Palin’s Criticisms Of Obama Response To Oil Spill Untrue
Sarah Palin claimed on the O’Reilly Factor that the administration wasn’t open to accepting help from foreign nations, including the Dutch who “can’t get their calls returned.” She blamed the president for not consulting with the Dutch because they’re “known for dykes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills.” But the administration did solicit help from foreign countries, including the Dutch. (h/t Think Progress)
In the past week, the United States submitted its second request to the European Union for any specialized equipment to contain the oil now seeping onto the Gulf of Mexico’s marshes and beaches, and it accepted Canada’s offer of 9,842 feet of boom. The government is soliciting additional boom and skimmers from nearly two dozen countries and international organizations.
In late May, the administration accepted Mexico’s offer of two skimmers and 13,779 feet of boom; a Dutch offer of three sets of Koseq sweeping arms, which attach to the sides of ships and gather oil; and eight skimming systems offered by Norway.
In terms of what is accepted from foreign entities, the administration has to consult with BP before signing off on aid.
Dutch authorities have worked in Louisiana since Katrina hit and were among the first to offer to help. After some hesitation, BP has obtained the state-of-the-art Dutch skimmers, two of which are in operation. Meanwhile, a massive sand-dredging operation is moving slowly.Click here for reuse options!
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