It is obvious that Team Obama will continue with the words of wisdom of Rahmbo: Never waste a crisis. With the oil spill in the Gulf continuing, the conclusion is that the time is now to push major energy policy onto the American taxpayer. The administration has in mind stealing your hard earned tax money for the greening of the earth. This is completely wrong-headed on their part - the last thing a floundering economy needs is more taxes and government nannyship - but common sense was never a part of the Obama hopey, changey agenda.
Now we learn that blatant manipulation of the facts presented by a panel of engineers has been the tactic of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar, he of the holding his boot on the throat of BP fame, has outright lied about the conclusions of the panel and added two paragraphs to the end of their report - after the engineers signed off on the report - and used it for his idea of the deep water drilling moratorium. The engineers specifically reported that stopping drilling in the middle of operations - exactly what the moratorium did - was not the proper action.
The engineers are now going public with their displeasure of being used by Salazar for is own benefit. Salazar told a congressional committee that the engineers were only to give their guidance and expert opinion, but that he was in charge of making the final decisions. So, if he didn't intend to use their expert advice, why bother with the panel. Yes, you know why. With this team of incompetents in charge now it is all about appearances. 57% now say the Obama administration could have done more initially after the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It is all about covering up the continued incompetence and the ensuing knee jerk actions taken as 'solutions'.
"None of us actually reviewed he 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."
The experts warned that oil rigs will not sit idle for six months. They will move overseas, as these type of rigs are in high demand. Deep water drilling does not start back up overnight. And, as the experts also pointed out to the administration in their true report - the best and most advanced rigs will be the first to go.
The coming consequences of this tragic policy decision by an incompetent and lying Interior Secretary, fond of using Fascist language, are real and devastating to the people living and working along the Gulf coast. Oil rigs will relocate and along with them will go the workers. Oil drilling personnel will either leave to follow the work or will be unemployed. Service companies will die off for lack of work. The less skilled workers will be hardest hit, as is always the case, and be dependent on government aid programs - unemployment insurance benefits, food stamps, and other taxpayer funded programs. And, energy prices will rise for Americans.
Salazar is apologizing to the engineers for lying about their advice to the president.
It is time for Ken Salazar to resign. Or to be fired.