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"Big Oil" Barack: The Green President And His Oily Fingers

President Obama, in a no-questions allowed press conference, fumed about the reactions of the heads of the three companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

From cbsnews.com:

"I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter," he intoned. "You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else."

Of course, he gave no specifics as to what was said or who engaged in what "finger-pointing."

As is usual with these "hearings," the entire "spectacle" was no more than a stage for arrogant Congressional members to grandstand for the public. Never mind that the oil is still gushing and no one has any proof as to what actually led to this accident.

In the same breath, he blamed other administrations for failing to set and maintain strict standards (Obama has been in office now for almost a year and a half. His Democratic party has held Congress since 2006.):

"For too long, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill. It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore."

In other words: It's Bush's fault!

Apparently, Obama has selective amnesia, as he has been the largest recipient of BP campaign contributions in the last 20 years! Pretty "cozy," no Barack?

(And keep in mind the last two sentences of his statement.)

He continued, saying that his administration has been fighting to change the culture of the Minerals Management Service :

"Now, from the day he took office as Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar has recognized these problems and he's worked to solve them. Often times he has been slammed by the industry, suggesting that somehow these necessary reforms would impede economic growth. Well, as I just told Ken, we are going to keep on going to do what needs to be done."

Oh, really?

Time to accept a bit of blame, Obama.

According to, of all places, The New York Times, the Minerals Management Service has been overly lax and generous with its allowance of off-shore drilling operations, neglecting to obtain specific permits.

"The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species -- and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.

Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is partly responsible for protecting endangered species and marine mammals. It has said on repeated occasions that drilling in the gulf affects these animals, but the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

Wow.

All of those approvals and permissions for off-shore drilling were obtained since January of 2009.

Since Obama has become President, oversight of these installations has been woefully inadequate, arguably bordering on criminal neglect.

While under the direction of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, appointed by Obama, the MMS paved the way for BP's Deepwater Horizon to continue operation, at the same time exempting BP from producing detailed environmental impact studies.

Had these studies actually been made, verified, and scrutinized by Salazar and the MMS, this catastrophe may never have happened.

Amazingly, the Washington Post revealed this damning timeline tidbit:

"The decision by the department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP's lease at Deepwater Horizon a "categorical exclusion" from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 -- and BP's lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions -- show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.

The MMS, the branch of the U.S. Interior Department that is responsible for managing oil, gas and other resources on the outer continental shelf, approved the exploration project on April 6, 2009."

Obama's MMS, the same one which he now claims he has been trying vehemently to change, took the word of BP's own environmental study, and let the company slide through the approval process, which occurred just last year, and was lobbied for right up until the rig exploded.

This entire situation may never have happened if Salazar, and, by extension, Obama, followed the protocol and environmental rules set down for allowing off-shore oil drilling.

The lying, obfuscation, and feign outrage he has exhibited is brazenly hypocritical, and pretty damned disgusting.

Obama should be pointing his spring-loaded finger at himself.

Heck of a job, Barry!


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Comments (19)

Gee it would be nice if the... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Gee it would be nice if the MSM would actually do some umm reporting of the facts.

Dont hold your breath.

Reporting is for reporters.... (Below threshold)

Reporting is for reporters. The Mainsleaze Media are "journalists."

"President Obama, in a n... (Below threshold)
914:

"President Obama, in a no-questions allowed press conference, fumed about the reactions of the heads of the three companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig."

I have a question your hindness, When is your sorry ass gonna resign?

"I did not appreci... (Below threshold)
Brett:
"I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter," he intoned. "You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else."

So he decries the concept of fingerpointing by pointing the finger at the execs. And he managed to slip a Halliburton reference in there, too. Amazing.

Is there a single thinking person left in America that has respect for this little f*cking parasite?

I can think of two, Brett. ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I can think of two, Brett. They'll probably be along soon.

I can think of two... (Below threshold)
Brett:
I can think of two, Brett. They'll probably be along soon.

Ha, got you covered on that one. I said "thinking person". That lets out our resident trolls/lefty-talking-points spewing "Eliza" programs.

Dammit Shawn, more governme... (Below threshold)

Dammit Shawn, more government is the solution to this problem! Didn't you get the memo? Now drink your Kool Aid and get back in line!

(PS - I was working on a very similar piece ... good job on this.)

"That lets out our resident... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"That lets out our resident trolls/lefty-talking-points spewing "Eliza" programs."

Gotta admit, I've wondered about Lee and BryanD - could they actually be bots?

"That lets out our resid... (Below threshold)
Brett:

"That lets out our resident trolls/lefty-talking-points spewing "Eliza" programs."

Gotta admit, I've wondered about Lee and BryanD - could they actually be bots?

They don't appear to be able to pass the Turing test, that's for sure. And most Eliza programs are better at avoiding non-sequiters.

However, I don't think you can judge a liberal's intelligence, or even sentience, by their posts here. Liberals are severely limited by their source material. Tough to sound intelligent or rational when attempting to explain why, say, bowing to international terrorists, casually murdering babies, or running up a 12 trillion dollar national debt in a year and a half, is a good idea that will benefit the country. Try it- it's not so easy!

Drill Baby Drill!... (Below threshold)
GeneralChoomin:

Drill Baby Drill!

The environment - Shit cons... (Below threshold)
GeneralChoomin:

The environment - Shit conservatives didn't care about 3 months ago.

Perhaps when Obama is not filibustered whenever trying to appoint people to head such departments it will become easier for those departments to be run. No?

Speaking of flunking the Tu... (Below threshold)

Speaking of flunking the Turing test...

Okay, so we add another one... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Okay, so we add another one to the list.

Did anyone get a load of Sh... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Did anyone get a load of Shep Smith last night on the Fox Report? If not, I am sure that there is a YouTube entry of it somewhere. To make a long story short, he bashed everyone except "Walks On Water" for the spill. That is why I loath him. He is so full of shit that he should join Jerry Rivers and Alan Colmes in the liberal stable at Fox.

GeneralChoomin loves the ko... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

GeneralChoomin loves the kool aid. And conveniently avoids the issue of WHO HAS BEEN IN CHARGE SINCE 2009.

Hey Choomin,Being ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Hey Choomin,

Being a Conservative and caring about the environment are not mutually exclusive.

That's just a talking point, which for a vapid leftist like you, has become what you call "fact."

By the way, Ken Salazar was not filibustered.

Considering his incompetence, it looks like the Republicans haven't been filibustering enough.

Do you have any opinion as to the fact that BP and their Deepwater rig were fast-tracked through the verification process by Salazar's MMS, during Obama's tenure?

Nah. Your Golden Boy can do no wrong in the eyes of a cult member like you.

Just another friggin' liberal hypocrite with nothing of substance to offer.

Go back to HuffPo and recharge your leftest pablum. The meter is empty.

Mike,If you've got... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Mike,

If you've got an article about this, post it! Don't let mine hold you back.

Everyone has something different to offer.

-Shawn

"The lying, obfuscation, an... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

"The lying, obfuscation, and feigned outrage he has exhibited is brazenly hypocritical, and pretty damned disgusting."

Just another lovely day in Obamaland while the country crumbles.


Maybe Barry will return all... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Maybe Barry will return all that oil money.

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!




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