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The Obama Administration Lied about Experts’ Opinions on Deep Sea Drilling Moratorium

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A six month moratorium on deep-sea drilling after the tragic BP explosion seems logical at first glance, but things are seldom as simple as they seem. There are many reasons to believe that stopping deep-sea drilling is a very bad idea, but even more troubling, the Obama Administration has apparently misrepresented the opinions of the experts they asked for advice on the matter.

In fact, the experts are now claiming that the report was changed AFTER they signed it. That change just happened to be a key component of the Obama political agenda – the addition of a recommendation for a six month moratorium on deep-sea drilling!

In Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s report to the President he says,

In compiling the recommendations presented in this report, the Department has drawn from expertise within the Federal Government, academia, professional engineers, industry, and other governments’ regulatory programs. In particular, seven members of the National Academy of Engineering peer reviewed the recommendations in this report.

One of those experts is engineer Ken Arnold. Arnold’s response to Salazar’s and Obama’s claims that the experts supported the moratorium was this…

“We believe as a group that the moratorium as written and as being implemented today actually has the effect of decreasing safety,” Ken Arnold

Experts tell us that if this moratorium continues we will lose the best and most technologically advanced rigs to other countries and getting rigs back will be expensive, time-consuming, and result in getting the least sophisticated rigs back first.

Not only is this moratorium actually less safe than continuing to drill, but the economic ramifications will be immense both for those who rely upon drilling for a living and anyone who buys gas. Additionally, less domestic oil means importing more oil and puts us even further into the grip of OPEC and nations that sponsor terror.

If all this wasn’t enough, perhaps the most startling disclosure is that the Secretary of the Interior changed a document that had already been signed by experts without their knowledge to promote a political position held by the Obama Administration.

It is a sad commentary on the current situation that most of you will not find this surprising. However, we cannot allow the sheer volume of egregious violations to numb us to the rampant corruption in the Obama Administration.

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  1. justsnapd8
    June 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I heard about this over the weekend, and you’re right, not surprising at all. You know what else wouldn’t surprise me? After 6 months when the newer safer rigs have moved to Africa or other places far away, Obama STILL won’t allow deep water drilling because the old dilapidated rigs aren’t safe!

  2. Laurie
    June 22, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I’m looking for him to lift the moratorium shortly after a significant number of rigs have been moved to Brazil (& elsewhere), to help Soros & his environmental buddies. THEN he’ll LOOK like he did it for the right reasons & he’ll be able to SAY he acted in good faith. Its ALL a front & a means to several ends. Excellent article.

  3. M Gioldstin
    June 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    There are foibles in all of us. There are even Physics Foibles. Entropy is one of them.

    Inside a warm damp cave, completely sealed off from the outside world, will life survive?

    Answer: No life forms could flourish indefinitely.

    In an isolated system, entropy always increases. Life tries to push entropy in the opposite direction. When life is created, entropy decreases in the cave but nature demands a greater entropy increase offset.

    The cave, being sealed, would mean that entropy would reach its max, thus energy necessary to sustain and generate new life would be unavailable.

    Maybe we should learn a lesson from this. Available energy is mandatory. Wealth may equate to available energy. If you want to live in a nation that is prospering, make sure that its available energy supply is abundant. Don’t overuse it. Protect the environment.

    The oil spill should not be used as a political football!!

  4. Gilles Mailhiot
    August 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Nothing new in people in authority changing reports and such. We have the global warming fanatics modifying data to fit their theories, Elena Kagan, now a Supreme Court Justice adding her own slant on a report by medical experts, and Salazar adding his comments to a report on the oil spill, after the experts had signed off on it…more of the same behaviour from the swamp dwellers

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