That’s Right Nate

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Giant Oil Spill Threatens New Orleans – Should We Care?

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Anybody who has recently seen the HBO series Treme, can tell you that New Orleans is a city with a vibrant cultural heritage.   I tried to watch it myself, but when one of the characters played by Steve Zahn held Professor Longhair as being greater than Jesus, I found I could not take anymore.   Still, New Orleans is where food like Popeye’s Chicken and red beans and rice comes from as well as the musical art form frequently called Dixieland Jazz.  When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on 2005, it was wisely decided to rebuild and while New Orleans hasn’t been completely fixed, it now boasts a Super Bowl champion.

Now, comes news that a large 5,000 barrel a day oil spill is in the Gulf of Mexico and spreading towards New Orleans.   I for one have had enough.   With our current troubled economy, can we really afford to spend millions of dollars protecting the city’s shoreline?   If New Orleans is ever going to be self-sufficient, the government needs to get out of the way and let private industry clean up the spill.  5,000 barrels of oil a day could be extremely valuable on the open market and we should encourage oil companies to clean up the spill by allowing them to keep any oil they clean up.  I can almost guarantee that BP and American companies would be fighting for the rights to reclaim the oil.

The large question though is the future of New Orleans.   The city was built precariously on the Gulf of Mexico and will forever be vulnerable to oil spills like this.   Only Representative Jack Kimble (R-CA) has had the courage to speak out against rescuing the city saying, “”That doesn’t make sense to me. … And it’s a question that certainly we should ask.”

Kimble continued, “It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed anyway.”

Kimble was quickly attacked for his candor, but he certainly brings up a good question and if you read the whole interview instead of taking quotes out of context you reallize that what Kimble is speaking of is New Orleans’ terrible location so close to oil drilling.  Former Dartmouth English professor E.Y. Hansen told the Heritage Valley Times-Gazette this week, “”New Orleans naturally wants to be an oil slick.  A city should never have been built there in the first place.”

As long as New Orleans is located so close to so much oil production, it will forever be in peril.  It’d be wonderful if we could just ignore the facts, but we can’t.   This will not be the last oil spill to impact the city.  We have to ask ourselves, is this the last oil spill we will pay to clean up or will we just keep bailing out New Orleans?


Written by thatsrightnate

April 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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  1. I have a sinking feeling that this oil disaster is being downplayed and may be much larger than we think. I wanted to know just how much oil was flowing into the ocean from that broken pipeline (in both barrels and in gallons) so I did some research on my own.

    Barrels vs. Gallons

    Most news articles claim that since April 21, 2010 roughly 4 million gallons of sweet crude have been leaked into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons per day. But according to an Associated Press article just posted today (What went wrong at oil rig? A lot), approximately 4,000,000 barrels have already spilled into the Gulf. When you convert those barrels into gallons, you end up with a whopping 168,000,000 gallons of oil: that’s a difference of 164,000,000 gallons from the previous estimate!

    (Don’t believe me? Read the articles and convert the measurements for yourself.)

    The Destructionist

    May 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

  2. Have you ever been to New Orleans? Or do you just settle for mediocre premium cable for your research when you judge a great city?
    Not once do you mention the business potential of New Orleans. Or that it’s the fastest growing city in the nation (and that’s not just because of people moving back after Katrina). Do you recall WHY the city was built there? Or do you just rely on a single representative for your reasoning?
    Also, it’s not just New Orleans… don’t forget the Mississippi and the other gulf states.
    The oil spill is drastically downplayed, and your ignorance to the redeeming factors of the Crescent City disgusts me. You also fail to mention the seafood industry and the environmental damage this will cause – and that’s not just a New Orleans thing either. That’s a world issue, and it’s going to be messy.
    Too bad that this city exists in your country and has been supported by your country. What are you, unpatriotic or something?


    May 27, 2010 at 2:04 am

  3. ok first of all it was by far one of the dummest ideas to ever build that city that far out and how it sits on the ocean. And like you said it puts us in a train wreck when something goes wrong by them because it raises taxes and brings our economie down. Like Kimble said, it should be bulldozed down. I believe that it was a dumb reason for BP to not lisen and keep drilling(obviously), but they shouldn’t just have to pay for damage something much more serious should happen to them. I’m not going to lie but im not even sure why we thought we had to have a 4 mile long ,pipe of freaking oil in the ocean at all but it was a stupid idea. We all knew there could be an accident but we never prepared. Everything that has happened to use is our own fault so we obviously need to stop and think what we are doing wrong. I also think that the whole clay thing is also a dumb idea even though it’s the “only” thing we can do. If the pressure becomes to much for that pipe, The whole thing will explode and lives, animals, and our future will be ruined. Millions of things will be damaged and gone along with the ocean. This just aggravates me how stupid this world is. The fact we only have one earth and we are fucking it up every single day!

    Christina Greger

    May 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

  4. i have seen most of this country in my 35 years and i can tell you first hand big business and satanic corporations and generally soulless lame fucks have sucked dry the beauty and uniqueness of many american cities like new york, boston, los angeles, seattle etc etc etc. we have truly fallen. one shining example of defiance to the very assholes and asshole mindset that created this catastrophe is the city of new orleans. ill leave it at that bc this has already been too much of a waste of my time. fuck off and die nate, but do it somewhere other than america, you dont even deserve to rot here.

    thats wrong nate

    May 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

  5. You seem to be the one who hates America. Where did you get that language from? John Goodman’s character on Treme?


    May 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm

  6. never seen it. i love this country… but like most people on the planet in 2010 i hate what its turning into. bulldoze n.o.? YOU and yours are the downfall.

    thats wrong nate

    May 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm

  7. Thank you at least for not swearing this time. You have to admit, it was pretty stupid putting a city that close to offshore drilling and hurricane territory.


    June 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm

  8. The city is 96 miles upriver dummy and this ain’t about just New Orleans stupid.

    Please support defense of 4,700 square miles of wetlands in Louisiana, used to be 7,000 until the Corps improved our wetlands for commerce,. It’s 1/3 of the nation’s wetlands. 77,000 miles of marsh coastline and all the critters, migratory and many unique species that stay put all year. Aquatic life, mammals, birds, reptiles, bugs and fauna, dead and gone. Marsh land without fauna washed away, We lose that and we’ve got nothing. Think of what this will do to zydeco, jazz, blues and Cajun music, food, art, mental health, the cost of living, national security and constitutional and human rights. Those wetlands are not disposable. The wild life cannot be allowed to be sacrificed. There is not much evidence that BP or the feds have been trying to mitigate wetland damage.

    Why haven’t they enacted adequate oil removal and shoreline defense strategies in parallel with their key stone cops a mile down dog and pony show strategy?

    BP seems to be doing everything they can to prevent citizens seeing and publicly reporting oil damage. Their lobbyist seem to be very successful.

    Thank goodness Nate ain’t the decider.

    P.s. BTW, our floods of 2005 were a man made disaster too. That is what federal courts and all of the investigations decided.



    June 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  9. I am not the Decider. There is only one Decider and his name is George W. Bush.


    June 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

  10. i have to admit its pretty stupid to think off shore drill was going on before new orleans was built.

    thats wrong nate

    June 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

  11. Nate,

    I does pain me that you feel the way you do about new orleans. Should most of the cities in southern California have been built on a fault line, no but they decided to do it, much less any other city that sits on a fault in the world, and we all help support those countries and cities that have been struck by earth quakes. It also bothers me that all you know of new orleans is an hbo series, and not the true meaning of what it is to miss new orleans(song referance by the way). this place is truely different than any other city where the only concern is a dollar bill and what type of car you drive, which is why I will always call it home. If for some reason I ever do have to leave this place, I will never claim that I am from any other city in the world by New Orleans. Maybe once this crisis is over, you can visit THE most diverse and amazing city in the world, and then you can realize why we try so hard to save it

    God bless New Orleans………also Drew Brees


    June 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

  12. “this place is truely different than any other city where the only concern is a dollar bill and what type of car you drive, which is why I will always call it home”

    And there you have my issue with the city in a nutshell.


    June 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

  13. now I am just worried about you friend, because you just showed all of us that you are the shallow type of person that cares about nothing but money. so instead of a reading the blog of a bright person that has something to say, you have just become another mindless zombie for money, congratualtions.


    July 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  14. I care about more than money–there’s patriotism, protecting America from our enemies, and country music too.


    July 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  15. protecting america, because your previous statements contradict your words you type. if it was up to you you would give up one of the greatest cities ever(and well know for music if that is one of the things you believe in) which sure does not sould like protecting it. your blog holds no water because you can’t make up your mind. And I also enjoy that BP tony cannot have his life back, because hundreds of thousands of united states citizens cannot have there back because of his companies careless deep water drilling. And just one other question for you. should Alaska have been left for dead after they knew the “risk” of having a exxon ship in there waters? because they knew that they would have a disater on there hands just as you say we knew the risk of a company like BP coming in, cutting corners, had having a self induced disaster on there hands.


    July 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

  16. Of course we should care. If we were to leave things as they are not putting any safety precautions into effect the impact financially to that region would be devastating.

    Pathway Insurance

    April 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

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