People, people, people! You MUST stop watching Fox News unless you do so purely to point and laugh. It’s NOT REAL NEWS and that has been proven repeatedly.
Of all the goofy comments that people have submitted to this blog, the comments on the BP spill are prize worthy.
Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson falsely claimed that “international help has been offered, but not accepted” for the Gulf oil spill response, citing the Jones Act, which she speculated that President Obama has not waived because of union pressure. In fact, the National Incident Commander has repeatedly stated that foreign vessels are operating in the Gulf, that they have not yet “seen any need to waive the Jones Act,” and that they are prepared to process case-by-case waivers if needed.
There is no need for Obama to waive the Jones Act because foreign vessels are exempt. See 55113 of the Jones Act.
From U.S. Politics Today
HARAHAN, La., June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Recent news stories have been erroneously reporting that foreign skimming vessels are not able to work on the BP oil spill cleanup because of the Jones Act. These reports are incorrect. The Jones Act does not apply and therefore does not prevent foreign vessels from working on oil skimming operations in waters beyond the state’s three-mile limit. In fact, a number of foreign vessels have been working at the scene for some time.
For skimming activities within any state’s three-mile limit, longstanding and established law says that any such work, including the skimming activity, must be performed by a U.S. vessel, if one is available. If a U.S. vessel is not available, there is a waiver process that can be used to bring in foreign vessels. We are not yet aware of any waiver request being made because a U.S. vessel is not available. The important distinction is that under the Jones Act, foreign vessels may be used only if U.S. vessels are not available. MORE…
From Media Matters
Q: There are many people who say that the best dredgers and skimmers in the world come from countries like the Netherlands and France and that they can’t — they’re not being asked to come in because of the Jones Act. Is that the case? And why not get around that, suspend that, so you can bring that other you know technology in?
ADMIRAL ALLEN: Well, first of all, those are source countries. That’s correct, they’re available. But we are using them. We are dealing with folks like Norway, the Netherlands, Canada and other places. Anyplace that’s got skimming capability that’s available, we’re willing to talk to them, and we actually have, in some cases, actually transferred the equipment down and will continue to do that.
If it gets — if it gets to the point where there’s a Jones Act required, we’re willing to do that, too. Nobody’s come to me with a request for a Jones Act waiver, but any skimming capability we can bring in, we’re looking for.
Q: So are the actual boats being brought in or just the equipment?
ADMIRAL ALLEN: Well, in some cases it’s the skimmer itself. In some cases, the skimming equipment is organic to the vessel itself. It depends on what you’re talking about. To my knowledge, what we brought in is actually skimming equipment rather than the vessels themselves, but we can give you a detailed listing.
Watch for it: The next thing FAUX News will say is that Obama is slighting American vessels by allowing foreign ones to help.