Obama’s Gulf Oil Spill Commission and the Missing Experts – agenda to pass cap and trade?

June 23, 2010 03:54

Instead of an oil spill commission staffed with experts, as promised in his Oval Office address, the president has announced a panel with membership that reads like a Who’s Who of radical environmentalism.

By Robert Eugene Simmons Jr at American Thinker

Former Senator Graham of Florida, for example, has consistently pushed for a ban on oil drilling, and Frances Beinecke of the National Resources Defense Council has argued for the global warming agenda — including linking “global poverty” to global warming, an argument used at the Copenhagen conference to support reparations to be paid to nations such as Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe for our supposed global crimes.

In fact, if you peruse the names of the council members, there isn’t a single expert in oil drilling, oil platform rigs, or petroleum engineering. The panel’s membership doesn’t even include a single oil drilling company executive, or even a field engineer. In fact, the only technical-minded person on the commission at all is Cherry Murray, Dean of Harvard’s Engineering School. Murray has had a long and distinguished academic career at all of the “right” schools, but she has absolutely nothing in her resume to indicate that she has the slightest knowledge about petroleum exploration. When it comes to academics, there isn’t even one professor that specializes in petroleum exploration despite the plethora of possible names that could be drawn from institutions such as the prestigious Colorado School of Mines.

In addition to the shocking lack of engineering and petroleum drilling experience on the panel, there isn’t a single person with experience in investigation or forensic science. When we consider that the actual Deepwater Horizon rig is at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, we might expect to see an expert in deepwater salvage on the commission, but that expertise is also lacking.

In fact, the only thing this council is qualified to do is to put forth an alternative energy policy as a “solution” to oil drilling in general. Although that outcome would certainly please Obama and the Democrats looking for political cover to pass “Cap and Trade,” the panel wouldn’t be even remotely qualified to “offer recommendations on what additional safety and environmental standards we need to put in place.”


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