On April 2, 2010, President Obama said that oil rigs generally don't cause oil spills. On Rachel Maddow tonight she talked about all of the oil spills in the USA the last ten years. There were a bunch of huge oil spills, especially during Katrina, but a lot more than that. When he said this I know that he was trying to get a climate change bill approved by 'giving away the store' negotiations, similar to the give-aways he started with when he started 'negotiations' with the health care reform. Three weeks later, on 4/20/10 the Deepwater Horizon exploded and exposed this statement as truly, and horribly, false. http://news.firedoglake.com/...
I want to know what kind of review he did before he made this huge policy change, and this huge idiotic statement. He had to know that any huge policy change he should be very careful, especially these idiotic, game-changer statements. What kind of review did he do before he said this. He must have known that any federal regulator had been compromised during the Bush presidency.
Did he even talk to anybody at MMS before he said this stupid statement. I WANT TO KNOW what his thinking was. Because if he didn't do any investigation before this huge policy change then he was just shooting from the hip. This is what Bush did. Shoot from the hip? You have got to be kidding.
I did think that Obama was careful about everything he did. But after this I'm sure he isn't careful. It, comes down to some simple thing, either he did a review of offshore oil drilling and his review was bad, or he didn't care and just said whatever seemed good to say to make political points.
This is know is poker as a tell. He just does whatevery he needs to do to trim his sails and get into the wind. This is a really bad thing. I had thought that he was like this before I gave him money and doorknocked/phonebanked for him, and now I have proof.
The truth hurt's, don't it.
UPDATE: according to McClatchy, here's what went wrong with the so-called review
I. Funneled all info through the so-called Czar Carol Browner; he thought that was all the info he needed.
II. He failed to drill into the bureaucracy. There was a 2000 MMS report on the high-risk nature of offshore drilling.
III. He never talked to the Coast Guard about its 2002 spill in the Gulf, esp. Commandant Thad Allen.
IV. He didn't reach out to outside experts such as the National Academy of Engineering.
He was about as sloppy on his review as my current diary, which is very sloppy.