Judge Feldman struck down Obama’s job-killing drilling ban, which was designed to save politicians’ skins, not the environment. (If not for other motives…)
It seems that no crisis is complete for this administration until it has found a way to kill jobs.
Like the judge, Doug Ross is less than impressed with Ken Salazar’s forged report. Salazar added two paragraphs to the now-politicized science white paper, paragraphs that contradicted the recommendations of the experts who had previously signed it.
The scientists whose views were misrepresented reportedly received an apology from the evidence-doctoring Salazar, but where are the consequences? Where is the accountability? Terrific news: Salazar, the report-rigger, is in charge of overseeing the new overseer. That’s right. The Teflon Interior Secretary spent Monday afternoon swearing in another bureaucrat, litigator Michael Bromwich, who will head the newly-named “Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement” (formerly the beleaguered Minerals Management Service).
According to Salazar, Bromwich “will be a key part of our team as we continue to change the way the Department of the Interior does business.” Present company exempted, of course.
The Sex-for-Oil scandal broke in the summer of ’08. Democrats campaigned on cleaning it up.
When Obama took office he appointed an enviro-lady, a Ms. Birnbaum to MMS…and promptly assigned her to the Cape Wind project–even though wind is not yet a “Mineral”!
From the Beyond Accountability speech:
One place we have already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility — a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves. At this agency, industry insiders were put in charge of industry oversight. Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations.
When Ken Salazar became my Secretary of the Interior, one of his very first acts was to clean up the worst of the corruption at this agency. But it’s now clear that the problems there ran much deeper, and the pace of reform was just too slow. And so Secretary Salazar and I are bringing in new leadership at the agency — Michael Bromwich, who was a tough federal prosecutor and Inspector General. His charge over the next few months is to build an organization that acts as the oil industry’s watchdog — not its partner.
“In other words, Bush ruined MMS so badly, that even though I campaigned on cleaning it up, I failed miserably.”
Birnbaum took the fall for Obama and Salazar, even though she did exactly what they asked her to do. And now she’s being replaced by a prosecutor, evidently a message to oil companies and MMS employees.
But here’s my question: couldn’t they find an honest oil engineer to run MMS, instead of an environmentalist or a prosecutor?
An competent energy professional could have helped prevent an environmental catastrophe, and he would know when oil companies were taking shortcuts. That’s much better than trying to clean up and prosecute afterwards.
MMS will now be called “Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement”. That sounds like the same problem; an agency dedicated to “Ocean Energy”. Screw the wind and tides; we need an agency focused solely on OIL DRILLING IN THE WATER.
We don’t need any more oil companies–or government agencies–who think they are “beyond petroleum”.