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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 03:34 PM
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Why Did The U.S. Refuse International Help on The Gulf Oil Spill?
http://beforeitsnews.com/news/75/195/Why_Did_The_U.S._R...


Despite the vow by President Obama to keep the Gulf oil spill a top priority until the damage is cleaned up, 50 days after the BP rig exploded, a definitive date and meaningful solution is yet to be determined for the worst oil spill in the U.S. history.

So, you would think if someone is willing to handle the clean-up with equipment and technology not available in the U.S., and finishes the job in shorter time than the current estimate, the U.S. should jump on the offer.

But it turned out to be quite the opposite. .

U.S. Refused Help on Oil Spill

According to Foreign Policy, thirteen entities had offered the U.S. oil spill assistance within about two weeks of the Horizon rig explosion. They were the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.

The U.S. response - Thank you, but no thank you, we've got it.

"..While there is no need right now that the U.S. cannot meet, the U.S. Coast Guard is assessing these offers of assistance to see if there will be something which we will need in the near future."


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WHEN CRABS ROAR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 03:39 PM
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1. Another oil container ship on site perhaps?
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 03:42 PM
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2. Same reason we refused it after Katrina
Simple hubris and pride. We're still trying to be the "king nation", a ruler rather than member of the international body. Accepting help would be "showing weakness."
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 04:13 PM
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5. And that bloated pride trumps the want of helping others
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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 03:43 PM
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3. Yet we "needed" Albania and Tonga to fight Iraq
International assistance is always welcome when it comes to achieving our military objectives.


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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 05:31 PM
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8. and Mongolia..they offered Tapioca I believe.. eom
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Gregin Orlando Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 04:11 PM
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4. BP, the feds and the whore media has lied about this from day one
BP, the government and the corporate media have lied about the amount of oil flowing from the one leak on the live feed, they have failed to reveal that there are two other leaks at the Deepwater Horizon site, as well as two leaks at other sites and have failed to tell people the far-reaching implications of this - which are more than just fouled beaches and dead marine life. Both nuclear and coal-fired power plants rely on Gulf water for cooling, and oil in the intakes could shut them down. Water purification plants that use reverse osmosis to convert seawater into drinking water could also be shut down due to oil in the intakes. The real costs of this will be staggering. For more information, check out this article: http://www.examiner.com/x-38220-Orlando-Independent-Exa...
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 04:14 PM
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6. iran offered
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 05:29 PM
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7. I posted this many times since the spill only to be called out by some here at DU and basically
told to stfu.or had my posts deleted..I live on the Gulf ..this was on our Fla news over and over..but not covered by MSM nationally..I was pretty much called a liar by some here..

Thanks for posting this..
We on the Gulf know this occured..too bad it took so long for the rest of the nation to find this out!..Heaven forbid anyone believe those of us who live on the Gulf.
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 05:44 PM
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9. Pride goeth before the fall n/t
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 05:48 PM
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10. And when will Mexico, Cuba et alia get pissed at BP. It affects them too!
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