Is the BP Oil Spill Obama’s Fault?

I didn’t watch the President’s address last night, but from what I’ve been reading he finally managed to untie the country. Both the Right and the Left thought it sucked. The Right isn’t surprising, but MSNBC? According to MSNBC: (1) Obama’s rhetoric is gassy and notably short on specifics; (2) renewable energy is much harder to develop than certain prominent Democrats would have us believe; (3) government bureaucracy may be contributing to the slow federal response in the gulf.

Yes, this is the same MSNBC who campaigned for him all throughout 2008.  The Huffington Post too.

As for the oil spill…could it be Barack Obama’s fault? I give you Byron York…

The cleanup had already begun in the last months of the Bush administration, but President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar still had their work cut out for them. Not only did they have to enforce ethics rules, they had to ensure responsible management of the offshore oil platforms that are a key part of the MMS portfolio, a huge contributor to the national economy, and a continuing environmental risk.

The problem was, Obama and Salazar were more interested in pursuing their vision of a clean energy future. Under Obama, the Minerals Management Service, driven by a strongly ideological commitment to green energy sources such as wind and solar power, chose to stress “renewables” while de-emphasizing the tough and dirty work of managing the nation’s existing offshore oil wells.

“What they did essentially was divert the attention of the agency away from regulating offshore drilling and focus it on the expansion of offshore renewables,” says one well-informed Republican House aide.

Give the whole article a read. Thoughts?

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