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Jindal: Let Us Go Back to Work

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) / Getty Images

My second favorite governor right now is Bobby Jindal (R-LA). New Jersey’s Chris Christie is ‘Da Bomb’  only because he’s fighting a Democrat-controlled state legislature. Louisiana is a solid Red State.

Jindal has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s offshore drilling moratorium. At a rally in Lafayette, Louisiana Jindal passed along a message to POTUS: 

“We don’t want a BP check. We don’t want an unemployment check. Let us go back to work.”  

Louisiana is already being hard-hit by the moratorium. Louisiana officials state that one-sixth of the state’s economy is directly related to the energy industry. Over $12 billion is paid annualy in wages to energy sector workers. When the oil industry sneezes, Louisiana catches a nasty cold.

And, more economic fallout awaits. The governor’s office released projections that the Obama Administration decision could cost 10,000 Louisiana energy workers their jobs and $5.9 billion in lost wages over the next eighteen months. Those job and wage losses would negatively impact another 36,000 non-industry workers in Louisiana. Most of those are going to be the local businesses supported by energy workers.

The Obama Administration is demonstrating quite clearly that satisfying the irrational fears of their environmentalist base is more important than protecting the livelihoods of American workers. 

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Source: State of Louisiana / Office of the Governor

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) / “Let Us Go Back to Work” 07/20/2010  

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