Expert panel says Obama administration misrepresented their views on drilling moratorium

posted at 3:45 pm on June 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When the Obama administration announced its moratorium on new off-shore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon blowout and Gulf crisis, it packaged the announcement with a series of safety recommendations given to the White House by a panel of experts on deep-sea drilling.  Now that panel has accused the White House of misleading the public by misrepresenting their report as an endorsement of the moratorium.  In fact, they say that the moratorium was the wrong way to go:

Members of a panel of experts brought in to advise the Obama administration on how to address offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon disaster now say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar falsely implied they supported a six-month drilling moratorium they actually oppose.

Salazar’s May 27 report to President Barack Obama said a panel of seven experts “peer reviewed” his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on all ongoing drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet. That prohibition took effect a few days later, but the angry panel members and some others who contributed to the Salazar report said they had reviewed only an earlier version of the secretary’s report that suggested a six-month moratorium only on new drilling, and then only in waters deeper than 1,000 feet.

“We broadly agree with the detailed recommendations in the report and compliment the Department of Interior for its efforts,” a joint letter from the panelists to various politicians says. “However, we do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium on floating drilling. A moratorium was added after the final review and was never agreed to by the contributors.” …

“A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill,” the letter says. “We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do.”

The White House backed down from its initial spin, admitting that the panel didn’t get asked about the moratorium, at least not as implemented by the White House. It’s somewhat mysterious why they would have bothered to do that anyway.  Politically, a temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling had at least significant political support.  The panel had a different focus anyway, but the moratorium is less a safety issue than a recognition that the regulators have not been effective in this field at stopping this kind of potential disaster.

Instead of just relying on its own intellectual candlepower for the decision, Barack Obama and Ken Salazar apparently wanted some cover for their decision, and tried pulling a bait-and-switch on their own expert panel.  That certainly isn’t going to instill confidence in the leadership of this administration or its competence, both in the crisis at hand and in general.  Shooting themselves in the foot in their public-relations efforts and antagonizing the people they need to solve the catastrophe is the last thing they or any of us need at the moment.


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Shooting themselves in the foot in their public-relations efforts and antagonizing the people they need to solve the catastrophe is the last thing they or any of us need at the moment.

Unfortunately, it’s their modus operandi.

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Shooting themselves in the foot in their public-relations efforts and antagonizing the people they need to solve the catastrophe is the last thing they or any of us need at the moment.

Yeah, but that’s their standard mode of operation. Old habits die hard, if ever.

AUINSC on June 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM

What they LIED?

What exactly is “news” about this?

Everything they say is a F&%%$# lie!

Opposite Day on June 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM

A conspiracy is blossoming with this SPILL!

lilium on June 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Obama gets thrown under the bus!

DaydreamBeliever on June 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Watch it bub, you’ll get yer ass kicked.

Akzed on June 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

What did Rahm say?

lilium on June 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM

impeachment isnt even a no brainer anymore.

moonbatkiller on June 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Obama lied? When has he ever???

Daggett on June 9, 2010 at 3:52 PM

” It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill,”…

Why do I think this is exactly what Obowma and his goons want to happen…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM

…tried pulling a bait-and-switch on their own expert panel.

Business as usual.

GarandFan on June 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

It’s the White House version of F-Troop.

Ward Cleaver on June 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Treason and sedition.

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

we are going to need money and jobs to revitalize the Gulf, the moratorium was an idiot decision done for political reasons which will hurt the area.

rob verdi on June 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Just one more indication of incompetence.

Any of us who have ever worked in a large corporation on a team can see this as typical. Happens all the time.

Jaynie59 on June 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

“As I’ve always said, I never said that.”

-PBHO

Bishop on June 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Now that panel has accused the White House of misleading the public by misrepresenting their report as an endorsement of the moratorium. In fact, they say that the moratorium was the wrong way to go:

well, he ain’t just sittin’ ’round, talkin’ with experts because it’s some kind of college seminar or something….he was just lookin’ for someone’s ass to kick.

ted c on June 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

“Instead of just relying on its own intellectual candlepower for the decision”

Voting present again. The man does not know responsibility even when it has him by the ….. Oh wait…

texriot on June 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Any of us who have ever worked in a large corporation on a team can see this as typical. Happens all the time.

Jaynie59 on June 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Absolutely. But not at the risk of an entire region of the United States of America. This shouldn’t be classified as “typical”, with all due respect, Jaynie.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM

“Yes. Obamacare wants to help you with that case of acute appendicitis but Zero needs to convene a focus group first so call us back in a couple of weeks.”

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Instead of just relying on its own intellectual candlepower for the decision, Barack Obama and Ken Salazar apparently wanted some cover for their decision, and tried pulling a bait-and-switch on their own expert panel.

pen light.

ted c on June 9, 2010 at 4:01 PM

“As I’ve always said, I never said that.”

-PBHO

Bishop on June 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Bbbbbbbut… Can you kick Azz?!!!??!!

That’s what Amurca Needs! Sum1 who can kick sum azz!!!@@!!

Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Any of us who have ever worked in a large corporation on a team can see this as typical. Happens all the time.
Jaynie59 on June 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Most large corporations aren’t run by the junior mail room clerk, if they were then they wouldn’t be large, functioning corporations.

PBHO is the guy who sashayed into his job interview for CEO and declared that the very fact that he filled out an application and is interviewing is experience enough to actually be CEO.

Bishop on June 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM

That expert panel is racist!!!

/s

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I’m shocked,shocked, to see lying here!!!!!!

retiredeagle on June 9, 2010 at 4:04 PM

is obama’s mouth moving again?

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM

“If you like your plan…you can keep your plan!”

search4truth on June 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM

There is no end to Obama’s back stabbing.

DEBKA: After eight months of back-breaking work, the American military engineers helping Egypt build a steel anti-smuggling wall along the strategic Philadelphi Route dividing Gaza from Sinai were suddenly recalled, signaling the collapse of Egypt’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Washington thus abandoned its half-a-billion dollar investment in the joint Egyptian-Israeli siege project.

What US president Barack Obama did this week was to go back to his confrontational posture against the Israeli prime minister, at the very moment that Israeli leaders had their backs to the wall against a worldwide onslaught over the flotilla incident orchestrated from Ankara and Tehran.
Washington has now set its face on a new track: salvaging its ties with Turkey by burning the Netanyahu government.

Tav on June 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I’ll have to ask Claude Rains about this…

Del Dolemonte on June 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Ward Cleaver on June 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Now that is just damn funny. My neck muscles have enlarged from all the head-shaking over these past two years

texriot on June 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Daddy are you misleading the public, again?

TN Mom on June 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Instead of just relying on its own intellectual candlepower for the decision, Barack Obama and Ken Salazar apparently wanted some cover for their decision, and tried pulling a bait-and-switch on their own expert panel.

Now see if instead of this expert panel, they had hired Pachauri and his panel, this boo-boo wouldn’t have happened ! Pachauri’s boys would have given everything the WH wanted , and would have defended the report till their last breath.

macncheez on June 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Why will my comment with links to researched articles show up?!!!

Watching_Cloward-Piven on June 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

It is worse than that. These are ruthless people we are dealing with and I don’t trust or put anything past them. Please read the following article and share the info with everybody you know “RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy, and CCX”, which is well documented and researched.

http://investigatingobama.blogspot.com/2010/06/rico-investigation-needed-now-about.html

Also, on page 37 of British Petroleum’s own investigative report into the oil spill, it is stated that the Hydraulic Control System on equipment designed to automatically seal the well in an emergency was modified without BP’s knowledge sometime before the explosion.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/32663286/Deepwater-Horizon-Interim-Incident-Investigation-BP-s-Washington-Briefing

Seems like the Global Marxofascist Revolutionaries are pushing ahead with the deindustrialization of the USA

Watching_Cloward-Piven on June 9, 2010 at 4:09 PM

3 times on show? gee isn’t censorship great?

Watching_Cloward-Piven on June 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Obama statement expiration dates coming up a little sooner now.

Misrepresentation is at the top of menu choices for libs, three times a day.

Speakup on June 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Drill. Baby. Drill.

Jocundus on June 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

It is worse than that. These are truly sinister people we are dealing with and I don’t trust or put anything past them. Please read the following article and share the info with everybody you know “RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy, and CCX”, which is well documented and researched.

http://investigatingobama.blogspot.com/2010/06/rico-investigation-needed-now-about.html

Watching_Cloward-Piven on June 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

pen light.

ted c on June 9, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I see your pen light and raise with two wet matches.

Dusty on June 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I hate this lying loathesome bastard!

Winebabe on June 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Clearly Obama believes in group punishment

georgealbert on June 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Ward Cleaver on June 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

F-Troop is good but I lean towards the 3 Stooges or the Keystone Kops.

chemman on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Also, on page 37 of British Petroleum’s own investigative report into the oil spill, it is stated that the Hydraulic Control System on equipment designed to automatically seal the well in an emergency was modified without BP’s knowledge sometime before the explosion.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/32663286/Deepwater-Horizon-Interim-Incident-Investigation-BP-s-Washington-Briefing

Watching_Cloward-Piven on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

I made another Youtube, a follow-up to one posted here at HA. Obama’s Gulf Oil Spill – Part II http://bit.ly/9W34tN

debg on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Obama, Erdogan and Ahmadinejad – The Axis of anti-Semitic Weasels.

Tav on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

One of the suppliers affected by the moratorium is now suing to bar Interior from enforcing it, so it may be a moot point anyway.

Laura Curtis on June 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

O-bot and Costello.

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Tav on June 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I forget which of his books but he did say that when push came to shove he would side with the Muslims. No surprise that he is siding with the Muslims. As for me and my house we shall side with Israel.

chemman on June 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Shooting themselves in the foot in their public-relations efforts and antagonizing the people they need to solve the catastrophe is the last thing they or any of us need at the moment.

Barack Obama and Ken Salazar want the pelicans & dolphins to “die quickly”.

TN Mom on June 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Obama: “This is not the Lie, I thought I knew.”

portlandon on June 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I made another Youtube, a follow-up to one posted here at HA. Obama’s Gulf Oil Spill – Part II http://bit.ly/9W34tN

debg on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Excellent.
If you don’t mind, plz add a clip of that guy in Maine who has miles and miles of boom just waiting to be picked up from his factory

macncheez on June 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Someone in the White House reading this. Tell Ken Salazar to take off the damn cowboy hat. He isn’t worthy to wear such an item as most who do are “Hard Working” folk.

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Moratorium
===============
The Death Knell of Oil Worker jobs,oil resources,and
the Hopey Kiss-of-Death to trickle-down spin-off of
Oil Rig jobs to the community!!!!

Operation Hopey/Changey Sh*t-Kicking of the American
Economy!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Congratulations, princess. Mine will be 1 year in 1 mounth and 2 days.

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Expert panel says Obama administration misrepresented their views

I see, business as usual.

Anyone wonders why Global Warming crowd = most likely Obama supporters?

Sir Napsalot on June 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

This Moratorium is going to cost the state of LA alot of jobs….50,000-100,000 according to Vladamir at Redstate.

It could also effectively stop all oil production in the gulf forever because it costs a ton of money to run these rigs and they aint gonna wait around to see what side of the bed Obama wakes up on today…..they are going to close up what they are doing and move elsewhere so as to resume making money.

Do any of you think Obama is unaware of this? He can’t get Crap-and-Tax so why not just shut down all domestic production instead? It’s politically easy when you have an oil slick you can see from space…..

Mord on June 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Remember,there is an Alien in the White House!!!

All Hail Destroyer of Commerence,and Environmental Wacko
Community-Agitator-Out of Touch Organizer Extremist!!!!!
===========================================================

He is the alien in the White House
———————————-

A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.
—By DOROTHY RABINOWITZ

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703302604575294231631318728.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Congratulations, princess. Mine will be 1 year in 1 mounth and 2 days.

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

LOL took me a minute to figure out what you were talking about. Thanks. The M in 2 and a half weeks. LOL I thought it was a week and a half because I am so freaking tired.

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 4:28 PM

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I understand. I had an emergency gall bladder removal last Friday. Luckily, they were able to get it out laproscopically. I’m a whupped puppy.

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Ouch, glad to see you are okay. I am also in the middle of doing new house stuff. Building one is a PITA from what I am getting…

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

This is SO Obama: Don’t make a decision yourself that you can be criticized for, but convene a committee to make it for you. Then, when the committee doesn’t make the decision you wanted them to make, lie about it and say you had to do something because the committee recommended it, don’t blame me.

Socratease on June 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Yeah, it is. I had one built once. Anyway, enough OT. If America wasn’t under the gun so badly, I would enjoy watching Scooter get caught in his own web of deceit.

kingsjester on June 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

debg on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Good work!

Inanemergencydial on June 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

It’s jealousy. Most liberal women look like this and this.

rcpjr on June 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM

BHO’s Decision Makers. And, how they make decisions at parties! Schmaht Powah’s.. Activate!

Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Thanks for that! I’ve been scratching my head since this debacle began. This kind of incompetence seemed inexplicable – til now.

Your fine investigative reporting has allowed me to see this with the necessary clarity.

Thanks again./

My nose is still burning from the iced coffee backflow.

ontherocks on June 9, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Is there ANYthing this administration does, enacts or proposes that doesn’t turn into a total clusterfark?!!! I mean ANYTHING?

JonPrichard on June 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Character will catch up to you. You can lie and bluff your way into position, but then you must perform. And now you’re on stage, where everyone can see for themselves. Obama is steadily alienating every single group of supporters he had, because his reasonable, centrist and competent image had absolutely zero substance. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, but I pray that the nation won’t be taken down along with him.

paul1149 on June 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I made another Youtube, a follow-up to one posted here at HA. Obama’s Gulf Oil Spill – Part II http://bit.ly/9W34tN

debg on June 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Excellent.
If you don’t mind, plz add a clip of that guy in Maine who has miles and miles of boom just waiting to be picked up from his factory

macncheez on June 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

very good job! Makes me want to kick some arse. Did you see the response from the WH to the Dutch. When is this crap going to end!

texriot on June 9, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Solid B+

Kenosha Kid on June 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

(Yawn.) Yeah, they lied again.
Wake me when they start telling the truth!

n0doz on June 9, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Welcome to the New World Order…

Badbrucskie on June 10, 2010 at 12:08 AM