22 NATIONS OFFERED HELP TO U.S. FOR OIL SPILL DISASTER, BUT THEY WANT TO BE PAID FOR IT (INCLUDING LIST OF OFFERS FROM COUNTRIES WE’VE HELPED IN THE PAST)…

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: NEWS..., Obama Unveiled..., Politics... | Tags: , , |

I find it appalling that when the U.S. needs help from other countriescountries we’ve helped in the past, and asking for nothing in return—they’ll only help us if we pay them.  You know what?  From here on in, maybe we should charge them for any help they’ll be needing from us in the future…
  
I find it equally appalling that Obama refused outside help.  Instead of relying on the ingrates he has in his administration, he should be surrounding himself with people who are knowledgeable with this type of oil disaster.  It is now a little over two months and he is no closer to a solution.  He wants to take all the credit when (and if) this is resolved.  He should accept the offers from these countries and have BP pay for all the expenses!  Even Gov. Jindal who I thought was spineless is showing more strength and leadership than Obama.  Obama continues to make the wrong decisions, and even his 6-month moratorium on off-shore drilling was overturned, to which the Obama administration is appealing that decision.
  
The reason we have this catastrophe is because of the deregulations our government afforded BP.  BP should shoulder a lot of the blame as well.  They used shoddy equipment to cut costs.  One minute Obama is chastising BP for drilling so deep, the next minute he’s giving Brazil’s Petrobras $2B in loans for them to drill even deeper.  Every day, he’s finding some way to collapse our economy and this country!  He is crucifying this country and yet the media looks the other way.  If this was a Republican administration, they would have been calling for impeachment hearings to proceed.  It’s gotten to the point where all I have to do is see Obama’s image or hear his voice and a firestorm erupts within the depths of my very soul.  I can’t stand what he’s doing to this great country of ours, and I know I’m not alone in my thinking.  As I’ve said before, this is what happens when you send a boy to do a man’s job…
  
QueenBee
  
 

International Offers of Assistance from Governments and International Bodies



Nations offer Gulf oil cleanup aid, with strings─ they want to get paid for their generosity

By Matthew Lee, AP

June 18, 2010

Cleanup aid from overseas comes with a price tag

 

WASHINGTON — At least 22 nations — including Britain, where BP is based — have offered oil-collecting skimmers, boom, technical experts and more to help the U.S. cope with its worst-ever environmental disaster. But their generosity comes with a price tag.

The State Department confirmed that nearly every offer of equipment or expertise from a foreign government since the April 20 oil rig explosion would require the U.S. to reimburse that country.

The offers reveal a hard truth about the United States’ international friendships: With the U.S. widely regarded as the world’s wealthiest nation, there is a double standard regarding foreign aid after a crisis, especially with offers from relatively poor countries.

U.S. disaster aid is almost always free of charge; other nations expect the U.S. to pay for help.

“These offers are not typically offers of aid,” said Lt. Erik Halvorson, a Coast Guard spokesman. “Normally, they are offers to sell resources to BP or the U.S. government.”

Only Mexico, with wide swaths of poverty among its population, offered the U.S. anything for free. It said it would give the U.S. government some containment boom. BP separately purchased 13,780 feet of boom and two skimmers from Mexico in early May, according to the State Department.

“We’re not disappointed,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday. “We’re quite pleased with the international offers of assistance. What we’re concerned with right now is getting these types of assistance as they become available, as they are useful to our cleanup operations, getting them into action so they can clean up the Gulf.”

The offers include:

—Britain, America’s closest ally and headquarters to London-based BP, said it would sell chemical dispersants and containment boom for use cleaning up the spill. London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, has previously complained about what he called “buck-passing and name-calling” in the U.S. against BP.

—Russia, which received $70.5 million in U.S. aid last year and $78 million in 2008, said it could send boom, oil containers and ships if the U.S. paid for them.

—China offered containment boom for a price. When a major earthquake struck in northwest China in April, the U.S. quickly gave $100,000 for relief supplies, and after another major earthquake in southwestern China in 2008, the U.S. donated $500,000 through the U.S. embassy in Beijing to the Red Cross to buy and deliver emergency supplies there. Congressional researchers estimate the U.S. spends roughly $30 million on foreign aid to China each year, including educational exchanges and health programs.

—Israel, which receives roughly $3 billion in U.S. military aid and other assistance, also said it would send containment boom, if the U.S. paid for it.

—France offered to send chemical dispersants and equipment to clean oil off birds but only for a price.

—Kenya, which received more than $24 million in U.S. aid last year and $11 million in 2008 for humanitarian aid, offered to send fire boom but only if the Obama administration paid.

—Vietnam offered a ship with oil-collecting sweep arms if the U.S. paid for it. The U.S. spent $102 million in all types of aid to Vietnam in 2008. When Typhoon Ketsana hit that country last fall, affecting 3 million people, the U.S. spent $100,000 on relief operations.

—Romania made a “general offer of support” but asked the U.S. government for payment. After heavy rains sent in July 2008 sent four major rivers over their banks and killed five people, the U.S. gave $50,000 for emergency supplies.

—Croatia offered to send technical experts and plans, for a price. The U.S. gave Croatia $50,000 to buy local firefighting equipment in 2007 when more than 800 wildfires broke out during an unusually hot and dry summer.

 

 

 

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You\’re right, Tom. Obama won\’t waive the Jones Act because he\’s helping to pad the pockets of George Soros, his partner in crime. Plus as he sees it, this crisis will help him push his cap and trade bill through. Remember what Rahm Emanuel said…"You never want a serious crisis go to waste", and Obama is heeding those words exactly…

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But it is all moot as Obama won\’t waive the Jones Act anyway.

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