Friday, July 30, 2010

Bobby Jindal Wants BP (NYSE:BP) Cleanup in Local Hands

In what was defined as a "contentious" meeting with federal officials, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal said he wants priorities for the BP (NYSE:BP) oil spill cleanup to come from the bottom up, and not from the top down.

Jindal defined what he was talking about, saying, "What we suggest is that they allow each parish to come up with their own detailed plan, parish by parish."

Some of this came from the typical ineptness of the federal government and its multi-layered bureaucracy, which in the recent case of Tropical Storm Bonnie, evidently removed booms and other equipment used to fight oil far too soon before the storm hit the area, according to parish presidents.

This was where a lot of the contention in the meeting revolved around, that the local and regional people in the area now what's best for them, and not the federal government.

Jindal is right in his suggestion. Each region does know what's best for them, and they're the ones with everything at stake. That makes them think through their decisions and the reasons behind it much more efficiently, thoroughly and accurately, than their federal counterparts.

Federal government front man Thad Allen, evidently wouldn't have none of that, rather stating the many government agencies would cooperate closely and "jointly" work on cleaning up the coastal areas.

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