Monday, July 12, 2010

Beck's false claims keep piling up

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The following is another press release from the progressive Media Matters for America, a watch dog of conservative media figures. (Glenn Beck keeps them busy.)

On his radio show, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that the Navy "has not been called in" to assist with clean-up and response efforts in the Gulf Coast. In reality, the Navy has been involved in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill "since day #1."

Beck wonders why Navy has "not been dispatched"

Beck: "Why has the Navy not been dispatched?" On the July 12 edition of The Glenn Beck Program, Beck was discussing the Obama administration's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico when he asked, "Why has the Navy not been dispatched?" He further wondered why "the Navy has not just said, 'Get the hell out of the way. Let us take care of it.' " He went on to further criticize the government's response to the oil spill and stated explicitly that "the Navy that is -- has not been called in."

The Navy has been involved in spill response "since day #1"

Department of the Interior: "Navy assets have been involved since day #1." In a May 1 Department of the Interior press release, the Department stated that "Navy assets have been involved since day #1." The release went on to note that "[t]he Navy has sent thousands of feet of inflatable oil boom with mooring equipment, several skimming systems, related support gear, and personnel to support oil spill response efforts." Additionally, "Naval Air Station Pensacola is serving as a staging facility for Coast Guard contractor-provided equipment."
The Navy has shipped at least "98,000 feet of oil containment boom" to the Gulf. According to a May 20 Department of the Navy press release, "Navy pollution response experts have shipped 98,000 feet of oil containment boom as of May 20, to the Gulf of Mexico, as part of the combined effort to reduce the environmental impact of the underwater oil spill." According to the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) commander, "A team of NAVSEA professionals are working around the clock to protect the sensitive coast lined with oil booms and perform open ocean skimming at the source." Additionally, the Navy has dispatched Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) personnel, "the Navy's oil pollution experts since the 1970s," to provide "technical, operational, and emergency support."
Navy deployed "ocean-monitoring instruments and sensors" to help monitor "currents affecting the oil's flow in the Gulf of Mexico." A June 2 Information Week article reported that the "U.S. Navy has joined the Deepwater Horizon spill monitoring effort, deploying ocean-monitoring instruments and sensors near the spill to help researchers examine surface and deep currents affecting the oil's flow in the Gulf of Mexico." The report also stated that "[f]loats, drifters, and gliders from the Navy were sent to the Gulf via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Thomas Jefferson late last week."
Navy has sent a blimp to "patrol the shoreline" of the Gulf. A July 7 ABC News report stated that the Navy has deployed a MZ-3A blimp "to patrol the shoreline from above, direct skimmers trying to corral floating oil, and look out for wildlife in harm's way." The article further noted that "[t]he Navy says the helium-filled ship, 178 feet long and capable of carrying 10 people or equipment, can stay in the air far longer than helicopters or planes, burning just 10 gallons of fuel an hour at its maximum cruising speed of 55 mph."
Obama selected Navy secretary to "develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan."In his June 15 address on the BP oil spill, President Obama announced that he had selected "Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy ... to develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan as soon as possible." CNN reported that Mabus will "help draw up the government's plan for recovery efforts in conjunction with officials in the Gulf Coast states."

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