What’s worse, doctoring a government report with misleading information or, after getting caught, doctoring the exculpatory report? That’s the question the Obama administration, congressional investigators and, ultimately, the American people may have to answer in the up and coming weeks. At the heart of the matter is the deep water drilling ban.
After the April 2010 BP oil spill, based upon a report prepared by an expert panel, Obama imposed the job-killing and economy crippling moratorium. Except the report he referenced wasn’t the exact report from the panel, it was a report altered by Obama bureaucrats. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.
Obama has been doing everything in his power, apparently including falsifying reports, to destroy America’s energy industries from day one. His hair-brained scheme, to convert America to green within a presidential term, has cost America numerous coal plants, thousands and thousands of jobs, driven energy prices up and ground energy associated economic activity to a stand-still. Meanwhile, he has slipped his fund-raising buddies, who pose as green-energy businessmen, millions and millions of tax-payer dollars so they can open poorly conceived and uncompetitive green businesses and then declare bankruptcy.
Anyway, back to the fraudulent report. After some panel members spoke up, a judge in New Orleans determined the report Obama used as justification for the moratorium was falsified. The dirty deed has been pinned on Carol Browner, Obama’s climate czar at the time. She split the scene, conveniently, in early 2011. It was soft-sold to the public as Obama desiring to tidy his ship by bringing in people with real business backgrounds. Now you know why it really happened.
Un-yielding and ego-maniacal, Browner’s career-long goal is to be a primary player in the passage of a comprehensive national (if not world) climate change law. This won her some friends but earned her plenty of enemies, too. She was a key arm-twister during the 2009 auto emission standards negotiations. Browner was instrumental in jamming tens of billions of dollars for green energy into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She is also an advocate for a sustainable world society. Browner served as the EPA administrator under Clinton and worked as a staffer for Al Gore. Is Browner an environmental zealot? Seems likely. In January 2011, Politico, within a drippy leftist-worship piece on Browner’s departure, quoted Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, “She has been a tenacious advocate for a new clean energy future, and her articulate and strategic voice in the White House will be very missed.” So tenacious it seems, she was willing to falsify reports.
So, after his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman then flipped a preliminary injunction on the moratorium. Team-Obama then flipped the judge the bird. They pretended to comply but no drilling occurred. Not pleased, Judge Feldman, eventually slapped the administration with contempt and ripped them in his ruling, “Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,” wrote Feldman.
“Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case,” Feldman seethed, “provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt.”
Well, and you’re obviously aware of this, rulings lead to appeals and appeals lead to hearings and so on. The game of cat and mouse was on. Time slipped by, days into weeks, weeks into months. The administration claimed the moratorium had been lifted but no workers worked, no drills turned and no oil flowed. Jim Adams, president of The Offshore Marine Service Association, pointed out, “President Obama claims to have lifted the Gulf moratorium, yet not a single deep-water permit has been issued in nine months.”
Ultimately, the Department of Interior issued a new report that claimed the altering of the original report was unintentional, the result of mistakes don’t you know.
And that brings us to Inspector General senior agent Richard Larrabee, assigned to investigate this mess.
Emails he wrote to superiors have recently surfaced that don’t paint a pretty picture for the Obama administration. They describe an administration that was uncooperative and blocked investigators. In one he concludes, “I truly believe the editing ‘WAS’ intentional — by an overzealous staffer at the White House,” wrote Larrabee. “And, if asked, I, as the case agent, would be happy to state that opinion to anyone interested.”
This new evidence may come too late for any formal action to occur prior to the election. But, if the new revelations can hit the media and become known to the people, perhaps Obama will pay a price at the polls.