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From the above article: The book “tells for example, of how Congressman Jindal backed renewable energy until he lost his 2003 bid for the governorship because oil and gas was not behind his campaign and how he converted and knelt at the altar of fossil fuel, became the industry’s darling and won in his second try in 2007. Jindal even called President Obama’s attempt to impose a 60-day moratorium on drilling in the outer continental shelf after Deepwater a ‘second disaster’ on a par with the devastation of the oil spill itself—something of a stretch, to be sure.” The above point from the book- article is critically important in relation to the following: “On July 24, 2013, SLFPAE [Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East], filed a historic lawsuit against Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell, Chevron and 94 other oil, gas, and pipeline companies for their role in destroying Louisiana’s coast. [John] Barry was largely the architect of this suit, and has been the authority’s spokesperson on it. Governor Bobby Jindal immediately demanded SLFPAE withdraw the lawsuit. The board was created after Hurricane Katrina by a constitutional amendment which passed with 81% of the vote, and the board was insulated from politics because its members– unlike members of other levee boards in the state– cannot be removed by the governor without cause. But Barry’s term on the board expired, and Jindal did not reappoint him. The board continues to support the suit, and Barry continues to argue for it.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Barry (references at link) See also: http://www.johnmbarry.com

Louisiana Voice

If you think you’d like a novel about an industry that destroyed a state’s coastline and wetlands with impunity (while parking their fortunes in offshore bank accounts), then Hydrocarbon Hucksters is not for you.

If you like fiction about politicians who will do whatever it takes to get their hands on dirty campaign contributions, don’t bother reading this book. What Ernest Zebrowski and his niece, Mariah Zebrowski Leach, have written is not fantasy, not the product of fertile imaginations; it’s real.

If you already have high blood pressure you will not want to read about how ExxonMobil made $35 billion in profits in 2009 and filed a 24,000-page tax return showing it owed zero dollars in taxes.

You also probably would not want to know that Wall Street futures speculators, those suits who never owned so much as a gas can, are responsible for adding about 30 percent to the…

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