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3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated
New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER

Posted on 11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST by reaganaut1

Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling.

The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration.

The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol M. Browner, the White House coordinator for energy and climate change policy, had changed some wording and moved some sentences in an agency report that ended up misrepresenting the views of the technical experts.

The Interior Department report, issued at the end of May, made two dozen recommendations for improving the safety of offshore drilling and said that until those changes were adopted, all drilling in water deeper than 500 feet should be suspended. It said that the recommendations had been “peer-reviewed” and approved by a panel of outside engineers and oil drilling experts.

Shortly after the report appeared, the technical advisers angrily complained that while they had endorsed a number of the safety recommendations, they had not concurred that a blanket deepwater drilling ban was needed. They said such a ban would punish companies with good safety records and lead to thousands of lost jobs.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar publicly and privately apologized to the scientists for distorting their views.

The moratorium proved highly controversial in the Gulf of Mexico, with oil companies and many local politicians complaining that it was wreaking economic devastation. Mr. Salazar lifted the moratorium in mid-October, six weeks ahead of schedule

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2010; 201010; bp; browner; carolbrowner; doi; drilling; drillingban; drillingreport; election2010; gulf; gulfofmexico; interiordepartment; lies; midtermelections; moratorium; obama; obamalies; oilspill; report; salazar

1 posted on 11/13/2010 4:51:59 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Secretary Ken Salazar needs to loose his job!


2 posted on 11/13/2010 4:54:09 AM PST by elephant
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To: reaganaut1

Yes, Secretary Ken Salazar lifted in drill ban just in time for the November elections.


3 posted on 11/13/2010 4:55:41 AM PST by elephant
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To: reaganaut1

Note to the GOP: Investigate the Lockerbie bomber deal.


4 posted on 11/13/2010 4:56:35 AM PST by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: reaganaut1

Ken does exactly what Obama says.


5 posted on 11/13/2010 4:58:04 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: elephant
Speaking of the drilling ban...

New deepwater drilling permits: Zilch

6 posted on 11/13/2010 4:58:27 AM PST by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: reaganaut1
a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration.

In 2nd paragraph, planted before anybody's attention span comes to an end. But what exactly does GWB have to do with anything? Nada. They just want to insinuate that this is petty, spiteful revenge on the part of Republicans.

7 posted on 11/13/2010 4:59:57 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: reaganaut1

They never miss an opportunity to damage the economy and hurt lives.


8 posted on 11/13/2010 5:00:43 AM PST by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: mewzilla
Note to the GOP: Investigate the Lockerbie bomber deal.

Yes, and the sacking of Walpin too!

9 posted on 11/13/2010 5:02:52 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: reaganaut1
Not ONLY 3 Republicans:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar publicly and privately apologized to the scientists for distorting their views.

That would be Imam Obamah's cabinet memeber.

NYSlime headline distorts reality.

10 posted on 11/13/2010 5:03:40 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Considering the GOP’s silence on the Lockerbie deal, I’m beginning to wonder what the GOP knew and when it knew it...


11 posted on 11/13/2010 5:07:35 AM PST by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: reaganaut1

This is freakin unbelievable, grrr. Silence in our drive by too.


12 posted on 11/13/2010 5:11:15 AM PST by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: reaganaut1
The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol M. Browner, the White House coordinator for energy and climate change policy, had changed some wording and moved some sentences in an agency report that ended up misrepresenting the views of the technical experts.

Ms. Browner explained that she had only redacted one word, for clarity:

The scientists' unanimous conclusion was that drilling should not be halted.

13 posted on 11/13/2010 5:12:59 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (If not for the double standard, liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

That’s exactly what they want to do. I don’t recall the Dems ever claiming that Bush doctored a supposed scientific report. They didn’t like the conclusions that Bush drew from scientific research, on everything ranging from stem cell research to nuclear development, but nobody accused him of falsifying the information.

As for the only thing I think this could be referring to, the “yellow cake” claim, Bush didn’t make it up and it was in the report, which is one of the reasons the Dems finally tried to shift the focus entirely to something else in their attack.

This stunt by Obama, on the other hand, is something that somebody could go to jail for.


14 posted on 11/13/2010 5:13:36 AM PST by livius
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To: reaganaut1

Not surprised that Carol Browner has her fingerprints on this. Where else but in Washington, can you be rewarded for your work in helping to destroy California’s economy?

It’s way past time we began throwing off the shackles of this overreaching and increasingly oppressive government, we can no longer get by with business as usual.

As old Tom Jefferson said, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”


15 posted on 11/13/2010 5:13:38 AM PST by Tigerized (pursuingliberty.com)
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To: livius

Three republicans? Don’t make it political NYT: The accusation came from the DOI IG, not some GOP staffer.


16 posted on 11/13/2010 5:18:44 AM PST by Mouton
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To: reaganaut1
Let us never forget that Gov Jindal, in his book, claimed that Obama was more focused on politics than on reality during the Gulf Oil Spill.

From Jindal's book:

And after Obama instituted a moratorium on offshore drilling, Jindal recounts that the president dismissed his concerns about the economic impact of the ban.

“I understand you need to say all of this, I know you need to say this, that you are facing political pressure,” Jindal quotes Obama telling him. When the governor said he was concerned about people losing their jobs, he said the president cited national polls showing that people supported the ban.

“The human element seemed invisible to the White House,” he writes.

The motivation for the moratorium was polls, not scientists.

17 posted on 11/13/2010 5:20:20 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: reaganaut1

POP QUIZ

FReeper Quiz [time limit 60 seconds total]

ONE QUESTION:
Which of the following statements is LEAST likely
(pick one; Test time = 1 minute!!)

=======================

1. Pres_ _ent Obama was the biggest recipient of BP cash
2. British Petroleum (BP) pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign
3. Pres_ _ent Obama's White House chief is tied to a BP adviser
4. Pres_ _ent Obama's White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is connected to BP
5. Pres_ _ent Obama shrewdly made money in the dispersements.
6. The dispersants contain PCB made by NALCO is based in Chicago with subsidiaries in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia.
7. BP's Fallen Deepwater Horizon was tapping second largest oil deposit in the world
8. Pres_ _ent Obama exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study
9. Pres_ _ent Obama did this despite BP's long record of legal, ethical violations
10. Pres_ _ent Obama's Federal Regulator Repeatedly Failed to Inspect Deepwater Horizon
11. Pres_ _ent Obama exempted BP's Gulf drilling from environmental impact study
12. Pres_ _ent Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement
13. Pres_ _ent Obama continued this despite that "Red Flags Were Ignored Aboard Doomed Rig
14. Pres_ _ent Obama allowed drilling 'without required permits' (also Drilling Without Needed Permits)
15. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, despite multiple offers of
assistance from foreign governments, corporations, and international bodies pouring into
the State Department, for weeks, despite the clear need for additional help and resources,
the State Department failed to act on them

16. Pres_ _ent Obama failed to do everything necessary to deploy available skimming vessels. For example,
he refused to issue waivers under the Jones Act, which prevented foreign vessels from
working with American counterparts to skim oil from the Gulf.

17. Under Pres_ _ent Obama, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforced rules and
requirements that severely restricted needed legal and operational flexibility in response
efforts. OSHA, for example, mandated 20-minute shifts for clean-up workers and
required 40-hour training courses for potential supervisors.

18. Obama knew Gulf drilling ban would cost at least 23,000 jobs
19. Degraded oil From the BP Spill coats the Gulf Seafloor
20. The Obama White House was exposed for suppressing the worst view of Gulf Oil Spill
21. The Oil Spill Commission Found that prior Tests
warned of BP's Well about to blow -- Before the Blowout

22. Up To $3.3 Billion And 49,000 Jobs Were Destroyed
23. The Obama Administration was found to be 'Lackadaisical'
in response to the Gulf Oil spill

24. The Obama White House actually altered the drilling safety report
for hidden (unAmerican) motives

25. Pres_ _ent Obama will willingly release his birth certificate, like every other American citizen.

18 posted on 11/13/2010 5:20:53 AM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: reaganaut1

Is this Ulsterman’s insider’s scandal?

Let the subpoenas fly!


19 posted on 11/13/2010 5:22:07 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Mouton

I foresee a very short career for the IG...Imam Obama will NOT be happy. It just shows how ungrateful we all are for his brilliance.


20 posted on 11/13/2010 5:22:50 AM PST by livius
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To: Soothesayer
It has become clear that Liberals care more about the environment than American economic well being.

I guess that I have known this all along, but after multiple examples like this one, it is, without a doubt, the norm. I haven't been naive. Just that it is hard to believe that a fellow American would do such a thing.

Voters need to be told and reminded frequently.

Now is time for leaders who aggressively drive our economy forward. Not a leader who holds one hand behind his back. Otherwise, we will get our rears kicked.

21 posted on 11/13/2010 6:18:42 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: reaganaut1

There was thousands of volunteers going to the Gulf Coast to help in the clean up and when they got there they couldn’t find any oil.


22 posted on 11/13/2010 6:38:48 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: reaganaut1

Time to have a Zcar-BQ!


23 posted on 11/13/2010 7:00:00 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: reaganaut1

When This story first broke it took a bit but all MSM picked it up.

They reported that Obama et el APOLOGIZED so it is not a federal crime...

We have a corrupt justice dept and administration beyond words.
More than THREE pubs needs to speak up now!


24 posted on 11/13/2010 7:12:14 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Soothesayer

The current democrat party (as dramatically different from the previous democrat party of Pat Moynihan) has a long range agenda in service to the goals of their owner, George Soros. The plan is to have fewer Americans, dumber Americans, more central federal government and government dependants, and be a minor portion of a world-wide new order and new world stamped economic morass. What the current democrat party seeks is no less than a conflation of communism and socialism, featuring a federal oligarchy instead of a real Constitutional Republic. They are achieving that goal very rapidly, right before our uneducated, denying eyes. ... And still no one is building the guillotines.


25 posted on 11/13/2010 7:19:14 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: reaganaut1

A commission needs to be set up to investigate all fraud and corruption by this Regime since January 2008. A review and investigation of Pelosi et al. for corruption going back to 2006 must also be done, IMO.


26 posted on 11/13/2010 7:49:04 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: reaganaut1

-—Three Republican senators demanded -—

Since it was Republicans doing the demanding, it MUST be politically motivated. Therefore it’s not really news - ain’t that right Katie?


27 posted on 11/13/2010 8:42:01 AM PST by MichaelCorleone
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To: reaganaut1

We’re still hearing ‘Bush’s Katrina”. I want to hear more about.....

0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP. 0bama’s BP.


28 posted on 11/13/2010 5:18:10 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: tobyhill
There was thousands of volunteers going to the Gulf Coast to help in the clean up and when they got there they couldn’t find any oil.

Go back and look at the images of an oil soaked bird standing in clean water, with clean birds taking off from clean water in the background. Sure, some areas were hit (mainly because of government policy in regards to skimmer efficiency), but an awful lot seemed overblown. I've seen worse oil slicks in marinas than some in images.

Of course, there are two schools of thought on that--access was limited--to keep reporters out of the worst areas...or to keep them from discovering how little oil hit the beaches.

I'd welcome local FReeper input on that, what did you guys see down there?

My bet is that the Gov't was anxious to make things seem far worse than they were to fine the bejeebers out of BP, (money, money, money, money...) but I might be wrong.

29 posted on 11/13/2010 11:31:54 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: mewzilla
Somehow that doesn't surprise me one bit.

Technically, drilling operations can proceed as soon as the permits are taken care of...then don't issue any.

30 posted on 11/13/2010 11:33:53 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: reaganaut1

Wasn’t BP one of O’Bummer’s top contributors?


31 posted on 11/13/2010 11:36:46 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: reaganaut1

Carol M. Browner, was she not the same person Clinton put in charge of a new directorate at the EPA in 1995. That EPA stovepipe within WASHDC was one of the primary reasons for the Govt Shutdown 30 Sept 95. Browner has been carrying dirty laundry for years for the Dem’s. This is the True Danger of Appointees - they are not elected officials but have broad power.


32 posted on 11/14/2010 12:51:37 AM PST by Jumper
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