This seems like Bad Idea Jeans: Let’s go koala hugging, kids! Even the Holy Father himself looks like he just realized this was a very, very bad move.
According to Automotive Digest’s summary of WSJ and LATimes articles (registration required, BugMeNot works), gasoline demand dropped 4% last week. Yes, four percent in one week. 52 oil and gas platforms are missing, 49.6% of combined oil & gas production in the Gulf is offline, crude oil futures are up 48% year-to-date, and 20% of US refining capacity is shut down or at reduced capacity.
The water in NOLA is full of sewage bacteria, lead, and heavy metals. Best sentence: “Tests by aircraft of the city’s air, which has a strong stench even from a couple hundred feet up, indicated no potential health issues.”