Subpoenaed: GOP wants to know why Obama administration misled Americans on drilling ban

posted at 8:25 am on April 4, 2012 by Rob Bluey

President Obama’s offshore drilling moratorium following the 2010 oil spill caused widespread job losses and a significant drop in energy production in the Gulf of Mexico. Two years later, a U.S. House committee wants to know why the administration misled the public about the drilling ban.

The House Natural Resources Committee yesterday issued its first subpoena to the Department of the Interior after Secretary Ken Salazar refused to turn over documents related to the moratorium. At issue is why Salazar’s department suggested a panel of engineering experts supported the drilling ban when in fact they did not.

Despite the Obama administration’s transparency promises, Salazar has rebuffed the committee’s requests and stymied the department’s inspector general investigation. Salazar, who previously apologized, was defiant when asked about the subpoena:

The bottom line is I’m very comfortable with everything we did including the time out and reset button that we had to put in place in the Gulf of Mexico. What the House Natural Resources and energy committee is doing is simply a distraction in the name of politics.

Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (D-WA) said it was important to understand what happened and why Salazar failed to conduct any technical, scientific or economic analysis prior to imposing the drilling ban. He gave the department one week to produce the documents. The subpoena was a last resort for the committee.

The administration’s controversial moratorium — and the subsequent permitorium that followed — caused economic hardships throughout the Gulf region and in communities across America. A recent survey of employers, conducted by Greater New Orleans Inc., revealed 41 percent of businesses are not making a profit and 76 percent have lost cash revenues.

One of the region’s business owners, Leslie Bertucci of R&D Enterprises, shared her story about the moratorium’s impact:

At the time Salazar imposed the drilling ban, he justified his action with a May 27, 2010, report that recommended a six-month drilling moratorium. That recommendation was allegedly supported by seven members of the National Academy of Engineering, who had peer-reviewed the report.

But only after Salazar imposed the job-killing moratorium did Americans learn the truth: Political appointees at the White House and Department of Interior inserted the moratorium recommendation without the knowledge of the seven experts. They subsequently rebutted the implication and went a step further to note the ban “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.”

When the department’s inspector general sought information on the incident, administration official stonewalled investigators. That ultimately led to yesterday’s subpoena. The documents sought include:

All documents created, sent, or received by Steve Black, Neal Kemkar, Mary Katherine Ishee, David Hayes and Ted Strickland between April 26, 2010 and June 30, 2010 related to the development, editing, review, issuance, response, or reaction to the May 27, 2010 Department of the Interior report that included a recommendation for a six-month drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.

All 13 documents that the Interior Department has intervened to block the Acting Inspector General from providing to the Committee.

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey


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JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Misled? What is this word “Misled”?
LIED! It’s okay to say they LIED!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM

angry mike?

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Let the spin begin

cmsinaz on April 4, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Not only did they lie, they thumbed their noses at the court that overturned their first illegal ban.

This came directly from Zero, who by the way issued a further ban on Atlantic offshore drilling just last week.

dogsoldier on April 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Obeying subpoenas is for commoners. L’êtat, c’est Obama.

OhioCoastie on April 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Ha!! The joke’s on you. One-bama is more transparent than he realizes. He’s transparently corrupt and dishonest.

NickDeringer on April 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Dear leader has no problem defying his experts

All hail dear leader

cmsinaz on April 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Can’t they just shred or delete anything that makes them look bad, anyway?

philoquin on April 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Can’t they just shred or delete anything that makes them look bad, anyway?

philoquin on April 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

EMail is forever. There are copies and copies and copies.

dogsoldier on April 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Can someone enlighten me what happens if Salazar just says “Okay, I lied, blow me!” to Issa? Does the Oversight Committee have any means of punishment, short of bad publicity that won’t exist thanks to our wonderful media, that do not require DOJ’s involvement?

Archivarix on April 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

So, even when Democtrats want information that the current administration won’t disclose, Salazar calls it “a distraction in the name of poitics”! OK!…. From the most politically biased bunch of clowns evah? You know shredding and sweeping is going on.

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Misled? What is this word “Misled”?
LIED! It’s okay to say they LIED!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM

You can’t spell “misled” without L-I-E-D.

BTW, Doc Hastings is a Republican, not a Democrat. Being in the minority, the Dems don’t get any committee chairs.

Trafalgar on April 4, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Forgery? Fake, but accurate! Was Dan Rather anywhere near this DoI report?

ExpressoBold on April 4, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Does the Oversight Committee have any means of punishment, short of bad publicity that won’t exist thanks to our wonderful media, that do not require DOJ’s involvement?

Archivarix on April 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Impeachment proceedings

Trafalgar on April 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM

A L I N S K Y

They are going to continue to do whatever they want, and the FREE PRESS we have in America will continue to ignore it.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Paging GOP ad creator, pick up the white courtesy phone.

hillsoftx on April 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Heads need to roll.

petefrt on April 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Where is Joe Wilson when you need him?

UnderstandingisPower on April 4, 2012 at 8:47 AM

O/T: by hook or by crook, get your hands on a copy of today’s WSJ editorial, the most scathing yet of BO and his pointy-fingered accusations. I was slack jawed reading it. I kid you not. The gloves at WSJ have been tossed off and tossed hard. I finished reading it and then turned to my trusty, handy dandy iPad, and this article is the first one I read!

This man is stunning in his community organizer persona. Just. Stunning.

ABO2012

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Does the Oversight Committee have any means of punishment, short of bad publicity that won’t exist thanks to our wonderful media, that do not require DOJ’s involvement?

Archivarix on April 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Impeachment proceedings

Trafalgar on April 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The impeachment proceedings, even for a Secretary (not to speak of Chief Scum himself) have about same chance to realize as me beating Chuck Norris up and live to tell it.

Archivarix on April 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (D-WA)

A minor point, Doc Hastings is a Republican (hence the Chairman not the ranking member) Edward Markey is the senior Democrat.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2012 at 8:53 AM

O/T: by hook or by crook, get your hands on a copy of today’s WSJ editorial, the most scathing yet of BO and his pointy-fingered accusations. I was slack jawed reading it. I kid you not. The gloves at WSJ have been tossed off and tossed hard. I finished reading it and then turned to my trusty, handy dandy iPad, and this article is the first one I read!

This man is stunning in his community organizer persona. Just. Stunning.

ABO2012

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Is it not available on the web?

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

A L I N S K Y

They are going to continue to do whatever they want, and the FREE PRESS we have in America will continue to ignore it.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM

THIS.

HomeoftheBrave on April 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The ‘Courts’ are only good if they are being used, to rule in favor of JugEars and his jackals agenda. If a ruling goes against the Liar-in-Chief…they are an unprecedented ‘activist court’!!!
The Parrot Press is right there for him too, every time!…Never asking about why it’s okay for courts to strike down laws that voters pass…regarding marriage, taxes, and other issues…but just suck on the siliva coming out of the mouth of the Constitutional expert… Prof ‘Present’

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM

O/T: by hook or by crook, get your hands on a copy of today’s WSJ editorial, the most scathing yet of BO and his pointy-fingered accusations. I was slack jawed reading it. I kid you not. The gloves at WSJ have been tossed off and tossed hard. I finished reading it and then turned to my trusty, handy dandy iPad, and this article is the first one I read!

This man is stunning in his community organizer persona. Just. Stunning.

ABO2012

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Is it not available on the web?

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Is this the editorial you mentioned?

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard a presidential demarche as outrageous as President Obama’s warning to the Supreme Court not to overturn Obamacare. The president made the remarks at a press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. It was an attack on the court’s standing and even its integrity in a backhanded way that is typically Obamanian. For starters the president expressed confidence that the Court would “not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Arrest Salazar………..Period! Stop playing games,,,they aren’t.

lilium479 on April 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

What the GOP is doing here is good. This is the only way the MEDIA will pick up the story, and more people will read it. GOP should do this on every issue from this point forward… all the way to the election. Beat the MEDIA at their own game.

ooonaughtykitty on April 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (D-WA)…

Unless he changed parties without telling anyone but Rob Bluey, Doc Hastings is a Republican.

rcpjr on April 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

THIS.

HomeoftheBrave on April 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I read Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation this past week. It was well worth the ebook price. I finished it in one sitting. Breitbart laid bare the philosophical underpinnings of Obama’s worldview, the Alinsky method, and how to fight back.

The fight begins with media, both popular and ‘news’.

Identifying the enemy is just part of the Art of War. And believe me folks, we are in a war for America.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Where are all the Obama-fawning parasites?

Bevan on April 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Salazar’s gonna need a deeper moat, or he’ll find himself under a bus. And make that answer 3 pages, single spaced.

Kissmygrits on April 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This is what’s maddening about life in America.. the institutional left,.. progressives in media, government and academia,.. can lie, purjure, destroy evidence of criminal conspiracies, ignore court rulings, run guns to drug cartels, set up false hearings for a barking seal press, make movies timed to release before elections to taint public opinion, lie on news casts, bring on only leftwing “experts”, and label them “moderates”.. they can create false narratives out of whole cloth.. they can blame private citizens for a lunatic’s shooting spree as entirely responsible without a lick of proof that said lunatic even knew that person was alive…

do all this..

and there is no recourse.. no justice, because the same leftwing dirtbags control 95% of the media.. making getting public outrage difficult at best,.. impossible when the lamestream (FU Starjones) doubles down on the lies and none of them is honest enough to break ranks..

It’s only through FOX am radio and the net we have any ability to fight back at all.

We really need to all be Breitbart now..

If his life taught us anything, it’s that the left is insidious, the left is evil, and the left never ever stops it’s assaults..

so we have to get used to a 24 and 7 combat enviroment,.. we can sleep when we’re dead.. Look how close they came to owning us all with Obama… and we still aren’t done with the fight.

mark81150 on April 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Despite the Obama administration’s transparency promises, Salazar has rebuffed the committee’s requests and stymied the department’s inspector general investigation.

Jeez, these days you can write a macro for that sentence, just leaving the Cabinet name out to be filled in later.

rbj on April 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Identifying the enemy is just part of the Art of War. And believe me folks, we are in a war for America.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I agree completely.. I can’t remember who said it first, we’re in our second civil war, a cold one,..

Cold War II or the 2nd Civil War..

It simmers off and on, and it’s near the boiling point now with the election so close. The left is getting desperate, and even more dangerous because of that.

mark81150 on April 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

O/T: by hook or by crook, get your hands on a copy of today’s WSJ editorial, the most scathing yet of BO and his pointy-fingered accusations. I was slack jawed reading it. I kid you not. The gloves at WSJ have been tossed off and tossed hard. I finished reading it and then turned to my trusty, handy dandy iPad, and this article is the first one I read!

This man is stunning in his community organizer persona. Just. Stunning.

ABO2012

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Is it not available on the web?

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Is this the editorial you mentioned?

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard a presidential demarche as outrageous as President Obama’s warning to the Supreme Court not to overturn Obamacare. The president made the remarks at a press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. It was an attack on the court’s standing and even its integrity in a backhanded way that is typically Obamanian. For starters the president expressed confidence that the Court would “not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Yes! Heh, web! Who knew! I’m so accustomed to reading hard copy, I never think of looking for it on the Internet.

Good grief! : )))))

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM

At issue is why Salazar’s department suggested a panel of engineering experts supported the drilling ban when in fact they did not.

Why does the POSOTUS let Steven Chu say the stupid crap he does (but at least Chu is honest) concerning oil and gas?

Why does the POSOTUS deflect every darn question concerning fuel and the price gouging of America, and blame the oil and gas companies when the Federal and State government take more than even the oil companies?

Why does the POSOTUS, lie about how we are doing concerning drilling, production and refining in the U.S. (check the Dept of Energy stats, something is off)?

Why does anyone believe this a-hole?

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Where are all the Obama-fawning parasites?

Bevan on April 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Waiting for talking points. If hearings get spun up on this it will be messy. Kind of hard to for even the media to cover what this administration is doing to energy production when normal people see it every time they have a few bucks to put gas in the tank.

The best hope 0bama has now is another big spill.

cozmo on April 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The best hope 0bama has now is another big spill.

cozmo on April 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Coz, Shell is going to be drilling in the water of the arctic this summer. Why do I have a feeling that something is going to “happen” to this specialized rig.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Yes! Heh, web! Who knew! I’m so accustomed to reading hard copy, I never think of looking for it on the Internet.

Good grief! : )))))

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM

No worries mate, just wanted to make sure all the 10 denizens had access.

I see print media at work(I work in a union shop) and wonder at all the money those fools are wasting on dead tree editions.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Why does anyone believe this a-hole?

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The same reason they believe in conspiracy theories, vampires, Bigfoot and ghosts.

Life is too easy for them and they are too intellectually vacant to figure it out for themselves.

cozmo on April 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Tons, why are you so stupid?

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Their agenda is not the majority’s agenda. Plain and simple. They have to be deceptive in all they do.

msupertas on April 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Bush had 8 years.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Not for you libtart, you cannot handle it.

For other folks:

It took time for the permit process and exploratory wells. The only reason we aren’t in worse shape is because of the exploration pushed by Bush and Cheney.

cozmo on April 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Aw, come on, folks. The primary reason for the ban is to destroy the U.S. competition of Petrobras, the big Brazilian oil combine in which George Soros, Obama’s sugar daddy, is a major investor. The secondary (but almost equally important) reason is to insure our continuing subservience to middle-eastern oil producing countries. Any “environmental” concerns, as with most environmental rules and regulations, are phoney baloney, and have less to do with the environment than with the continuing centralization of control by the gaggle of power-crazed Public Policy majors infesting the federal government.

Scriptor on April 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I’m an engineer and i’ve never heard of the NAE before the spill. They may be perfectly credible but i find it hard to believe the are the engineering go to guys.

aniptofar on April 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

There was a graph the other day, I think on this site. Can’t remember. It showed the number of permits going from 4000+ to the mid 2000′s almost immediately in 2009. Didn’t know BO had time to personally post on this site. I guess country destruction doesn’t take up all his time.

msupertas on April 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM

No worries mate, just wanted to make sure all the 10 denizens had access.

I see print media at work(I work in a union shop) and wonder at all the money those fools are wasting on dead tree editions.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

“Mate” is actually a “mate-ette”, herm are my initials! Re: newspapers. I still like to hold a newspaper and hold a book–nothing like the smell of fresh ink and the rattle of the paper as I turn the page : ). So, it isn’t a waste of money to me and I give the paper to my husband, who then gives it to his secretary : )

Here is an analogy for you….I homeschool our children. They love dictionary.com. I won’t let them use it…why, you ask? Because I learn new words on the way to looking up my desired word. Much the same for reading the print copy of a newspaper; you are exposed to articles on the way to looking up……the WSJ editorial! : )

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Heard Louie Gohmert interviewed on the radio this morning. This is pure politics and BP has been caught playing ball with Obama over Cap & Trade. I’m summarizing but basically BP had a rather obvious bad record of safety and recklessness that was being protected by the administration because BP was supporting the C&T carbon trading scheme. He said the moratorium should have applied only to BP because they had stand out record.

They think that may be what the administration is hiding.

DanMan on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

The appointees are an extension of you when you are the leader of the free world. When drilling and production drops from 5000 to less than 1500 in a 3 month phase… it is called stifling. Obama and his little minions stifle the process of drilling, that slows the development of known wells, that makes the oil independents go stagnant and go bankrupt due to waiting.

What do you call the government, when the government makes the small business man go bankrupt, liberal4lifecauseyourareamoron?

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Good luck with that subpoena. Look how long Holder has been dragging out Fast and Furious.

GarandFan on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Wow. My God, the ignorance.

Lots of drilling went on. But the real issue is that offshore drilling in most areas was banned by an act of Congress. So long as the President believes that the Constitution applies to him — which GWB clearly did, though Obama clearly does not — it would have taken an act of Congress to unleash offshore drilling. That is still the case.

“Liberal4life” needs to learn how his own country’s government works, if he wants to have a meaningful voice in its conduct.

philwynk on April 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Good luck with that subpoena. Look how long Holder has been dragging out Fast and Furious.

GarandFan on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

My first thought, as well. It is laughable (in a sad way) that anyone bothers to place a subpoena on this administration. They probably make trophies out of all the subpoenas they haven’t acknowledged.

ABO2012

herm2416 on April 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The only thing transparent about Obama are his Emperor’s New Clothes.

Which will be retailored this November.

profitsbeard on April 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

philwynk on April 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

From the looks of her tripe, she (libtart) is incapable of learning.

Shell is going to be drilling in the water of the arctic this summer.
upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Two birds with one disaster for 0bama.

cozmo on April 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

They think that may be what the administration is hiding.

DanMan on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

BP has given huge amounts of money to the POSOTUS for campaigning last year. Guess who isn’t giving so much money this year to the campaign?

Yes, BP has a horrible record. Anyone denies that all I have to say it.. Trans Alaska Pipeline, but anything that has to do with that is state land, not federal. But BP supporting C&T, I really doubt that. That would be like BP cutting off their nose to spite their face and right now BP is going underwater due to bad leases and crap seismic data that has lead them to drill dry holes.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

oops.. last year = 2008 campaign. Coffee, need more coffee.. it isn’t even 6 here.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

BP is going underwater due to bad leases and crap seismic data that has lead them to drill dry holes.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Way too complicated for the likes of 0bama and libtart. They think it is all mapped out.

cozmo on April 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

caused economic hardships

What do you mean, “caused?”

It should read, IS CAUSING.

Drilling is still way down. A whole lot of companies have burned through their savings and are on the verge of failing. Permits are still not being issued at the rates they used to be. There will be a hard crash, at least in southern Louisiana, before too much longer.

It’s not like Louisiana is going to vote for Obama anyway, but since he personally is causing this crash, I’m glad he’ll see the results of it before the election.

Laura Curtis on April 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Even Mary Landrieu acknowledges that the permitorium is still ongoing. I agree it’s important that Salazar be called to account for lying about what the engineering experts said, but it’s even more important to call him out for what’s still going on.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/29/landrieu-blasts-salazar-white-house-over-drilling-moratorium/

Laura Curtis on April 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Campaign bumper sticker ideas:

“Overthrow Obama 2012″
“Obama….GET YOUR DAMN BOOT OFF MY NECK”
“Dictatorships belong in third world nations….not America”
“Freedom…. embrace it, or elect Obama again”
“The war of 2012… which side are you on?”
“Obama-Biden 2012…RETIREMENT party Nov.7th 2012″

We have much work to do….. Don’t let it be said that you sat by and did nothing to defend your country!

The War of 2012…. which side are you on?

ActinUpinTexas on April 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Drilling is still way down. A whole lot of companies have burned through their savings and are on the verge of failing.
Laura Curtis on April 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

That is the point Laura, that is what they want to have happen.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Enough that the price of gas per gallon was $1.83 after those 8 years.

What is it now?

Oh…

I’m sorry, this isn’t KOS. You can’t expect to vomit out inane talking points and expect us to all bark and clap like trained seals.

WhaleBellied on April 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM

With this Obama administration its:
Subpoena in one hand and crap in the other and see which one weighs more.
Don’t expect an answer.

Art on April 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Salazar should be arrested – period.

Amazingoly on April 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

This makes me so blind angry I can hardly type. We’ve known this and been screaming from the rafters about it, especially since Jindal’s speech at the Rally for Economic Survival at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., in July, 2010.

And so only NOW something’s being done about it? Salazar should have been impeached 18 MONTHS AGO!! The damage to south Louisiana is done, month after month, year after year, and only NOW is our government asking questions about Salazar’s LIE?!?!?

If you haven’t seen it yet, listen to Jindal on FIRE at the Cajundome, in front of 11,000 pissed-off Cajuns, railing against the “arbitrary and capricious” moratorium.

Listen to him gutting 0bama.

My girlfriend lost her house. Her best friend had to pack up a 3-year-old son to move to Brazil to follow her husband’s rig as it left the Gulf.

0bama, through his LIES, has been a mortal enemy of Louisiana.

Notice that he NEVER comes down here, since the spill. I wonder why? And I wonder what kind of reaction he might expect?

cane_loader on April 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

“Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (D-WA)”

That would be “R-WA”.

Greg Q on April 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

That is the point Laura, that is what they want to have happen.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Nice to see you posting. Does this mean you will be around more?

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Nice to see you posting. Does this mean you will be around more?

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I am not promising anything. I needed a break… and I am bust with classes. I am trying to come back for a bit here and there. The only reason I have been on this long is due to scheduling for fall classes today, and I still didn’t get all the classes I wanted.

Nice to see you and everyone though. Glad to notice some regs around.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Can someone enlighten me what happens if Salazar just says “Okay, I lied, blow me!” to Issa? Does the Oversight Committee have any means of punishment, short of bad publicity that won’t exist thanks to our wonderful media, that do not require DOJ’s involvement?

Archivarix on April 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Sadly, there is about as much chance of negative consequences to Salazar’s actions as there has been to Holder’s or Obama’s. They lie, perjure themselves, and obstruct justice without fear of reprisal because they control the media.

How about that as a reason to vote R if you don’t like the nominee? The media won’t be in collusion with a Republican. That would be a step in the right direction.

talkingpoints on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

And so what? That is, if the one week deadline passes and Salazar hasn’t produced any documents… then what? My guess is, nothing. Unless there is some real effect for non-compliance, this is all just empty posturing. Really maddening, irritating posturing.

fabrexe on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I’m not even sure what you’re asking. Should we have drilled more? Should we have drilled less? What effect it would have on gas prices?

Let’s take the one I think you mean, gas prices.

To help explain some things to you, oil is a material that rises and falls on the world market price. These prices are speculated on in classic supply/demand economic theory, but realize that perception in many ways is more influential than reality.

When Bush resinded the offshore oil ban prices dropped 8% in a single day. Prices continued to drop from 3.89 a gallon to 1.65 a gallon and then rose…. with the election of Barak Obama. Yet not a single oil well started drilling off of either coast.

Barak Obama has clearly stated he wants gas prices to be above 5 dollars a gallon. Not only does he wish it, by putting the ban back in effect and dragging his feet in drilling permits he has told the world that he is an enemy of oil. The market is responding to his wishes. He wants it, he gets it.

Maybe this close to what you’re asking, but I doubt it.

itsspideyman on April 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The amount of brazen corruption and graft in the US Government today is reminiscent of the 3rd world.

To be sure there has always been corruption and illegality in government, but these people really don’t seem to care about getting caught. They live a consequence free existence.

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Sounds like a lot of inside baseball stuff. Will they tell the public about this fiasco? Not everyone reads blogs, ya know!

PattyJ on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

itsspideyman on April 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

explaining this is like expecting a wall to talk, or your dog to speak to you as though it were Einstein.

But vent if you need too.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Good luck with that subpoena. Look how long Holder has been dragging out Fast and Furious.

GarandFan on April 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

That’s the problem. Democrats have so much media support they can stonewall at little cost.

David Blue on April 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

explaining this is like expecting a wall to talk, or your dog to speak to you as though it were Einstein.

But vent if you need too.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Thanks buddy.

I sometimes wonder why I answer, but I find when I do it helps me to focus my own arguments.

Lord, thank you for my enemies. :)

itsspideyman on April 4, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Nice to see you and everyone though. Glad to notice some regs around.

upinak on April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Nice to see you and nice to be seen. Here’s to hoping there will be more of it, with the luxury of ample time. ; )

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Oh and OT.

Bmore on April 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I’m thinking after the election we take hundreds of people associated with the White House and send them to re-education camps. Only after that are they allowed to write books and make speeches for money.

sdbatboy on April 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Are there any real consequences? Salazar pretty much ignored the judge that tried to slap his hand. Of course media coverage disappeared on that issue except for here and MM which also stopped after awhile.

TfromV on April 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

41 percent of businesses are not making a profit and 76 percent have lost cash revenues.

Remember how panicked the MSM was about the BP spill’s effect on gulf businesses? Where is that concern now?

29Victor on April 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

@upinak – agreed, this is deliberate.

cane_loader on April 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Preach it, brother! :-)

It drives me WILD how half the country doesn’t get this. They listen to that cute little Katie Couric and think Matt Lauer is charming and that eeevil greedy oil companies (whose profit rate is about 1/3 of Google’s) are the reason energy prices are high.

Laura Curtis on April 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Keep the pressure on… the light of truth is a powerful weapon in the struggle for the survival of the Republic…

Khun Joe on April 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Yes, “misled” is just polite for lied. Oh and, is this the only thing Ofibber has misled us on and lied about? I think there are a lot more subpoenas to be issued, then again, I’d like to see some real hard core action taken on the crap this dolt and his moronic admin have gotten away with. Wake up, GOP, it’s time to take some real action!

stukinIL4now on April 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

…This came directly from Zero, who by the way issued a further ban on Atlantic offshore drilling just last week.

dogsoldier on April 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

That’s the most under-reported story of the week isn’t it?

slickwillie2001 on April 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If he provides the documents, I suspect they will be heavily redacted. But I’m not so sure he’ll provide them.

sadatoni on April 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Um, why would a member of the minority party be chair?

Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (D-WA)

Actually, he is a Republican member.

IrishEyes on April 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I’m very comfortable with everything we did including the time out and reset button that we had to put in place in the Gulf of Mexico.

We’re being governed by 3 year olds.

Lost in Jersey on April 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Two years later, a U.S. House committee wants to know why the administration misled the public about the drilling ban.

LIED. Lied. Use the fargin word, for crying out loud.

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Bush had 8 years.

How much oil drilling happened within those 8 years?

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Bush is running for President again? Do tell!

G-

Del Dolemonte on April 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The administration’s controversial moratorium — and the subsequent permitorium that followed — caused economic hardships throughout the Gulf region and in communities across America. A recent survey of employers, conducted by Greater New Orleans Inc., revealed 41 percent of businesses are not making a profit and 76 percent have lost cash revenues.

Dude! “Caused”? Obama’s moratorium and permitorium are still CAUSING severe economic hardship & disaster here in the Gulf Coast region.

CatchAll on April 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

ActinUpinTexas:

“Overthrow Obama 2012″
“Obama….GET YOUR DAMN BOOT OFF MY NECK…
“The war of 2012… which side are you on?”

As some hobbit said, Raise the Shire!

Olo_Burrows on April 6, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Question: Why did the administration lie to (excuse me, “mislead”) the public about the experts’ support for the drilling moratorium?

Answer: It’s what they do.

Next?

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on April 9, 2012 at 2:00 AM