“You shall know them by thy fruits.” -Matthew 7:16
Today is Day 48 of the Gulf Oil Crisis. The devastation to the Gulf’s wildlife is now widespread. Yesterday, June 5, the AP’s Holbrook Mohr and John Flesher report that:
“nearly seven weeks after a BP rig exploded and the wellhead a mile below the surface began belching millions of gallon of oil…the wildlife apocalypse along the Gulf Coast that everyone has feared for weeks is fast becoming a terrible reality.
Pelicans struggle to free themselves from oil, thick as tar, that gathers in hip-deep pools, while others stretch out useless wings, feathers dripping with crude. Dead birds and dolphins wash ashore, coated in the sludge. Seashells that once glinted pearly white under the hot June sun are stained crimson. Scenes like this played out along miles of shoreline Saturday.
[…] President Barack Obama pledged Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address to fight the spill with the people of the Gulf Coast. His words for oil giant BP PLC (BP) were stern: “We will make sure they pay every single dime owed to the people along the Gulf coast.” But his reassurances offer limited consolation to the people who live and work along the coasts of four states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida – now confronting the oil spill firsthand.
In Gulf Shores, Ala., boardwalks leading to hotels were tattooed with oil from beachgoers’ feet. A slick hundreds of yards long washed ashore at a state park, coating the white sand with a thick, red stew. Cleanup workers rushed to contain it in bags, but more washed in before they could remove the first wave of debris. The oil is showing up right at the beginning of the lucrative tourist season, and beachgoers taking to the region’s beaches haven’t been able to escape it.
[…] At Pensacola Beach, Erin Tamber, who moved to the area from New Orleans after surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, inspected a beach stained orange by the retreating tide. “I feel like I’ve gone from owning a piece of paradise to owning a toxic waste dump,” she said.
[…] With no oil response workers on Queen Bess, Plaquemines Parish coastal zone management director P.J. Hahn decided he could wait no longer, pulling an exhausted brown pelican from the oil, the slime dripping from its wings. “We’re in the sixth week, you’d think there would be a flotilla of people out here,” Hahn said. “As you can see, we’re so far behind the curve in this thing.”
[…] Federal authorities say 792 dead birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife have been collected from the Gulf of Mexico and its coastline…. Experts say the Gulf’s marshes, beaches and coastal waters, which nurture a dazzling array of life, could be transformed into killing fields, though the die-off could take months or years and unfold largely out of sight. The damage could be even greater beneath the water’s surface, where oil and dispersants could devastate zooplankton and tiny invertebrate communities at the base of the aquatic food chain.”
It took 13 days before Obama even made his first visit to the Gulf coast. All of us, liberals or conservatives, know darn well that if George W. Bush were still president, there would be cries for impeachment by now.
Obama has justified his administration’s inaction by seeking shelter in some unnamed law that purportedly makes the oil company — in this case, British Petroleum (BP) — which is responsible for an oil leak also solely responsible for its cleanup.
THAT IS A LIE.
The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 gives the president of the United States complete responsibility for immediate action in cleaning up an oil spill. OPA, among other things, amended Section 311 of the federal Clean Water Act. Section 311 specifies that:
(A) If a discharge, or a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance from a vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility is of such a size or character as to be a substantial threat to the public health or welfare of the United States (including but not limited to fish, shellfish, wildlife, other natural resources, and the public and private beaches and shorelines of the United States), the President shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to remove the discharge or to mitigate or prevent the threat of the discharge.
(B) In carrying out this paragraph, the President may, without regard to any other provision of law governing contracting procedures or employment of personnel by the Federal Government–
(i) remove or arrange for the removal of the discharge, or mitigate or prevent the substantial threat of the discharge; and
(ii) remove and, if necessary, destroy a vessel discharging, or threatening to discharge, by whatever means are available.
A sin of omission is failing to do something good when you know you should. The legal dictionary defines a sin of omission as the “failure to perform an act…where there is a duty to…the public to act (including omitting to take care) or is required by law. Such an omission may give rise to a lawsuit in the same way as a negligent or improper act.”
In Obama’s case, his many many days of deliberate inaction with regard to the BP oil volcano in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are more than a sin of omission. His inaction is a dereliction of duty, in violation of a federal law: Section 311 of the Clean Water Act.
Fellowship of the Minds hereby calls for the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama.
~Eowyn & Steve