Jin­dal’s com­plaint

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 20 com­men­tary “Adding in­sult to in­jury in Louisiana.”

Re­gard­ing the oil spill, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jin­dal’s fin­ger point­ing is like the guy who helps torch the house and then rails at the fire­men for not sav­ing the fur­ni­ture. The fed­eral govern­ment is com­plicit in this tragedy but mainly be­cause of a lack of reg­u­la­tion on the oil in­dus­try and a decades-long re­jec­tion of al­ter­nate en­ergy — all lov­ingly fos­tered by the core tenets of Jin­dal’s own party.

Please, if big oil is your prize con­stituent, let’s not whine when eco-dis­as­ters, ter­ror­ism and other byprod­ucts bub­ble to the sur­face.

Mark Dye

austin

It’s strik­ing that Jin­dal can spend 750 words blam­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and his drilling mora­to­rium for his state’s mis­ery and not men­tion BP a sin­gle time. If one didn’t know any bet­ter, he’d con­clude that the govern­ment had spilled the oil.

Like U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas and his in­fa­mous apol­ogy to BP, Jin­dal has made it clear who but­ters his toast.

Steve BrookS steve@steve­brooks.net

austin

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