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I know I posted this in the DU-dies page because it fit half of the discussions there. But I decided it deserves its own entry as it captures so much. As part of the base that was divorced 2 years ago for lack of penis and obedience to men, I find this belated and rewarding – because it’s finally told .
Remember when W was considered the oilmen president?
And remember the headlines the Obama press plastered all over once Obama finally decided to address the spill?
There were even some pretty words about the way “forward” – not rescinding offshore drilling, mind you but
.I was then commenting that
the recent empty promise that future leases will be given under further scrutiny merely meant :no more preferential treatment? (knowing there were no scheduled future leases).
Boy, was I wrong! I was not counting on lying to our faces, and I should have known better after the “Obama vs insurers” and Obama vs banks” setups.
It appears that this empty promise was actually a bold lie as we look at the headline of Miami Herald (Saturday News dump)
.and just to make clear, here’s the subtitle
The U.S. Interior Department has waived environmental studies for oil exploration plans since the spill in the Gulf.
WASHINGTON — Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico.
The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama’s vow that his administration would launch a “relentless response effort” to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the Gulf. One of them was dated Friday — the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling.
It appears that it wasn’t just BP I mean MP’s employees that contributed to Obama&friends.
Others get to share in the winking and nodding too – but BP has lost no credibility either
The exemptions, known as “categorical exclusions,” were granted by the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service, or MMS, and included waiving detailed environmental studies for a British Petroleum exploration plan to be conducted at a depth of more than 4,000 feet and an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. exploration plan at more 9,000 feet.
Apache Corp. said it was granted four exemptions for updating production equipment and drilling wells on existing sites and for drilling in the vicinity of an existing site.
Walter Oil & Gas, another Houston company, also received one for a survey of an existing site off the coast of Louisiana.
MMS officials said the exemptions are continuing to be issued because they don’t represent final drilling approval.
oh, and also
“It’s not a rubber stamp,”
(so stop saying that)
The whistleblower on this mildly puts it
`It looks to me like they’re misleading the public,”
BP on the other hand, simply declined comment.
“Is there a moratorium on offshore drilling or not?” asked Peter Galvin, the conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity, the environmental group that discovered the administration’s continued approval of the exemptions. “Possibly the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history has occurred, and nothing appears to have changed.”
By way of comment, Miami Herald offers us the opinion of a UC professor
“That’s related to the fact that oil companies have a great deal of power over MMS and there hasn’t been much oversight,” she said.
which is a very mild mannered way of saying:
“they are in the pockets of the oil companies”. On a Saturday. In a local paper.
AP has a piece today trying to explain away the 11 days non-response to the disaster
The hillarious ending
Was the president mindful of some people wanting to make comparisons to the Bush administration’s Katrina response?
Other than geography, Gibbs insists there is no connection: “We’ve done everything that we could.”
.and the antidote to AP
Only after the magnitude of the disaster became evident did Obama order Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to declare the oil disaster a “national security issue.” Although the Coast Guard and FEMA are part of her department, Napolitano’s actual reasoning for invoking national security was to block media coverage of the immensity of the disaster that is unfolding for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean and their coastlines.
The Obama administration also conspired with BP to fudge the extent of the oil leak, according to our federal and state sources. After the oil rig exploded and sank, the government stated that 42,000 gallons per day was gushing from the seabed chasm. Five days later, the federal government upped the leakage to 210,000 gallons a day.
MMS Approved 27 Gulf Drilling Operations After BP Disaster
26 Were Exempted From Environmental Review, Including Two to BP
Salazar’s “Moratorium” on New Drilling Permits Allows Continuation of the Same Flawed
Environmental Exemption Process that Allowed the BP Catastrophe
The cover of the day goes to AM-NY for capturing the essence of what went on – and without the “S” word too
Tabloids are taking from the SG senate hearing the “shitty deals” Carl Levin used from their e-mails. It makes for some colorful headlines.
.while NY Post seems to blame Senate for the language in GS’s e-mails
By comparison, WaPo seems to defend GS
not so Washington Times
.The Wall Street Journal sees it a secondary headline after Greece
Most of the tabloids
this time going to the chaos
of the rescue operation
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You’d think that once the primaries disposed off, Obama & comp would stop with the blame Clinton already.
But not when they are in defensive mode. Faced with accusations that they provide perks for donors, their first defense is
Democratic and White House officials shrugged off the documents as part of normal “donor maintenance” (oh, what a concept!) that does not provide contributors with any quid pro quo. And they insisted that current donors are getting fewer perks than they did during Bill Clinton’s term, when nights in the Lincoln Bedroom became controversial.
Which is a great defense considering that once the big clamor to get the list of guests who slept in the Lincoln bedroom, no connection with actual donors was found – so the story eventually died of lack of air – not that anyone retracted or apologized. In fact, it was W who lavished influence on his donors – even if the media duly covered it up.
Which makes this other story a study in hypocrisy
When does a President stop blaming his predecessor and start taking responsibility for his own actions? To be fair, that has been an eternal question in the American context, but it does seem as though Barack Obama has a crutch that he refuses to put aside. Economy? Blame Bush! Media? Blame Bush! Afghanistan?
I have to laugh – as throughout the first term, W never ceased blaming “his predecessor”. They even tried to move the date the recession started from March 2001 to March 2000 for this purpose. So, whiny as it makes Obama look, it’s a bit karmic too. Until of course, he joins the “blame Clinton” chorus.