From Denny: Only in Louisiana! When we celebrate we start a "Krewe" to put floats in a parade, a group of like-minded people supporting an idea. In this case, because of the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf, folks in New Orleans are frustrated. Frustrated they feel like they have no power to take back their lives from the oil company that polluted their culture, their jobs, their very way of life.
This lady decided to start the Krewe of Dead Pelicans to protest BP's oil spill and cavalier attitude toward restitution of the people of Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf. Louisiana built an entire economy on providing 20 percent of the nation's seafood as well as supplying 30 percent of the nation's energy needs.
Now what with this looming disaster? What does the future hold? How much of a mass exodus will be leaving Louisiana again? The last time was when the oil industry tanked around 1980 and massive job loss was felt in Texas and Louisiana. America is clearly embedded in another Depression when over 20 percent of the country is unemployed or underemployed. Is there really anywhere an entire coast of people can go to find jobs when the entire nation is job hunting? Even Bernake, the Fed chairman, says the economy is fragile when testifying to Congress this past week. Uh, yeah, but are any of the politicians really listening?
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The Krewe of Dead Pelicans Parade - New Orleans Mardi Gras style oil spill protest
|The Krewe of Dead Pelicans Founder Ro Mayer|
*** Photo by Jae C. Hong
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