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Gulf Disaster Result Bush/Cheney Corruption

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posted on May, 10 2010 @ 04:44 PM

Gulf Disaster Result Bush/Cheney Corruption

"Bending over for Big Oil became the ideological posture of the Bush White House, and, under Cheney's cruel whip, the practice trickled down through the regulatory bureaucracy. The Minerals Management Service -- the poster child for "agency capture phenomena" -- hopped into bed with the regulated industry -- literally. A 2009 investigation of the Minerals Management Service found that agency officials "frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used coc aine and marijuana and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives." Three reports by the Inspector Gen
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 04:44 PM
Must read... Details how Bush administration plugged Big Oil regulatory bodies with cronies who got sexual favors and cash to play ball... Directly led to non-existent regulation that is destroying our Gulf as we speak.

This blog entry is written by Robert Kennedy, Jr. and does a great job of encapsulating the issue, which is that Bush/Cheney held secret meetings with Big Oil to conspire to tear down obstacles. One obstacle was all that nasty regulation that tends to dissuade companies from becoming too powerful or too reckless in the pursuit of profit.

I'm all for profit, but I'm also for control by more than an elite cabal, which is what we have become. Bush was all about shifting power away from the People and this is the result.

Our Gulf is flat-lining as we speak.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 04:56 PM
So Huffington is over here trying to get people to come their site.
Serves them right.

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 05:25 PM
The Huffington propaganda machine is in full swing I see. They still think blaming everything on Bush will save them in Congress. How sad.

Any article that does not equally distribute blame is garbage on its face. It's just more Partisan crap. These big companies share their money with both Parties.

Obama is nearly half way through his second year and his minions are still talking about Bush. How stupid do they think we are.

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 05:45 PM
How about bringing up the current administration,shall we?

Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals.

Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a "categorical exclusion" on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill.

The exemption came less than one month after BP had requested it in a March 10 "exploration plan" submitted to the MMS. The plan said that because a spill was "unlikely," no additional "mitigation measures other than those required by regulation and BP policy will be employed to avoid, diminish or eliminate potential impacts on environmental resources." BP also assured the MMS that any spill would not seriously hurt marine wildlife and that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."

Kierán Suckling, director of the Center for Biological Diversity, told the Post that the Obama administration's exemption effectively "put BP entirely in control," adding, "The agency's oversight role has devolved to little more than rubber-stamping British Petroleum's self-serving drilling plans."

...Obama's decision to disregard scientific evidence is not the result of a mistaken policy, however. It is the result of definite class interests.

According to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, BP gave more campaign donations to the Obama campaign in the 2008 election cycle than to any other politician—$71,000 in all—though in total it gave slightly more to Republican candidates. BP also took the step of hiring the Podesta Group, the lobbying firm headed up by Obama confidant John Podesta and his brother Tony, paying the firm $720,000 since 2008. All told, BP has spent just shy of $20 million on federal lobbying over the last two years.

...The close working relationship between BP and the Obama administration has continued even in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 06:18 PM
reply to post by pantangele

Wow Obama and his cronies are going to be blaming Bush when they are 90 and crap their pants from incontinence. I suppose the will complain that Bush didn't make them eat enough bran. At least, Bush has been respectful and kept his mouth shut about the Communists who took his place.

Hey Pantangele.. I always respected you for going out with honor like a Roman soldier. You should have know better than to cross Michael Coreleone.

[edit on 10-5-2010 by CowPatty]

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 03:56 PM
reply to post by CowPatty

Look, I am not a fan of the current administration, either...

But to me, this Gulf spill is the environmental equivalent of the financial meltdown. In both cases, the problem was that sensible regulation was removed by politicians who served powerful lobbying interests. In both case, the inevitable conclusion was reached as the greedy sprint for profits exceeded checks-and-balances to control catastrophe.

Just as I buy in to the fact that terrible outcomes will arise from big government and rampant entitlements, I believed that terrible outcomes would come from Bush/Cheney's era of corruption. That era infiltrated government bodies with zealot cronies who ran amok and replaced science with partisan politics and bribe-taking.

In the end, the Gulf spill falls squarely on the head of those who broke the regulatory bodies, at that's Bush/Cheney.

I'll be right there to point the finger when the #storm comes from bad left-wing philosophy... But this one is Bush's Second Katrina... Just as he #ed with FEMA and installed hacks looking to eat from the trough of big business by exploiting lobbyists, he allowed the regulatory bodies for oil to become inert.

It was a matter of time until unregulated companies drilling at the edges of human ability and technology #ed it all up. Just as it was a given that FEMA, castrated from any effectiveness through unqualified crony handouts, was unable to respond to Katrina.

Bush/Cheney's failed philosophy continues to # us, just as Obama's will five years from now.

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 04:15 PM
Remember Bawney Frank doing the horizontal monkey dance with his room mate who was employed by the very bankers Bawney Fwank was suppose to be regulating?

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 04:19 PM
Huffington Post...hahahaha, oh man. Get off your knees already HuffPo, going down on the administration for this long is just embarrassing, honeymoon's over.

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 05:14 PM
reply to post by yellowcard

The source is RFK, Jr.

Until we can stop discrediting good information based on talking points and sources, and evaluate only through the lens of one party or ideology, we're totally #ed.

This happens to be information that is true and had a direct role in the Gulf tragedy. But if you care to ignore it because it doesn't fit with your agenda, sobeit. When we all do that, nothing gets done and there is zero accountability.

Your obstinance means they win. That makes you complicit.

Open your mind and let your ego go. Look at the facts as objectively as you can.

Lack of regulation for Big Oil is what caused the Gulf spill. How did that happen?

posted on May, 11 2010 @ 10:23 PM
The Bush bashing while he was in office was annoying. Now that he is out of office, it is just downright childish, sad, and pretty creepy.

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