Dutch consul slams US foot-dragging on oil spill

Why does the U.S. always decline help from other countries?  Remember Cuba offering to help with medical personnel after Hurricane Katrina?  Pride goeth before a fall.

Three days after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the Netherlands offered to help. Ships could have set about clearing the oil using Dutch sweeping arms, but the US government didn’t take up the offer. Dutch Consul General Geert Visser in Houston told Radio Netherlands Worldwide he was disappointed.

The US response, says Mr Visser: “‘Thanks for your help, but at the moment we can manage ourselves.’ And that was it.” He puts the reticence down to pride.
Late
Weeks later the pride was forgotten and the US came to the Dutch for help after all. “Almost a month later – a month too late, of course – Washington did make a request to send the sweeping arms to Houston in Texas,” says Mr Visser. “They arrived in three 747s, ten days later. They were then transported to Louisiana to be mounted on ships.”
US ships are now fitted with the arms and should be operational within a few days. Each pair of arms can clear around 20,000 tons of oil a day.
Experience
Mr Visser thinks Dutch experience with water management and dyke construction may have played a role in the change in US attitude. “They evidently realised that the Netherlands has superior equipment that can work quickly and efficiently.”
The US also initially turned down another Dutch proposal. The Dutch knowledge institute Deltares and dredging company Van Oord put forward a plan to build a sand dyke stretching for dozens of kilometres within three weeks. And here too, Washington came round in the end.

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7 Responses to Dutch consul slams US foot-dragging on oil spill

  1. AliSilver says:

    ”Mr Visser thinks Dutch experience with water management and dyke construction may have played a role in the change in US attitude. “They evidently realised that the Netherlands has superior equipment that can work quickly and efficiently.””
    I can remember learning about the dutch dykes and windmills and their construction of sea walls etc, when I was a very young kid. I’ve ALWAYS known t he dutch has SUPERIOR equipment. Why did our govt only JUST realize it? ARRRGGGGH :@

    timesr Reply:

    @AliSilver, “Why did our govt only JUST realize it?”

    I think we’ve been telling ourselves that we’re smarter and the world technological leader for so long that many can’t even imagine that another country, especially one of them little socialist European countries, could possibly have anything superior to what we have.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @timesr, I agree. Its’ all about pride! We are the biggest baddest smartest richest, b ecause we SAID SO,not because any facts back it up ;)
    We’re so spoiled and arrogant.
    Me especially ! :P

    Fact of the matter is we are an extremely young country by comparison and we all feel we need to tell our KIDS and grandKIDS how to live because experience has made us wiser. Why isnt’ it obvious a younger countr can learn something from an older one?

    Sage Reply:

    Like we tell ourselves we have the best health care in the world when clearly we do not.

  2. Wizcon says:

    I see that BP has bought Kevin Costners water cleaner thing. They are going to place it by the well to separate the oil from the water. They are also getting ready to sell the collected oil from the leak. Nothing like having priorities!
    What I am wondering is that if this device really works, why isn’t it being used to protect the coast lines. From what I read, it could be effective, especially in bays and waterway entrances.

    Sage Reply:

    Thanks for bringing that up. I had the article in drafts but hadn’t posted it yet. It’s now up and has a video.

  3. skyagunsta says:

    Does anyone remember the former health minister of Finland speaking on the subject at the time?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=casLUsvN8vo

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