As you may know, today marks the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast. Tragically, eleven men lost their lives that day, and it’s important to remember them and their families in our prayers on this somber anniversary. Across south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, we’ve felt the effects of the disaster, which resulted not only in a terrible loss of life, but in widespread economic devastation and environmental damage. (Click here to watch my remarks on the Senate Floor in remembrance of the anniversary.)
The good news is that I don’t think anyone would have predicted that the Gulf would have rebounded to where it is today. That goes for our tourism industry, which is thriving, and of course our Gulf seafood, which is as safe and delicious as ever.
While we reflect on the events of two years ago, I’m continuing to work in Louisiana and in Washington to help our state recover. I am especially focused on two specific areas: getting the fines paid by BP to go towards restoring the damaged Gulf Coast, and getting the offshore energy permitting back to pre BP levels.
In Louisiana we’re all too familiar with the economic damage caused from the moratorium put in place by the Obama administration following the oil spill. Permitting is up since then, but it is still not at the level we need it to be. (Click here to read an op-ed I wrote about energy claims made by President Obama.)
As the Gulf Coast has shown us, America can rebound and turn the tide. We’re recovering from the oil spill and we can take control of our energy destiny, too. That’s because we are the single most energy-rich country in the world – bar none. All we need is a government that lets us produce it.
In other words,
Hey! The oil spill sucked, but look at us! We’re fine! Who cares if there are any more oil spills? We need oil. We’ll be fine. Everything will be fine. Who cares? We need money more than safety.
Read this. Read all of this. (via ryeisenberg)
I will forever reblog this.