Thursday, October 7, 2010

White House Covered Up Dramatic Gulf Spill Figures “From Day One”

We finally know exactly what it was that the White House was doing “from day one” on the Gulf Oil spill. They were covering their own asses:
White House officials may have blocked the release of a more accurate and dramatic estimate of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, perhaps hindering public confidence in the Obama administration’s cleanup efforts, according to an Oil Spill Commission staff report released Wednesday.
The report says that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wanted to make some of its worst-case scenarios for the BP spill available to the public shortly after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig but was overruled by the White House Office of Management and Budget…
“By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem,� the report states.
Politically, this isn’t much of a surprise. It has been clear for months that they administrations was trying to make this problem go away out of sight of the prying eyes of the media. Still, it’s worth noting how bald they were in deceiving the public about the seriousness of the disaster. Remember, this is the most transparent administration, ever!

By John

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