Incompetent or just plain dumb? You make the call.

Three days ago, I linked to a Pajamas Media article that exposed the stunning fact that millions of feet of containment boom were sitting unused and unbought at a factory in Maine, in spite of the owner’s efforts to get the government’s attention.

So you’d think that, in the intervening time and with the slick spreading wider and wider, the government would have jumped right on this, bought Packgen’s entire stock, and ordered more.

I bet you believe in the tooth fairy, too.

TAPPER: I talked to a guy who runs a company in Maine that offers boom, and he has – he says – the ability to make 90,000 feet of boom a day. High quality. BP came there 2 weeks ago, looked at it, they are doing another audit today. He is very frustrated, he says he has a lot of high quality boom to go and it is taking a long time for BP to get its act together. Don’t you need this boom right now?

ALLEN: Oh we need all the boom wherever we can get it. If you give me the information off camera I’ll be glad to follow up.

That’s from an interview of Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the man in charge of the federal “response” to this disaster, by ABC’s Jake Tapper. I’m so glad the admiral’s willing to get right on this; I’d hate to think it’s interfering with something important, like his tee-time.

“Sense of urgency?” What’s that? No wonder Governor Jindal is blowing a gasket.

Forget basic competence; does anyone in the federal government even care?

(via Hot Air)

UPDATE: A follow up from Jake Tapper:

Coast Guard finally got back to me: “The boom manufactured by Packgen did not pass an initial quality control test.”

Fair enough. I assume this means they’ve tested it since Tapper gave Admiral Allen the phone number, though it begs the question of why it took them this long to even check.

4 Responses to Incompetent or just plain dumb? You make the call.

  1. MadAlfred says:

    I wonder if the government really tested the Maine containment boom. Even if they did and found the boom was only 50% effective, it is better than the nothing currently used.

  2. DellDolly says:

    WHY would you assume that they tested it AFTER the press conference when Tapper asked Admiral Allen? That makes NO sense. It almost certainly had already been tested, and it failed the test. BP had already taken a sample of it, and had been giving it a trial run. And it failed for some reason(s). And so, because Adm Allen is a Director of the efforts, he wasn’t told by the people in the Coast Guard overseeing that test that the product failed. See, when one is a good leader, and one delegates, one doesn’t get told EVERYTHING. There are people in both the Coast Guard and BP whose job it is to examine potential solutions and products, and that role is NOT filled by Adm Allen! I swear, this is NOT rocket science. Please take off your partisan glasses so you can understand this!

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