Thursday, June 10, 2010

Obama Declined Dutch Help On Oil Spill

That's right. Here is the quote from the story:

Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help. 

It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,'” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.


Stephen said...

Yet another unforeseen consequence of protectionism ... "The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas."

Pastor said...

The Dutch ships would have been exempted from the Jones Act under the Good Neighbor Act.

Anonymous said...

I thought a waiver of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (P.L. 66-261), aka The Jones Act, could be granted by the United States Maritime Administration on a case-by-case basis. If I read correctly, waivers can be granted for either national emergency or strategic interest.

Not to argue against Stephen’s point, but is it possible that the problem isn’t protectionism? Is it possible the current political administration didn’t bother to make the request? Perhaps to serve its own strategic interest/political agenda?

Not wanting to start a debate, just respectfully curious of other opinions.