Two Months Later And Still Waiting . . .

Hop in my Chrysler, it’s as big as a whale and it’s about to set sail!

Testing? We don’t need no stinkin’ testing, either the damn thing works or it doesn’t, get on with it!

‘A Whale’ mega-skimmer arrives in Gulf of Mexico, testing begins

The modified ship is being hailed as the “world’s largest skimming vessel” and is being tested in waters north of the oil spill to see if it can safely skim 21M gallons of oil per day.

The 1,100-foot long tanker, called “A Whale,” was designed to carry iron ore and crude oil. However, according to ABC News, after hearing about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, “the owner of the ship, mysterious Taiwanese billionaire Nobu Su, ordered his engineers to cut vents in the bow and redesign the tanks inside, creating the largest skimming vessel in the world.”

The offer by Nobu Su and his company, TMT Shipping, was accepted by U.S. government officials on the condition that tests be conducted to see if the modified ship will work for skimming purposes. As mentioned in the video above, “this type of retrofitting has not been done before.”

According to ABC News, Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander, said, “We’re anxious to find out how effective it will be. But it is a very large ship that’s been converted to be able to recover oil, and we’ll see how it goes.”

CNN reports that the A Whale arrived in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and testing took place Saturday and Sunday. Initial test results are expected on July 5.

See also:
Gulf oil spill update: A Whale skimmer test continues, oil pushes into Louisiana marshes (pictures)
World’s largest skimmer finally arrives in Gulf, but still needs federal approval
Largest skimmer in the world must be deemed ‘effective’ by the federal government before it’s allowed to help with oil clean-up
‘A Whale’ skimmer enters gulf oil spill cleanup
EPA Administrator “Would Not Go Into the Water Today” as Oil Skimmer Attempts to Clean Oil from the Gulf
BP Oil Spill Live Updates: A Whale Skimmer Launched to Solve Problems
A Whale continues skimming operations
‘A Whale’ Supertanker Oil Skimmer Offers Hope for Gulf Spill
Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT)

So let me see if I understand this correctly. We have a giant oil skimmer that can theoretically clean up the Gulf in a week, but the EPA is withholding permission for it to operate because the EPA is worried that the oil laden water that the A Whale scoops up might somehow magically come out on the other end less environmentally friendly, is that it? GOOD GOD, HOW CAN THE A WHALE MAKE THE WATER ANY WORSE THAN IT IS NOW? WHAT KIND OF OBAMA ABOMINATION OPERATION ARE WE RUNNING HERE ANYWAY?

/hello, are there any sane adults in charge here?

Obama Finds Ass To Kick, Boots More Jobs Than Oil Spill

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It’s bad enough that Obama’s economic policies don’t create any private sector jobs. Now, Obama, in his infinite inanity and in response to the fluke Gulf oil spill, decides that the best way to help the already hammered Gulf Coast economy is to voluntarly destroy thousands of more jobs in addition to those already lost to the effects of the oil spill. I’m not sure which man caused disaster is worse, the oil spill or Obama?

Gulf drilling ban expected to cost thousands of jobs, millions in pay

The White House extended its ban on new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Slope of Alaska, along with an order to cease any ongoing deep sea drilling operations on Thursday, May 27, 2010. The six month moratorium is projected to result in the loss of approximately 46,000 jobs, according to a CNN Money report.

The White House decision was met with scrutiny from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who wrote a letter to President Obama Wednesday, June 2, 2010, stating that prohibiting deepwater drilling could result in the loss of 6,000 jobs for Louisianans for this month alone.

The ban requires all Gulf of Mexico wells in waters over 500 feet to shut down. It also bans any new permits from being issued for any new deepwater drilling anywhere. The White House changed the ban from 30 days to six months last week to allow for investigations into what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to explode on April 20.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt defended the moratorium, stating, “The President believes we must ensure that the BP Deepwater Horizon spill is never repeated,” and stressed that the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association ban is only for deep water drilling. Shallow water rigs are not subject to the ban.

See also:
Louisiana’s Sen. Landrieu blasts Interior Secretary Salazar on Gulf drilling ban
Landrieu presses Salazar on 6-month Deepwater Drilling Moratorium
Oil rigs leaving Gulf of Mexico over drill ban
Oil Supply Disruption: A Sure Bet On Job Losses
ENGLER: Drilling moratorium is a jobs moratorium
Drilling moratorium could cost Houston thousands of jobs
‘Thousands of Louisianans are going to be out of work because the president wanted a get-tough headline’
Obama under pressure on oil drilling ban
Railroad Commish Jones: ‘President Obama, Reverse Drilling Ban’
Anger over Obama block on Gulf of Mexico oil drilling after BP disaster
Drilling Bits of Fiction
Salazar’s own experts opposed drilling moratorium
Louisiana officials fret over drilling moratorium

Yep, while Obama “studies the problem” by day and party’s hardy with celebrities by night, the Gulf oil spill disaster worsens by the day and now he’s adding to the problem. Jobs are increasingly disappearing and, along with the drilling rigs that are now leaving the Gulf for work elsewhere, many are never coming back. It’s amazing, if a policy is absolutely wrong headed and devastatingly detrimental to the American economy, Obama is attracted to that policy and sticks to it like an energized electromagnet.

/yeah, Obama, the proverbial one legged man at the ass kicking contest, has found some ass to kick all right, OURS!

Out Of The Rubble And Ready For Overseas Contingency Operations

USS New York, ship built with steel from the World Trade Centre, sets sail

The USS New York, built with tonnes of steel salvaged from the World Trade Centre towers, began its journey to New York today after undocking from a New Orleans-area shipyard.

The assault ship, named in honour of those killed in the 9/11 attacks, left the Northrop Grumman shipyard for a trip to its namesake city. The vessel will sail down the Mississippi river, through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida and up the Atlantic coast on its voyage to the Big Apple.

The 208 metre- (684 foot-) long ship has a flight deck and can carry 800 marines. About 7.5 tonnes of steel from the World Trade Centre was melted at the Bradken Inc foundry in Amite, Louisana and used to construct the ship’s bow.

Doug Lounsberry, a Northrop Grumman deputy manager, said the ship is important to the workers who constructed it – not only because it commemorates those killed in the 2001 attacks, but also due to the setbacks they overcame following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Lounsberry said: “It’s like raising a kid. We’re sending this one off to college. But after they leave, they remain near and dear to your heart.”

Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Mississippi to watch the ship as it passed. Among them were Christine Cox, of Sterling, Virginia who said: “It’s awesome for anything so tragic to be so uplifting here.”

See also:
USS New York, made with World Trade Center steel, heads home
USS New York Makes Maiden Voyage From New Orleans to New York City
Ship symbolizes survivors bond between NYC, New Orleans
Blogging aboard the USS New York
USS New York LPD-21 | A ship forged from the steel of the World Trade Center
USS New York (LPD 21) | The Official Website. Commissioning Event Information
USS New York (LPD-21)

/may God bless her and all who sail in her