To be fair, late yesterday word came that the President is finally accepting some foreign assistance to help temper the spill. Of course, it happened 67 days after the first offers came in, but we can let bygones be bygones, right?
No, we can't. And why not?
Check this out.
Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.That percentage isn't a typo.
How about cleaning up the coasts. Saving some wildlife. And helping the economy down there by changing this bureaucratic nonsense and changing that purity requirement to 99% even?