But in case you haven't heard, here is something to ponder:
The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.
The decision by the department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP's lease at Deepwater Horizon a "categorical exclusion" from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 -- and BP's lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions -- show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.
Emphasis on the date was added my me. But as you can plainly see, this cannot be blamed on the Bush Administration. The Obama Administration has complete ownership of this fiasco.
Naturally, BP or any other company would lobby for an exemption. But does it make any sense for the the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to use this as a fundraising opportunity, when it was an agency under the supervision of the Democratic Administration responsible for this oversight?
Here is the e-mail they sent out:
[H]ere's a perfect example of why we must keep fighting:
Last week's deadly oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has unleashed an oil spill that threatens livelihoods, pristine beaches, and wildlife along America's coast. The spill could eclipse the damage done by the 1989 Exxon-Valdez disaster.
The Obama administration has vowed to "keep a boot on the throat" of BP to ensure the corporation is held accountable for the spill. But Republican Leader Rush Limbaugh has a different plan. He said there's no need to clean up the spill because "the ocean will take care of this on its own," and that oil is "natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."
Sign our petition. Stand with President Obama to hold BP accountable for this disastrous spill. Rush Limbaugh is entirely wrong: This oil will not clean itself up. Corporations must be held accountable for their actions....
The Obama Administration did not keep a boot on the throat of anything.
As has been the case so many times before this, they were sleep walking. It's just another example of why America must throw out the Democratic Congress, this year.
Someone needs to be awake on guard duty. And from countless events in this realm, and in the world of Homeland security, it is becoming more and more clear that Obama will not be the one to do it.
Maybe there is a logical explanation for why BP was exempt from this impact study. It is being reported that, evidently, BP has given a goodly sum of cash to Obama and the Democrats in the past.
While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.
BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.
Isn't it great to not have an oilman in the White House, anymore? Isn't it great that special interests no longer have influence in Washington?