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What do you think Obama's Deep Horizon commission will be concluding?

No ringers on this panel:

The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about "America's addiction to oil." One member has blogged about it regularly.

Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard's engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background -- but it's in optics and physics. Another is an environmental scientist with expertise in coastal areas and the after-effects of oil spills. Both are praised by other scientists.

The five other commissioners are experts in policy and management.

The White House said the commission will focus on the government's "too cozy" relationship with the oil industry. A presidential spokesman said panel members will "consult the best minds and subject matter experts" as they do their work.

The commission has yet to meet, yet some panel members had made their views known.

Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: "We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America's addiction to oil." And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic.

"Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn't just an accident. It's the result of a failed energy policy," Beinecke wrote on May 20.

Two other commissioners also have gone public to urge bans on drilling.

Co-chairman Bob Graham, a Democrat who was Florida governor and later a senator, led efforts to prevent drilling off his state's coast. Commissioner Donald Boesch of the University of Maryland wrote in a Washington Post blog that the federal government had planned to allow oil drilling off the Virginia coast and "that probably will and should be delayed."

Boesch, who has made scientific assessments of oil spills' effects on the ecosystem, said usually oil spills are small. But he added, "The impacts of the oil and gas extraction industry (both coastal and offshore) on Gulf Coast wetlands represent an environmental catastrophe of massive and underappreciated proportions."

An expert not on the commission, Granger Morgan, head of the engineering and public policy department at Carnegie Mellon University and an Obama campaign contributor, said the panel should have included more technical expertise and "folks who aren't sort of already staked out" on oil issues.

Jerry Taylor of the libertarian Cato Institute described the investigation as "an exercise in political theater where the findings are preordained by the people put on the commission."

The fix is in.

But you knew this.

Unless you're an idiot.  And they're out there still in good numbers.

Koolaid drinking full bore bloomin' idiots.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (11)

They will be concluding tha... (Below threshold)

They will be concluding that big oil needs to be extorted for whatever they can get their greedy liberal fingers on including any rights to future drilling that America needs to thrive.

Barry is a failure and wants to take America down to his retarded level of dimmest bulb on the block.

Be interesting to see how m... (Below threshold)

Be interesting to see how many pounds of crap they'll be able to squeeze into a 5 pound bag.

The epitome of a Kangaroo C... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

The epitome of a Kangaroo Court.

/sigh...Its very o... (Below threshold)


Its very obvious that the (P)resident has a predetermined agenda, and it doesn't include the general welfare of the Gulf coast states.

Why does it remind me of th... (Below threshold)

Why does it remind me of the bill being voted on before they were even written?

Or those studies\polls that publish their conclusions instead of premises before they conduct the studies?

It's straight from Alice In... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

It's straight from Alice In Wonderland: "Sentence first, verdict later!"

But in a world where the President needs no legal authority to force BP to create a huge "fund" he can then appoint someone to distribute, why bother with judicial formalities?

But speaking of "Koolaid drinking full bore bloomin' idiots," has anyone seen Lee lately?

I hope they are going to ho... (Below threshold)

I hope they are going to hold these meetings by teleconference. I'd hate for these folks to be using up those fossil fuels driving/flying to Washington for an in person face-to-face scolding session. I wouldn't want them supporting my addiction to oil.

Committee: The only known f... (Below threshold)

Committee: The only known form of life with more than six legs and no brain.

"Even as questions persist,... (Below threshold)

"Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn't just an accident. It's the result of a failed energy policy,"

She's quite correct: the primary failure is in pushing drilling out into ever-deeper waters when shallow-water or dry-land drilling sites are available. Government is directly responsible for this mess, since it has put every other potential drilling site off-limits.

Fortunately Obama's phony r... (Below threshold)
John S:

Fortunately Obama's phony report will be submitted to a Republican Congress. BP will be bankrupt and (illegally) under federal control. And what is now his well will still be spewing 2 million gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf.

Obama - "We need to have a... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "We need to have a trial so BP can be ocnvicted of their crimes. After all this is America."






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