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Jun 08, 2010


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How easily the Obamanation's "progressive" apologists forget this inconvenient piece of information:

"Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals.

Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a 'categorical exclusion' on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill."

Obama owns this disaster.

Andrew Brod

I haven't seen anyone serving as an Obama apologist on this. His administration blew it. But this is a disaster with many "owners."


"The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill."

And what would that change?


"And what would that change?"

Probably nothing.

The Obama administration would still have approved the deal, all the sycophants would still have ignored the facts, the pious pontification would still exist, and the tacit excuse-making for Obama and administration would not have missed a beat.


Dick Morris nails it:

"....we don't elect the leadership of BP and it is not responsible to us.

We do, however, elect the president and he and his appointed Secretary of the Interior are very much responsible to us. And, after eighteen months in office, both President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are responsible for their own actions in running the regulation of oil drilling in deep sea waters.

The total failure of the regulatory process is grossly evident, more so with each passing day of this spill. Nobody seems to have considered the possibility of a massive explosion which would trigger a huge spill. There appear to have been no plans for dealing with it, either in the short or the long term. There is no standby program to shield beaches from the oil or any program waiting on the shelf to stop the environmental damage."

Obama owns this disaster.

Ed Cone

Morris is correct that regulatory capture is a huge problem in this country.

I look forward to a unified effort to rein in the excesses of corporations and their pet government employees. Good to have Bubba on board for that as well!

However, Morris is wrong that BP and it's leadership have no responsibilities to the public, and I look forward to seeing those responsibilities made clear, too.


The leadership of BP is absolutely responsible to us. Management has many constituencies to answer to, the public not least among them.

In bidness skool it was pounded into us that the fundamental job of management is to "Maximize the value of the enterprise over time". That "over time" bit is the most important and the most often forgotten. BP's management has utterly failed at this mission.


"BP's management has utterly failed at this mission."

Yes, they most certainly have.

BP is just another of Obama's sychophantic affinity partners when it comes to regulation, a concept they have whole heartedly endorsed. They can't control their pal Obama, who is now blame shifting furiously, and BP is powerless to say anything.

BP is a kindred spirit member of the One's Krony Kapital Klub, supporting all sorts of climate change/cap 'n trade type regulatory nonsense, but now they're a convenient target for the ongoing administration excuses and deflection of responsibility.

By the way: Obama only needs to look here to find whose ass to kick.

Obama owns this disaster.


After furiously blaming any and everybody else for the disaster, Obama tells high school grads "Don't make excuses."

WAY too funny!

Obama owns this disaster.


More on the Obama screwup:

"Keeping local governments in the dark is just one reason why the frustration of residents in the Gulf is so palpable. State and local governments know their geography, people, economic impacts and needs far better than the federal government does. Contrary to popular belief, the federal government has actually been playing a bigger and bigger role in running natural disaster responses. And as Heritage fellow Matt Mayer has documented, the results have gotten worse, not better.

And when the federal government isn’t sapping the initiative and expertise of local governments, it has been preventing foreign governments from helping. Just three days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Dutch government offered to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms and proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands. LA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) supported the idea, but the Obama administration refused the help. All told, thirteen countries have offered to help us clean up the Gulf, and the Obama administration has turned them all down."

Obama OWNS this disaster.

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