Monday, June 21, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill "Commission": Obama's Panel of Fools

When even the AP can't help but run blaring headlines decrying the politicalization of the Gulf oil spill, you know we've gone from the spin zone to the danger zone, at least as far as our nation's future is concerned.

This is pretty egregious, though, even by Obama's minimal standards:

Obama spill panel big on policy, not engineering

The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about "America's addiction to oil." One member has blogged about it regularly.

Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard's engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background — but it's in optics and physics.

The AP provides some background on this ideologically twisted, intellectually bereft, Obama-appointed panel:

Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: "We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America's addiction to oil." And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic.

Co-chairman Bob Graham, a Democrat who was Florida governor and later a senator, led efforts to prevent drilling off his state's coast. Commissioner Donald Boesch of the University of Maryland wrote in a Washington Post blog that the federal government had planned to allow oil drilling off the Virginia coast and "that probably will and should be delayed."

So we have a group of dunces, dullards, and dotards selected for their previous propensity for prejudice against oil companies and support for turning the oil pumps off and switching America to new fuel sources that...haven't been invented or perfected yet. Doesn't matter, though, the massive tax hikes that will be put in place via a "cap and trade" economy will subsidize development and usage of these marginal technologies. Until the economy collapses, that is. Which should be about fifteen minutes after such legislation takes effect.

But don't worry! The White House hears your concern about the obvious ignorance of the panelists in the field in which they will be recommending government action, and assures us they will be brought up to speed:

The oil spill commission will not be at a loss for technical help, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

For one, he said the panel will draw on a technical analysis that the National Association of Engineering is performing. Also, members will "consult the best minds and subject matter experts in the Gulf, in the private sector, in think tanks and in the federal government as they conduct their research."

Why aren't these "best minds" on the Gulf oil spill commission panel? Maybe because the truth (and science) has no place in any of Obama's policy initiatives? And, pray tell, which "think tanks" will these yahoos be consulting with? One guesses it won't be the Heritage Foundation or the Club for Growth...but I'll bet the Sierra Club has a seat at the table.

But there is one statement made by these asshats that I am completely, 100% on board with, as any reader of this blog will know:

"Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn't just an accident..."

Yup. It was an Obama-directed conspiracy, ushered along in order to create this very panel and the recommendations it will endorse...

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