BREAKING: WH Energy Czar Browner Unaware Adm. Allen Willing to Waive Jones Act That Is Slowing Oil Spill Disaster Clean-Up
From a transcript released by the White House of the daily press briefing with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, we learn that some of the best dredgers and skimmers from countries like Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway are being kept away from clean-up efforts in the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because of the Jones Act—a protectionist law that requires vessels working in US waters be built in the US and be crewed by US workers.
Waivers to the Jones Act were granted by the administration of George W. Bush in the days following hurricane Katrina. And today, the Obama White House said waivers might again be considered. “If there is the need for any type of waiver, that would obviously be granted,” said White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs. “But, we’ve not had that problem thus far.”
Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is not so sure about that. He’s hearing from the folks back home in Florida, where they want all the skimmer ships they can get. He sent a letter to Admiral Allen which, in part, reads: “Admiral, I believe the orange mousse of oil that is now in Florida’s waters is more than enough evidence that we need to take advantage of every appropriate global resource. Please advise as to whether we are taking full advantage of the offers of assistance from other countries.”
When asked about this by Fox News, Admiral Allen said, “If it gets to the point where a Jones Act waiver is required, we’re willing to do that too. Nobody has come to me with a request for a Jones Act waiver.”
After fifty-plus days of oil flowing freely into the gulf, the question could be asked: Why do effective and proven foreign clean up ships remain on the sidelines? Joseph Carafano, of the Heritage Foundation, believes it may have something to do with the Obama administration’s close relationship with labor unions.
On June 11, 2010 Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, was caught off-guard when challenged about a Jones Act waiver. At vidmark 5:03 , we learn that she was unaware of Admiral Allen’s willingness to waive the Jones Act.
How damning is it to hear Browner say the White House “speaks to Admiral Allen every day, several times a day” and yet she didn’t know about this? This is shameful.
Again, let me pound this message home: Admiral Allen said, “Nobody’s come to me with a request for a Jones Act waiver, but any skimming capability we can bring in, we’re looking for.”
That’s one crackerjack czar ya got there, Barry.
Read more at No Sheeples Here.