Hurricane Ike: What would you do, redux?
I blogged a couple of weeks back about the dilemma that coastal residents face with an oncoming tropical storm. Hurricane Ike may reach landfall in the central Gulf Coast late next week, with the recovery from Gustav (landfall Sept 1) is in high gear. With Ike, we have added complexity: an estimated 2 million Louisiana residents evacuated for Gustav. Some of them may still be | Read More »
Gustav aftermath: Jindal Acting Like a Governor
Upon seeing no active looting in the city of New Orleans, the media packed their bags and went home. However, the brunt of the storm’s impact was borne by Houma (pop. 100,000 plus) and Baton Rouge (pop. 500,000 +/-). Houma is currently without water and sanitary sewers; residents will be able to get back in tomorrow to begin assessing damage. Baton Rouge is largely without | Read More »
Hurricane Gustav: Sorry for the Inconvenience, Guys
I am, frankly, appalled by the lack of empathy demonstrated by some of the commenters here at RedState relative to Hurricane Gustav. All this started even before the storm came ashore. At least give us a chance to assess the damage before rolling out the cynicism. Two million people have fled the Gulf Coast. Some of my friends stayed behind because they are exceptionally well-prepared | Read More »
Hurricane Gustav: Ground Zero = Port Fourchon?
As of 11 pm EDT Saturday night, meet Hurricane Gustav’s new Ground Zero: Port Fourchon. Port Fourchon is not some sleepy little fishing village. Port Fourchon is an important operating base for the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Some 18% of the nation’s oil supply comes ashore via pipeline at Port Fourchon. That includes production from Deepwater and Shelf producing | Read More »
Hurricane Gustav: Is there an award for “Farthest Evacuation”?
So I blogged the other night *[maybe you'll have better luck than I did trying to pull up "My Diary"] *about the uncertainty and the psychology of hurricane preparations, specifically the questions: Should we run? If so, when? And to where? Well, for us, and for this storm, those questions have been answered thusly: Yes. Friday night. Chicago. Yes, the one in Illinois.
TS Gustav: OK, Smart Guy, what would >you< do?
The best and brightest minds are forecasting TS Gustav to strengthen into Hurricane Gustav and make landfall on the central Louisiana coast midday Tuesday. That would put the eye over my backyard about half-past Oprah on Tuesday in the pm. OK. So. The $64 dollar question is, what would you do in my situation? Stay put? Evacuate? If so, to where? and when?
“Above your pay grade”?!
While I would tend to agree that Barack Obama is overmatched by the moral depth inherent in the question “When does life begin?”, his answer to the question opens the door to many other issues where, as President, he might be in over his head. As Leader of the Free World, the President of the United States doesn’t get to skate on any issue, and | Read More »
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) Joins House Energy Revolt
Dear Friends, Today I returned to the House Floor in Washington, D.C., calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, to reconvene the House to vote on meaningful energy legislation. Gas prices continue to squeeze family budgets, this is what I heard across Southwest Louisiana. Congress can act to help lower the cost of gas and diesel, but the Speaker and Washington Democrats refuse any reasonable | Read More »
Offshore Energy 101: 68,000,000 Acres Revisited
Based on this map (which, by the way, is two years old), does it look to you like the oil and gas industry has not been aggressively exploring the deepwater Gulf of Mexico? That’s where a big chunk of the 68 million acres of non-producing Federal oil and gas leases are located. Even the Washington Post recognizes the fallacy of counting non-producing leases: deepwater tracts | Read More »
Why We Must Expand Drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf
“Why don’t we just go drill the 86 billions of barrels we know we have?!” So goes the argument for expanding drilling in the OCS (or in ANWR, or any other unexplored basin, for that matter) – as if there is an existing inventory of “proved reserves” just waiting to be exploited. The problem is, many of the places where those 86 billion barrels supposedly | Read More »
“Not In My Back Yard”, Indeed! Texas Leads the Way to Energy Security
Elizabeth Ames Jones is a Railroad Commissioner in the State of Texas. The Railroad Commission is the primary state body with responsibility for regulating oil and gas drilling and production in the state. Here’s a link to her Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal highlighting the success of the Barnett Shale natural gas play near Fort Worth. Link may require subscription. For those of | Read More »
Confucius: “The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Deroy Murdock gets it mostly right in National Review Online: Santa Barbara [the catastrophic 1969 oil spill] accelerated oil companies’ efforts to prevent such disasters. Beyond compliance with 17 major permits and 90 different federal regulations, offshore operators frequently conduct accident training and safety exercises. Sensors and other instruments now help platform personnel monitor and handle temperatures and pressures of subsea oil, even as drill | Read More »
What Happens When You Move Oil in Boats and Barges…
The catastrophic spill occurred early Wednesday after a 600-foot Liberian-flagged tanker named The Tintomara collided with a barge being pulled by a tugboat near the Harvey Locks. The barge — which was carrying 400,000 gallons of thick, tar-like No. 6 fuel oil — was split in half, sending its contents into the river. As a result, the Mississippi River is shut down to boat traffic | Read More »
The Campaign Finance Woes of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA)
New Orleans’ love affair with the corrupt extended family of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) may be entering its last days. From the Times-Picayune: Of the roughly $45,500 Jefferson raised between April and June — a paltry sum for a senior member facing a reelection fight — $13,800, or about one third, came from his own family.
Greenies Approve California Offshore Drilling Plan
Prominent Californians including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are adamantly opposed to offshore drilling in all its forms. Unless, apparently they have some skin in the game… From the Wall Street Journal: Environmentalists Say Yes to Offshore Drilling After the [disastrous 1969 oil] spill, Santa Barbara residents formed an environmental group called GOO! (Get Oil Out!), one of the first community groups to oppose offshore oil | Read More »
Congressional Dems Beclown Selves With “Drill It or Lose It” Bill
Democrats try to spur more oil exploration The Gulf of Mexico, at least the western “shelf” portion off Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, is what is know as a mature oil and gas basin. It has been under intensive exploration since 1947. Billions of barrels and trillions of cubic feet have already been produced. While billions/trillions more may be found, the vast majority of the | Read More »
Update on Gov. Jindal’s Slush Fund Vetoes
Gov. Jindal has vetoed $16 million of $53 million total “slush fund” legislative grants. The 258 vetoes in House Bill 1, the state’s nearly $30 billion operating budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year, is more than double the combined number of line-item vetoes in the past 12 years. Coupled with Jindal’s veto of $9.3 million in spending from a previous budget bill, they suggest the | Read More »
LA Gov. Jindal Eyes “Slush Fund” Veto
Jindal may veto “slush fund” expenditures “Non-Governmental Organizations” (NGOs) have long been the recipients of state funds as directed by the State Legislature. In the old system, there was one designated slush fund for the “urban caucus” and another for the “rural caucus”. In practice, these NGOs have received little attention; their “community development” missions are difficult to audit and control. Plundering of tax money | Read More »