Video: Voices from the Gulf

posted at 2:10 pm on May 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A year ago today, President Barack Obama announced a moratorium on all deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. A knee-jerk reaction to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the moratorium might have made sense for a very brief period — and even that is debatable — but, a year later, the administration continues to punish the Gulf. While the official ban on drilling ended in October, the agency responsible for drilling permits has issued just 1 deepwater permit for truly new activity.

Nobody knows better what this inactivity means than Gulf residents who work in and around the oil and gas industry. Thomas Clements is the owner of CNC Machining, a small company in Broussard, La., that manufactures parts for oil field equipment. In the past year, he’s faced steep revenue declines — declines that threatened to put him out of business entirely. Todd Hornbeck, president and CEO of Hornbeck Offshore Services, a supplier of offshore transport services near New Orleans, has also experienced the negative impacts of the president’s energy policies.His company sued the administration over the moratorium — and the district court judge ruled in Hornbeck’s favor, calling the moratorium “arbitrary and capricious.” But the administration ignored the judge’s ruling, lifting one moratorium, only to issue a nearly identical one.

These men express a sense of betrayal: They never expected the U.S. government to be an obstacle to the success of their businesses. That betrayal is captured in the following video, released this week by The Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Energy Research.

Incidentally, this video was one of the last projects I worked on while at Heritage. While the team was in the Gulf, we met not only with the business owners in the video, but with several others. They all had the same story to tell: They provide energy, the administration provides obstacles. They also reminded us the administration’s anti-energy actions will have consequences for more than just the Gulf. The long-term impact on domestic energy production will affect us all.


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Any clue who the business owners voted for in 2008? I like to assume they did not rbing this upon themselves via their vote.

WashJeff on May 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

They provide energy, the administration provides obstacles.

Oil is at $101 today.

If the Rs had steely ones they’d hammer Obama over this malicious increase in gasoline prices, for political and other destructive reasons.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

These men express a sense of betrayal: They never expected the U.S. government to be an obstacle to the success of their businesses.

Then they don’t understand Obama.

davidk on May 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I don’t care, Obama is awesome.

tommer74 on May 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Well who are you people going to vote for?

docflash on May 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

That video just breaks my heart.
I can’t EVEN imagine what went through those business owner’s heads or hearts when Obama told the world we want to be “Brazil’s biggest customer”. *sigh*

tencole on May 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Yes he can make America fail.

shick on May 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

It’s still May of 2008, the ban hasn’t been enacted yet.

Rambotito on May 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

That video just breaks my heart.
I can’t EVEN imagine what went through those business owner’s heads or hearts when Obama told the world we want to be “Brazil’s biggest customer”. *sigh*

tencole on May 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

“He’s digging our graves.”?

shick on May 27, 2011 at 2:30 PM

“The price of energy will necessarily skyrocket.”

shick on May 27, 2011 at 2:31 PM

This level of destruction can not be attributed to incompetence.

shick on May 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

WashJeff on May 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

In 2008, Louisiana went for McCain over Obama, 1,148,275 to 782,989 votes. This might partially explain the vendetta Obama appears to have against this region. Look at the states that Obama neglects for aid or seems to be adversarial towards (AZ, TX, LA, TN, KY, MS, AL). These states went to McCain in the election… Punish your enemies and all that.

What a petty man.

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Any clue who the business owners voted for in 2008? I like to assume they did not rbing this upon themselves via their vote.

WashJeff on May 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Louisiana is very red these days, so these guys probably voted McCain.

There may be exceptions, as there are always rich idiots like my former classmate and Louisiana Dem bigwig Caroline Fayard, but I think most guys involved in the oil business directly or indirectly knew better than to support a guy who had pushed for high gas prices and to shut down “unclean” energy like coal.

teke184 on May 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Look at that…!

… The perfect campaign ad against Obowma.

Now if only someone other than Hot Air would use it…

Seven Percent Solution on May 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Great work, Tina. Now if we only had someone familiar with that industry that would be willing to take the fight to Obama over this in the upcoming campaigns.

sleepy-beans on May 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM

teke184 on May 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Usually the small business owner is smart enough to see which party’s policies will hurt their business. I agree these people probably did vote for McCain.

Man I hope the 2012 voters do not want to hand their kids and grandkids a crap sandwich.

WashJeff on May 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

BHO is the Presentdunce of the Blue States of UmMurrca by virtue of the US of KKKA by way of Rerren Wright.

/We don’t need no BHO.

Key West Reader on May 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Here is a real voice from the gulf

Nearly Nobody on May 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM

All I want is America. Her People. Our People.

I have grown sick and tired of those who say we are deficient. Barack Hussein Obama says we are deficient; we are to be abhored, we are to be ridiculed, we are to be with fault.

Barack Hussein Obama is the epitome of failure. Americans must continue to focus on his absolute failure in leadership, as it pertains to fiscal policy, mid east policy, national policy. And he must, at the least accept his role in the increase of the welfare state, and the woeful increase of the Welfare State.

He must also be held to account as it pertains to American Life. This man has spent his life ensuring that American Citizen babies can and will be aborted, through taxpayer funded subsidies, regardless of viability; regardless of moral clarity, regardless of the sanctitiy of our Constitution.

Barack Hussein Obama can claim one victory.

Name it. If you can.

Key West Reader on May 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

I’ve said this before, what Obama did, was to give Brazil and Columbia taxpayers monies to drill for oil and build refineries.

Obama sent American Jobs Overseas

This jackass is yammering on about companies and employers to step up and create jobs. HOW?!?!?

Kini on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Obama would rather that the America of the worker die… He likes dependant citizens think they who own him something. Ever talk to someone receiving the Obama created extensions for unemployment?
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I have, more than one person btw… They praised Obama because he gave them the ability to stay on unemployment while waiting for a job to come along.
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Barry hates American exceptionalism… and potential.
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RalphyBoy on May 27, 2011 at 3:24 PM

If the Rs had steely ones they’d hammer Obama over this malicious increase in gasoline prices, for political and other destructive reasons.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

It’ll take more than drilling to bring the oil prices down. The devalued dollar will keep it high for a long time even if we drill ANWR.

mizflame98 on May 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM

This level of destruction can not be attributed to incompetence.

shick on May 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I totally agree. He kills our oil jobs and then goes to Brazil and praises theirs and promises to support them? And this guy is “our” President? He’s loyal to his supporters and to the enemies of our nation. Not to Americans.

List out line by line, item by item of all the things Obama has done to our country and to our allies.. then list all the things he has done and said about America’s enemies. I think that would be an interesting list to look at.
Other than his birth certificate, if he were ever arrested and tried for being an American, I don’t think there would be enough evidence to convict him.

JellyToast on May 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Sorry America. Obama? Just not that in to you.

kurtzz3 on May 27, 2011 at 11:22 PM

I can back all this up, as I live only a couple miles from Broussard, Louisiana.

My girlfriend lost her house, and her best friend’s husband had to choose between moving himself, his wife and 2-year-old son to Brazil to follow the rigs, or losing his job.

He left for Brazil.

The usually-bustling physical therapy clinic I’m currently in is running only 1/3 full, because fewer offshore jobs mean fewer injuries.

Ripple effects….

For any who haven’t yet seen it, here are links to Parts 1 & 2 of La. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s July, 2010 speech in Lafayette, that I filmed on a press pass at a packed-to-the-rafters rally at the Cajundome, where he demands, “Let us go back to WORK!, Let us go back to WORK!Let us go back to WORK! We don’t want an unemployment check – LET US GO BACK TO WORK!!!”

Part 1

Part 2

What 0bama has done to our state is criminal.

cane_loader on May 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM