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Obama and BIG oil
Why is he acting like Bush?


Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, Obama has granted oil and gas companies at least
27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama’s vow that his administration would launch a 
“relentless response effort” to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday
— the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling 

The exemptions, known as “categorical exclusions,” were granted by the Interior Department’s Minerals Management 
Service (MMS) and included waiving detailed environmental studies for a BP exploration plan to be conducted at a depth 
of more than 4,000 feet and an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. exploration plan at more 9,000 feet. 

“Is there a moratorium on off shore drilling or not?” asked Peter Galvin, conservation director with the Center for 
Biological Diversity, the environmental group that discovered the administration’s continued approval of the exemptions.
“Possibly the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history has occurred and nothing appears to have changed.”

No doubt this is a big and complex issue that I don't have time to get into,
but why can't Obama throw his base and his party a bone now and then?

You figure any president is going to have an issue or three where he disappoints his base,
but can anybody name a Democrat who's turned his back on his people more often than Obama?

Just today I read that his SC nominee, Elena Kagan, worked to restrict abortion rights.
Obama seems to be trying to win over the snarling dogs who'd just as soon watch him die.

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