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Adley sponsored Senate Bill 549, to terminate funding for the Tulane University Environmental Law Clinic. Adley's bill, which had the backing of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, came into a new atmosphere when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. Tulane University president Scott Cowen testified, against Adley's bill, in the Commerce Committee of the Louisiana senate. The Commerce Committee killed the bill.
GALLIANO — It won’t be the first time Cathy Blanchard has sought divine intervention for problems plaguing the shrimp industry.
When fishing families like hers battled low-priced shrimp imports, the 45-year-old mother of three organized prayer circles to heal an increasingly fractured industry.
Now, as oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill threatens commerce as well as culture, causing some shrimpers to fear they will never fish for a living again, Blanchard has been calling everyone she knows — and that’s a lot of people — to join in prayer at 7 p.m. Sunday. And while they are praying, she said, she wants them to turn lit flashlights to the sky.
“I don’t care where you are, on your street, on the porch, anywhere,” she said. “At 9 o’clock go outside, shine your flashlight toward heaven for seven minutes in silence and then give a shout. Shout to the Lord and believe for the oil to be stopped. We need a miracle.”.
Julie Falgout of Houma, who with her husband Dean once owned a shrimp boat but now works as a liaison between fishermen and government, is aware of Blanchard’s propensity for prayer.
The goal, Blanchard said, is to beseech the Almighty for a stop to the oil, now estimated at as much as 60,000 barrels per day. Her husband, Doug Blanchard, is on the Gulf of Mexico cleaning up oil with the family’s shrimp boat, “Big Tattoo.”
He was among nine shrimpers last month who were rushed from offshore to West Jefferson Medical Center with ailments they suggested are oil-related.
Originally posted by JBA2848
reply to post by broahes
But to team up with a senator who votes against enviromental law clincs with the support of oil companies and then say prayer is our best chance is a joke.
Originally posted by SLaPPiE
This is rich! Power of prayer
Who is going to cite the medical experiments involving prayer? I want first poke at that fool.
other studies have been soundly criticized for flaws in both method and outcome. The fuzzy results goaded researchers to conduct the largest and most scientifically rigid investigation to date. It covered 1,802 people who underwent coronary bypass surgery at six different hospitals from Oklahoma City to Boston. The cost was $2.4 million, paid by the John Templeton Foundation and the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation of Memphis.
In a clear setback for those who believe in the power of prayer, their prayers were not answered. Prayers offered by strangers did not reduce the medical complications of major heart surgery. Not only that, but patients who knew that others were praying for them fared worse than those who did not receive such spiritual support, or who did but were not aware of receiving it.
Originally posted by Davidius
The effectiveness of collective prayer (intention) is far more powerful than any of us can fathom.