I’m not a republican or a member of the tea-party. Also, more today than at any point in my life, am I no longer a democrat. My “independent” philosophy from here on out is simply that politicians are a lot like diapers because sooner or later they both need to be changed for the same reason. Democrats included.
I get offended when people try to blame the Gulf Oil spill on the previous administration. This shows a lack of respect to the American people.
O’bama appointed Ken Salazar knowing that he took $323,000 in campaign contributions from energy interests and backed more offshore drilling as a U.S. senator. According to the Kierán Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity Salazar approved
twenty-seven new offshore drilling projects since April 20, 2010 (the date of the Deepwater Horizon’s explosion) twenty-six under the same illegal environmental review exemption (created by the National Environmental Policy Act for minimally intrusive actions like building outhouses and hiking trails) used on the apocryphal oil gusher in the gulf.
If you think Bush’s deregulation contributed to the Gulf Oil Spill, then you should have no trouble concluding that Salazar also had a hand in it.
O’bama also appointed Mr. William K. Reilly to chair O'bama's National Commission on Energy Policy. William K. Reilly sits on the board of ConocoPhillips, which has a number of joint ventures with BP, including the massive Tiber field in the Gulf of Mexico.
All told, there are just as many “Oily” appointments in the White House’s oversight of the Oil and Gas industry as there are wall street “Banksters” and “little Rubins” in the oversight of the economy.
Then there is the Congress and Senate. They add emphasis to the administrations current proclivities. For instance, consider the The “American Power Act” that Kierán Suckling calls a disaster for the Planet and Climate. The Center for Biological Diversity, (that has already notified Salazar that a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior is forthcoming) and Reuters, May 12, 2010, article by By Richard Cowan and Timoth Gardner characterize the Act as follows:
“After many months of back-room negotiations between senators, major polluters, and Washington insiders, on May 12 U.S. Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., proposed a climate and energy bill that's a disaster for our planet and climate.
The “American Power Act” will not solve the problems of global warming, and it entrenches our addiction to fossil fuels by offering incentives for increased oil and gas drilling just days after what appears to be the worst offshore oil disaster in American history.
This proposal echoes greenhouse pollution-reduction targets that scientists recently called “paltry” and inadequate to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Scientists have determined that reducing carbon pollution to 350 parts per million is necessary to preserve life as we know it. 350 ppm must be the bottom line for all climate and energy policies. The senators' weak targets will not reduce carbon pollution to below 350 ppm from its current level of 391 ppm.
• provides only a fraction of the greenhouse gas pollution reductions scientists have said are necessary to avoid catastrophic climate disruption;
• bans successful Clean Air Act programs from reducing greenhouse pollution;
• bans existing state and local efforts to tackle climate change;
• catalyzes increased oil and gas drilling — including offshore drilling;
• subsidizes dangerous and costly nuclear energy; and
• incentivizes the destruction of forests, our best defense, for biomass energy production.
According to Maplight.org Joseph Lieberman has reported receiving Cash Payments that include:
$24,500 from the Petroleum refining & marketing industry
$5,000 from Major (multinational) Oil and Gas Producers
John Kerry has reported receiving Cash Payments that include:
$22,750 from the Petroleum refining & marketing industry
$76,586 from Major (multinational) Oil and Gas Producers”
Be sure to go to maplight.org and look up the members of President Obama’s “independent commission” to see the amount of the cash they received from the oil and gas industry. $3.5 million dollars has been given to candidates by BP over the last 20 years – including during the Clinton administration. This is one executive order should result in some fine theatre.
And finally, let’s not forget, according to the Center for Responsive Politics Barac O’bama, the President himself, took the single largest political donation from BP totaling $77,051 dollars.
Folks, the oil and gas industry, BP included, wouldn’t have given them the money if they didn’t think it would have helped.
Beyond which, President O’bama and Salazar were completely capable of stopping the spill from happening. They knew deregulation had run rampant under the Bush administration. They are politicians and O’bama has a law degree. They made a career for themselves finding pitfalls in the language and procedures set out in patterns of legal documents. Do you honestly mean to tell me that it either didn’t dawn on them and/or they were not aware of the hazard that the pencil and pen manner in which the firms being regulated were filling out their own inspection reports? Not only is this pen and pencil “smoking gun” that allegedly points the blame at Bush a wildly obvious hazard even to the most unskilled policy and procedures analyst off the street, but the inspection report itself is at the very heart of the agency’s existence. Sorry. O’bama has been in office over a year there was plenty of time to circulate a memo that should have fixed an obvious hazard that these men are trained to detect. Nope, that dog don’t hunt.
And let’s not forget that the Coast Guard, a government agency subordinate to the administration, initially claimed that there was no oil spilled as a result of the explosion. But they quickly revised their statement. Then came the lies about the amount actually being spilled. Who was doing the lying, BP or the Coast Guard? Do you honestly expect me to believe that the Government was unable to determine its own estimate given all the up-roar over the amount spilled?
Do yourself a favor. Pull up the video footage of the pipe on the ocean floor. Since it is a 21 inch pipe you can get a stop watch and using the formula for a Volume of a Cylinder = Pi x Radius(squared) x Length easily show that BP/Coast Guard/White House are lying about the amount being spilled. I'm with the Berkeley Grad Student who in detail showed that the true amount could be as much as 70,000 to 100,000 barrels per day.
Then we have Carol Browner’s recent statements. Browner is an American lawyer, environmentalist, and businesswoman, who is Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama Administration. Browner previously served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. Her comments about convening a task force to study recommendations, etc. concerning the Gulf Oil spill were the product of an administration whose view of the spill was aloof, detached, out-of-touch, and insular. At the time, BP still hadn’t even stopped the leak and your busy scheduling upcoming meetings. “Heck of a job Brownie.”
I’m not surprised BP has dumped 700 gallons of Corexit 9500 (developed by Exxon) a chemical dispersant manufactured by Nowco (a firm’s whose ownership was financed with help from Goldman Sachs). This particular brand, one of thousands available, is outlawed in the North Sea because of its toxicity to marine life. Neither am I surprised that BP has refused to stop dumping this brand of dispersant after the EPA ordered them to stop. Many thanks to Randi Rhodes for pointing out that Rodney Chase of Nowco was a former director at BP for 23 years.
I want O’bama to succeed because the burden of his failures have a tendency to land right on my doorstep. But, I am with the taxpayers on the ground in Louisiana - the Federal Government is criminally responsible in the spill. There must be consequences. The commons they are destroying belong to the Taxpayers.
Campaign Finance Reform is desperately needed in this Country.
Thanks for the forum Mr. Hartmann