Barack Obama took more money from British Petroleum than any politician over a twenty year period. In spite of the fact that he had only been in national politics for less than three years. Barack Obama’s administration approved the project and granted the permit for the doomed BP drilling site. Barack Obama’s administration helped quash environmental problems and issued an environmental waiver to BP at said doomed site only days before the disaster. Barack Obama failed to take the disaster seriously and delayed serious action for weeks, fiddling with fundraisers, golf outings, and vacations while the Gulf went to hell. The Obama administration has continued to delay and waste time pursuing the dotting of the i’s and the crossing of the t’s regarding mindless bureaucratic inanities.
Obama is rather like Oliver Hardy blaming British Petroleum like it was Stan Laurel: “Well, that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!” But the fact is that Obama was up to his eyeballs in this mess from the inception.
One example of the time-wasting bureaucratic idiocy that is so characteristic of shockingly poor leadership was the sand berms that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal demanded. Jindal spent weeks urging the federal government to construct sand berms that would protect the coastland and the vital marshes from oil seepage, but ran into one federal government delay after another. He wanted some two dozen temporary berms, but the federal government dithered and then dithered some more. Eventually the feds said they would allow six such berms. And would only pay for one. And that they wouldn’t allow any construction until after an environmental impact study. While lethal oil began to contaminate the coastlands and marshes.
“It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here,” Gov. Jindal said. “Oil sits and waits for cleanup, and every day that it waits for cleanup more of our marsh dies.”
44 days after the disaster, Obama graciously allowed Louisiana to construct six berms. You know, the-build-a-barn-after-the-horses-left thing.
Jon Stewart absolutely skewered Obama’s incompetence by playing videos in which Obama vows “not to rest” until he solves the BP disaster, intermixed with video footage of all the useless garbage he’s been up to.
And then there’s the “never let a good crisis go to waste” thing. Obama has handled this crisis more as a political problem than a national disaster from the outset. And in Barack Obama’s brand of politics, you demagogue and you pander to leftist special interests. And thus:
Obama: US must end its dependence on fossil fuels
3:16 PM on 06/02/2010
JULIE PACE, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance a cause, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and pass a clean-energy bill that he says would help the nation end its dependence on fossil fuels.
Obama predicted that he would find the political support for legislation that would dramatically alter the way Americans fuel their homes and cars, including placing a price on carbon pollution, even though such legislation is politically divisive and remains bogged in the Senate.
“The votes may not be there right now, but I intend to find them in the coming months,” Obama told an audience at Carnegie Mellon University. “I will continue to make the case for a clean energy future wherever and whenever I can, and I will work with anyone to get this done. And we will get it done.”
Obama said the country’s continuing dependence on fossil fuels “will jeopardize our national security, it will smother our planet and will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk.” […]
“The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a clean energy future,” the president said. […]
Obama also used the speech to lash out at Republicans with partisan rhetoric, saying they have mostly “sat on the sidelines and shouted from the bleachers” as he’s tried to restore the economy.
And thus Obama, who couldn’t be more responsible for this disaster without being the guy who blew up the platform, resorts to his constant stream of demagogic bullcrap. It’s those Republicans who are responsible, you know: “The fact that I took all that BP campaign money, and then paid BP back by securing environmental waivers, and then paid BP back some more by letting BP broadcast the message that everything was under control and it was just a minor technical problem, nothing to worry about, is beside the point. Republicans are evil, and they are to blame for everything.”
And, of course, Obama demonized oil companies. Not just British Petroleum, the one actually responsible for paying Obama all those campaign contributions and creating the disaster, but ALL oil companies. Because oil is as evil as Republicans. And Democrats want to stop oil at all costs.
Forget the fact that this disaster was caused by Democrats who kept pushing oil companies further and further away from shore, into more and more and more dangerous conditions, until a disaster was inevitable. Every single Democrat who has helped stopped oil drilling on the coastal shelf or – better yet, on our land – is partly to blame for this disaster.
Unless you don’t think we need oil.
But if you don’t think we need oil, the stop the hell using it.
Let me just put it this way: if you support Barack Obama, quit traveling. Do not drive your car, do not take the bus, do not fly, do not get on a boat. Because it’s finally time that you were consistent: ending oil means no oil. So don’t use it.
Go to this site and make sure you don’t use any of the household products that contain oil, too.
My advice to you Democrats is just to move out of your house with all those evil oil products and live in a hole. Don’t use a shovel to dig your hole – because it was made using oil – just scratch at the dirt with your fingernails.
Turn off your computer, too. Because it’s got oil products, too.
And just climb in that damn hole and stay there.
Heck, maybe we could plug the hole in the Gulf with Democrats and have the best of all possible worlds.