Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sex, Lies and Oil Spills

Not "Obama's Katrina" .. this was neither Obama's nor a natural disaster. The BP spill is symptomatic of a a systematic cutback in regulation that encouraged greed to override safety.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Sex, Lies and Oil Spills

A common spin in the right wing coverage of BP's oil spill is a gleeful suggestion that the gulf blowout is Obama's Katrina.

In truth, culpability for the disaster can more accurately be laid at the Bush Administration's doorstep. For eight years, George Bush's presidency infected the oil industry's oversight agency, the Minerals Management Service, with a septic culture of corruption from which it has yet to recover. Oil patch alumnae in the White House encouraged agency personnel to engineer weakened safeguards that directly contributed to the gulf catastrophe.

And so it goes.


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