Monday, June 21, 2010

Gulf Shakedown

Obama's decision to impose a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the gulf penalizes companies that have a better safety records than BP's.
This will result in many of the advanced drilling rigs being sent to offshore oil fields abroad further sinking the economy of the Gulf States.

The Interior Departments justification for the order comes from a report supposedly "peer reviewed" by "experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering." But as it turns out the drafts the experts saw didn't include any recommendation for a moratorium. All of the experts have said they oppose the moratorium citing the move would “be more economically devastating than the oil spill” and "counterproductive" to safety.

This was blatant lie by the Obama administration, on an Orwellian scale.

And what about the decision not to waive the Jones Act, which bars foreign vessels from coming to the aid of the gulf cleanup? The Bush administration waived it after Katrina in 2005. The Obama administration hasn't and claims that, gee, there aren't really any foreign vessels that could help. More lies.

This is just a payback to the maritime unions, part of the union movement that gave Obama and other Democrats $400 million in the 2008 campaign cycle. It's the Chicago way: dance with the girl that brung ya.

Or the decision to deny Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to deploy barges to skim oil from the gulf's surface. Can't do that until we see if they've got enough life preservers and fire equipment. How many believe that these ships and boats don’t know the rules when it comes to life saving devices?

Finally, there's the $20 billion escrow fund that Obama pried out of the BP treasury at the White House when he talked with them for the first time, 57 days after the rig exploded, with BP Chairman Tony Hayward. House Republican Joe Barton said it best when he called this a “shakedown”
Another additional $100 million for the people put out of work by the spill. But the problem here is, they are out of work not by the spill but rather by the Obama moratorium on off-shore drilling.

There already are laws in place that ensure that BP will be held responsible for damages, and the company has said it will comply. Again we have the federal government transferring property from one party to another. This was done without due process of the law by pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.

How many more illegal activities do we have to look forward to with this administration?

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