The below received today in an email from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Follow Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their cohorts Schumer, Gillibrand and the rest of the tribe over the edge and it may be too late to return. Red Print is ours.
While the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico gets worse by the minute, BP continues to dodge the tough questions about what went wrong and what they’re doing to fix it.
Obama continues to bob and weave and has shown total incompetentence through this entire issue.
It’s time we got some straight answers. If BP won’t give them of their own free will, we must compel them to do so. This week, 18 of my colleagues and I introduced legislation to grant President Obama’s bipartisan investigative commission subpoena power that will allow it to uncover the unvarnished truth.
How about we get some answers from the administration as well as BP.
But we need your help to get there. Only with a strong grassroots push can we overcome the still-powerful oil lobby and convince Congress to give this commission the teeth it needs to bring transparency to the BP investigation, hold BP accountable, protect taxpayers and begin the difficult process of restoring the Gulf.
Obama has had the least transparent administration in the history of this nation.
As the slick approaches more than a hundred miles in either direction, the economic and environmental costs are seemingly immeasurable. Thousands of Gulf Coast residents have already had their livelihoods stolen from them and the region is losing billions in economic productivity. Equally heartbreaking is millions of acres of wetlands — forty percent of all the wetlands in the country — that are at risk in the Gulf of Mexico and the hundreds of species threatened by the spill, some possibly with extinction.
Within 3 days after this spill the Dutch who have expertise in both skimming and providing barriers to protect their nation offerred assistance and equipment. Britain, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Romania, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden also offered assistance and equipment. The administration has basically said thank you but no thank you. The Jones Act which could have been waived is a part of the problem as well as the administration. We are not saying that BP is blameless.
This bipartisan commission is our best chance to determine what really happened and to protect us from future disasters. I hope you will stand with me today and send a message to Washington that New York and the nation expect us to act.
We also expect you to act. If it had not been for the environmental movement and their following in Congress we may have been drilling in more risk free areas onshore and in shallow water. They also share the blame. There is no benefit to BP to drag their feet and not do whatever they can to stop the leak. On the other hand this presents an opportunity for the Obama administration to promote their Cap and Trade plan which Gillibrand along with Schumer and Scott Murphy (D NY20) support.
I know you share my empathy with the citizens of the Gulf Coast and the concern for the workers that are helping lead the clean-up. Thank you for standing with me as we search for the truth about what caused this tragedy and to help heal the region.