If the Obama administration does in fact believe that deep water drilling should not continue at all until more is learned about the BP accident, with a federal judge overturning Obama’s across-the-board drilling moratorium, the administration became victims of their own addiction to misrepresentation, lies and fraud:
A federal judge in New Orleans halted President Obama’s deepwater drilling moratorium on Tuesday, saying the government never justified the ban and appeared to mislead the public in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Judge Martin L.C. Feldman issued an injunction, saying that the moratorium will hurt drilling-rig operators and suppliers and that the government has not proved an outright ban is needed, rather than a more limited moratorium.
He also said the Interior Department also misstated the opinion of the experts it consulted. Those experts from the National Academy of Engineering have said they don’t support the blanket ban.
“Much to the government’s discomfort and this Court’s uneasiness, the summary also states that ‘the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.’ As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading,” Judge Feldman said in his 22-page ruling.
A few days ago, the drilling experts said that the Obama administration not only misrepresented their opinions, but actually modified the reports after they signed them. In any world other than Chicago-style politics, this would be called fraud and somebody would have lost their job over it — at the very least (Ken Salazar is testifying at a Senate subcommittee hearing today, incidentally).
If the Obama administration is so correct in their “assessments,” why the need to lie about the facts? Maybe some enterprising reporter can ask Robert Gibbs that question today to give him something new to dance around.
As for Obama’s upcoming lawsuit against Arizona challenging that state’s immigration law, if Team Obama is going to fall back on the old habit of wildly misrepresenting facts to win the case, you’d think they’d look at what just happened with the drilling moratorium ruling. If they do take a close look at that ruling, Obama’s people will reconsider their usual strategy of lying through their teeth and hoping the judge is as gullible as the people who put Obama in the White House in the first place.
Nobody’s buying the schtick anymore.
Update: The judge who made the ruling has oil investments. This will be a big Dem talking point but it doesn’t undo the Obama administration’s lies and distortions concerning the moratorium.