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60,000 barrels a day and “worst-case scenario” 100,000. That’s a big difference. They don’t really know. That’s how out of control this hemmoraghing of our toxicity is.

A friend asked, “Why didn’t Obama immediately hire all the 450,000 people who are out of work to  help with the clean-up and bill BP for their wages.”

That would have been really stepping up to the plate. And he could still do it. Like the Civilian Conservation Corps which got three million able-bodied young men through the Depression and resulted in many works of enduring beauty. Here’s what Wiki has to say about it :

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed men age 18-24, providing unskilled manual labor related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural areas of the United States from 1933 to 1942. As part of the New Deal legislation proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), the CCC was designed to provide relief for unemployed youth who had a very hard time finding jobs during the Great Depression while implementing a general natural resource conservation program on public lands in every U.S. state, including the territories of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The CCC became the most popular New Deal program among the general public, providing jobs for a total of 3 million young men from families on relief.[1] Implicitly the CCC also led to awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation’s natural resources, especially for city youth.[2] The CCC was never considered a permanent program and depended on emergency and temporary legislation for its existence.[3] On June 30, 1942 Congress voted to eliminate funding for the CCC, formally ceasing active operation of the program.[4]

During the time of the CCC, volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide that would become the start of most state parks, developed forest fire fighting methods and a network of thousands of miles of public roadways, and constructed buildings connecting the nation’s public lands.[5]

CCC workers constructing road, 1933.

CCC camps in Michigan; the tents were soon replaced by barracks built by Army contractors for the enrollees.[6]

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