DSC_0172Hey everyone. I’m going to post a longer update later today but first wanted to let everyone know that I’ve been in Louisiana for about 24 hours to cover the BP oil disaster.

It ain’t pretty.

Louisianans are rightly pissed. Many are frustrated to the point they have to stop talking about the oil and its long-term effects. Fishermen are distraught. Folks from the Lower Ninth Ward, where I’m staying, down to Venice are taking out their anger with handwritten signs. “Damn BP, God Bless America” said one. Another urged people to call “David ‘Oil’ Vitter” and “Mary ‘Oil’ Landrieu.” One van was spraypainted with “Drill Baby Drill: This is War.”

People are unsure about what to expect, but nearly everyone is united in seeing that the response to the spill from BP and the government is far, far from what’s needed.

I’m heading down to Grand Isle right now to see where oil’s hitting the shore, and then I’ll be talking to some fishermen. Stay tuned.

I’ll leave you with this photo from last night (above).

Hey everyone. I’m going to post a longer update later today but first wanted to let everyone know that I’ve been in Louisiana for about 24 hours to cover the BP oil disaster.

It ain’t pretty.

Louisianans are rightly pissed. Many are frustrated to the point they have to stop talking about the oil and its long-term effects. Fishermen are distraught. Folks from the Lower Ninth Ward, where I’m staying, down to Venice are taking out their anger with handwritten signs. "Damn BP, God Bless America" said one. Another urged people to call "David ‘Oil’ Vitter" and "Mary ‘Oil’ Landrieu." One van was spraypainted with "Drill Baby Drill: This is War."

People are unsure about what to expect, but nearly everyone is united in seeing that the response to the spill from BP and the government is far, far from what’s needed.

I’m heading down to Grand Isle right now to see where oil’s hitting the shore, and then I’ll be talking to some fishermen. Stay tuned.

I’ll leave you with this photo from last night.

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Michael Whitney

Michael Whitney

My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.