Friday, November 12, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill - #2390 -Bobby Jindal Hammers Barack Obama in New Book - Politico (2) Jindal Calls Obama 'Lackadaisical' in Response to Gulf Oil in New Book (3) New Deepwater Drilling Permits: Zilch (4) Report: White House Altered Drilling Ban Report - Newsmax

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal uses a new book to portray President Barack Obama as disconnected from the Gulf oil spill, charging that he was more focused on the political aftermath than the actual impact of the crisis. Jindal recounts a pair of private conversations with the president that paint him as consumed with how his actions were being perceived. On Obama’s first trip to Louisiana after the disaster, the governor describes how the president took him aside on the tarmac after arriving to complain about a letter that Jindal had sent to the administration requesting authorization for food stamps for those who had lost their jobs because of the spill. As Jindal describes it, the letter was entirely routine, yet Obama was angry and concerned about looking bad. "Careful," he quotes the president as warning him, "this is going to get bad for everyone." Nearby on the tarmac, Jindal recalls, then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was chewing out his own chief of staff, Timmy Teepell. “If you have a problem pick up the f——n’ phone,” Jindal quotes Emanuel telling Teepell. The governor asserts that the White House had tipped off reporters to watch the exchange on the New Orleans tarmac that Sunday in May and deemed it a “press stunt” that symbolized what’s wrong with Washington. “Political posturing becomes more important than reality,” he writes. And after Obama instituted a moratorium on offshore drilling, Jindal recounts that the president dismissed his concerns about the economic impact of the ban. Read more.......

Jindal Calls Obama 'Lackadaisical' in response to Gulf Oil in new book - Fox - Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal calls the Obama administration "lackadaisical" in its Gulf oil spill response in his new book "Leadership and Crisis," laying out his views on everything from health care to energy policy while keeping silent on whether he harbors presidential ambitions.......He writes that Obama was too trusting of oil company BP PLC, bureaucrats and so-called "experts" in dealing with the April 20 Deepwater Horizon disaster and didn't react quickly to combat the spill's damage. "You would think following the withering criticism of President Bush during Hurricane Katrina that the federal response this time would have been swift and sure. You would have thought that a White House so concerned about its image would have been all over this," Jindal writes. He recounts a May 2 visit from Obama, the president's first after the disaster, saying Obama pulled him aside to complain about a letter the Louisiana governor's administration had sent the agriculture secretary requesting disaster food stamp aid. Jindal says Obama was annoyed because he took it as criticism for his administration's response.  Read more.........

New Deepwater Drilling Permits: Zilch - CNN Money - President Obama lifted his moratorium on deepwater oil drilling nearly a month ago, but the government still hasn't issued any new permits in the Gulf of Mexico. And most analysts say permits will be slow in coming through 2011.The Interior Department halted deep water permits shortly after BP's Macondo well blew out last April. The accident resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  The moratorium was lifted in mid-October after government officials were confident new, stricter rules and regulations were in place.  But no new permits for wells covered under the ban have been issued, according to a spokeswoman for the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement.  "[BOEMRE director Michael] Bromwich has indicated that he hopes to see some approved by the end of the year but cannot speculate," the spokeswoman said in a statement.  Even if a few permits come through, analysts say it will be a far cry from the amount issued pre-spill.  Read more........

Report: White House Altered Drilling Ban Report - Newsmax -An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling.  The Interior Department's inspector general says the changes resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." But it hadn't been.  Still, the report said the administration did not violate federal rules because it had offered a formal apology and already publicly clarified the nature of the expert review.  The Web site Politico was first to report the inspector general's findings. The Associated Press on Wednesday obtained a copy of the report, which has not been publicly released.  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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