Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal received over $1 million in campaign from oil and gas companies, groups told the press this week, regarding Jindal’s opposition to a lawsuit against Big Energy for its environmental destruction, and explaining to the state's monster sinkhole victims why he fails to defend their human rights.
"Bobby Jindal needs to be prosecuted not elected," commented Internet user max7771 this weekend, after reading about Jindal's defending the fossil fuel industry, while people in his state suffer from oil and gas-related environmental causes.
“There is absolutely no other reason why Bobby Jindal refuses to make the oil industry pay for the coast it acknowledges it destroyed,” said Anne Rolfes, director of Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB). “There’s no other explanation other than the fact he has received over $1 million in contributions.”
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The 24-acre sinkhole disaster victims have questioned for over a year, "Where is Bobby?"
Thanks to a local emergency worker's video, people globally have recently asked, "Why doesn't the state government properly address human needs during this declared disaster and mandatory evacuation Governor Jindal declared?"
Last week, local government emergency coordinator John Boudreaux's video of the Louisiana sinkhole went viral. It was posted on mainstream news channels around the world. The state government telephone lines were inundated by reporters from around the world asking questions and wanting more information about the state's disaster, the monster sinkhole.
Why has Jindal been absent from his state's major disaster at the crippled 1-mile by 3-mile Napoleonville Salt Dome in Assumption Parish, where seven oil and gas industry companies store hazardous petrochemicals and other industry-related materials?
Jindal avoided visiting the Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster area, only fifty miles from his seat in Baton Rouge, for seven months. He has remained almost silent about the historic sinkhole, despite many people there having become energy refugees, while others are being exposed and poisoned by chemicals the sinkhole is spewing.
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Global Green, League of Women Voters, Levees.org, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Sierra Club and Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans jointly revealed this week Jindal's over $1 million in campaign funds from oil and gas companies, reported Alex Woodward for the Gambit.
The environmental groups showed a list of fossil fuel industry contributors to Jindal’s gubernatorial campaigns starting from 2003 with his first push for governor.
The groups “slammed ‘Million Dollar Man’ Gov. Bobby Jindal for what they call his ‘aggressive stance’ against the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East lawsuit, which targets 97 oil and gas companies for their role in wetlands loss,” The Gambit reports.
“It’s time for these companies not to pay pittance on the dollar but to come and fix the wetlands,” said Sierra Club environmental justice coordinator Darryl Malek-Wiley.
“When you see a guy like Governor Bobby Jindal out there and he’s talking about trying to pick up the oil from the Deepwater Horizon, but the first thing he wants to do is keep drilling,” Greg Palast said when interviewed for The Big Fix.
We must ask, “Where is he getting his money?” Palast said, after which The Big Fix directors, Josh Tickell Rebecca Harrell Tickell exposed where Jindal was getting his money - three years ago.
“This moratorium does nothing to reduce our energy needs in this country,” Jindal said at a July 20 Cajun Dome rally in Lafayette to admonish the Obama Administration for the drilling moratorium ninety-two days after the BP Macondo Well oilcano erupted.
“This moratorium is bad for our security, bad for our economy,” said Jindal, a loyal spokesperson for the fossil fuel industry that has bought him.
“Environmental groups in particular always say, ‘the oil industry has raped Louisiana,’” said Dr. Paul Templet, professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University. “And my response has always been, they haven’t really raped us. They came to us with money in their hands and we said, ‘take us.’
“The political establishment here has been prostitutes to the oil industry, and not high priced call girls; in many cases – cheap hookers.”
Since the April 2010 Gulf oil crime began, women and children have bled from all orifices, similar to the bleeding, dying and dead Gulf dolphins,” just as the dispersant Corexit is supposed to do,” Kaufman said.
Two years after that Gulf Operation began, after citizens complained about gas bubbles in their bayous and after thousands of nearby earthquakes, Jindal declared a state of emergency and mandatory evacuation of Bayou Corne community.
The oil and gas industry had drilled and extracted, with state-authorized permits, to the point that a monster sinkhole was birthed in South Louisiana’s 1-mile by 3-mile Napoleonville Salt Dome.
A host of human rights abuses in nearby Cajun communities followed.
For the oil and gas industry, however, it’s business as usual. For Jindal and his state officials, it’s ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler!’ (Let the good times roll).
That’s what they’ve written in an invitation to the oil and gas industry profiteers, inviting them to eat, drink and be merry at an upcoming conference they are sponsoring for Big Energy, while the state’s monster, oil and gas man-made sinkhole is swallowing part of the state.
Nevertheless, it is commonly heard, even by some activists, self-appointed leaders of protests against environmental and human life destruction by the fossil fuel industry down there, “We have nothing against the oil and gas industry. We need it!”
Sources: The Gambit, The Big Fix, Vampire of Macondo
Photo Credit: Jonathanferragallery
Disclaimer: The Big Fix director, Josh Tickell is the son of Deborah Dupré
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