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Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster

June 30, 2010

By Ian Urbina

New York Times

VENICE, La. — In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they became a symbol of the government’s inept response to that disaster: the 120,000 or so trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to people who had lost their homes.

The trailers were discovered to have such high levels of formaldehyde that the government banned them from ever being used for long-term housing again.

Some of the trailers, though, are getting a second life amid the latest disaster here — as living quarters for workers involved with the cleanup of the oil spill.

They have been showing up in mobile-home parks, open fields and local boatyards as thousands of cleanup workers have scrambled to find housing.

Ron Mason, owner of a disaster contracting firm, Alpha 1, said that in the past two weeks he had sold more than 20 of the trailers to cleanup workers and the companies that employ them in Venice and Grand Isle, La.

Even though federal regulators have said the trailers are not to be used for housing because of formaldehyde’s health risks, Mr. Mason said some of these workers had bought them so they could be together with their wives and children after work.

“These are perfectly good trailers,” Mr. Mason said, adding that he has leased land in and around Venice for 40 more trailers that are being delivered from Texas in the coming weeks. “Look, you know that new car smell? Well, that’s formaldehyde, too. The stuff is in everything. It’s not a big deal.”

Not everyone agreed. “It stunk to high heaven,” said Thomas J. Sparks, a logistics coordinator for the Marine Spill Response Corporation, as he stood in front of the FEMA trailer that was provided to him by a company working with his firm. Mr. Sparks said the fumes in the trailer from formaldehyde, a widely used chemical in building materials like particle board, were so strong that he had asked his employer to provide him with a non-FEMA trailer.

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Rand Paul Defends BP

By Barbara H. Peterson

Looks like Rand Paul may be just another wolf in sheep’s clothing.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100521/ap_on_bi_ge/us_rand_paul

In the article, he defends BP. It seems he wants to spread the word that shit happens, it’s really nobody’s fault.

Other Republicans have criticized the government’s handling of the oil spill. But few have been so vocal in defending BP, the company responsible for the deep well and offshore rig that exploded last month, killing 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil.

Paul said BP has agreed to pay the costs of the cleanup and damage. “I think it’s part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it’s always got to be somebody’s fault instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen,” he told ABC.

He also referred to a Kentucky coal mine accident that killed two men, saying he had met with the families and admired the coal miners’ courage.

“We had a mining accident that was very tragic,” Paul said. “Then we come in and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.”

Everyone counting on change with Rand Paul better be prepared for more “change” that we cannot swallow.

(C) 2010 Barbara H. Peterson


Looks like Rand Paul may be just another wolf in sheep’s clothing.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100521/ap_on_bi_ge/us_rand_paul

In the article, he defends BP. It seems he wants to spread the word that “shit happens,” it’s really nobody’s fault.

Other Republicans have criticized the government’s handling of the oil spill. But few have been so vocal in defending BP, the company responsible for the deep well and offshore rig that exploded last month, killing 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil.

Paul said BP has agreed to pay the costs of the cleanup and damage. “I think it’s part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it’s always got to be somebody’s fault instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen,” he told ABC.

He also referred to a Kentucky coal mine accident that killed two men, saying he had met with the families and admired the coal miners’ courage.

“We had a mining accident that was very tragic,” Paul said. “Then we come in and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.”

Everyone counting on change with Rand Paul better be prepared for more “change” that we cannot swallow.

Oil Gusher Plug and Play

By Barbara H. Peterson

Hang onto your hats folks, here come the oil gusher plug and play experts. Let me ask a pertinent question. Take a look at the “handpicked team of scientists” panel of experts sent in by Barry Soetoro, a.k.a. Barack Hussein Obama, to help fix the BP Gulf oil gusher that is dooming helpless wildlife to a slow gruesome death, and threatening to do the same to us, and tell me what you think.

Oh, and by the way, “their exact activities are cloaked in secrecy” (Bloomberg.com). Might want to remember that particular fact while perusing the following:  Continue reading

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