It’s probably like the water out of your tap when the fire department is flushing the hydrants. Run it through the news cycle for a couple of days and it’ll look clear enough:
A senior federal investigator accused the White House of having stonewalled a probe into whether an administration report on the April 2010 BP oil spill was doctored by the White House to show President Obama’s deepwater drilling moratorium was backed by outside experts, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The revelation of the charges comes at an unwelcome time for Obama as he tries to tout job gains and claim success at expanding drilling. The deepwater ban established soon after the spill, along with a decline in permitting for shallow water drilling, cost thousands of jobs.
The White House and the Department of Interior said the claim in the May 2010 report that experts backed the ban was an editing mistake, but the investigator, according to emails he sent in 2010 and 2011, believed otherwise. From the Times-Picayune story:
In one email obtained by The Times-Picayune, Richard Larrabee, senior special agent assigned to investigate the matter for the Department of Interior’s inspector general, wrote: “I truly believe the editing ‘WAS’ intentional — by an overzealous staffer at the White House. And, if asked, I, as the case agent, would be happy to state that opinion to anyone interested.” Larrabee declined Monday to comment on the emails.
Larrabee, a special agent assigned to investigate the misinformation in the report for the Department of Interior’s inspector general, also charged that the Secretary of Interior’s office denied investigators full access to “records, reports, audits, review documents, papers, and recommendations of other material.”
Not to worry, B-HO: look who’s got you back.
The top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee doesn’t think much of the panel’s investigation into a two-year-old Obama administration report on the 2010 BP oil spill. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said the probe is a waste of time and money.
Why, that would make it a perfect Democrat program, wouldn’t it?
Markey, who chaired the Natural Resources Committee before Republicans recaptured the House majority in the 2010 elections, said the GOP majority ought to be concentrating on more important issues than a copy editing mistake.
“Rather than wasting the government’s time and money investigating the editing of the executive summary of a two-year-old report, the administration and the Congress should be focused on the Deepwater Horizon disaster itself and making sure nothing like it ever hits Gulf Coast communities again,” Markey said. “It is quite clear based on the voluminous documents examined by the committee’s Democrat staff that this is much ado about nothing.”
“The Secretary of Interior has already acknowledged that the editing of this report was flawed and apologized to the peer reviewers for that error. I don’t see the point of wasting additional time and taxpayer dollars on a Congressional investigation of copy editing mistakes. This is a diversion and a sideshow.”
Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who spearheaded the committee’s decision to subpoena documents from the Obama administration, said the issue is far from trivial.
“President Obama pledged unprecedented transparency and it’s regrettable that a Congressional subpoena is necessary to obtain documents pertaining to the administration’s report that recommended a six-month drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico,” Hastings said. “The report falsely stated the professional views of independent engineers and the moratorium directly caused thousands of lost jobs, economic pain throughout the Gulf region, and a decline in American energy production. It’s important to clearly understand exactly how this happened.”
It’s an honest mistake, I’m sure. It’s like on my American History final in college when I said the British won the Revolutionary War. I told the professor it was an “editing mistake”, but as she was 1/32 Choctaw, I think she had it in for me and failed me anyway.
PS: Everyone knows our Major Leaguers up here in Massachusetts: Kennedy, Kerry, Frank, Warren, et al. But we have an impressive list of minor league goofballs and moonbats, too, Markey not least among them.
PPS: Has anyone thought about creating a Fantasy Congress league? Draft your favorite deranged Democrats, and earn points for their moronic statements and positions? Nancy Pelosi has first-round talent, for example, but Markey would be a solid middle-round choice.