I would like to have written the speech for President Obama the other night. Here goes.
My fellow Americans, I am here tonight to announce that we are calling in every oil skimming ship we can find in the world and we will do our utmost to try and collect as much oil as possible. This afternoon I issued an executive order suspending the Jones Act of 1920 that prohibits non US made and non US crewed ships from working in the Gulf. The Dutch are arlifting equipment that will allow our barges to skim and separate oil from the water. Now the water being returned will still have some oil residue, but each run will be collecting 90% oil and not 90% water. I have have directed the EPA to immediately suspend regulations prohibiting this type of skimming since it does return some oil to the water.
We are also bringing in sea worthy booms, produced and successfully used by the Dutch. These booms will be in place within the week to protect the most sensitive coastal areas.
I am sure you have heard about the amazing oil recovery machine that Keven Kostner's company has developed over the last 20 years. BP has tested and approved these high-tech centerfuges that will allow us to collect a great deal more oil than current methods. We have ordered 100 more of these machines and are currently launching all that are available. We will be sourrounding the site of the leak with 300 skimmers working round the clock.
Many of you remember those sad images of the clean-up after the Exon Valdez spill in Alaska; workers wiping beach rocks with paper towels and spraying hot water. I am not willing to wait for this oil to wash up on shore. We are going after it with everything available.
There are also promising new technologies available and we have a team of scientists examining them. More importantly, our team includes leading industry experts and we will be able to ramp up production of promising technologies very quickly. If it looks good it will be deployed as quickly as humanly possible.
I have been informed that many of you have volunteered to help rescue the birds affected by this oil leak. In the past your help has been refused due to government red tape. I am happy to announce that you are all welcome and we are suspending all rules and regulations that have limited your ability to assist. The national wildlife society is in charge of the effort and can be reached at the phone number appearing on the screen. No more boats full of bureaucrats shoving off leisurely at 9 am. We will unleash the spirit of this great people to tackle this disaster.
Furthermore, to lesson the financial impact on the citizens of the gulf coast states, I am lifting the ban on drilling. However, all new wells drilled in US waters must have emergency relief wells drilled next to them. This is the same regulation as our neighbors in Canada have had in place for years. All existing wells will be required to have relief wells within x years. And of course we will strengthen our regulations based on our findings from the current investigation.
There is plenty of blame to go around. For years these wells have operated with no plan in place to mitigate a disaster of this type. However, effective immediately, off shore operators must have all the assets required, including skimmers and boom, within a reasonable delivery time frame to respond to a leak or spill. All ships carrying oil in US waters must be double hulled.
Our country needs oil, and we need to produce as much of it as we can domestically. However, we can not recklessly pump oil without a real plan to handle the disasters and accidents that will no doubt occur over time.
To assist in the operations I have also ordered the USS X Aircraft carrier to the gulf. The ship is primarily equiped with helicopters that will be used to track the oil slicks and direct the skimmers. We are also anticipating accidents in the gulf with so many ships and volunteers in the area and the hurricane season upon us. Therefore we have increased the number of rescue crews on the US Navy and Coast Guard assets in the gulf.
When you head down to the beach in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, or Florida this week you will no longer see just the oil washing up on the shore, but we will blanket the sea with skimmer ships and barges and the beaches with armies of clean up crews.
Let there be no mistake that those responsible for this catastrophe will pay for the cleanup and the loss of income suffered by our fellow Americans in the region. But now is the time to act on the water, to act on the beaches and to fight this blite with every tool at our disposal. Working together we can and will make a difference.
Thank you and God Bless you.