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We can’t say enough about the importance of this lawsuit and potential landmark nature of it as far as holding companies responsible for external costs (environmental damages).  Not only have pipelines and canals broken up and destroyed marsh (wetlands) which protect Louisiana from hurricane winds and storm-surge but pumping oil out has contributed to subsidence (sinking).  As this article explains:  “Lawsuit seeks to repair coastal erosion damage caused by oil cos. Gov [Jindal] demands suit be withdrawn. When independent board (who voted unanimously to sue) refuses, Gov simply begins to remove offending members and replace with compliant ones…. That’s your good government, gold-standard of ethics, Governor [Jindal].” Sounds like Martelly-Lamothe’s Haiti doesn’t it?  It is also clear that Governor Jindal wants to undermine the public educational system so that poor people won’t have chemistry or biology and will believe it when told that taking a bath or drinking water with phenol or other chemicals spilled in it is ok. Unlike Huey Long, you can rest assured that Jindal didn’t come up so quickly by accident or out of nowhere. This just doesn’t happen anymore in Louisiana or most places. Louisiana is neither unique nor the most corrupt US state.  It is simply the most overtly corrupt.  And it is tied into multilateral tentacles of corruption spanning the globe, (including Haiti). At least Huey Long, coming from a poor background, used some of the oil money to provide free school books to children (and roads and bridges). He also tried to wrest power back from the New Orleans power elites which is why they so maligned him.  The John Barry case shows what happens if someone with intelligence and ethics manages to creep into the system these days.  They get rid of them as quickly as possible.  For more information on this critically important lawsuit see:  http://www.johnmbarry.com

The Daily Kingfish

Unless you’ve been asleep for the past several months, you’ve no doubt heard about the unfolding drama coming out of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority’s decision to sue 97 oil and gas companies to call them to task for their contributions to the degradation of Louisiana’s coast. The move by the SLFPA was as unexpected as it was paradigm-changing. Perhaps not since Huey Long have oil companies been accused, publicly and by a independent, non-partisan entity, of being anything more than our lord and saviors. Oil has always run Louisiana, like the blood flowing through our state’s veins. The rule of big oil has always been assiduously concealed by the great companies themselves. It’s the great web of influence that operates with a hush behind closed doors. 

It’s not the product of ham-handed lobbying or gratuitous campaign contributions. Sure, there’s some of both, but that’s not why oil…

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