03 August 2010

The latest numbers released this week from various sources show that Louisiana's oil and gas industry is doing quite well and the overall employment in the state is improving. Even businesses along the coast supposedly headed for extinction are doing pretty well.
Two months into "The End of the World", the drilling rig count in Louisiana this past week has increased by 3 from the week before, to 187 check here. The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association was the prime mover behind the "End is Near Rally" in Lafayette. The videos are still on their website and probably will stay there until after the fall elections, because that is what this propaganda campaign is about.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (which at the Rally, included gasoline station workers on its list of industries directly affected by the moratorium) on Friday released its latest unemployment claims numbers. And guess what? New claims for unemployment in Louisiana fell last week, two months into the moratorium.
Drilling activity up. New unemployment claims down.
If the moratorium is not killing Louisiana, why do LOGA, Governor Jindal, Scott Angelle, and others rave on about the dire consequences resulting from this attempt to prevent further destruction of Louisiana's wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico?

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