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More on the Oil spill: Campaign money, Misrepresenting views, and if blame is the game, blame the right person

June 11, 2010

The real reason Mr. Obama avoided BP’s CEO Hayward.

Posted by vonryansexpress on Friday, June 11, 2010 10:33:44 AM
What is the real reason Mr. Obama has not demanded a meeting with BP CEO Hayward?

The Democratic Party and Mr. Obama specifically, have maintained such a close rapport with BP as the ‘Green’ Petroleum company and taken so much BP money that when the spill happened, the Obama advisors decided to stay as far away from their benefactors at BP as possible.

This early call led to a miscalculation on emphasis and involvement by the detached Administration, causing real aggravation of the spill morass owing to the failure to immediately marshal resources and work with Louisiana at a breakneck pace.

Obama sought to play Pontius Pilate with the spill; a crazed indifference brought on by self-perceived, self-protection.

The President and his Administration avoided BP and as a result allowed BP to take the point when the point should have been to be engaged from the first hours after the rig fire.

Avoiding BP CEO Hayward shows the perfidy of the Obama Administration that exacerbated this national calamity.

Obama twists when the truth would serve him better.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Busted: White House ‘Misrepresented’ Experts’ Views to Justify Drilling Moratorium
Posted by: Meredith Jessup at 11:50 PM
Uh oh… Fox News is reporting that the seven experts who advised President Obama on how best to deal with future offshore drilling safety are now saying his administration is purposefully “misrepresenting” their views “to make it appear they supported a six-month drilling moratorium — something they actually oppose.”

The experts, recommended by the National Academy of Engineering, say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar modified their report last month, after they signed it, to include two paragraphs calling for the moratorium on existing drilling and new permits.

Salazar’s report to Obama said a panel of seven experts “peer reviewed” his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs and an immediate halt to drilling operations.

“None of us actually reviewed the memorandum as it is in the report,” oil expert Ken Arnold told Fox News. “What was in the report at the time it was reviewed was quite a bit different in its impact to what there is now. So we wanted to distance ourselves from that recommendation.”

For what it’s worth (read: nothing), Salazar reportedly apologized to the experts today, saying, “it was not their decision on the moratorium.  It was my decision and the president’s decision to move forward.”  In a letter addressed to Salazar, the group of experts explained that their position was that halting offshore drilling is BAD IDEA:

The oil rig explosion occurred while the well was being shut down – a move that is much more dangerous than continuing ongoing drilling, they said.

They also said that because the floating rigs are scarce and in high demand worldwide, they will not simply sit in the Gulf idle for six months. The rigs will go to the North Sea and West Africa, possibly preventing the U.S. from being able to resume drilling for years.

They also said the best and most advanced rigs will be the first to go, leaving the U.S. with the older and potentially less safe [rigs] operating in the nation’s coastal waters.

Hooray for “change.”  All this comes as Governor Jindal and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is pleading with the president to lift the moratorium because it’s costing the Gulf region jobs and other vital resources.

Morris: Clinton Catalyzed Gulf Oil Drilling Boom

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann June 11, 2010 4:22 AM

Just as the subprime mortgage crisis had its roots in the Clinton Administration decision to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to find enough low income borrowers so that half their loans were subprime, the Gulf oil spill also had its roots in misguided policies begun by the Clinton Administration.

In 1995, President Clinton signed the Outer Continental Shelf Deepwater Royalty Relief Act which exempted oil wells drilled deep in the Gulf from the normal royalty payments they would normally have owed the government for their oil. Usually, these payments amount to between 12% and 16% of their revenues, so exemption from this requirement did a great deal to catalyze drilling in deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of the Administration action, deepwater oil production in the Gulf increased rapidly, growing from 42 million barrels annually in 1996 to 348 million in 2004. The latter figure represents about 6% of total United States oil consumption and about 15% of domestic production. Natural gas production from deepwater Gulf drilling increased tenfold during the same period.

The Deepwater Horizon well was one of those catalyzed by the Clinton legislation and began drilling in 2001.

Unfortunately, the Clinton Administration – and the Bush and Obama Administrations that followed – failed to consider seriously what to do if things went wrong. In contrast to the licensing of nuclear power plants, where vast time and money has been spent developing fail safe systems, very little thought was given – obviously – to what how to stop an explosion that would trigger a vast spill, how to plug the hole, and how to stop the oil from reaching Gulf and Atlantic coast beaches.

Instead, the oil industry took its cue from Washington and went full speed ahead into drilling and production in deepwater Gulf oil wells with the predictable result that something, somehow, sometime would go very, very wrong and that nobody would have the faintest idea of what to do about it.

This decision to embark on vast Gulf oil drilling was, of course, the correct one. But the failure to think through how to avert a disaster on the magnitude of that which is now on our hands is the height of irresponsibility.

All three Administrations – Clinton, Bush, and Obama – bear the blame for this abject failure. None took the danger of a massive spill seriously or sought to hold up the massive expansion of off shore drilling until failsafe measures could be developed.

Having said that, clearly the primary responcibility was with the Clinton administration, and though Bush should have looked at this, no such problems ever occured on his watch.

As with the subprime crisis, policy initiatives taken during the Clinton years –  were implemented without adequate regulation and without due consideration of the dangers involved. We are now suffering mightily for this failure of foresight and planning.

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