports.Director Ted Falgout said Thursday that Port Fourchon may not be able to receive power for four to six weeks. He also said storm sediment and stones displaced from a jetty may leave one of the port's channels impassable for as long as a week.Meanwhile, the energy sector is beginning to reoccupy its facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, although the bulk of oil and gas production remains shut down.
More than 87 percent of the Gulf's natural gas production remained shut down on Thursday, down from 92 percent on Wednesday. More than 95 percent of Gulf oil production remained shut down on Thursday, the same amount as Wednesday.As of Thursday, 73 percent of the platforms in the Gulf and 52 percent of the rigs in the Gulf remained evacuated. Platforms are the offshore structures from which oil and natural gas are produced. Rigs are offshore drilling facilities.
DOESN'T THIS MEAN that the United States has just lost a pretty big slice of its oil supply for the foreseeable future? And isn't that a big deal?As a T-shirt popular down on the bayou says, "Now do you care about Louisiana?"

This was not on the FOX business show or any other for that matter. It is much more populart to talk about thesesilly people that live in fragile areas. Now these silly people are working their asses off so the Country does not go into a crisis of huge porportions. All while most of the State, including major areas in the north were devastated.

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