We must … pursue domestic sources of oil and gas. Because it represents 30 percent of our oil production, the Gulf of Mexico can play an important part in securing our energy future.
But we can only pursue offshore oil drilling if we have assurances that a disaster like the BP oil spill will not happen again.” ~ President Obama, reuters.com
Our president has decided his off shore oil drilling initiatives could only go forward if oil companies ensure disasters like the April 20th BP oil spill won’t happen again.
President Obama has sharpened his tone against the oil companies as of late but this recent disaster has put his off shore drilling ideas under the spotlight. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the OK on the drilling is a concession to Republicans in order to get bipartisan support for climate change legislation.
He issued an executive order announcing a commission to investigate BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion with reference to a possible separate criminal probe into BP, Halliburton and Transocean Ltd’s involvement in the disaster.
Attorney General Eric Holder has already said the Justice Department is part of the investigation through it is reportedly not a criminal inquiry.
Since the explosion the president says all deepwater operations in the Gulf are to be inspected and drilling permits for new wells are to be barred until the 30-day review is finished.
President Obama is hoping the commission will “help provide those assurances so we can continue to seek a secure energy future.”
So their goal is set and we know what the commission has set out to find- a way to make off shore drilling and reelection tenable for the president and Democrats. Those are the best kinds of investigations aren’t they? The ones where you don’t have to have an open mind and explore and seek out truthful answers. Essentially the commission has to work backwards from an already stated hypothesis or goal. Why go looking for zebras when there are horses all around you?
Obama’s tough talk is very ’90s mainstream Hip Hop tough guy stuff. He says this:
If the laws on our books are inadequate to prevent such an oil spill, or if we didn’t enforce those laws, I want to know it,” he said. “I want to know … where oversight of the oil and gas industry broke down. We know, for example, that a cozy relationship between oil and gas companies and agencies that regulate them has long been a source of concern.” ~reuters.com
But he said similar things about Wall Street who essentially financially gutted this country in a way simultaneous wars couldn’t.
Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency chief William Reilly would co-chair the panel.
Meanwhile the April 20th oil spill has still not been stopped.