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  •  More on LA's Governor (12+ / 0-)

    I’ve already posted how Bobby Jindal, while criticizing Obama for taking too long to respond to the spill, has not yet distributed $40 million in grants from BP. From that grant, he has spent (as of yesterday) only about $3 million out of $25 million for spill-related expenses, not yet issued a contract for $15 million promote tourism, and called up only 1,100 of the 6,000 National Guard authorized for the spill clean-up efforts.

    Here’s a bit more about Jindal:

    In 2006, he sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act, a bill to eliminate the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf.


    Louisiana also has a history of accommodation to the industry's role in coastal erosion, which devours the equivalent of a football field of the state's wetlands every 38 minutes ... State regulators are supposed to weigh a project's environmental risks against its economic benefits, but the balance is tipped overwhelmingly in favor of oil and gas. In fact, of more than 4,500 coastal permits requested by energy companies between 2005 and 2009, regulators did not deny a single one. Although some applications were still being evaluated, the vast majority allowed firms to do everything from tap new oil wells to install pipelines buried deep beneath fragile marshland from Calcasieu to Plaquemines parishes. More than 100 permits were granted "after the fact," meaning that companies had already begun their work before approaching the state for permission.

    And last but not least:

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)  noted Jindal's poor record in ethics and government transparency as primary reasons for placing hims No. 4 on the list of the 11 worst governors in the U.S.


    The news: whether you like it or not. -- James Poniewozik

    by RhodaA on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 11:23:06 AM PDT

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