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Volume 1, Number 25
By Democrats For Democrats
July 31, 2010
Special Bulletin!

Bobby Jindal and his oil patch patrons and allies have been in manic mode ever since it became clear that the blowout resulting from the Deepwater Horizon explosion was going to gush a considerable amount of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and into Louisiana's coastal marshes.

In late May, President Obama's administration declared a moratorium on deep water drilling until the causes of the Deepwater Horizon incident could be discovered and steps taken to ensure that similar incidents did not occur on other rigs engaged in similar operations in the Gulf.

The moratorium incidentally threatened the livelihoods of some of Southeast Louisiana's largest oilfield service companies, many of whom are deep=pocketed backers of Jindal and various Louisiana Republican operations. If their livelihoods were threatened, Jindal's political well-being was threatened and he shifted into hyper mode, calling for an end to the moratorium, declaring it would kill Louisiana's economy.

The so-called "Rally for Economic Survival" began its life as the "Rally for Economic Security," but that wasn't scary or catchy enough, so it was ramped up.

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association worked closely with the Jindal administration (through Scott Angelle) and various organizations that it has ties with to pull off the rally. To get the crowd to the Cajundome, LOGA and its allies deliberately inflated the importance of the industry to the state's economy and implied through various statements and presentations that the moratorium would completely shut down oil and gas drilling in the state.

Two weeks after the rally and two months into the moratorium, the numbers show that the moratorium is not having anywhere near the adverse impact predicted by LOGA and its anti-moratorium allies.

Last week, in this post, Democratic Louisiana showed numbers that indicated drilling activity was actually up in Louisiana over June activity. This week, drilling numbers continued to increase, according to LOGA.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission's report on new unemployment claims came out yesterday. It showed that the number of new claims had fallen.

The question is now becoming: What price will LOGA, Jindal, Angelle and others pay for their scare tactics?

Here's the link to the archive page.

Mike Stagg, Editor

LOGA, Workforce Commission Numbers Show Moratorium NOT Killing Louisiana's Economy

The "End Is Near Rally" in Lafayette a week ago was a veritable doom and gloom fest, complete with charts and predictions from economists that the Obama administration's moratorium on deep water drilling means the end of Louisiana, economically speaking.

The moratorium was declared in late May and has been slugged out in the courts since then, but it has been in effect now for two months. The impact of the forced shutdown of 28 deep water drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico should be reverberating through Louisiana's economy by now.

The End should be at our door, kicking and beating to get in.

Well, a funny thing has happened on the road to Armageddon — nothing.

The latest numbers released this week from various sources show that Louisiana's oil and gas industry is doing quite well, thank you, and the overall employment in the state is improving. Hell, even businesses along the coast supposedly headed for extinction are doing pretty well.

Two months into "The End of the World", the drilling rig count in Louisiana this past week is up three from the week before, to 187. That figure can be found here. It is worth noting that the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association was the prime mover behind the "End is Near Rally" in Lafayette. The videos are still on their website and will stay there, I'm quite certain, until after the fall elections, which is what this propaganda campaign is all about.

Then, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (which at the Rally, included gasoline station workers on its list of industries directly affected by the moratorium) on Friday released its latest unemployment claims numbers. Lo and behold, new claims for unemployment in Louisiana fell last week, two months into the moratorium.

Drilling activity up. New unemployment claims down.

If the moratorium is not, in fact, killing Louisiana, what does that say of the claims made by LOGA, Governor Jindal, Scott Angelle, and others at the rally about the dire consequences resulting from this attempt to prevent further destruction of Louisiana's wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico?

The event was orchestrated. The numbers were massaged. The media's attention was grabbed. And people who trusted these people were scared witless.

All in a days work for political operatives seeking to divert attention from the ecological, cultural and economic damage caused by an industry is still trying to hide the true nature of their operations here from the people they've grown accustomed to abusing.

But, the slow train of the truth is catching up to them. The attempt to convince the people of this state that the perpetrators of the crime in the Gulf are somehow the victims is failing. The industry and their front men are being exposed as the charlatans that they are.

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