The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species...
What difference would it make to get yet another permit from yet another agency?
There was a failure in the mudding process apparently. No one makes that kind of mistake on purpose, and its not the kind of thing another permit with another few reams of paper would have stopped.
...and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.
You have to make a decision. Do you want to be energy independent, or not. Of the hundreds of billions we pay for fuel, do you want to pay that money into American pockets putting American workers to work, or do you want it to put some other nation's workers to work. Do you want to fund your own national treasury or someone else's.
The country that is willing to deal with the risks and hazards of oil production is the country that is going to get the big bucks. Countries that refuse get to wallow in their bankruptcy and unemployment and watch the dollar sink into the deep waters.
posted on 05/14/2010 11:01:41 AM PDT
The main point of posting the article is to point out the hypocrisy of the media, the Congress, and the Obama administration ("most ethical in history" when major campaign donors bypass regulations, "greenest administration" when environmental impact statements are ignored or changed to allow the companies to drill.)
Expanding our offshore drilling to reduce our dependency on foreign oil is important, but there needs to be some regulation. Possibly the worst oil spill in US history happened on Obama's watch, his administration's response was hesistant and tepid, and it happens to involve companies that made big donations to Obama's campaign. This administration needs to come under the same scrutiny as Bush's did after Hurrican Katrina.
posted on 05/14/2010 11:41:15 AM PDT
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