So the book is just about closed on the BP Horizon Deepwater rig explosion/fire/leak. And yes, this blog cried "Obama-directed conspiracy!" from Day 1. And so....
While there's been no "smoking well" found, a lot of the most dire predictions on how this manufactured "crisis" would pan out seem to be....panning out.
On March 31st, 2010, environmentalists howled as Obama made a surprise "compromise" on offshore oil drilling:
The Obama administration will approve significant oil and gas exploration off America’s coasts, including a possible sale two years from now of leases off Virginia’s coast, administration officials said Wednesday.
And t-minus three weeks later, a rig blows up in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the "worst environmental crisis ever". Coincidence? May 1st, 2010:
President Obama announces a change in national policy on offshore drilling, and 20 days later a platform explodes, creating an environmental disaster that, we’re told, may be worse than the Exxon Valdez. That’s timing so perfect it’s usually associated with Abbott and Costello. There are a lot of folks who passionately opposed the possibility of expanded offshore drilling and who would have the motive to help “enable” an accident that discredited the policy.
And today, December 1st, 2010, a mere five months later to the day, the big BP payoff for Obama & the gang as their goals are realized:
The Obama administration plans to reverse the offshore-drilling policy it had announced in March, pre-BP spill. Offshore drilling will instead continue to be severely constrained. From the Washington Post:
Obama administration officials will announce Wednesday afternoon they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.
During that announcement — less than a month before the BP oil spill — Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said they would open up the eastern Gulf and parts of the Atlantic, including off the coast of Virginia, to offshore oil and gas exploration.
Just as we predicted. Obama realized he angered his base - and blew up an oil rig to cover his own backtracking.
Another goal of the BP oil rig conspiracy: Creating "energy scarcity" in order to provide a rationale for cap & trade legislation and further energy taxation. July 11th, 2010:
Wanting—or creating—scarcity has always been a part of the leftist agenda, on the theory that scarcities create the need for government allocation and control. One of the greatest threats of the current situation is that environmental extremists will use it as a justification to further their misguided agenda.
What has happened since then? Well, Obama and Ken Salazar's "temporary" moratorium on drilling in the Gulf immediately after the disaster (you know - the one they obtained by lying about scientific testimony when it didn't fit the facts) caused a number of offshore companies to leave the Gulf - permanently. And in so leaving, a huge resource now goes untapped. Add that to the revocation announced today of the minimal concessions Obama made to offshore drilling, and one might wonder where we will get our energy from in the very short-term future.
Natural gas, perhaps? There's a shit-ton of it underneath the rocks of New York State! A great way to produce domestic energy and add jobs to an impoverished economy, right?
Well, if you're a Democrat, it's...wrong. Coincidentally, in a special session of the New York State Assembly, before it gains even more Republican seats, we get this, just yesterday, in a "fluke" of timing:
The New York State Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a six-month moratorium on a controversial method of natural gas extraction while state and federal agencies review its possible health impacts.
The moratorium -- which calls for no drilling permits to be issued until at least May 15, 2011 -- was approved by the state Senate in August.
The legislation now heads to Governor David Paterson, who leaves office in January and has until the end of this year to sign the measure into law.
Part of New York state sits atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive rock formation that also extends across parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It has been among the most active U.S. drilling sites and by some estimates could hold enough gas to meet U.S. needs for a decade or more.
The natural gas industry has vigorously opposed the moratorium, saying it would halt most oil and gas drilling currently allowed, in addition to high-volume fracking.
The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, an industry group, called the moratorium a "job killer" in a statement issued ahead of the Assembly's vote.
You could not work any harder to create energy scarcity than this - destroying the Gulf oil-drilling industry, rolling back any plans to expand oil drilling, and forbid it entirely in areas where it is there for the taking.
Almost as if someone planed the entire thing, from the BP rig going down, to the New York Democrats going down. One might call it...a conspiracy.
Unravelling just as we predicted. See you in the gas lines, where we'll be skipping meals to pay for fuel at $8- a gallon while billions are spent to tilt at windmills...literally...