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Drudge already has this up, but it’s worth a comment. U.S. Rep. Charles Melancon of southeastern Louisiana shows, in very human terms, what the BP oil spill means. Watch this whole video, and watch what starts to happen with about 35 seconds left. This is real human emotion, utterly unfeigned. Unfortunately, Melancon does not get to finish his speech. He started to explain that these aren’t just Louisiana’s wetlands, but the nation’s wetlands. He is right. Look up the stats for yourself. They are staggering. These are the nesting grounds for a huge portion of all the nation’s waterfowl, the spawning grounds for a near-ocean-full of fish, the migratory habitat for an even larger proportion of our waterfowl. And the list goes on. This is a tragedy of almost unimaginable proportions. Those of us who have long supported offshore drilling need to recognize that we had become too complacent. The phenomenal safety record of such drilling, up until now, had led us to underestimate the potential harm. On the other hand, the growing story of horrible human error, bad luck, regulatory letdown (not that more regs were needed, but the regs in place needed to be actually enforced rather than officially waived), makes this an event so rare as to be almost certain to never be repeated. And the lackadaisical response — indeed, the actual interference with STATE response — by this administration is surely never to be repeated by any other administration if ANYthing even approaching this happens again. James Carville was right to blast President Obama. And Rep. Melancon is right to get choked up. My hat is off to him and my heart goes out to him — and to all the people of my home state, who have suffered so much in these past five years.
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